This sweater is the oldest of these scary WIPs. I cast on for the Central Park Hoodie, in July, 2008.
It's funny to think about how much has changed since I started this sweater; also hilarious? The fact that I started a SWEATER in JULY. In fact, I took this as a "beach knit" when my sister and I went on a little vacation that summer. I don't recall doing any actual knitting on the beach, which is great, since Cascade 220 is 100% wool.
I finished the back in a week. It just flew off the needles.
From my ravelry notes, I can see that my first problem came with the right front piece. I knit it longer than I should have, and decided to put it down instead of fixing right away.
That right there is one of my biggest problems when I make a mistake.
If I had fixed it immediately, the I wouldn't have lost the momentum.
Here's the really embarrassing part: all sweater pieces were done in 2009.
My avoidance of picking up stitches prevented me from starting the assembly process.
My fear of messing up this long-term project caused me to just leave it in the closet, unloved. My lack of experience with seaming an entire sweater was the root of that fear.
Sometime in 2010-2011, I knit the hood and button bands, and then in the last week of December (2012), I picked it up and resolved to finish. It didn't take long.
And after a nice blocking on New Years Day (and a couple of days after that), I have a new sweater. And it fits. It's not perfect, and I still have a lot to learn about seaming.
But it's mine. I finished it.
This wasn't my first sweater, but it was the first sweater of its kind for me.
Here's to more scary finishes, for you and for me.