Remember how much I liked the fringe -- "A Surrey With the Fringe On Top" and all that? See the scissors and needle in the pictures above? I've been weaving in the ends of all that "beautiful" fringe. Cara, my Short-Rows sweetheart, I feel your stripey pain. Oh, how I do love this sweater, though, and Short Rows, too. It's a big ol' pain in the butt -- a couple of hours or so to do just one side, and it could be twice as bad, but I already knit in one end as I worked, and it's worth it, really. I love this -- and Short Rows, too, and who knows... could be in my future.
That's all the yarn I have left. The one ball, off to the left, is all I ever had of that color -- kind of a purple-y maroon and I kept it only as insurance in case I ran out of one of the other reds. I'm glad I didn't have to use it, but it could have been an interesting "feature." Now, as soon as I get the ends woven in, I'll be sewing in the sleeves and then sewing up the side seams. I want this to be a roomy sweater, but not huge and I'm afraid it's bordering on damn big. I've been thinking of buttonband options (presented in random order) that would not add too much more fabric...
Option 1: Do not add a buttonband. Instead, attach grosgrain ribbon for stabilization along each edge (there would be some fussing for a nice, smooth edge, especially on the buttonhole side), sew the buttons on one side, and make buttonholes with the sewing machine in the other. There is probably a design term for this, but I've only had one cup of coffee so far this morning. Plus: No additional fabric, will even eat up a little. Minus: Machine buttonholes in knitting; I have a well-marinated vest aging for this very reason. Another plus: Would likely get the aforementioned vest finished, too; in fact, it would probably be the lab rat.
Option 2: Similar to Option 1, except the edges would actually be folded over onto themselves. Kind of a self-buttonband. Plus: This would really eat up some fabric. Minus: Again with the machine-made buttonholes (and again with the aforementioned and attending +/-). In doubt: This could pull the body in a weird way; will need to finish seaming and then try it on.
Option 4: Knit a narrow buttonband and, rather than making buttonholes in the actual band, there would be vertical gaps between the buttonband and the actual sweater, resulting in buttonholes! (See "drawing" above -- and gimme a break). Or, a variation on this would be to knit one row like a normal buttonband, and then make the buttonholes. Or crochet an edge and then pick up to knit...
I've been trying to channel some design inspiration -- and you can, too! Summon your inner Bonne Marie Burns, Wendy Johnson, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Ann Shayne & Kay Gardiner, Anna Bell, Stefanie Japel, Jenna Wilson, and some of the fabulous, inspirational sources at our disposal these days, and help me figure out the best thing to do here! ; )
Oh, and COLOR! I'm thinking the redder maroon for the collar because it would look nicest against my skin, and the gold, maybe, if I knit a buttonband? What do you think about color, based on the quantities available?