Fair Isle


Over the years, knitting has taught me some valuable lessons and admitting defeat is definitely one of them.

IMG_20180430_170833You may start a knitting project because you are hopelessly in love with it and this happened to me with Lisa Richardson’s Balfour.  Since I wanted to use as much stash as possible I decided to tinker with the colours, turning the palette almost entirely grey with a touch of black and yellow. I used Stylecraft Life, Gomitoli’s Cashmere Tweed and two colours of Felted Tweed, a quirky mix but great fun to knit with.

The romance began well and I whizzed through the first 20cm.  I loved the way the colours worked together and the rhythm of the design was just perfectly in tune.  But ever so gradually, knitting it became like wading through treacle.  I can’t put my finger on why but I simply fell out of love.

IMG_20180430_170852Knitting each row became much more of a chore but I was determined not to give up.  I have had this experience before but have found my way back to the joy of a design. Not this time, I’m afraid.  I have managed to complete the back but that only made me realise that the shape of this cardigan is just not for me.

I have started one of the fronts but I know I just won’t wear it, even if I do finish it, so began to frog it. Admitting I have had enough of this project is tough, especially when you have invested so much time in a project, but sometimes you just have to cut your losses.

I’m not sure what I am going to do with the back.  I may felt it, unless one of you wants to adopt the project and yarn to finish it.

13 comments on “Frogging

  1. I totally understand! I’m about to frog an entire cardigan and find a new design. The pattern I knitted was fabulous, but now that I’m wearing it I realise that it constantly falls off my shoulders. So annoying!

    But the yarn is divine, so I get the joy of working it into something else … 😉

    xx Lucy

  2. Nina Boyd

    Hello, Juliet! I almost lost the will to love knitting Balfour, finished it, but will almost certainly never wear it. Photo on my Ravelry page.
    Best wishes, Nina Boyd

  3. Hello Juliet! I almost lost the will to live knitting Balfour, finished it, but will probably never wear it. Photo on my Ravelry page.
    Best wishes, Nina Boyd

    • So it’s not just me then. I have now started Mousa by Marie Walking and I am much happier

  4. Pamela Dickinson-Noris

    It’s like falling out of love. It was wonderful at first and then you find out it’s just not right for you. Hard to admit, but better for you in the end. You wouldn’t have missed it for the world, but then it’s time to move on.


    Hello, I too have a project in the go I know I will not finish. How about making the back into a cushion cover or a funky bag. It. Looks good though so don’t forget that.

  6. I’m a tiger for frogging: I would’ve frogged the whole thing without turning a hair.
    But that’s because I can’t knit garments: they never fit, and so I’ve finally given up on ’em.
    Scarves, shawls, wraps – that’s my area now.
    But I still lose interest; and as you write, I don’t know why.

    • It’s weird, isn’t it. A bit like the end of a love affair. It’s not you, it’s me 😁

  7. Could you make the back into one side of a cushion cover? It would be such a shame to waste all that beautiful work.

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