Casting On and Casting Off: To The Frog Pond and Something New

froggedThe last few weeks having been challenging for me as I haven’t quite been able to find the right project to knit.  I think at times my trouble is the fact I want instant gratification and the projects I had on the needles just wasn’t cutting it.

Needless to say, a few have been frogged as they were not right for me -

  • Irish Coffee – Frogged as I finally realized that this pattern really would not look good on me and the yarn I had originally chosen would not work and the new Aran, while lovely, just wasn’t the right color.
  • Spring Forward – Frogged as I dropped quite a few stitches and would have to start over (don’t even ask).

So I’ve spent the week looking at patterns and decided to cast on Derwent found in Rowan’s  Autumn Knits and designed by Marie Wallin.


Knit this women’s raglan and cable detail oversized top from Autumn Knits, a design by Marie Wallin using the wonderful yarn Cocoon (merino wool and kid mohair). With a simple yet effective cable detail on the front, raglan oversized sleeves and wide round neck, this knitting pattern is for the intermediate knitter.

I wanted to use up stash yarn, so I am using my stash of Lion Brand Thick ‘n Quick in Claret, a deep burgundy color that reminds me of mulled wine.  I really love the simplicity of this design, the raglan/dolman style sleeves, and think it will be very cozy to wear on the weekends, and even to work.  


As a reminder,  Autumn Knits  is a collection that contains 14 designs, both  for women and men, by Marie Wallin using the yarns CocoonLima & Lima Colour.  My friend Claire in England finished hers a few months ago using Rowan Cocoon in Lavender Ice and it looks awesome!  Be sure to check out her blog post that can be found here.

Until next time …. happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

12 thoughts on “Casting On and Casting Off: To The Frog Pond and Something New

  1. sandandsky

    Oh, I know that feeling so well … starting projects, having second thoughts, and then ripping, ripping, ripping … a very trying pace to find yourself, indeed, but It is very comforting to know that others go through this as well.
    As for your new project, your Derwent is going to be absolutely gorgeous in Claret and will be perfect for pairing with a comfy pair of jeans or nice dress pants. Love it!

    1. Tina Post author

      It really is comforting to know I share my feelings with others Simone :) You must like what you’re making and if you don’t then for me it’s time to move on. Thank you so much, I’m rather excited about it and can’t wait to finish!!

  2. Sandie Knapp

    I’m sorry the other projects didn’t work for you, but I think we’ve all been there a few times, and know how you feel. I really like this very relaxed fitting sweater you have chosen now. It looks like something that would be very comfortable and cozy, and the burgundy yarn should look very lovely on you, with your dark hair and eyes. It’s always best to keep moving forward, and not to look back too much. And I hope you find this a much more enjoyable project too. :)

  3. karen

    I am knitting and ripping more this month, I think I was having a commitment problem. I am still looking for THE project that is big and laceweight and full of meaty knitting time.

  4. Knit and Purl Garden

    Lovely colour Tina, it’ll really suit you. Derwent is super cosy & it knits up quickly. Glad to hear I’m not alone in dropping stitches and having to start over… :) thanks for linking to my blog & have a wonderful Christmas! Claire xx

    1. Tina Post author

      Thank you Claire, I’m hoping so and you are right, it does knit up quickly. You are most welcome and have a wonderful Christmas too :) xoxo

  5. Liesl

    For me, certain projects, I don’t mind frogging while others are harder. I always let things sit for a while before deciding to frog them—sometimes a little time away can make me realize they are salvageable or if I have to frog, the initial shock has passed.

    I hope your new project goes smoothly and you end up with a finished piece you love! (Rowan designs are so lovely and always styled so beautifully.)

    Have a merry Christmas!

    1. Tina Post author

      That’s pretty much me too Liesl. I’ve had a few projects that I couldn’t think about frogging but knew I must.

      Merry Christmas to you too!

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