Back when I made the Shalom sweater for myself, Elizabeth tried it on and declared that she'd like one for herself. She hasn't been much into sweaters lately, so I am happy to accommodate any request of knits from her.
I ordered the Biggo yarn from Knit Pick in Calypso Heather, which is a color that she currently loves and chooses to wear quite often. I kind of wish I'd just gone with a heavy worsted or aran weight though. My sweater was knit with Madeleine Tosh Chunky, which isn't an overly thick yarn. The bulkier yarn just made the sweater a little bigger, something thin Elizabeth doesn't really need. I guess it gives her room to grow though.
Last January when I took Elizabeth to NYC for her 12th birthday, she picked this beautiful glass button out at Tender Buttons. It was easily the most expensive button I've ever purchased at a whopping $10 for the lone button. We decided back then that it needed a special project. It's been sitting in my button box for the last year, and I decided without telling her that this birthday sweater would be that special project.
With a week left to go before Elizabeth's actual birthday, I ran out of yarn on the bottom trim of the sweater and had to order another skein. (I blame the thickness of the yarn that it ran out too quickly! I bought the recommended amount!) The final skein came just the afternoon before her birthday which caused a frantic knitting session after she went to bed that evening.
Fortunately, it was completed and wrapped with her other gifts for her birthday celebration. And I now have three-quarters of a skein remaining for something else, if she chooses. Overall I'm very happy with how it turned out, and the fact that she's actually wearing it. Success!
Gorgeous cardigan! The colour really suits her :-)ReplyDelete
It's beautiful. Calypso... love that. And it gives me hope that older children will stay in sweaters.ReplyDelete
My how she has grown! Happy birthday to her <3 Her sweater is beautiful and the button is just perfect.ReplyDelete
That colour is gorgeous as is the button she chose, how lovely that it goes with a knit that she requested you make. Great present!ReplyDelete
I love the color of the sweater! And, wow, that button may have been expensive, but it's beautiful. She looks gorgeous! :)ReplyDelete
Beautiful girl, beautiful sweater, beautiful button!ReplyDelete
Wow! The sweater is beautiful as is your daughter! Lovely idea to incorporate the special button!ReplyDelete