It has been so many years since I bought it, I can't even remember what my original intentions were. But after buying it I realized two things: I don't enjoy knitting with cotton, and I generally don't wear much pink. I'll admit that my dislike for cotton yarns is starting to wane after working with some really lovely cottons that didn't give me wrist pain; I think it was just my initial bad experience with a very rough cotton that turned me off. When I was a little girl, pink was my favorite color and I wore it constantly; I think I wore myself out and now hardly ever wear it.
So what to do? I just shoved this yarn into my stash pile for a few years. Along came a new idea for a pullover, so I scribbled it into a pencil sketch and pinned it up on my inspiration board. Then I remembered that my mom's birthday was coming up, and I hadn't knitted anything for her for quite awhile. Mom is allergic to wool, so most of my stash was eliminated right there. She also lives in a hot desert, so a warm sweater might not get much use, especially in July. Plus... she looks great in pink. Peony is a really lovely muted pink color that isn't too bubbly or in-your-face.
Cotton+pink+short sleeve sweater= fantastic idea!! Here is the result:
I really enjoying knitting this sweater, and decided to make a version for myself. I generally don't like knitting the same thing twice, so I made a few changes for my sweater. The body is several inches longer, and the sleeves are elbow length. Also, I used another yarn from my stash; a green wool. I love wearing green, but somehow I don't have many green clothes. I also made a bigger size than the pink sweater. Mom is a bit smaller than me, so the pink sweater is modeled with 3" negative ease, which is a bit tighter than I would normally choose for myself. It is still quite hot here, so this sweater will have to sit in my closet for a few months yet, but I will be happy to wear it in the cooler weather.