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Thursday, January 24, 2013

knitting: scarves, cowls, and perfectionism

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I’ve mentioned a time or two that I’m loving my new hobby of knitting.

And if you would like to learn how to knit, it’s really easy to do so using videos on Youtube.  That’s how I’ve learned and am continuing to learn. Being able to watch the persons fingers and slow it down as needed has helped so much more than a book ever did.

And as much as I love it, there’s just a little problem.

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I’ve not finished many projects. 

Oh, I’ve started many.  Scarves, dishcloths, and a cowl.  There are so many wonderful projects on Ravelry to choose from and I’ve started a few.

And I’ve taken apart a few too.

Why, you may or may not ask?

Perfectionism.

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Once I was knitting a scarf with this eggplant alpaca yarn.  Beautiful yarn.  And the scarf was coming out way wider than I had envisioned.  Then I slipped up on few stitches and the scarf had these humongous holes.  My friends said, “It’s still so pretty.” 

But my perfectionism said, “Not perfect.”

And then there was the grey acrylic yarn that was working into a lovely lacey scarf.  After walking away for a few days and then picking it back up to complete, I messed it up horribly!  The unfinished scarf sat there for days while I pondered over how to handle the predicament. 

Perfectionism said, “Unravel it.”

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Now I’m in the middle of knitting a gorgeous blue cowl.  This time I kept it easy with a simple knit stitch.  Can’t mess that up too badly, right?  Oh yes you can if a child happens to mess with it and lose some of the stitches from the needles. 

But this time I told perfectionism that I’m going to carry on and knit this cowl to completion…even if it’s not perfect.

Because sometimes you have stop, unravel the mistakes, and start over. 

And sometimes you just live with the baubles you make because really, who’s (what’s) perfect any way?

Obviously, not me.  And I’m ok with that.

4 comments:

  1. Adriane! :) I love your new blog set up and want to follow it. Maybe I am missing it but I don't see a follow by email button....I don't want to miss anymore of your posts.

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  2. Uh oh! I forgot to add that button. I will get to that today! Thank you for pointing that out. :)

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  3. Thank you!
    I am mobile most of the time and love to check my email and find update emails. :)

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  4. You're welcome! I too read most of my blogs via my mobile device too. It's the only way I can fit it into the day. Thanks for following along with the blog. :)

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