I’ve made a commitment to knit G a sweater each year for her birthday. As a knitter with a winter baby, it seems like a sensible time to knit her an annual sweater (and an inspiring excuse to do so). You can see her first birthday sweater here. I can’t believe she’s going to be 5!
It feels particularly important and special that I put some extra love and work into the Birthday Sweater this year. Our new baby is due later this month, and I want her birthday to be special, memorable. She may not remember whether the dress was finished before her birthday or after, but I hope she remembers that I made her special clothes for her birthday. That I knit a different one each year until she asked me to stop.
Except this time she requested a dress. A floor-length dress. With a train. Like Queen Elsa.
I wasn’t about to commit to that much knitting! Fortunately, we quickly negotiated and agreed that a sewn train/cape would be acceptable. But that’s a whole other project…
A couple of months before her birthday, I start asking G what she’d like in a sweater this time. Color, style, themes. This gave me time to favorite some patterns on Ravelry and pre-select some yarn for her to choose from. She quickly chose Oriental Lily by Georgie Hallam and this shade of yarn from Yarn Ink, appropriately called Frozen.
This dress has been a really fun knit. I’ve been working on it monogamously (more or less) for a couple of weeks. It’s been in the car, at work, in cafes, and just about every room of our house. Of course, it seemed like it was not growing at all for a few days there; every time I measured it felt like I still had 6 inches to go! Thankfully she has requested it have short sleeves, so this should be done by the weekend.
Now to figure out how to sew an organza cape…