By George I think I've got it!
Now we all know my hand knits have less than thrilled my Youngest Child. I could run through the list again, but frankly it'd just be quicker if you look at the sidebar and click on anything for Bird. You will be greeted with a picture of her screaming as I make her wear it. The notable exception being the Green Cotton Cardi. She merely wore the most mournful expression. She looked so defeated it broke my heart and I swore I would never knit for her again. My beloved hobby was killing her soul.
But my Cheap Ass Secret Pal sent me some wonderful Cotton Ease in Hot Bubble Gum Pink. Enough for a tank top for both girls. She even included a pattern (so thoughtful). And we all know how much I love to dress my girls in matching outfits. I immediately blocked the fact that by forcing a knitted tank top on the body of my youngest I would be crushing her young spirit, and I cast on. But I'm a fiddler. I can't help it. I look at things and think "Oh I'd like it better if it just _____" and I fiddle. I fiddle with most of the patterns until they barely resemble the original product. I liked the idea of the pattern I started with, but not the shape of the top. I wanted more continuity in the accent pattern. I changed some of the stitch to seed stitch. I also changed the gauge and the measurements to fit my daughters. One might be able to say I designed these. Five day later: I've got two matching tank tops for my Princesses, so Pink they might blind you.
And take a gander at this.
I might be wrong about this, but I think she likes it.
As a matter of fact they both do.
The front looks just like the back.
In fact Pork Chop was so confused insisting one side must be the front side. I kept telling her it didn't matter, but her six year old mind persisted "One must be the front, and the other is the back, which is which." I might have to sew some sort of tag in it just to appease her. I love this yarn and am completely devastated that they have discontinued it. I may have to spend the next week in bed to console myself. It is soft and spongy. A complete delight to knit. Good stitch definition. And the best part? Completely idiot proof to launder. Machine Wash. Machine Dry. I hear they've got some at Smileys. Must go now. If I were to, hypothetically, spend my children's college fund on washable yarn, that wouldn't be wrong would it?