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Old 02-18-2006, 09:10 PM   #11
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LOL, okay, I guess "perfect" was kind of a strong word. But seriously, when I look at people's FOs on here, I think they look pretty close.

It's good to know my tension will get more even with practice. Right now, it's pretty variable.
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Old 02-18-2006, 11:34 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Amber
LOL, okay, I guess "perfect" was kind of a strong word. But seriously, when I look at people's FOs on here, I think they look pretty close.
Well of course we turn the booboos AWAY from the camera you know..
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Old 02-18-2006, 11:35 PM   #13
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No way, not perfect!
I've been knitting for only about eight months, so I'm FAR from perfect. However, I can see the progress I've made since I started! Keep going and you'll get better, faster, more even.

I think part of the reason people's FO photos on this site look "perfect" is that they are just photos...you can't see all the detail you would if you held the item in your hands and examined it carefully. Your hand knitting would look better in a photo, too, or from across the room.

Hang in there, and happy knitting!

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Old 02-18-2006, 11:37 PM   #14
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Most of my finished projects look much better in the photos, usually, if that's any comfort.
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Old 02-18-2006, 11:53 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by feministmama
Perfect? What's that?
I think that is a true statement...

"Perfect" should exist. Everything has it's flaws.
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Old 02-19-2006, 09:38 AM   #16
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I consider a FO that doesnt have major flaws or holes to be perfect

I finished a pair of socks - (will do photos later) and there are some flaws, yes, but darn it, they ARE perfect!

And my hairball kitty purse - (will photo that too) - I get compliemnts on it all the time - its way different - and oh yes flaws in there too!

Don't be so hard on yourself!
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Old 02-19-2006, 10:10 AM   #17
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It's all already been said, but I second that emotion! Handknits never look like machine-knits from the mall, and thank god for that! I think one of the best things about being a more experienced knitter is that I've learned what I can and can't expect from myself.
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Old 02-19-2006, 10:19 AM   #18
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Yeah! What they said!

Plus... please stop frogging everything that you make! One day you will be teaching a daughter, neice or grandchild how to knit and they will get frustrated. You can then pull out that scarf that looks nothing like a scarf and comfort them with the fact that everyone starts out making mistakes! I know this because I have done this with my own daughter and one neice already and I've only been knitting for a handful of years. Now I look back at that wonky scarf and smile when I see all of those little "oops" places - I can also figure out how they happened. It was a huge comfort to my daughter to realize that I didn't start out knitting "perfect"! You will be so glad to have kept some of that early work - I promise!

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Old 02-19-2006, 11:06 AM   #19
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One more vote for appreciating imperfections! I feel like I do pretty well, and I'm mid-range in experience (I think, from reading this forum) - and I have yet to make anything "perfect". However, I have made a lot of things that have made me and the recipient PERFECTLY HAPPY!!!
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Old 02-19-2006, 11:13 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by Ingrid
Most of my finished projects look much better in the photos, usually, if that's any comfort.
I find that very hard to believe, Ingrid. Your work is AMAZING and I can't imagine the photos even do it justice. But, thanks for trying to make me feel better!

It does make me deel better to hear that other people's knitting isn't always perfect -- or I guess a better word would be "flawless." I think I've just been feeling a little down about my knitting lately b/c I've been trying to knit sweaters and I keep making mistakes -- big ones. It's frustrating to spend so much time on something and not have it work out. But, I'm stubborn (and, I really knitting), so I won't give up. I guess I just need to keep everything in perspective and view each mistake as a learning experience.

Dang it though, I want to knit a sweater that doesn't suck!!!
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