I was walking down the street the other day, when I heard a woman screaming. I looked around and realised she was pointing at me. Everyone nearby started staring at me and I felt really scared. What was it she was saying, I wondered. I plucked up my courage and asked a passerby, "what did that woman say". The stranger looked at me and then with downcast eyes she whispered "she said you had made a mistake in the jumper you are wearing and one of the cables is the wrong way around". I was shocked and stumbled away, my worst nightmare had come true.
Of course, the last paragraph is a work of fiction. It never happened and it never will. Then why do we worry so much about little mistakes in our work, it's pointless to get stressed out over a missed stitch, or a slight deviation from the pattern. Everyone make mistakes, that's how we learn. After all every handcrafted item is individual, it's part of you. Mistakes make it more individual. If you want perfection then buy a machine made jumper. guaranteed to be perfect and soulless. I know some of you are gripping the edges of your seat with horror, and thinking 'I don't allow mistakes to happen' or 'I have to correct every mistake I make'. That's fine, if that makes you feel comfortable and you need to be in control. Personally I like to live a stress free and relaxed life. If I make the odd mistake or two, I don't beat myself up or lose sleep over it. Didn't someone say 'life is too short to stuff a mushroom', not sure if that analogy is correct in this situation but I love that phrase. If someone feels they have to point out a mistake to me (which I can say in all honesty has never happened), I would humour them and count myself lucky I had more to do in life than to criticise. So the next time you feel like ripping back rows and rows of work for one mistake, or abandon a project completely, ask yourself does it really matter. Carry on and take comfort in knowing the finished item will be unique and loved.