If I ever catch myself saying I'll just "crank out a couple scarves" again, I should just throw a bunch of silk and wool and yarn right into the garbage.
Amazing, but true, I forget this is a real process with failure always a possibility. Just because I have made so many scarves, cockiness can derail me at any time. The first time I try a new design or style is usally the best effort. I take a lot of time laying everything out. I test for readiness frequently as I felt and full it. I don't try and cut corners on the time it takes. Now, I know that the current results of my recent lack of intention (other than to build inventory) still look fine. They are salvageable. But they also had large sections of wool that came off the silk. The designs weren't fulfilled. They are not what they should have been, could have been had I really set my heart and mind and hands on the act of creation, not cranking out goods.
Lessons learned here?
Set an intention.
Be a beginner with each new piece.
Do the work.
Sounds like what I teach in yoga class.