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Attention and Autopilot - Qualified Perceptions
firstfrost
firstfrost
Attention and Autopilot
I've had three knitting projects projects now recently that I had to rip back a bunch of work on, because of a stupid mistake. Two of them were failing to pay enough attention to the pattern directions and missing a small but important step (i.e. in the Rose socks, "start the second trellis" was actually "start the second trellis but start it at whatever row the first trellis is on, so that they match when you get to the step two inches later"), one was just failing to put in the last decrease on the left side, so the armholes didn't match and I didn't notice for forever. I've been trying to figure out what is up with that. It's not just reading comprehension, and it's not just absent-mindedness - I think it's mostly just that I've started running my knitting a little too much on autopilot (while watching TV, reading, whatever) and the lack of full attention still bites me every so often. But... I don't really want to have to pay it my full attention all the time. When it's my hands doing the work, and my brain is only checking in once in a while to steer, the solution isn't to have my brain there all the time - I just need to make sure that when my brain does check in, it does so all the way.
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merastra From: merastra Date: July 10th, 2011 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
>>I just need to make sure that when my brain does check in, it does so all the way.

Yeah, I can totally see this conundrum. Checking in all the way when you *do* activate the main brain CPU can be kinda hard I find. For me anyway, I end up having to train my brain to ignore details when I'm supposed to be autopiloting so it's an effort to untrain that.
mathhobbit From: mathhobbit Date: July 10th, 2011 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
If it makes you feel any better, I'm having similar problems. My plan A is "be willing to rip it out" and my plan B is "check your work sometimes". It sounds like my plan B would not have helped you. (Plan C is "grin and bear it", but I dislike using plan C.)
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: July 10th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find that having multiple projects going seems to make me more willing to rip back. I can rip back and then put the offending project aside for a couple of days; then when I come back, I have sort of forgotten that I got further than I am now. :)
mathhobbit From: mathhobbit Date: July 11th, 2011 10:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I find the object offending after that, too. Funny!
twe From: twe Date: July 13th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Lack of full attention bites me a lot in my knitting.
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