As I knit my first huge project, I have to learn to live with mistakes.
I have been very concientious, but alas I have discovered a mistake.
It is not a big one, and only I will every know, but it bothered me a
lot. However to correct this one I would have to rip weeks of work.
Not worth it!. As I said only I'll ever know. It is the number of rows
in a pattern. I accidentally left one row of the pattern off. This
throw will have 214 rows, with a pattern that will
be repeated 4 times. I am going to balance it off at the end with
an additional row at the other end so it will match. The mistake
is only aesthetic in that on each end their will be one additional
row of one color and one less row of a color called for. Not a real
biggie. I wish I wasn't a perfectionist!
So I am learning to accept that as in life, things aren't perfect.
So much for Basic Knitting Therapy 101.
On Sat, 12 Mar 2005 08:50:35 -0800, Daniel spun a yarn about:
Ohhhhhh, Daniel, it happens to all of us, and usually only *ourselves*
even recognize our mistakes... but I *DO* commisserate and empathize,
especially as a fellow perfectionist!
Then again, by mirroring the change you've transformed it into a conscious
design change and therefore a unique project that is entirely your own.
Call it serendipity. Or call it your subconscious desire for individuality
sneaking out when you weren't looking. Either way, it is one of the first
steps toward becoming your own designer. Congratulations!
Helen "Halla" Fleischer, Fantasy & Fiber Artist
Daniel, it sounds like you have dealt with your situation just right.
In developing software we have a saying. "Its not a bug, its a
feature." We are only half joking when we say this.
I also comfort myself often with the concept of many indigenous peoples
that one should build a flaw into any creation so as not to anger the
gods by being perfect. I find that I seldom have to purposely build in
a mistake -- at least one usually happens that is too small to be worth
Part of the joy of handcrafting is that it is a human endeavor. Humans
are rarely perfect. Enjoy your project as a beautiful, unique work.
On Sat, 12 Mar 2005 08:50:35 -0800, Daniel
I once left out a row on a pattern where it should have made a much
bigger difference that one row more or less of a color. It was a
pattern stitch, and one repeat was missing a row. I thought it was
glaringly obvious, so I put it away instead of giving it as a gift. A
while later I took it back out and couldn't find the place where the
row was missing. Finally, I sat and counted the rows in each repeat
and so I found it. Then I realized that it wasn't at all obvious and
gave it as a gift to someone else.
Daniel , in the Middle East ,[where i live], it is a tradition to make
a mistake on purpose ,,, to show that you are Human ,,,,
Many a times omly you will know that there is a mistake ,, and thus it
is really not a big deal , only a little Heart jump , i once had a
mistake like this ,,, and saw it only after 300 hundred rows ,,, my
solution ,,, i embroidered some nice thing over the mistakem line and
a matching one the other side ,,,, Than it stopped botheing me .
On Sat, 12 Mar 2005 22:48:09 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Mirjam
Yes, I have some beautiful dresser scarves from Turkey, and they all
have a little "error" in them, either color or a shape. I love them!
And a shirt I got in Senegal is made from a one way fabric, but one
pocket is upsidedown. I just use that philosophy when I goof and I
feel much better. (Of course with a dropped stitch... my usual
error... you can just go back down to it with a crochet hook and
ladder it on back up to where you are.)
On Sat, 12 Mar 2005 08:50:35 -0800, Daniel
I have to say congratulations on accepting the mistake and living with
it. I am like you and am a perfectionist and get very upset when I
discover a mistake. Yes I think it's great you are living with it and
yes it's now your pattern and a design change.
I have a cross-stitch instructor that always says that only the maker
wil know of the mistake as no one will compare the pattern with the
Darlene in Toronto
Like many others, I prefer to think of it as "inadvertant creativity."
And the poncho I am working on has a few places...that only I know
about. Anyway, I want it to be unique!
And as far as perfection: A woman I know was horrified and shocked
when I told her that I do NOT want to be perfect. I explained that it
is because I am to lazy and it takes to much responsibility. I want to
enjoy life not stess it.
And BTW, I think it is marvelous that mistakes are deliberatly put in.
It keeps ones perspective level.
There's an adage regarding embroidery that I picked up on RCTN, but it works
well for most crafts:
A novice embroiderer doesn't know a mistake's been made.
An intermediate embroiderer knows a mistake's been made, and goes back to
An expert embroiderer knows a mistake's been made, and figures out how to
work around it.
So I guess it's not whether we make mistakes, but the way we deal with them
that determines our level of expertise:-)
I used to be a perfectionist, but a lovely lady told me that there is
not enough time in life to be perfect in everything I do. She said "just
relax and do your best", that I would achieve more in my life and enjoy
I have allowed that advice to 'sink in', and now recognise perfectionism
to be a severe form of self-abuse :) Although we use the word profusely,
few of us have ever witnessed, let alone achieved perfection in our lives.
I now view a mistake as an opportunity for creativity and individuality.
I too used to frog a mistake, but now I don't. I know where it is, but
no one else does. If they copied what I had done, it would be wrong and
would be hard for them to work it out like I did. I've done the
crocheted pineapple afghan and it has a mistake in it that I know where
it is, but it's hard to notice and didn't throw off the design at all.
I know exactly how you feel. When I made myself a skull cap a few weeks ago
I accidentally purled some knit stitches and knit some purl stitches all the
way across one of the four dp's I was knitting on..... It was on the second
row of ribbing and I didn't notice it until I'd already knit a whole inch
and a half of the ribbing.... and I was not about to attempt ripping it back
to my mistake. The cap is still great but I hated that I messed it up like
that..... of course I'll probably be the only one who ever see's it.
"David" skrev i melding
I think we have to practise to live with the mistakes;
to be free from perfectionism!
It is VERRRRRY difficult, I think!
It is much more easy to develop to be a control freek!
I try to think:Now I've signed it!
But if I shall give it away...?
It seems that being a control freak implies that one knows there are
mistakes, but that a major attempt to prevent them is being made in
advance(generally in too forceful a manner), while accepting that there are
mistakes seems to be thought of as a sign that things are "out of control,"
when it should really be taken as an acceptance of things beyond out
control. In various areas, and also at various time, I can be either/or.
Sure leads to some interesting self-discussions! ;-) (Fortunately, or
unfortunately, my mistakes on the knitting machine are usually so glaring
that it requires acknowledgement and repair: can't have huge runs down a
sweater now, you know.)
Carey in MA
(fading back after dropping her 2 pennies.....)