I found the buttons at my local Hancock's. I was going to try a zipper, and I didn't feel like driving all over town (there's a dearth of proper fabric stores where I live; at least there are good yarn stores, though!), so I thought these would work. (Also, I certainly hope gorilla arms are in, b/c I've been wearing it with the sleeves tucked up to my elbows...)
I used the angora b/c I'd been sitting looking at it so long, wondering what it would knit like, what I could do with so small a skein (92 yds.), and when the pattern was published I knew what to do! It took me about a day (not really, given that I was doing it at work during the busy christmas season), and was promplty stolen by my sister.
I am now addicted to the angora, but only for small projects- it only comes in 92 yd hanks, so to get enough for a large project would be cost prohibitive. I did not make the skirt- it's actually a dress lent to the store where I work by one of our regular customers so our dress form's shame would be covered! (And thank you buy the way!)
I finished most of these a while ago, and just now got to putting them on flickr.
First, I give you Mariah:
mariah 1 by corbeau64, on Flickr mariah 2 by corbeau64, on Flickr Knit in Naturally aran 10-ply, in a size way too large for me (not intentionally; I started before I really understood knit sizes vs. regular sizes. By the time I got it, I was working on the hood and there was no way I was ripping back!)
So anyway, here's the deal: I work in a yarn store. I also (simultaneously) have my own interior design business. I was out and about yesterday b/c of my latter occupation, and stopped in a competing yarn store in the area. I was not really impressed, but the lady working was helpful and nice to chat with, and they carried Mission Falls 1824 Wool, so I bought 2 balls- one apple green and the other a dark eggplant color.
So my question to all my knitting compatriots is: what the heck do I do with it?
I find that a few inches of eye-and-hook tape really helps with the no-fastner cardigans. It doesn't mess with any of the design elements, but still effectively closes the cardigan so I don't freeze my butt off. The only downside is it can be a lot of work to get it sewn in (I learned the hard way you do this by hand- I about killed my sewing machine!)
If you are just too frustrated to contemplate kitchener ever again (a position that most sock knitters can empathize with!), put your live stitches on some waste yarn so you can turn the sock inside out, put them back on the needle, and do your 3 needle bind of as usual.
And, if all else fails, go to your LYS. There's usually somebody on hand who can help out if you get really stuck.
I knit this jacket in Rio de la Plata as a shop sample for the YS where I work. I immediately wished I hadn't! While it did turn out extremely well, it was also a far more complicated pattern than I thought it would be, and took an assload of seaming. (The seaming alone took me two days, forget about the two months it took me to knit the thing!)
If you're going to knit this, I highly recomment using a safety pin or split-ring marker to mark the right side of the work while you're doing the charts- it's impossible to tell without it, and don't do it in a variegated yarn, you'll want to shoot yourself.