Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A different kind of frog...

The term "frog" or "frogging" is a verb used in knitting and crochet. The term refers to the unraveling of stitches. When you frog something you pull the yarn to undo stitches, rows, etc. In simple terms, you're ripping your stitches (rip-it), hence the cute name. Frogging is usually done to back-track or correct a mistake. Frogging can also happen by accident; your unfastened yarn catches on something or the entire skein rolls away pulling stitches out of your work. Sometimes the purpose is to recycle yarn. You might find really cool yarn in an already finished piece like a blanket or sweater. If you carefully frog the item, you can use the yarn to make something new like a toy or scarf. The fancy yarns can sometimes be a bit tricky to frog so go slow and be careful. Thrift stores, flea markets and yard sales are great places to find froggable items, sometimes for MUCH cheaper than the cost of a new ball of yarn. Happy Frogging! Rip-it, rip-it...

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