Posted by: looptangle | December 3, 2008


Yes. Yes.

This guy gets it.

“Well, you could quit, because it’s too hard to make stuff you aren’t already great at. You could convert all that pointless effort and practice back into MySpace updates and the production of funny cat pictures. No, it’s not technically the worst thing that could happen, but it’s a damned common pathway for fear to molder back into an emotional impulse to put on jammies and watch Judge Judy.”

Read Merlin Mann’s essay on Courageous Sucking. Go ahead, read it. I’ll wait.

It’s the perfectionist trap. “I can’t start that project now, I have to research every possible combination first.” That’s what often happens in my head, when I should just dive in and screw up a few times. I always remember the pain of failure, but I forget the valuable lessons you learn from it. I gritted my teeth and dove into making the polonaise, and just look at all the stuff I learned from Polonaise 0.1.  It seriously sucked, but I feel like I emerged from beginner to intermediate seamstress along the way.

I’m going to make a more conscious effort to run and jump, nay, cannonball into new ideas.

Come on in, the water’s fine.



  1. I try not to be perfectionist with sewing and knitting although with the sewing I have trouble. I want it to look perfect and will do it over and over again until I am satisfied and get VERY grumpy!

    With knitting I kind of expect disaster and am ever so happy when it looks ok.

    Your sewing is looking so fabulous!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: