Part of the reason it took me so long is my shoulder tendonitis decided to show up. I'd knit through the pain and then it would radiate down my arm. I would knit until I could barely move my arm. I discovered that sitting with a pillow under my arm helped as did wearing a compression sleeve. Not a pretty sight!
I would have done some things different if I weren't writing the pattern and submitting it to be evaluated. And did I mention that I ran out of the green yarn? It was something I'd had for years but I realized it wouldn't be enough for the whole sweater. It has been discontinued so getting more wasn't an option. I couldn't find a shade of green to match so I decided to use white for the sleeves. The wide collar was supposed to be a hood but there wasn't enough yarn.
I'm pretty sure other designers face the same issues. I guess I'll just have to knit her another one with my original plans :)
I'm happy with how it turned out. Now I need to type the pattern from the notes I wrote as I was knitting. I'm excited to start on the crocheted sweater!