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Topic: (Old) First Sweater - To Frog or not to Frog??  (Read 911 times)
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« on: September 14, 2006 08:51:56 AM »

So, about 5 years ago I finished my first sweater... it was a basketweave, drop-shoulder baggy style in Shetland Chunky. It is HUGE (gauge? what gauge?) and I don't think I have ever worn it - maybe once or twice around the house.

Now, I have fondness for this sweater since it is the first big thing I ever knit and so has a lot of sentimental value, and it also took me years, literally, to make and I learned a lot white making it.  However, it is huge and taking up space; I never wear it; and I can't think of anyone who would want it. It occurred to me that I could just frog it and make something else, but I'm not sure if I want to do that since it's kind of a sentimental garment. I might miss it if I frogged it, and regret doing it!

Has anyone else ever been in this situation??  Huh
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« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2006 09:05:05 AM »

i've done this before. i frogged a sweater i made years ago and made a purse out of it. i never wore it because it was made from cheap yarn and didn't feel good. now that i'm better and use better yarn, i know that it was just taking up space. so...i made the purse. it still has sentimental value, but i actually use it.
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« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2006 10:25:19 AM »

Oh!  I would totally be torn between my sentimental side and my practical "but look at all that yarn" side. 

If it were me, I would take plenty of pics of the sweater for posterity's sake, then I would frog it and make something I really like and will wear. 
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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2006 10:35:42 AM »

Oh!  I would totally be torn between my sentimental side and my practical "but look at all that yarn" side. 

i'm totally on the side of look at all that yarn! make some thing fun
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2006 10:53:23 AM »

Frog away, is my opinion.  And make something you'll use.  You want to feel good when you look at the thing.  Takeing pictures is a nice idea.
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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2006 11:00:15 AM »

Frog it....
Unless it has elements that would look cute in a bag or purse or even on a pillow....then just cut em up and sew em....(I think you knitters call cutting your stuff up and sewing steeking or something like that)

I do think though that you would be much happier with pics of your first knit, and something nice made from the yarn instead :-)
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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2006 12:30:47 PM »

I was just thinking about this a few days ago.  I still have the first sweater I knit (8-9 yrs ago).  It's three sizes too big and it poofs out in the front making me look pregnant.  I will never wear it and it's bulky and takes up a lot of space, but I don't think I'll ever frog it.  I love to pull it out and look at it from time to time to see how far I've come.  Plus it's made from a scratchy Lopi yarn that I don't really want to knit again anyway.

So I guess I'd suggest that if the yarn is gorgeous and would make something lovely, you should frog it.  Otherwise I'd keep it as-is.
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« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2006 01:13:03 PM »

Oh!  I would totally be torn between my sentimental side and my practical "but look at all that yarn" side. 
That's exactly where I am, subloke! Maybe leaning more on the sentimental side, since I realize now that thinking of frogging it makes me sad.  Undecided

I was just thinking about this a few days ago.  I still have the first sweater I knit (8-9 yrs ago).  It's three sizes too big and it poofs out in the front making me look pregnant.  I will never wear it and it's bulky and takes up a lot of space, but I don't think I'll ever frog it.  I love to pull it out and look at it from time to time to see how far I've come.  Plus it's made from a scratchy Lopi yarn that I don't really want to knit again anyway.

So I guess I'd suggest that if the yarn is gorgeous and would make something lovely, you should frog it.  Otherwise I'd keep it as-is.
That's a good point. It's Patons Shetland Ragg, which I used to use all the time, but I don't think I would go out of my way to use in a sweater at the moment.  It's nice, and decent, and serviceable, but not uber-gorgeous. So it's not a huge waste of gorgeous yarn. Maybe I should make a point of trying to wear it at home this winter and see if I can at least get some use out of it that way.

One thing about this sweater is that it really, really turned me off drop shoulders. The sleeves are so huge they were only slightly narrower than the front and back, before I sewed them up.  Roll Eyes

PS My mum sewed it up for me... I can just hear her shriek now if I decided to frog it!  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2006 05:15:18 PM »

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PS My mum sewed it up for me... I can just hear her shriek now if I decided to frog it!  Cheesy
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Ha! my mom would too!
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2006 07:40:07 AM »

I just recently felted the first sweater I made and made a bag out of it--I like reusing the materials, because I still get a warm sense of pride looking at it, and remembering how exciting it was to finish that first piece, but like people have said, now it's something I can actually use.
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