A note for those of you who do not knit, or crochet: to frog is to rip out your work.
Yesterday I frogged a sweater that I had just finished knitting right before Christmas. I knew I was going to do it, I planned to do it, I was prepared to do it, but it still sucked! The sweater wasn't right, I had to put it down, but I still can't help mourning all the hours I spent on it.
I think the worst part is knowing it was all my fault! Really, I have to own this one. I hate swatching. I swatch for gauge only, and rarely. I skipped doing a swatch on this one and the lace pattern was so subtle as to be non-existent. On top of that, I knew I hated it long before it was done, but I kept going. I kept thinking it would shape up in blocking. I was wrong. There I said it, my husband would be so pleased.
Don't worry, there is a good part to this story. I started fresh on the sweater last night. I am replacing the lace border with bold cables down the front. I swatched the pattern this time, I really like it. I love the anticipation that comes with making something new. So much so that I have a hard time finishing anything without starting something else. I ordered a book that I am hoping will help me with that.
I can't wait for this to arrive, then maybe I will complete the giant box of nearly finished projects I have waiting for me, and they will be put up for sale in my shop. They all want to go to good homes where somebody will wear them, life in a box is no fun!