Friday, October 18, 2019

When perfectionism gets in the way of creativity


A few months ago I started knitting potholders from cotton scraps. Great idea, isn't it? Yeah, I thought so too. But after I finished the first two squares (the ones on the left in this picture), I found out I didn't have enough scraps to continue the color choices I had made.
I know. That's what you get when you're working with scraps. So I finished the other two squares with scraps in other colors.
That does sound easier and quicker than it actually was. I didn't like the color combinations I had to make and these squares lingered around for a long time.
When I picked up knitting a few weeks ago, I forced myself to finish them. But I still didn't like the color combinations. And I couldn't get myself to sewing them together as potholders, because I would have either two with nice fronts and ugly backs, or one nice potholder and one ugly.



In the end, I decided to crochet borders on the individual squares, to make them into dishcloths. Now I can leave the nice ones on the counter and use the other ones for incidental cleaning.


Phew. Saved my scraps and my knitting. But man! Perfectionism can be difficult to deal with sometimes...

4 comments:

  1. I hear you. It's a struggle to just let the knitting happen. But the results will be appreciated no matter what.

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    1. Yes, it's a real (but in this case rather silly) struggle... But I ended up with some nice dishcloths, so all is well that ends well.

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  2. They look great and I liked how you did the edges. I also love the multi colors, I need to make some like this for myself.

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    1. Thanks. I feel the edges make them (especially the striped ones) feel more finished. You should try, they are fun little projects.

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