A case for repetition…

There are some makers who only want to make something once. They make something, they move on. I totally respect that, but that is not me, not at all. If there is something I like, I want to make it a bazillion times. I want to become so intimately familiar with it that I don’t have to consult the instructions at all. I want it to live in my DNA. I am a repetitious maker.

I have done it so much with sock patterns, starting waaaaay back in the day with the ten pairs of Monkey Socks by Cookie A. I don’t even know how many pairs of Sundae Socks and Stumptown Socks I have made. Right now, I’m doing it with all three patterns in my latest Socks for Busy B’s 4 collection (and I’m thinking Lickity-Split is going to be my go-to from that collection).

And then there’s sewing. Since I’m such a learner-by-doing, pieces get better every time I make them. I got the Dress No. 1 down to a science by making 20 or so of them, and I’m well on my way to the same place with this newfound Hinterland obsession. There is a big comfort for me in making until I know the pattern this well. Plus, at least with sewing, I have found that I really like having a uniform of sorts; something I can just choose the color of and put it on. Something I know I like the look and fit of, something that defines me in a way. For the last few years, it’s been the Dress No. 1, but this summer, it’s the Hinterland. In fact, don’t tell anyone, but I cut out my tenth last night 😉

What about you? Are you a one-and-done-er or a repetitious maker like myself?

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