I knitted a present for my sister's birthday - Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier, which I love because of its simple style and elegant lacey neckline. I made it in its variation version, which I like better than the original, as it omits the A-line increases, modifies the sleeves, and adds interesting sideways garter ribs.
The sweater is constructed very much like Peasy, the other popular pattern by Heidi Kirrmaier that I knitted last year, and, like that pattern, is very straightforward knitting.
The surprise was the yarn. Normally, I buy yarn I find locally, as close as possible to the weight and knit gauge as the yarn indicated in the pattern. This time I risked something new: I bought yarn online (gasp!). Risky, because so much about yarn can only be told by touching and feeling it, for softness and texture, and actually seeing it, for color. But I liked the color used in the photos of the pattern, and Heidi Kirrmaier's description of it as "the color is absolutely beautiful; none of the photos quite captured it". And, indeed, when I searched on Ravelry for projects that used that same yarn in that same color (Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca # 7323), each photo seemed to show a different yarn! This particular color is called "blue-gray", and depending on the light, it's sage green, light gray or markedly turquoise. It's a lovely and unusual color.
Happy birthday to the best big sister there can be, who's always been there for me (and let's make sure that we have more photos of us together taken - because the above, taken pre-kids, is the most recent I have! And while we are at it, let's make sure we have lots more spa days together with cucumber slices on our eyes!)