How often are you truly pleased with your completed project? How many times have you woven in that last end and thought “Perfect, absolutely perfect.”
If you’re like me, not often. In fact, very close to “never.” You see, I say things like:
“If I had it to do over again I would...”
“The sweater would be perfect if it were just a little longer/shorter/wider/smaller.”
“It was great fun to knit, I just wish I’d chosen a different color.”
“The pattern is great, but the yarn just wasn’t quite right.”
“I messed up on the lace pattern...if you look real close you can see......”
And on & on & on.
I’m a perfectionist. I always have been. In everything I do I look for flaws and almost always find them. If I can’t find an obvious one I get inventive. ::::grin:::: Just recently I heard that perfectionists are more likely to come down with heart disease than our more laid back friends. That’s a no-brainer. Those of us who get upset over the little things in life - being late for appts, having our schedule disrupted, finishing a sweater that’s just a tad too small - will find the little things snowball into one big stress-induced heart attack!
In short, I need to go easier on myself. It’ll be very hard for me to do but I think it’s worth it if it improves not only my mental health but my physical health as well. I’m not calling this a New Year’s resolution because it’s more of a Life resolution. I figure writing this in my blog will help keep me honest. Like it’s helped me be a “finisher” rather than just a knitter. :)
In the spirit of my new outlook, here is something that finished up perfectly. It’s just like I imagined it in my mind’s eye, is soft as a cloud, and I (a confirmed disliker of scarves) love, love, love it!:
I'll still try & get a pic with me actually IN the scarf. I think it will look smashing over the neutral coat I knit last winter. The extra faux fur trim really made this one special. Now it's back to my cables!
May your knitting always be successful and perfect in your eyes because no-one else's opinion really matters.