Sunday, June 21, 2009

Should I care?

In needlework, especially in knitting and crocheting, one often encounters two kinds of individuals: those who are perfectionists and those who aren't. These individuals are often more intellectually and euphemistically referred to as "product" and "process" knitters and crocheters.

In the first case, the individual sets out in a project to produce a certain product, and that product is the priority. Either the process of making te product is viewed as unimportant or no effort is too great to make theresult perfect. The ends justify the means.

But in the second case, the needleworker simply wishes to enjoy the activity. The fact that the activity produces something is either unimportant or an added benefit. Such needleworkers rarely concern themselves with technique more than they absolutely have to.

I tend to fall somewhere in the middle. Sometimes I'm goal oriented, and other times I just want to keep my hands busy or play with beautiful colors.

Both types of needleworkers often produce beautiful work, with the perfectionists making the most intricate lace, complex textures, and visally satisfying patterns, and process knitters producing expressionistic work that satisfies the eyes and hands on an organic level. But in "real life" howmuch perfection is necessary?

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