First, how in the heck do you make a buttonhole that doesn't gape? I checked - even in the original Handstrikket, the buttonholes gape. And it was handknitted by a Norwegian! :-)
I would like to use buttonholes on my Melrose Peacoat but Kathy Zimmerman suggests that I use snaps instead. This is what the pattern specs as well. I was lucky to find some red silk-covered snaps at Sew True so maybe they'll work. But I still wish I could do conventional buttonholes.
Short row shaping in the hips
With my background in sewing, seaming doesn't make me completely miserable like it does my knitting gal pal, Teresa. She despises it. I don't mind it but I would like to learn more about finishing techniques. Kathy Zimmerman is holding a weekend knitting retreat in November that includes a finishing class - I think I'll go. Another question: which seaming technique works best for the shoulders versus the sides? And as always, I need to learn Kitchener. No matter how many times I watch the YouTube videos, I just don't get it.
Ease continues to trouble me. I'm not sure what the right answer is, but my handknits tend to skim my curves and that makes me uncomfortable. I'm used to wearing baggy clothes that never fit, I guess. Seeing my hips in the Diamond Yoke Cardigan or the Augusta makes me nervous. I'm knitting the Melrose Peacoat with more ease but that's because it's a coat. One of these days I'll figure out how much ease to use - or I'll get used to my curves and get over it.