It sure took a while but reality caught up and clenched its jaws around my knitting needles. But now I am done, about 1½ months after my intented deadline. The prowd recipient, Anna (sorry about her chin and lip, she had a quite severe encounter with a very heavy ladder the day before):
So now I am working on making a small version for Annas BabyBorn, Maja - later Anna will get the Surprise HelloKitty purse which I know she will totally adore.
By the way: I chose to sew the Hello Kitty onto the top afterwards instead of knitting it directly because my intarsia skills are not up to my maybe perfectionistic standards - now Kitty is even, no jagged edges or anything - but maybe a bit heavier fabric, which I can live with looking at.