It's thyme for a Baby Surprise!
The buttons are reflecting the light but trust me, they're perfect!
Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Surprise Jacket in Araucania Magallanes. Started Saturday, July 14th. Finished Thursday, July 19th. One of the most fun, quick, and enjoyable things I've ever knit.
I grabbed some Lamb's Pride Brown Sheep Worsted in a nice, grassy green to sew up the sleeve seams and was really taken with how it coordinated with the Magallanes. I decided that there was a little bit of a gap in the front of the sweater that I could easily remedy with a short, solid-color buttonband. I picked up stitches to a spot in the pattern that I'd have to think real hard about how to describe -- maybe you can see it, where it turns a little corner there -- it's a spot that looked good, probably 2/3 or 3/4 the total length of the front, and made four buttonholes. I decided, then, that it also needed a little bit of contrast at the collar, but I drew the line at cuffs.
As one of my sisters might say: "I like the solid color band because it gives the eye a place to rest." Honestly. I've heard her express that exact thing. She knit a sweater for me once with lots of fruit motifs and she omitted a bunch of cherries on one of the sleeves for this reason. The eye needed a place to rest.
At any rate, I couldn't be more thrilled with this quick, enchanting, little sweater.