I have learned through the years that I love yarn crafts for the joy they bring me. So what do you do when something you are making no longer brings joy to your heart? Do you frog it? Or do you persevere and finish it?
To finish or to frog? That is the question. To frog a project means to rip it, rip it, rip it out (kind of sounds like ribbit ribbit ribbit hence the term frog). To rip out hours of your time can seem daunting to some, myself included. I found that the desire to not want to rip out my work taught me to become extremely skilled at dropping down and fixing my work. When it comes to knitting that is a handy skill to have. When it comes to crochet that is not possible, you have to rip it back. Which for whatever reason is easier for me to decide to just rip it back.
But what happens when the item I am making just doesn't want to be what I intended, or is no longer bringing me joy? Well, honestly it gets stuffed away in a project bag for future Andi to deal with! I hold on to hope that one day I will return to said project and breathe life back into it. It happens, not often, but it does. I will revisit a project and maybe I have a few more skills under my belt at that time, and can better understand the construction. Then the time I put into it will feel like it wasn't wasted.
I enjoy the process of making. I enjoy watching the yarn tell its story of what it wants to be. Sure I am more of a product maker most of the time, but I love the act of creating things with my hands. So why do I loathe frogging? Well, I don't have an answer. I don't know if I ever will. But I am working on becoming better at letting failed projects go. Letting the yarn grow up to be something else. And realizing it was not wasted time! Instead I realize I was studying! Furthering my skill set! Beautiful yarn does not deserve to be a wip (work in progress) forever!
So if you hear some frogs croaking it's just me freeing up some hooks, needles, yarn, and project bags!
Ribbit, Ribbit, Ribbit
Andi The Knittress