I labeled this photo "Not a good sign" because this is the frogged out yarn from a garment that I was working on, when I changed my mind about it's shape. I'm not terribly patient, I thought I was a perfectionist, but I'm not. I have learned much about myself through designing, qualities I have, qualities I need to work on. And since, I am an observer of people by education, I thought I would share my thoughts about what kinds of personalities are useful for designing. Oh yeah, I'm going to stretch this over several posts and milk this topic for all it's worth!
in no particular order:
I don't think it's necessary to be a perfectionist. In some ways, being a perfectionist will only drive you crazy. It is important to have a drive to be the best you can be, and produce the best project with the fewest mistakes, but at some point, you also have to get it done on schedule. Balancing these two ideas are pretty critical. This is why swatching is so critical. Taking the time to swatch helps you be 'more perfect' the first time, giving you a better shot at producing the best project with the least amount of frustration in the shortest amount of time.
Are you a perfectionist, or can you tolerate a small amount of imperfection for the greater good?