The Amish get under my skin!
There is an oft-repeated saying about the Amish and their quilting: Because they don't want to insult God (the only one who is supposed to create perfectly) they purposefully make one mistake in their quilting.
Purposefully make a mistake!
What? Or, to be more accurate WTF ?!?
I don't spend a lot of time thinking about this unless I'm in the middle of a project.
Like last week - when I was trying to knit a pair of striped socks at the request of my daughter. That meant using four needles that are the diameter of an eyelash - from which stitches repeatedly fell off, new curses were invented (by me - I'm creative that way), and the phrase "purposefully making a mistake" kept dancing through my head...
or last night - when I thought it'd be fun to knit myself a sweater (sounds like I do this a lot - but I go years between knitting jags) - this time I used a circular needle about the diameter of my wrist - and was happily (except for the few frustrated curses when stitches fell off the needles) knitting away...
when I decided to lay the piece out to see something about the size - and realized that (this is something I think you can probably only do with circular needles - or maybe it's just me) I had knitted a lovely mobius strip.
You can't wear a mobius strip - the damn thing was supposed to be flat, not twisted.
So, again I thought of the Amish - who purposefully make a mistake in their work - and I was not amused.
Maybe the Amish weren't talking about knitting (but I've tried quilting too - and I'm just as gifted at making mistakes - NOT purposefully there as well) ...
the idea of saying that you have to MAKE a mistake - on purpose -
(growl, growl, snarl ... she creeps back to her imperfect knitting while composing strings of naughty words to hurl at Amish arrogance)