Special note - Thanks to you ALL for the wonderful comments on my previous post. I don't think the new book seemed real until that moment I hit "post" and finally shared the news. I can't wait to take you along on this rustically wrapped ride.
I am pretty sure I have told you before that I find it impossible to just sit. I need something to busy my hands and my mind while we are watching tv or waiting for dinner to be ready or while the kids play video games. I honestly wonder what the heck I did during those times a few years ago when knitting on a sweater wasn't an option? Seriously. With that being said, I know you are going to think I am wicked fast knitter since this was started Sunday and finished on Thursday... but really, we just laze about a lot.
When I bought yarn on Saturday to crochet that ruffled 6ft long green scarf, I bought way too much. I tend to error on the side of having more than enough than having not enough. Crochet projects use a lot more yarn than knit projects so at the time buying 5 skeins for a scarf made sense. Silly me. Thankfully, it is inexpensive so it didn't wallop my wallet too bad.
As soon as I finished my scarf, I cast on this sweater for Lauren with the left over yarn. It isn't a traditional "Lauren" color my any means. She is a purple or teal girl through and through. I even joked with a friend that I would have to sew her a purple and green skirt to go with it or she probably wouldn't wear it. Much to my surprise though, she loves it despite it being green and I don't have to coordinate it with some special! When I finished weaving in the ends last night, I left it on her doll house (which is currently blocking her doorway, by the way) for her to find this morning. She came downstairs wearing it and I am happy to know she'll be snugly warm today as I think she might be coming down with a cold.
For those of you that like to knit, this pattern is available on Ravelry:: Big Sweater, Little Pockets. It is written up to a child's size 6, but Lauren is nearly 8 and growing like a weed. You can read my notes about how I modified it to make it larger here.