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« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2012 08:08:13 PM »

I have "hints" of OCD too. I recognized it at about age eleven, before I knew the term for it. It felt bad, so I fought against it as hard as I could. Now it mostly manifests itself as a minor compulsion to check the setting on my alarm clock multiple times whenever I set it and a couple of other little things like that that--until I posted this--noone but my husband knows I do. Having to count things can aggravate this tendency, which affects my yarn crafting; one of the reasons I prefer knitting to crochet is that, for me, there's a lot more counting in crocheting than knitting.

Perfectionism reared its ugly head even younger. I chalk that up partly to temperament and partly to my mother--repeatedly hearing "You can't do that, you'll just mess it up", "No, you can't help, you won't do it right" can give a child an exaggerated sense of the magnitude of doing things imperfectly.

I've noticed I can finish sewing projects a lot faster when I'm doing something on my own, rather than with a pattern, because, even though I'm smart enough to figure things out on my own, if there are instructions I feel compelled to read them and then to reread every single step as I go along to make sure I'm not making a mistake. This is not fun. Sooo...thinking out loud here, I guess I should be doing more things out of my own head or from generalized tutorials, rather than with step-by-step instructions.
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« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2012 09:54:58 PM »

Thinking a little more about this, I remembered something from a blog I enjoy reading, where the author, "sarah in nyc", says that "I know that lots of people take sewing clothing as a serious endeavor. I dont. For me, making a garment is a little like doing a doodle, but in fabric." And elsewhere she talks about thinking of your sewing as a work in progress that you can change later. You know, this is probably the sort of attitude I should be cultivating. Sewing is just another kind of playing or doodling. You can't doodle wrong. And if you don't like your doodle you can change it, no biggie.
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