first frogging of 08

I started a Koolhaas hat on January 1, but in the past few weeks I’ve barely touched it; I just didn’t like knitting it. Something about the frequency of the cable crossings didn’t ever let me get in the flow. In the meantime, every single last one of you has cranked out your own–oh, wait, no, you actually made at least two, sometimes three! I watched in awe and befuddlement.

Yesterday, my Flickr friend Julie organized a knitting afternoon at a bar in the Lower East Side. I brought Koolhaas, to force myself to knit it. I really love the finished look, so I decided I would just have to soldier through. Well, last night, I finished it. And it was so small and tight, it slid right off my head. I considered investigating the source of the problem–careful assessment of gauge (which I’d thought was right), frogging to the beginning of the decreases and adding height, all those things that I normally do. But you know what? I didn’t like knitting it the first time, why would I like knitting it a second time?

no koolhaas for you (by mintyfreshflavor)

So it’s frogged—gone—a mere memory. I needed that ball of yarn to finish up my skirt, anyway.

26 Responses to first frogging of 08

  1. Liz K says:

    It seems that you have really embraced the philosophy of, “if it’s not working…” The hat, the job…you should love what you do, in knitting and in life. Cheers to you for figuring it out and acting accordingly.

  2. Liz K says:

    It seems that you have really embraced the philosophy of, “if it’s not working…” The hat, the job…you should love what you do, in knitting and in life. Cheers to you for figuring it out and acting accordingly.

  3. Jen says:

    Ah nuts. Well, it’s always good to know when to cut your losses so you don’t spend time hating what you’re doing just to get a finished product!

  4. caitlyn says:

    I must be one of the few in the world who haven’t knit one. Knitting is supposed to be fun, so if it was torturous then I wouldn’t knit it again either!

  5. missyecaj says:

    Hi, new reader here. I haven’t made a Koolhaas either, and while I think it’s gorgeous, I’m not rushing to make one. I do love the yarn you chose knit up like that, though. And hey, at least you got your first frog out of the way early. ;)

  6. jennie says:

    man, frogging an “FO” always sucks, but better admit it’s not working than fool yourself.

    Also, FYI — Thanks for the lovely blogging all these years. I “tagged” (or whatever) you for the ‘you make my day’ because, well, you do. Your blog was one of the first I ever read and it continues to be one of the first I look for when I open my bloglines.

  7. Christine says:

    First time commenting here. I, too, made a Koolhaus and thought the experience was not pleasant – my hands hurt from so many ktbl cables. I finished mine, though, and I like how it looks. I wore it twice. The last time I had a friend ask if I’d make one for her. I think I’m going to give her mine so I don’t have to make another one!

  8. abby says:

    I hear you! There’s no way I could do those cables on the train, so my skein of Malabrigo is still sitting on my desk… all wound up with no place in my knitting bag.

  9. Hannah says:

    looked gorgeous and I admire your willingness to let it go! I don’t doubt you’ll make something equally beautiful with the yarn. it was good practice, in any case!
    i am relatively new to the world of knit blogging and yours is one of many that inspires me to make one myself. just wanted to say hi and thanks!

  10. Ms. M says:

    It was great meeting you on Saturday.

    I can’t believe the hat’s already come and gone. As for me I’m just barely getting going on the scarf you helped me start. Onto the second color. Yea! Next time I knit something (which could be in a year) I’ll learn how to make a fun pattern or something :)

  11. whitney says:

    I started a Koolhaas over my winter break, and gave up for the same reason. I just wasn’t enjoying it…too many cable crossings or something (and I *like* cables!). I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who wasn’t digging it…it sure seems like everyone else is knitting dozens of them!

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