I'm a long-time listener of the Stash and Burn podcast. I'm not always current, but I do listen eventually. In episode 127 Nicole interviewed the author of a new book, Fit to Flatter, Amy Herzog. It was an interesting interview, and Amy also talked about her new Craftsy class of the same title. I pretty much bought it right away, and I must say it's been quite a learning experience. I plan on buying the book shortly.
I feel like I've always understood the math and construction techniques needed to adjust sweaters to fit, but I've not quite known what those adjustments should be for myself. I certainly have resisted the need for waist shaping (as I am nearly as straight as a person can be) with a fair dose of animosity towards those preaching in the Church of Waist Shaping, as they nearly always have a lovely hourglass shape. Amy preaches waist shaping, but recognizes that not everyone has a waist and makes recommendations that are realistic and practical for me. Also, Amy's approach to picking a size and making adjustments from there has been something of a revelation to me, although it makes perfect sense and I'm not sure why I wouldn't have thought of it before.
I'm very excited to knit a sweater with this new information, although I do have a few in progress already. My question is: do I knit a completely fresh sweater? Do I rip out one that I never wear and fix it? I'm not sure which is more compelling. Using stash is a good thing, but so is using a sweater that is languishing as moth food in the back of my closet.
BTW, I have enjoyed the two Craftsy classes I've taken. I like the format and support materials around them. I am not a person who needs a lot of teacher-student interaction, so for me these are almost as good as a class taken at Stitches or the like. They have some very good teachers providing the classes now as well, and I highly recommend them especially for classes that you will not have access to in real life any time soon. For example, someday I will take Shirley Paden's class on sweater design. I don't think she's ever come to Stitches Midwest (my main source of knitting classes) and Craftsy is cheaper anyway. Win - win.