The first time I came across the term Frogging was when I joined the web forum Ravelry.com
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
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?
- I've been designing and making textile figures for many years. I have also recently taken up knitting and crochet again after a lengthy break
and I'm LOVING IT! Textile Creations UK (http://textilecreationsuk.
blogspot.com) is my new website/ Blog, which includes all my knitted, crocheted, sewn, woven textile creations.