Sometimes a knitting project is just not turning out as I had hoped and I think maybe if I let it rest for a while next time I pick it up with fresh eyes it will be different. Sometimes it never gets any better and "frogging" is the only answer. (Frogging is a term used by knitters because a frog says "rip it" and we are unraveling or ripping our knitted stitches.)
Frogging is not to be confused with "tinking", that is when you un-knit. Tink is knit backwards and you are un-knitting stitch by stitch to get back to where you made the mistake or something you did not like happened. The knitters are very funny and have their own vocabulary and shorthand. k2, k2tog, p1, k1, ssk, etc. Each of those symbols means something. If all these terms were written out the patterns would become extremely long and hard to follow. When I first saw this it was daunting but I learned this language rather quickly. After all it's not rocket science even though it seems like an impossible language that these weird knitters all understand.
Yesterday the knitting guild I belong to had a field trip to Trendsetter Yarns. 10,000 square feet of warehouse full of yarn. Barry Klein gave us a preview of their Spring 2013 collection. I really like him, he is always smiling and is very gracious. Some of the items were very nice and other pieces were just not me but lots of work goes into all this. I think a good time was had by all. Oh yes I bought a couple little balls of yarn, sparkly yarn. Adding a little pizzaz to something, now just to figure out where to use it. So many projects ...... so little time.
Nice texture and shaping: