I finished a new sweater:
I started this several months ago, but have had to put it aside while more pressing projects needed attention. It's handspun wool, Lincoln, Blue Faced Leicester, Romney, etc. All sorts of outdoor-wear breeds of wool.
This was knitted top-down; a design-as-you-go stranded cardigan, with a steeked front. The front closure for the steeks is a knitted envelope, or steek sandwich! which I learned from this post
by Kate Davies.
It has the necessary pockets:
Also the requisite hood:
that turn into hand warmers!
The buttons were an issue. I tried several (of course, Plan Ahead
applies here: the sweater was done, buttonholes included, before I looked at buttons, so I was limited in my choices).
Dyed bone, which I liked best, sewed on, but it turns out the shank tip catches on the yarn (boo):
So I had to go with these:
Dyed wood, very large and lightweight. They are perfect for the buttonholes, and the color is good: they will do nicely. The button holes are applied i-cord: a very neat and tidy finish to the steek sandwich front bands.
So there you have it! Handspun, stranded, steeked, hooded, with built-in mitts, a new sweater just in time for winter: