Sunday, 11 May 2014


The first time I came across the term Frogging was when I joined the web forum  
It is meant to be derived from the idea that a frog says "rip it rip it" so fogging refers to unraveling rows of knitting or crochet work, and has thus come to mean  discarding a project or starting it over.

I regularly visit my Dad's nursing home where various members of staff are learning to knit alongside the residents. It is lovely to see. However, one confided that she was frustrated by her attempts and decided that knitting wasn't for her. She had made such good progress that I commented that it was a shame. I added that she was never going to get any better unless she kept going. After talking about it she decided she would practice at home so she could join in at the nursing home, which seems a lovely, empowering compromise.

I learnt to knit at the age of 11 years and then did not pick up a set of needles again until I was 21 years, when I made a whole jumper in
 <stocking stitch! 

By then I figured that as I knew the basic stitches and Mum could knit, then I must be able to do it myself and I did! Over the years I learned to write things down to remind myself where I've left off; use stitch markers and row counters (for both counting rows and decreases) 

generally take charge of the project, rather than letting it take charge of me!

Thirty years on I am still loving knitting and crochet and learning new stitches and techniques.

I am finding my own challenges along the way, such as vine lace which requires no TV or other distractions and lots of concentration. 

As they say Practice makes Perfect...that's not to say I haven't frogged projects because I need to rethink the wool I'm using, for example.

Do you ever Frog projects that are particularly frustrating or work in them until they are done?

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Textile Recycling ~ Cushions

I was sitting watching the UK Channel 4 programme SuperScrimpers wearing a top that was pulling under my arm uncomfortably, because it had become too tight; thinking:

 'I must put this in the textile recycling bag',

when a Top Tip item came up to recycle old T-shirts into cushions! 

So I got up and changed into a different top; cut up the top I'd been wearing; put a ballpoint needle and some navy thread into my sewing machine and voila!
                                a cushion was born.

Have you done any similar recycling projects yourself?