A Frog’s Point of View
In the beginning … to frog or not to frog? Written by Tammy for The Crochet Crowd.
Frog? A cute green puppet? A green reptile found in my son’s pocket? Frogging? Is that a new hunting event? What is frog or frogging? I have been crocheting for over 40 years and have never heard of this term. The first time I read this on the Crochet Crowd. I thought people were talking to me since my nickname has been frog since I was 5 years old! I had to ask and the answer I got made me laugh so hard I … let me just say I cried LOL
(pic of yarn vomit?)
Frog or Frogging is a friendly term for ripping out needle work. “rip-it rip-it rip-it” as in “ribbit ribbit ribbit”. Cute right!
Opps I digress …
In the beginning, to frog or not to frog? How many times have you started a new pattern and before you get the first row done it just does not look right? I read the written instructions, I have stared at the graph of the pattern AND I even watched the tutorial! Frog it! Do it again … half way through the row … it still does not look right … Frog it! Ok, one more time and then I give up! Darn it, what am I doing wrong!?! This time I am taking a picture and gunna show my crochet friends and see if they can tell me what I am doing wrong! Snap. Post. Wait … wait … wait … The majority of what everyone says to do is to just keep going, don’t worry about what it looks like right now. But how can I keep going if it is not right?
So here I go, I finish row one, start row two. It still doesn’t really look right. Keep going! Row three looks better but it is still not really coming together! I want to just give up. I am doing something wrong I just know it. I can’t do this pattern, I am not good enough! It’s too hard! OK, row four … hey look … now that looks like the pattern … wow !
Sometimes we have to stop listening to that little voice in the back of our minds that says those mean ugly things to us. Keep going and save the frog for a skipped stitch or an extra stitch. This has happened to me each and every time I start a project that is completely new to me. I have wasted an entire day on row one. I have given up and never tried that pattern again. I lost out on a beautiful item to use, gift or sell. I lost the enjoyment and fulfillment of accomplishing something new.
I have an idea! Each time I am going to start a new project, I am going to make a swatch, a practice square, in cotton yarn. It is a small repetition of the pattern and in the end will become a dishcloth or washcloth to use or gift. I will perfect the stitches and not have to frog as much with less of my time being wasted.
Next time you are in the beginning … to frog or not to frog?
Until next week,
From, A Frog’s point of view