I've had this pattern for almost 15 years and the yarn has long since been discontinued. When I heard that they weren't going to make it anymore, I bought up as much of it as I could find. I even ordered some from England. It's a pain to knit with, but when it's done, it feels and looks just like a light weight fleece. It's incredibly soft.
In this picture, the blue almost looks gray, but in person it's a very pretty shade of blue. I even found duck buttons for the back.
After it was done, I thought I might as well knit a hat so it would be a complete set. I didn't have a pattern, but I just charted some small ducks and "winged" it. It looked pretty big to me, but I measured it and tried to remember that babies almost always have huge heads!
This made for a cute baby gift, but then my sister chimed in and said she wanted to go in on the gift with my mother (my parents live with her) so I thought maybe I should add a bib.
This is my Quacking Up pattern and I thought it was appropriate with this whole duck theme. I suggested that they finish it up with a little rubber duck and maybe even a duck book!
My mom was just thrilled and was very grateful. Personally, I was just happy that it was done so I could move on to other things. My sister, however, was really happy, so much so that she informed me that she needed another sweater for a little girl that was going to be born at the end of this month. Not only that, but she had already bought a duplicate book and duck!! I can't begin to tell you how thrilled I am to have to knit another identical sweater. I guess because she doesn't knit, she doesn't realize how boring it is to knit the same thing over and over. I'm dragging my heels on this second one, first because I just don't want to do it, but also because I just finished charting up two brand new bibs and I want to work on them instead!
On a personal note, I lost my wonderful aunt a couple of weeks ago. It was so unexpected and sudden. She lived alone and they found her on the floor in her apartment. I was really close to her and I've had a hard time dealing with the loss. I was her flower girl over fifty years ago! We always had a special relationship and we shared a lot of the same interests. I remember when I was young, someone gave me a little kit of embroidery pictures of nursery rhymes and she offered to show me "how to do it". I sat right beside her while she stitched. . .and stitched. . .and stitched! I kept begging her to let me "try it now", but she kept telling me that I should let her just do a "few more" stitches. Well, as you might have guessed, she ended up stitching the whole thing. I don't remember actually learning much, except that she did tell me that I had to keep the back nice and neat. I've always remembered that and, to this day, I still keep the back of my work neat. I really miss her but I have lots of wonderful memories.
On a more positive note, when I finish this sweater, I'll start on the new patterns. One good thing is that I won't have any more of this yarn when the sweater is finished so I won't have to make another. For a girl anyway. I do still have lots of blue. .