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Old 05-24-2008, 10:10 AM   #1
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Perfection Is Overrated
I was watching a crafts program and the woman was saying that a big hindrance for a lot of people is that they get so hung up on trying to make things perfectly that they wind up either not enjoying it or simply never finish at all.

She said that perfection is highly overrated. It's a hobby and one should enjoy it, not stress over making it perfect. I have to agree with her completely.

I remember when I first started knitting. As I tend to be something of a perfectionist by nature I experienced a great deal of stress trying to learn and trying to make it perfect. A guy on MWK (thanks MMario) told me that knitting is supposed to relieve stress, not cause it.

I gave that a great deal of thought and realized that he was exactly right. I stopped stressing over trying to make it perfect, and just started making it. My knitting improved very quickly after that and I actually enjoyed the process of creating something, even if imperfect, with my own two hands.

Perfection is highly overrated and can actually get in the way of enjoying our knitting.
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Old 05-24-2008, 10:17 AM   #2
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I agree and we all tend to worry about errors in our own work that others don't even notice unless we point them out! When I work on upholstery, I always worry endlessly about it until the customer picks it up and it's out the door! My knitting is for me and I don't stress over it.
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Old 05-24-2008, 10:19 AM   #3
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I concur.
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I totally agree!!
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Agreed. I see posts from many new knitters who are frustrated and discouraged that their work doesn't look `perfect' like the picture of their item. Or that the stitches aren't even as they knit it. Even experienced knitters goof, (yes, the pattern writers too) and the stitches even out when you're done and wash or block the item. As you found out, when you relax and don't stress, your knitting gets better.
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Old 05-24-2008, 10:58 AM   #6
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Bob Ross was saying we don't make mistakes... we just have happy little accidents. I agree, perfection is so overrated! Besides, what does perfection mean anyways? If you enjoyed knitting something, and if the person you give the item to is happy, it's perfect!
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I too tend to be a perfectionist. I've tried telling myself it is okay not to be perfect when knitting - it isn't going to be entered into a contest but for me to enjoy. So, I'm getting a little better about it. Relax. It is supposed to be fun not work.
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So true!!!
The secret to my success in all of the things I am successful at (namely, academics and crafts) is lack of stress. I take things one step at a time and if I discover a mistake I either go back and fix it or I ignore it. Life's too short to be taken so seriously!
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The lack of perfection is what makes something "made by hand".

The challenge isn't being perfect, it's knowing which mistakes need to be fixed and which ones don't to give others the idea you're perfect.
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Originally Posted by Mike View Post
The lack of perfection is what makes something "made by hand".

The challenge isn't being perfect, it's knowing which mistakes need to be fixed and which ones don't to give others the idea you're perfect.

Exactly!
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