In the past, I've had some projects not turn out the way I have envisioned simply because I haven't had the background knowledge or the guts needed to modify the pattern.
Part of this problem stems from a reluctance to put a large amount of time into swatching and actually calculating my gauge (both in stitches and rows).
Obviously this method of knitting has served me fairly well, as I have successfully finished more projects than failed. However, I think that we all reach a point in our art where we aren't satisfied with our present skill level and want to learn even more.
I decided that the best way of reaching the next level would be to knit a simple sweater using my specific measurements, and basically doing everything technical that I shied away from in the past.
This is the start of a seamless, bottom-up sweater with colorwork details (please note that the second photo is a better image of the colors).
The green yarn is a personal, long-time favorite, Berroco Ultra Alpaca, so this sweater will be soft, warm, and long wearing.
I've learned so much about the process of knitwear construction and so far it appears to be going well!