Hoo-boy. This sweater dress took on a life of it's own. I actually started this in the round in late Fall of 2012. It was a big kahuna. On size 5 needles.
This sweater was a big commitment because of how long it is, how tiny the needles, and how long those rows up top are. I lost a lot of steam on this project, so I would set it down for 1-6 months at a time, but I also love it the most of any project I've made. I'm glad I had a burst of passion to get it done last week, and the time to do so. Each row on the chest took about an hour, and there are probably around 25 of them, at least.
I had seen the Pickles "Daisy Tunic" pattern on pinterest and I loved the look of it. It helped that the little girl in the photos actually looked like Ani with long blond hair braids and fair skin. I knew this would look really cute on her.
I knew I wouldn't knit something wearable in cream because of the stain-factor, but I love teal/sea foam green, and found this beautiful super-wash Swish worsted on Knitpicks for a great price. The colors are Cornflower, Big Sky, and some pink color (can't find the name), all of which are discontinued now. I got them for a great deal, and unfortunately bought a bit too much.
The end of the story? I'm so glad I stuck with it. Ani loves it. She wears it all the time, and she'll be able to wear it at least 2-3 more years. She says it keeps her really warm. It's machine - washable. It was worth it.