My knitting guild hosted the Friday evening event, which meant that everyone got to attend for free. There was also a two-day seminar with Amy H., at my favorite local yarn shop (W.C. Mercantile in Navasota...go there if you are ever in the area), but as it has turned out, knitting events have not been in our budget this year (there was a weekend knit camp, this seminar, and also a yarn crawl that I just could not come up with the funding to do)(hello new bathroom)(hello new refrigerator), so this was a real treat to experience!
I won't bore you non-knitters with a lot of knitting jargon, but holy cow, if my knitting readers ever get the opportunity to meet Amy Herzog, do not hesitate - GO! She is such a warm and friendly woman, and just lovely - I know I already said that about her, but it bears repeating. As a person who has dealt with a lot of body issues over the years, both when I was overweight and even after I lost weight (what?? I STILL don't have the "perfect" body?!), it was wonderful to hear Amy H. talk about why certain styles that look so good on a friend end up being disappointing when we try them on - she even demonstrated this with several sweaters that she'd made, trying them on and showing what worked with her body shape and what didn't.
Most importantly, she emphasized that everyone deserves to look and feel good in their clothes, no matter what body shape/size you have - and to not let your clothing make you feel bad. She's got a great post about this on her blog and I'd love for you to read it...what she said really resonated with me and I hope it does for you, too.
During the event, I began to think that I needed to try on the sweater I'm knitting to see if it's even close to fitting me. After all, why put in so much time and effort knitting it, if it's not going to be something that I can wear? I took it off the needles and put it on scrap yarn, and on first try-on, it's OK, but snug in the arm holes, which makes me wonder how it will feel once I attach the sleeves. So for the moment, that sweater is officially hibernating (meaning I'm not knitting on it, but I haven't given up on it just yet). I'm going to take my measurements according to the book's directions, figure out my body shape, and go from there - because I want to make something that I'll enjoy, from creation to wearing. And thanks to Amy Herzog, I believe that it IS possible for clothing to look flattering on my body, flaws and all.