Thursday, July 5, 2012

Aiming for Perfection

    Whenever we create something, whether it's knit, crochet, paint, sew, whatever, we strive to make it perfect. However, there is a Native American saying that only the Great Spirit makes perfection. So they believe that there are imperfections, however small, in everything made by human hands.

    When I crochet anything, there are always mistakes. When making the current blanket, and I have made many, the error is usually the stitch count on at least one row. There are supposed to be 151 stitches. Every time the kind of stitch changes, that is when I count. Usually it's the beginning of the single crochet sections.

    These little imperfections never show. However, there are others that I make. In the current blanket, in one of the V stitch panels, I made a mistake on one of the V stitches. It only has one side. So the row would look like this:


   If you don't get it, don't worry. It's kind of hard to explain. Let's just say that there is a mistake, and I know it's there. While I was thinking about what to say in this post, I was going to take a photo of the mistake, so you all could see it. But you know what? I looked over every V stitch panel, TWICE, and couldn't find it. But I know it's there, and so does the Great Spirit.

    And as my good friend, Kim says, "If you can't spot the mistake while riding past it on a galloping horse, then it doesn't matter." And she's right!

   One last note on the blanket: in the photo above, it's shown the way it's used. However, it's made from side to side. And every time I make one, by the time it's finished, I swear I will never make another one! But it's the pattern I have made the most over the last 20 or so years.