Headed to the frog pond

p1185802scarfftf.jpgAfter finishing the B.O.B. Sweater, I decided to knit a scarf for myself. I’ve had a copy of Scarf Style from Interweave for some time, and whenever I look through it I find that I like patterns that I disliked the last time, and dislike those I liked the last time. So as you can imagine it’s hard to me to settle on any project from this book.

This time, though, I had just finished looking through my stash, and when I came across the Midwest Moonlight scarf (Ravelry link here) I remembered that I had the exact yarn it called for: Cotton Comfort, from Green Mountain Spinnery. I love this yarn. I’d bought five skeins of it on a trip to Vermont a couple of years ago and used about two-and-a-half skeins for a baby sweater. The scarf pattern calls for three skeins, but I figured that two and a half would be fine. I don’t really need a scarf that’s seventy-two inches long.

Nor do I need a scarf that’s full of holes, apparently. This is technically a lace pattern, with yarnovers and k2tog and ssk all over the place. But it seemed substantial to me—certainly not flimsy lace. After knitting several inches of this scarf, though, I’m finding that I just don’t love it. It’s pretty enough, but just not me. And I firmly believe that, considering how limited my time is for all the things I want to do, I don’t want to waste any of it on something that I don’t really like. So I’m frogging this sucker.

6 Responses to “Headed to the frog pond”

  1. Sarah Ron 30 Jan 2009 at 8:50 am

    I’ll tell you the other thing about that scarf (I made one in a fine merino/cashmere blend). It takes forever to knit. I would knit and knit and knit and knit and measure…and realize that I had added 1/2″.

    Having said that, I love the scarf now that it’s finished.

  2. Chrison 30 Jan 2009 at 9:56 am

    Good for you for admitting you weren’t loving it. I usually get a lot further into a project before I can admit that.

  3. ariannaon 30 Jan 2009 at 10:01 am

    Oh! I really really like that scarf, and I think I will add it to my queue. :) But, I totally understand where you are coming from – and, like Chris, I think it’s awesome that you are willing to say “this isn’t for me” and stop NOW, instead of working frustratingly through to the bitter end, for a product you don’t even want to see through anyway. Yay! I am looking forward to seeing what you DO decide to use that yarn for – it’s very pretty. I really like GMS.

  4. Deborahon 30 Jan 2009 at 11:46 am

    I myself will look at a knitting magazine 2-3 times before purchasing, unless of course I love a ton in the mag than I will purchase right then and there. I find if I only like 1 or 2 things, I will need to stew about purchasing. I generally find that when I return I will like things I didn’t before.

    Good for you about willing to frog instead of continuing with it when your energy could go to something you will love in the end! This yarn will jump into something much better suited for it, or to your liking.

  5. Katie Jon 30 Jan 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Now post pictures of the yummy new scarf you’re working on!

  6. Shannahon 31 Jan 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Good for you! Frog that sucker!