Second Chances

Somehow, over the course of 2017 I managed to address my WIP (work-in-progress) pile; bravely unravelling a small number of the languishing projects and happily finishing others.

I was surprised by the sense of achievement I felt. Yes, the finished objects were satisfying, but unravelling the ones that weren’t making the grade was equally (and possibly even more) worthwhile. Recognising a lost cause and doing something about it?

In particular, I was smitten with the idea of rescuing some yarn from an unhappy situation and giving it a second chance. There aren’t many times in life where you can simply unravel something and start again 😉

So why stop at unfinished objects? My Ravelry record tells me that I had completed an aran cable jumper back in 2014 … and I know I have never worn it. Too warm, too long, too bulky. I didn’t even like it enough to offer it to friends or family. But it was a finished jumper, so it had never occurred to me to undo it … until now!

From this …

to this …

in less than 30 minutes!

The back of the wardrobe is unchartered “frogging” territory for me and I’m disproportionately happy about it! Even finished objects can be reviewed, unravelled and upcycled. I am already excited at the prospect of creating something new with this rescued wool. It feels like a metaphor for the year ahead and one I want to remember.

I’m also a little worried that I might have got a taste for unravelling … so if you have any yarny items you want “frogged”, feel free to pass them in my direction!






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Sharing my love of yarny craft and encouraging others to give it a go!
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8 Responses to Second Chances

  1. bonnyknits says:

    Oh, I do love frogging projects that aren’t working out! Glad you’re able to reclaim the yarn!


  2. catterel says:

    How brave! I took a pile of beanies and cowls to the charity shop as they had already had several incarnations and I couldn’t face unravelling them yet again! Hope they find good homes.


  3. swissrose says:

    Ha, I have done this in fits and starts. At one point I unravelled everything that was a WIP or finished that I thought I wouldn’t finish or wear. Some of the wool then went to charity as I realised it no longer appealed to me. A few finished objects also went to charity – fit, colour, whatever, wasn’t right. I have become more ruthless with this! At the moment, however, I am using up a lot of DK yarn that came from a WIP I went off – except I have had to buy more yarn to supplement it to finish the project…. LOL A knitter’s life!!


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