I finally found the pictures that spawned the idea in the first place.
Thing #2 was shopping with her BFF and texted me these pictures. For the record, my computer shows November 2011. She claims it's been more like 4 or 5 years.
Given that she felt that I promised, I settled on Cascade Ultra Pima (DK: 100% cotton, 220 yards) and swatched. I tried out Sweater Wizard to generate a pattern for her. (Jury is out on Sweater Wizard). By Hanukkah, I had all the pieces done. I gave it to her in pieces for Hanukkah, I needed to check sleeve length.
Feeling that I'd gotten the ball rolling and it was winter, I set the sweater aside. There it sat in a Hanukkah gift bag for the past 5 months. I finally shook off the dust and measured the sleeve length against her arm.
I knit it a little longer, than happily bound off and blocked it. I was feeling very happy with myself. Both in blocking and sewing, I noticed that the sleeve width was much narrower than the sweater.
I just kept sewing away, gathering it in - not listening to the little voice that said "Something is just not right." (You get points if you know what book this came from.)
Still feeling quite happy with myself, I laid the sweater prominently so she would see it right away. She did. However when she tried it on, the sleeves were WAY too tight. You're not surprised are you? Ready for the major knitting faux pas? This is a doozy. I forgot to knit the sleeve cap. DUH!
I had to frog it, and begin again. Just the sleeves that is. I am determined to finish this. I'm working them at the same time to insure they are even. Cross your fingers.