I had this whole mopey post about how I lost interest in finishing sweaters unless I have pattern pictures to take and blah blah blah, but it all feels really silly now, so I’m going to summarize, okay?
Right after I finished knitting my Blaster cardigan for the KAL, my coworker at my part-time job asked me, “So when are you going to wear it to work?”
I replied, “It still needs buttons.”
And she said, “Oh, are you going to put those on soon?”
I then laughed a lot and told her, “I run this Fall KAL every year, and I still haven’t put buttons on last year’s sweater, so who knows! Actually, I have five sweaters sitting around that either need buttons, or to be blocked, or to have ends woven in, so odds of it happening soon aren’t looking good.”
I spent a while pondering why I haven’t finished any of my personal knitting projects in almost an entire year, and then I sat down, quit contemplating, and started finishing my knits. My Henriette from last year’s Selfish Sweater KAL was the first to get in wearable condition because I had already woven in the ends and blocked it. I just hadn’t added the buttons or blogged about it!


From the start I had been planning on putting big, black buttons on this cardigan. I love black and baby pink together, so that was an easy choice, but I had a hard time settling on shiny, sparkly, matte, etc. When I sat down to sew on the buttons, I had two sets that I had bought specifically for this project, but my attention got pulled to a similarly-sized set of black leather buttons I bought on impulse at the Fremont Vintage Market. I had just the right number of leather buttons, so it seemed like they were meant to be.


I’ve already worn this cardigan three or four times since I added the buttons, so I feel silly about having procrastinated on it for so long. This particular shade of pink, Neighborhood Fiber Co.’s Victorian Village on the Studio Chunky base, goes with a lot of my wardrobe, and I think it works well with my new-ish blonde hair.


Expect more finished sweaters in the near future because I have a pile of them! As of today, I’ve just got one left that needs buttons still, and that’s my Blaster from the KAL.


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