A while back someone wrote about our obsession with perfection, which frequently will prevent us from finishing things. In my little Tao devotional book, it discusses this as well. I love the line "Wanting everything in life to be perfect before you take action is like wanting to reach a destination without travel."
Typically, I am not a perfectionist, in fact sometimes it frustrates me that I am willing to let as many things slide as I do. Remember the BWA vest (Mar.8 entry) with cables going in the wrong direction here and there? Did I pull it out and fix it.........nope.
This sock though that I am working on however, has been a different story. In Nancy's book she mentions doing the double cable cast on, over 2 needles. Now barely being able to hold the yarn properly to do this cast on, I knew I would not have the dexterity to hold 2 needles...LOL. I chose to use a larger sized needle to cast on instead. I didn't like how floppy the cast on edge looked, but I kept going on anyways. By the time I got to the point that is pictured, I was just not happy with the sock altogether. The texture of the yarn is just not right for this sock. Even on size 0 needles, the sock was loose and sloppy looking. You all know what came next.............
Back into my pile of sock yarn, I found a few skeins of Koigu, which is what the New England sock was knit with in the book. WHAT a difference!! I skipped the 2 needle cast on and just did the cast on, over one size 0 needle and I like the edging much better. Every time I use Koigu, I quickly remember why everyone likes it so. It is so soft, yet it gives such nice definition to lace patterns. I am much much happier with this result.
Sometimes we have to not accept mediocre too. I knew that sock done up in the Twinkletoes yarn would always bother me left the way that it was. I know when I am finished with the New England sock now, it will be a pair that I will LOVE now.
As I mentioned the other day, I am in full (well as full as I can get) flylady mode. Now housework is one area where I am soooooooo not a perfectionist..hehe.
I am determined, though, to have a relaxing holiday season, with a sparkling clean house. We will see................