I could sit here and tell you that you’re perfect just as you are.
I could say “we’re all beautiful!”, and while I think that’s true (and I believe it more and more as I get older), I know that me saying these things is meaningless unless you actually believe it for yourself.
And, somewhere, deep inside you, I think you know you’re beautiful, special and wonderful, just as you are, without having to change a thing.
Maybe it’s a matter of throwing caution to the wind and listening to that kind, quiet voice in your head that reminds you to breathe deeply and enjoy precious moments. Perhaps it’s a matter of taking a great big breath and small a step forward.
It’s time to start trying to trust yourself. You don’t have to shout from the rooftops but it might be a good idea to practice letting the idea that you are truly precious and perfect, just the way you are, quietly grow inside you.
You’ve got nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain by trying.
Making clothes and learning to adjust them to fit you is a great way to start feeling like you’re pretty damn special.
Here are 5 first steps to take before you start knitting, so that your project fits and feels fantastic …
1. FIND A DRESSMAKER’S TAPE-MEASURE.
If yours is old, replace it! They stretch over time.
2. SOME MEASUREMENTS ARE TRICKY TO TAKE YOURSELF.
Team up with a friend to take each other’s measurements. It’s fun doing things with a cheerleader by your side.
3. THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH “EASE” YOU LIKE TO WEAR.
Do you prefer baggy or close-fitting sweaters? More ease = baggy, less ease = more fitted.
4. CHECK THE SCHEMATIC IN THE PATTERN.
The measurements usually refer to finished measurements for your sweater. Not your measurements.
5. KNIT A SWATCH!
It could save your sweater! For more information about swatching see www.trulymyrtle.com/blog/swatching.
You’ve got this!