Self-Portrait Tuesday: All of Me Week 3

We are still exploring the “embrace the mistakes, love the ugly bits” theme. This week I don’t have a deeply personal story or contemplation to share. What you see here is the fruit of my labor: my first ever knitted hat. I am little-girl proud — “Lookie lookie what I made!” I’m pleased to have completed it and equally gratified that it fits. Is the hat a perfect rendition of the pattern I followed? Heck no! Some of my stitches are looser or tighter than need be, and the seam isn’t exactly right. I had to tink a couple of rows. (Tink is knit spelled backwards and means one carefully un-knits a row with a mistake in it. Knitting slang, yeah baby!) Yet I learned much making this (how to read a pattern, how to decrease stitches), and the next hat I make will be better. When I was younger, I used to be afraid to start new things, because I wanted to get it right the first time. The judge in my head was quite adamant that I was only valuable if the outcome of my action was exactly right. What a fallacy that is! I’m glad I learned to move through fear.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

–James Joyce

It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something.

–Ornette Coleman

Just because you made a mistake doesn’t mean you are a mistake.

–Georgette Mosbacher

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5 Comments on “Self-Portrait Tuesday: All of Me Week 3”

  1. Shirl Says:

    oh congratulations, Kathryn! I never could get the hang of decrease. Wonderful!

  2. andrea Says:

    Great post…if only we all could be so enlightened. Your hat is great too. 🙂

    andrea

  3. eden Says:

    I’ll link to my knitting blog for this one 😉

    I really like your take on the theme this time. I’ve enjoyed all your SPT posts and I like how you approached today’s. I’ve been avoiding joining the fray this month b/c I’m really not up for putting my physical flaws front & center. Again, you’re inspiring.

    That said, I really dig your hat. I like the color and I can tell I’d like the feel of the yarn by the way the light reflects off of it. I think it looks fantastic. I wish my first project had looked as good.

  4. la peregrina Says:

    The judge in my head was quite adamant that I was only valuable if the outcome of my action was exactly right.

    I still struggle with that one.

    What a fallacy that is! I’m glad I learned to move through fear.

    Good for you! 🙂

  5. la vie en rose Says:

    yeah!!!! way to go!