Eye Candy Friday: Goodbye edition

My friends, say goodbye to the Anemoi-Lillyfield Frankenmitten.

Well, at least the top 2″ of it.

Hello? Huuullllooo?!?

You know me. You know me and my knitting. If I’m even putting the option of frogging out there, you KNOW it’s going to happen. Skeins of cashmere will rain from the sky before I pass up frogging in favor of something simpler.

When in doubt, rip it out.

My mantra. My knitting. My way.

How much I’m going to rip out is not yet determined. I’m going to tweak the chart first and see what develops. At the very least I’m going for option #2, the top 2″. I might need to dig a little deeper and tweak the stem to get things exactly right, but I don’t think I’ll need to go there.

Knitting the other mitten differently and then coming back to this one is tempting, but I think I’d rather fix this one first. Having it around, all puckered and bleh, taunting me from my knitting basket, is more than I can handle ;).

Surgically removing another 6 rounds above the cuff and then grafting the cuff and remaining mitten together is a very nice thought, but I know from experience it’s going to get ugly. (Though wouldn’t it be fantastically ironic if both the Kristen hat and these mittens intended to match it would require that kind of surgery?!? Haha!)

The option to leave the mitten as is… I put it out there, sure. I think I even considered it for a second or two. But as soon as I even entertained the idea of frogging, we all knew what was going to happen.

Say goodbye.

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28 thoughts on “Eye Candy Friday: Goodbye edition

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  1. Elinor

    Of course. “When in doubt, rip it out.” Classic Grumperina. In Philly, Maritza was mulling over slightly mismatched socks, asking “What Would Grumperina Do?” We all said rip. :)

  2. Liz

    I wish I were that dedicated. If it were me, I would have blocked the heck out of it and said: it is what it is! I am taking notes from you!

  3. Desiree

    Do what you have to do! I had a whole center square knitted of Shetland lace and I FROGGED IT! There were too many mistakes that may or may not have been noticeable but I couldn’t stand it! I held my head in shame but it was better than being unhappy! GO GIRL! ;-)

  4. Lottie

    I have once frogged an entire sweater (I was done with the back, front and one sleeve, the second sleeve was about half done) when I realized that it was going to be WAY too big (now you ask; what kind of knitter does not realize a sweater is going to be huge a little sooner – well, at that time a NEW knitter (years ago)). So here’s one who also says; if doubts, rip it out, rip rip rip…

    They are going to be beautiful, by the way :)

  5. Erica

    You’re right; if frogging is worth thinking, it’s worth doing. You’ll like it better in the end. (And you don’t seem to be minding it so much now, either…)

  6. kelly

    Well, if you aren’t going to be happy with it, then it’s really worth fussing with! Here’s hoping mitten #2 works out a little better!

  7. melissa p.

    gotta say, i’m with you all the way! all that hard work and planning deserves it to be done the way YOU want it to be done! go for the pond! you will be so pleased in the end!

    p.s. love your blog…thanks for the immense inspiration!

  8. JanS

    I loved the original lilyfields design, but could never (as an avid gardener) force myself into knitting it because of the curved stem and the opposite leaves. So my suggestion would be that you drop one of the leaves and the lower curve, maybe add in a leaf at the bottom to add some movement there. Then, of course, I could just copy you and not have to figure it out for myself. But who knows, the three stamens would probably start bothering me then.

  9. Lillie

    Well, I must say that you give me courage. I have about four inches of a similar mitten (my first attempt at color work) just waiting to be frogged. I walked away from it a year ago because it was looking so awful. It’s much easier to take it out after some time has passed. The main thing that was stopping me was several rounds of an Estonian braid that were murder to accomplish in the first place. Doesn’t seem so horrible to frog it now, and I’ve picked up several tips from your posts that should make the whole thing go better next time.

  10. Lillie

    Well, I must say that you give me courage. I have about four inches of a similar mitten (my first attempt at color work) just waiting to be frogged. I walked away from it a year ago because it was looking so awful. It’s much easier to take it out after some time has passed. The main thing that was stopping me was several rounds of an Estonian braid that were murder to accomplish in the first place. Doesn’t seem so horrible to frog it now, and I’ve picked up several tips from your posts that should make the whole thing go better next time.

  11. Amy

    There was NO way you were going to leave it. :) I actually think option 2 was the best–that top petal looks a little tall, honestly.

    I’m sure it will be stunning when finished! Froggers of the world, unite.

  12. Jessica

    I do not recommend ripping out two color knitting. It is NOT pretty. I did this with a mitten knit from the cuff up, when the mitten came out well, and the cuff did not. It took hours of fussing when I accidentally ripped too close to the start of the color work. Knitting colorwork backwards is an EVIL proposition because each stitch is actually half a stitch off. Not pretty. In hell, I will have to rip out two-color knitting, work it backwards and graft it.

    Happy re-engineering!

  13. Carla

    Good. The proportions are off in the one you finished. You (and I, not that that matters) will be much happier with the new mitten. Go, Grumperina!

    Whew. I feel better.

  14. Elaine

    I too am in favour of frogging. I have an entire sweater (THE WHOLE THING, just two inches short at the bottom) waiting to be frogged. I tried it on to see if it was long enough yet and it just looked all wrong. Why would I spend a month knitting something I don’t like? Better to spend two months knitting something I do.

  15. lauren*o

    Oh I think the frogging is definitely the right decision. If you didn’t frog, you would constantly glare down at the top of the mitten with seething resentment. At least that’s what would end up happening with me.

  16. Mary K. in Rockport

    Your cat is beautiful, (I’m doing this backwards) perfect cat colors. About the mitten. Yup, those left/right decreases are all wrong. No way you could leave those.

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