"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
~ Thomas Edison
I have posted on my blog about frogging before and about how it may seem like a necessary evil; however, it is not necessarily evil at all.
Reader Lissa posted a comment on my ABC Blog "J is for Jewelry" regarding how failure is part of learning and it reminded me of the above quote from Thomas Edison.
How true is it that our mindset, how we view the glass, is important to our crafting and artistic abilities? I do agree with Lissa that when we do not succeed at a final result, that we learn. We should be learning from our mistakes, because in the wise words of Albert Einstein, insanity is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
Could you imagine how insane you would feel if you took the same yarn, did the same stitches, to come up with the same piece... that you didn't like? Only to frog it and do the same thing again?
But the positive spin Edison put on 'failure' (oh, I do not like that word!) is exactly what we need to preserve our sanity but move on to another technique or method. An example would be my work on a cabled scarf - I started with a certain pattern but frogged it enough to know that the yarn didn't want to be *that* cabled scarf, so I came up with my own pattern. In the end, I have a cabled scarf, yet I learned of one way to not make a cabled scarf out of this particular wool.
I did not fail... I learned.
What is your take on frogging and/or failure to complete an item on time, first try? Do you fret over it and keep trying or do you look for a new angle?