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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Why Is Perfection So Elusive?

I love perfection, but find it so rarely. I want my house to be perfectly clean, I want my kids to have straight A's, I want my kids to behave perfectly and never get into trouble, I want to look in the mirror and see a skinny, 40-something, I want no flaws in my sewing and knitting....you get the idea.

I have learned to accept imperfection.  My kids have taught me that.  However, I don't accept it that well in myself - especially in my creations.

I recently completed a knitting project which was partially machine knit on my Ultimate Sweater Machine and partially hand knit.  The pattern is a stylish, modern vest called Vestish.  I whipped out the back on the machine last spring but there it sat all summer while I dealt with more of life's imperfections (broken bones).  When the kids headed back to school I worked on the vest front.  The shaping was giving me some problems and I read and re-read the instructions...felt something wasn't right, resisted the nagging voice in my head and forged ahead.  When I proudly completed it and looked in the mirror (trying to ignore the extra 20 pounds) I realized I had made a mistake - a nagging, mistake!  Most laymen will probably not notice it, but most knitters will and it bugs me.  However, I am not sure it bugs me enough to undo the ribbing, undo the side seams and reknit....What would you do?

I think I'll eat a candy bar.


  1. Consider it your "signature" and not a mistake. Only God creates perfection.

  2. *chuckle*
    :) Perfectionism can ruin all the fun (as a fellow perfectionist, I should know).



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