Where are they now?

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This was the first thing I ever knit. A huge, improvised design, stockinette and garter stitch scarf. My ABC scarf – both literally and metaphorically.

I loved it for a long time. For both its metaphorical meaning and its warmth.

But then I realised I wasn’t wearing it anymore. I had become too bothered by the rookie mistakes. It was too big. The knots on the joins of balls (which were there because I didn’t know better back when I was knitting it) irritated me. And then it became this.

I was a little sad, but knew it was the right thing to do. And a few months later, it became this.

And this.

I think you’ll agree when I say – no regrets! :)

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About fridica

I started knitting completely by accident, when I was visiting my parents for a holiday in 2008. On a boring Sunday afternoon, I decided to dig through their stash of books to see if there was anything interesting to take back to my apartment. A knitting manual happened to be one of the books I found. I got curious, my mom immediately dug out her old needles and yarn stash (which she hadn’t used in a decade at least), and in a few minutes we were both casting on - she by memory, I by following the instructions from the book… :) Since I normally prefer learning from books, this was ideal.. I took the book home with me, and very very soon - I was an addict.

36 thoughts on “Where are they now?

  1. It must be great seeing your first knit not just reborn but alive and kicking. I couldn’t stand the imperfections and my yarn choices and my pattern choices and so they were very quickly given to family and charity.

    Like you, I have no regrets on the matter.

    • Yup! Thank heavens for Ravelry – can you believe I never thought to take pictures of my knits until I created an account there and needed photos for my project pages?

  2. I could cry when I think about all the yarn I have discarded because I wasn’t happy with the FO or when I’ve got bored of knitting something. I think you looked really cute with your big scarf but I think the owl jumper is even cuter!

  3. You are a star! So good to recycle, rather than stuffing it to the back of a drawer (which is what I would most probably have done) – and LOOK how happy you made a little girl. Lovely post.

  4. Awesome yarn recycling!! The scarf was very cool, but I totally agree that if you are no longer enjoying it, you might as well frog it and turn it into other happy knits.

  5. First of all, I loved your scarf and how it was so long you could just wind and wind up for warmth. However, I understand how you were “bugged” by your beginning mistakes so the transformations the scarf made are wonderful as well, esp. that sweater for that cutie patootie.

  6. That is DEFINITELY a great re-use of yarn. The big scarf is sweet (you made it up? With the letters and everything? Go you!), but the re-born projects are even better.

    • Yup, it was just alternating garter and stockinette stitch. I added letters to the stockinette to get into the habit of counting (and also to see if it would really work – forming a letter by alternating between knit and purl seemed like magic to me at the time!!). I got the chart for the letters from my mom’s old knitting manual, and just chose the ones that had a pretty shape… :) You wouldn’t believe how many times I got asked if the letters formed a word!

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