I'm starting this post as a way to stop my thoughts from bouncing around the walls of my brain. In the past I've made many a sweater that fit just the way I wanted and, in the past, I've made many a sweater that was a great big FAIL. Many of the sweaters you see on my Ravelry project page are no longer in my possession. I won't name names.
By trial and error I've come to understand what it takes to make a sweater fit. There are a few basics I find work best when knitting a garment to fit my body. First would be knitting each piece, front, back, and sleeves. Yes, this means seaming the sweater together. (I heard a bunch of you gasp.) I don't mind seaming. I like to be able to add waist shaping and length to my sweaters and a sweater knitting each piece is easy to modify. I block as I go to check measurements and gauge.There is a fair amount angst involved.
The problem I'm having NOW is confidence. The self doubt is strong. I haven't knit a sweater since Twisted up in Blue which was finished in April of 2011.Yes, that is 2 and one half years ago.What confidence I'd gained over the years has abandon me and questions are bouncing around my brain like a hundred uncoiling springs. They have all but stopped me short.
I know what to do to get started, but I need to stop this monkey mind of self doubt and get on with it! I'm trying my best not to hyperventilate. It's only knitting and I can rip and redo, make changes, which I'm not adverse to doing. The sweaters I like best are the sweaters I knit almost twice anyway.
I've found great help with Amy's book and video classes and getting back on the horse is the best thing I can do. It's just, well, the first step is always the hardest.