It is done! I sewed on the last button Tuesday night. The yarn was too thick to sew on the buttons and when I separated the yarn and tried one strand it broke. I ended up using orange thread that I mysteriously had in my sewing basket. Where was that from? I cannot remember. I used to remember every project that I bought thread for. I've now built up my sewing supplies to the point where I can't remember what each thing was for. *gulp* I am my mother.
My Vogue Knitting book recommended using another button on the wrong side to hold the buttons in place. I rummaged through my extra button box and came out with 4 clear buttons, only 2 short. Instead of using my second choice white buttons I went into my closet, found two pairs of pants that I was thinking of getting rid of anyway and cut off their clear buttons.
side bar: Should I feel guilty about giving buttonless pants to Goodwill? Sew on replacement buttons before I donate them?
I used to post headless pictures of myself because I wanted to remain anonymous. Now it's just because it would take too long to take a picture where both me & the sweater look good. So I settle for the sweater looking OK, and cut off my head.
I was worried about the sweater being too tight so I blocked it to within an inch of it's life and left it on the blocking board for at least a month while I knit baby sweaters. Now it seems a little loose. I may go back and re-block it smaller.
I know that knitting is about the process and not always the outcome, but I am a perfectionist and I really wanted this to be fit better. I think the body is too lose and the sleeves are too big for the body. Would I buy this sweater as is from a store? probably not.* But more so than some of the other things I've knit. At least I'm headed in the right direction.
Pattern: Cardi-Jacket from The Urban Knitter by Lily Chin. The actually pattern is by Sarah Poriss. I shortened it so it wouldn't be so long on me. I know there are some people who don't like Lily's patterns. I didn't have trouble with the pattern itself, but wished that the picture in the book showed the sweater on an actual person so I could see how they meant the sweater to fit before I changed it.
Yarn: Elann Peruvian Highland Wool. I think color is Burnt Orange. The second picture is more true to the color.
*actually i would buy it if the price was right. I may be a bit of a perfectionist but my 'I can't pass up a deal' side is much, much larger. If something is on sale I can not help myself.