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A while back, I did a post on WIPs, or Works In Progress, which, as I learned, are also called PIGs, or Projects In Grocery bags (Grandma bags, in my case). One of the WIPs I didn’t talk about is this Forest Petals Shawl (and yes, I have more than one WIP unposted).

I've been working on this for quite a while and this is all I've gotten.

I’ve been working on this for quite a while and this is all I’ve gotten.

I found the pattern in the Spring 2010 issue of Interweave Crochet magazine. I loved the look of it, the balance between yarn and space. The stitch and pattern seemed pretty easy, but I had not worked Tunisian stitches before. I picked out a beautiful silk blend yarn at the local yarn store (oh, how I miss you, but it’s for the best right now). I started the project an embarrassingly long time ago for how much I’ve completed. I’ve worked on it fitfully since then, but my progress has been slow. Really slow.

I have been reading the WEBS Yarn Store blog’s “31 Days To Get Organized”. I’ve gotten so many ideas from those posts, which I haven’t been reading in order. I don’t know how many of these ideas I will actually put in place, but I would love to get my PIGs better organized with stitch markers to free up some hooks (I’ve seen some cute beaded ones that I would like to make at some point. Heh). Sticky notes to mark where I’ve left off in a pattern would be great, too.

Then I saw this post about frogging and reusing yarn from partially finished projects.

Frogging verb : Unravelling part or all of a knitted or crocheted project. It’s called frogging because you “rip it, rip it”. Reasons to frog include: a previously unnoticed mistake, not liking or getting bored with the project, hating the yarn, running out of yarn, etc.

Immediately this project came to mind. I had been considering abandoning the project because it was taking so long to make progress, but I hated to cut the yarn and waste what had already been worked. I didn’t realize that yarn could be rehabilitated once it had been in a project for a long time. Once I read that post, a light bulb went on, and decided to frog the project. I still love this pattern, but I’d like to be able to wear the yarn sometime this decade. So I started frogging the PIG.

It was a struggle for me. As I was taking pictures of the project pre-frog, I pulled out the pattern and sighed over it. Yep, still love it. Do I really want to do this? It’s working up so pretty. Realistically, though, I have so many things that I would like to make that holding onto this project that is taking me forever seemed silly. But it still made me a little sad.

I have no problem making dog toys that Sugar will destroy quickly. It doesn’t bother me to rip out several inches of a worked afghan to fix a problem or starting and restarting a project that isn’t working up the way I want. I do have a hard time permanently ripping out my work. I can see the finished project in my head, and letting go of that vision is a challenge.

"Are you really, really sure you don't need my help?"

“Are you really, really sure you don’t need my help?”

It didn’t help that the yarn fought me. Sugar, of course, tried to help me. Keeping a tapestry needle nearby helped when tiny strands got tangled and stopped the frogging. It didn’t really help with Sugar. She’s still learning about sharp objects.

Next up, I wound the yarn into a hank. Sugar was sleeping by this point. Probably a good thing, since she now thinks yarn related things are hers. Once wound, I gave the yarn a cool bath to help relax all those crinkly fibers.

The yarn is now hanging in the bathroom to dry. Once it’s dry, I’ll ball it up and return it to my stash. And probably spend some free time looking for patterns in which to use it. By ‘some free time’ I mean hours. Probably.

Just relax, little fibers. We'll get you all sorted out soon. Ish.

Just relax, little fibers. We’ll get you all sorted out soon. Ish.