On March 4th of this year my older sister gave birth for the 4th time to my niece Tamlyn. Her cousins/siblings came up with many nicknames for the little bean and I cobbled a few together and call her Chumwin Coconut Donut :) Ta Dah!
(what a cutie. Yes, I made the hat, that's not this story. Picture is dark cause I didn't use the flash. You get the gist. She's little, precious and adorable!)
I had a long time to wait for Tamlyn as my sister and I seem to know instantaneously when we're pregnant. Plenty of time to make her an adorable little sweater. I wanted something girly and pretty but not too taxing. I looked and looked and looked and finally decided on this cute cardigan. I picked out some great cuddly yarn, Sirdar Snuggly Kisses before I had the pattern and had done a gauge swatch and I was right on target and hopped to it.
Merrily along I knit up the back no problem Zim zam zoom I was done in no time and absolutely in love with soft blending stripes of this yarn. I checked my pattern, went to knit the fronts and came to a screeching halt.
The fronts would not match the back if I knit a cardigan. Thy would be totally different and I could not abide it at all.
Here's my best efforts to illustrate my problem:
Now I'm not fussy but this would have bothered me. So I went in search of another pattern. HA HA HA! Way easier said than done once the back has been done. I looked, got discouraged and just kind of let the back of this sweater stare at me sullenly as my niece grew and grew. My Stitch N Bitch knitters started to give me a hard time. So I began knitting a front, not sure what to do about the neckline. One night, while knitting at my friend Cynthia's house she pulled out a Debbie Bliss book, Simply Baby and there was the perfect pattern! The Striped Sweater Pattern
Obviously I wasn't using two yarns but the mechanics were great though my sizing was off a bit. I ripped out two inches of the previously completed back and added in the garter border and button holes and finished the front. Then I started to lag a bit come summer. It was getting warm, I was no longer in love with the project but my psyche kept nagging. I carried around this thing in bits and pieces for weeks. Months.
It's now August. She's 5 months old. I just couldn't have this on my mind any longer and finally finished it by sewing the buttons on! (a month after I seamed it. Seriously, I suck hardcore).
Not only did I finish the sweater BUT I TOOK A FREAKING PICTURE! Saints alive something must have bitten me. In all it's stupendous glory, may I present Tamlyn in her new sweater:
Who doesn't need an acrylic pullover in August?! It's actually roomy enough that she might squeak out a wearing or two if it gets chilly in September. The neck band is great on this sweater, the shoulder seams are buttoned and the neck is wide and loose for her noggin. Coming from a mother whose son had to have an ultrasound on her 3 month olds head cause it was at the 175th percentile, I understand the need for roomy necklines. Why aren't all toddler shirts V necks? I also knit her big sister a hat of my own design that I plan to chart up but that's just fodder for later.
The kids are in bed, the dishes need to be done and True Blood starts in 33 minutes! Lates!