fiber diva

This is the chronicle of one woman's forays into knitting, crocheting, spinning, embroidery, papercrafts, and whatever else catches my fancy at any given time. Oh, and I talk about my cats a lot, too.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

To Frog or Not to Frog

To frog, or not to frog, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the doubts and questions over whether a project is going to disappoint, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and uncertaintly and by thus opposing (or at least, by yanking the needle out of the live stitches) end them.
That is the question.
At least, that is the question I'm currently facing about my scarf. This is listed as the "Noro striped scarf" on ravelry, but I've been calling the the Brooklyn Tweed scarf. Except I've been making mine with Jojoland Melody that I bought at Maryland Sheep & Wool festival (I've totally forgotten at which booth).

Although the yarn is a fingering weight rather than the usual Silk Garden light worsted, the problem isn't the yarn. (Isn't SG a light worsted? I know it's a bit finer than Kureyon, but I don't think it's sport, exactly.) In fact, I'm loving the yarn, which as you can see from the picture is a beautiful variegated, and, which you probably can't tell from the picture, a lovely soft merino wool.
I'm just not loving how it's coming out. The stiches look uneven to me; the sides are definitely wobbly, and although I love each yarn color individually, I find myself underwhelmed by the total effect.
And since I do love how the last Jojoland project turned out, the Autumn shawl made with Rythym (pattern and yarn bought at the Pottstown Knit out in January), let's just say that my disappointment is accentuated.
Here, because I'm proud of it and want to show it off, is the shawl in progress.
And here it is finished:
and detail of the entrelac
Course the other great thing about this shawl is that it might be the first thing I've ever made that I didn't rip out and re-do at least twice.
Which brings me back to the essential question---to frog or not to frog. Maybe I just need different colors, with more contrast. Maybe I need smaller needles. Maybe I'm just tired of scarves.
And if I do frog, what am I going to do with 4 oddballs of fingering weight yarn? (fair isle socks?....hmmm) So I'm torn.
On the positive side, I'm choosing to see this not as my knitting playing up my indecisiveness and self-doubt, but as my knitting giving me another wonderful opportunity to practice making decisions on something that I'll probably enjoy either way!