Because last night I was up until 1:00 a.m. finishing the knitting on this sweater, and this morning I got up a 1/2 an hour early to sew the buttons on. I know myself, and if I didn't sew the buttons on before she wears it for the first time, they would never get sewn on.
This started out as a sweater as one of her Christmas presents. You can see how well I did with that deadline.....Actually, I had the back and the fronts all done in time for Christmas, it was the seaming, the hood, the button band and the sleeves that I dragged my feet on!
To me, that twisted cable sticks out like a sore thumb when the hood is up. Maybe because I know where I am looking?
Thank goodness it doesn't show with the hood down. And as she informed me "the hood is just for looks - I probably won't ever wear it up."
Honestly, I had visions of making this sweater for Jessie, my Mom and I for Christmas. All in different colors of course. That obviously didn't happen - and isn't likely to any time soon! This sweater is supposed to be knit in 6 pieces, then seamed together and you put the button band on. I knit the fronts and the back separate and seamed them up, then picked up and knit for the hood. Also the full length sleeves with the double cable (like what is running up the center back) didn't happen. I think she knew that it wouldn't get done.
It must run small - I knit Jessie the 32" size, and I don't think it will fit her next year. Maybe I'll be surprised.
I was working on it while waiting for her to finish up basketball practice, and her three BFF's came over and requested matching sweaters (they even gave me the colors they want - lol). Two birthdays in April and 1 in June. Might have to find a quicker pattern and do all 4 of them matching ones for next year.
This yarn is good for this - it's cascade 220 superwash - I wanted something that I could toss in the washer and dryer. I know Jessie will get this dirty. And I'm not into hand washing a sweater once a week for her.
As for portability - you can't beat knitting. If I am organized enough (as far as dinner being mostly done and the house sort of picked up before we head out the door), I don't run home anymore even when she is at practice. I can sit on a chair in the corner and have an hour and a half of uninterrupted time to work on stuff. This tested my limits with the cables (I think that's why one is backwards - I was trying to work on it during a practice) but simple stuff like dishcloths and scarves and mitts - are super portable. And the 100% cotton yarn at wal-mart (I think it's Peaches and dreams, peaches and something anyhow) is only 1.57 a skien, and you can get 2 dishcloths out of a skien on size 7 needles).
Next up? A duvet cover by valentine's day for my brothers girlfriend, which he called me and requested yesterday.....