Despite my love for my sweater, I realized I could do better. Since I’d learned everything from a book (2002 is pre-Ravelry and YouTube), I decided to take a finishing class at my LYS (local yarn store). Petra worked at The Yarn Company when it was owned by The Yarn Girls. She was an amazing teacher and was always ready to help with a smile and practical wisdom. (Petra, if you happen to see this or if you happen to know Petra, I’d love to get in touch!) Petra taught me how to seam garments so that the sides matched perfectly and how to fudge a little when necessary to get excellent results. Probably, the most important thing she taught me was to pull out the seams if I wasn't happy with it. It took a long time, but a beautiful result makes it all worthwhile.