FINALLY! It only took me, um, 5 months
It's actually been languishing in my closet since January, fully knit and awaiting the perfect set of buttons, which I found (and they're not a set at all!):
I'm hopelessly indecisive, so I just used one or two each of a whole bunch of random buttons that I bought in a grab bag at Michael's. It's a bit loose in the chest where I did the shaping (which is weird, cause I measured throughout ... it's like it has a mind of its own), but I've solved that problem before by soaking the problem area and blasting it with a hairdryer.
the noodle princess - great minds think alike! I used 4 and a bit balls of Paton's Shetland Chunky. I lost the label but I think it's called "Rich Burgundy." It's so soft and cosy. I love it. And we're just starting to see hints of spring where I live, so I might actually be able to show it off without a jacket overtop soon