Thursday, August 14, 2014


As I have stitched in classes and with friends, a reoccurring topic of conversation is what to call it when you are taking stitches out.  This sometimes painful act can be depressing, defeating, angering, etc.  It makes you want to have a verb that sounds a little more optimistic so that you still feel like you're making some progress.  We have all done it-probably more than we would ever like to admit.  I know for certain that I have taken more stitches out in my lifetime than I have left.  Usually, though, it does end up better after you get past the initial sting of having to take what you have just stitched out.  This summer in Durham, we referred to it as "reverse stitching".  

A few weeks ago, my husband came home from work and asked me if I knew what "frogging" was.  I thought and thought.  Nope, no idea!  He then explained that he had been listening to NPR and they interviewed a knitter.  She said that she used the term "frogging" for when you are taking stitches out because you "rip it, rip it, rip it out".  I fell in love with this saying instantly and now will be calling it that if for no reason to give myself a little chuckle as I am "frogging".  

Have any of you used the term "frogging"?

Here are a couple of my recent experiences frogging.  I have to admit as much as I do not enjoy taking stitches out, I love the photos of the loose ends going every direction!