Sunday, 27 May 2007

Knitter reknit

I've been in more of an unraveling mood than a knitting one this week. I realised that the Picovoli had been sitting in the laundry basket for a couple of weeks, without me having any inclination to wash it or wear it. So I dug it out and I looked at it, and I thought about the short rows, and the SSKs, and the fact that the colour (although lovely) is not really a friend to my complexion, and the way that I don't really like the neckline, and after about five minutes of thinking I found myself blithely picking away at the cast on edge; a few minutes after that, I was pulling on the free end and watching the serpentining rounds on rounds slither into a yarny tangle on my lap.

Frogging turned out to be such a satisfying respite from the frustrations of thesis writing, I went hunting for other things to destroy. The baby kimono which had been sitting on top of the stash box for a week, seamed but without fastenings, was clearly begging to be torn to pieces. I had at it, and am now reincarnating the yarn as Daisy, which looks likely to survive my wanton rampage of destruction. I can't vouch for my actions in the event of this writing business becoming any more bleak and tortuous, though: the pinging rhythm of loops unlinking themselves from other loops is immensely satisfying, and definitely a safer way of exorcising my frustrations than highlighting my whole chapter and pressing "delete" (which I may have thought about doing).

6 comments:

Sarah said...

Phew glad that there was some unsatisfactory knitting to hand to calm the destructive storm. Hope that the thesis behaves as well as can be hoped otherwise you could always knit up some garter stitch scarves for the purpose!

There is something amazingly satisfying about frogging - I've never gone for a whole garment but I always find I go back more rows than I need as I'm enjoying the sensation.

clarabelle said...

Webbo, 'tis a most satisfying experience! It's actually amazing how quickly you forget that horrible garment that you first knitted up. Just forget it and move on. Don't waste valuable yarn.

Laura said...

There is something unusually satisfying about frogging something. I don't know what it is because that is all my hard work, just gone, but I do enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

Daisy is a good choice Madam, look forward to you posting a pic. Wheezy

Lime Street Knits said...

You've inspired me to frog an incomplete cashmere scarf that I've been displeased with for some time.

And Daisy is a great pattern!

clarabelle said...

Webbo, where ru? Missing your interesting dialogue...

best wishes from clarabelle