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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sometimes Knitting Goes Backwards

Last night I did the impossible - I frogged mohair.  I had decided that my Horai needed a trip to the frog pond for a couple of reasons.  I wasn't happy working it on my slick metal needles, but it matched the colors too closely on the wooden needles for me to use those.  (Double stranded lace weight mohair and working the daisy stitch require you to be able to see what you're doing.)  Also, I'd made some mistakes back at the first of it that I couldn't see at the time (so I went on after correcting as well as I could), but I can definitely see the problems as I got farther away.  Finally, my cast on was too loose.  All of these things were combining to make this project one I wasn't working on because I knew inside that I'd never be able to wear it.  I decided it was worth trying to frog even though I've always heard you can't frog mohair.  I found out last night that if you go slowly and carefully (and you've knit the project to be frogged on enormous needles), and your kitten has worn himself out "helping" with laundry all day, it is in fact possible to frog mohair.  I did have to toss the last few yards - the parts from the original cast on, but otherwise, I got all the yarn back.

I do love this pattern and I love the yarn, so it's entirely possible that I'll get some new needles (wood, in a lighter color) and restart.  Now that I have a feel for the pattern, it should be easier to work a second time around.  In the meantime, I know frogging it was the right thing to do.

OK, so apparently frogging mohair isn't impossible, but getting a photo to upload today is impossible.  For some reason iPhoto isn't playing well with Flickr so it looks like I get to figure that out today.  Just imagine yarn today...

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Blogger Dawn said...

Should you ever need to frog mohair again, toss it for a time out in the freezer for a while (I usually do overnight) For some reason the little hooks let go much more easily and although it's still slower than regular yarn, it doesn't seem to fight its fate! FWIW .... learned this first when using alpaca which was quite hairy knitting my very first lace project -- MS3 aka Swan Lake!

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