Behold, the five year baby sweater. Named not because it's for a five year old baby (although in truth it does look a little large. This might be a toddler sweater.) But instead, named because it has taken me about five years to complete.
I'd like to say this is for some valid reason, but in fact it's just one of those projects that got lost in the shuffle. I started it, I loved it (how cute is that textured star?), and then like a magpie I got distracted by some new shiny thing and kind of forgot about it.
But as always seems to happen (and also the reason I never get too concerned about these postponed works in progress), it eventually rose back to the front of my mind and is now about to be on its way to my beautiful new nephew. Serendipity!
One thing you might notice - the slightly odd ties I've crocheted to thread through the button holes and hold it closed (it's a "fasten in the back" overlap sweater.) The pattern called for buttons, and I had gotten so far as looking at buttons when it hit me that buttons and babies are not a good match. So I improvised a little and came up with these ties, which *might* drive a mom crazy (sorry Mary Claytor!), but also are pretty much guaranteed to stay attached.
The one flaw in my plan of delayed action - I really love this yarn, and I'm pretty sure it's a bamboo mix, but it's been so long since I got it, and I can't find any of the info, that I have absolutely no idea where to get more. Which I suppose means this sweater is truly one of a kind.