I was reading the Artist’s Way this morning and something Julia Cameron wrote hit me like a ton of bricks. She asked this question: “What would I do if I didn’t have to do it perfectly? Answer: A great deal more than I am.” Wow. My forehead has a bullseye because I am truely a perfectionist when it comes to my knitting and crocheting. I have written quite a bit here about my creative process and beginning to take my work seriously by keeping a design notebook and beginning to submit my ideas. I believe that the reason I don’t sometimes is due to my internal critic and my perfectionist leanings. My perfectionist says things like, “No one will pay money for that (pattern), it’s too simple.” or “That idea was so easy to come up with, it will never sell?” or “You can’t submit this pattern to a publisher, you can’t work out these decreases and you don’t have a chart ready.” It isn’t perfect, it isn’t perfect, it isn’t as perfect as you can make it. It isn’t good enough. Wow.
So, what would I try if I didn’t have to do it perfectly?
more faire isle knitting
learn to shoot video
spinning with a wheel
Where would I go with my knitting/crochet if I didn’t have to do it perfectly? Hmmm….I’d submit many of my ideas for designs. Finished or not. Sketches, swatches and a summary are often all that are required. I’d blog a lot more. I’d write much more.
What would you do, if you didn’t have to do it perfectly?