The knitting is finished! I gave the hoodie a bath in Soak, found out she was too big to spin out in my salad spinner so I had to squeeze her dry by hand, and she is all pinned out:
It's not as huge as it looks - I took the picture at a bad angle. I made the largest size - 48" chest so it would give me about 4" of ease - I didn't want this snug at all. I also lopped about 3 inches off the length because I am terribly short-waisted.
Here are the buttons I bought for the hoodie:
I knew I wanted metal buttons, and these bronze ones are perfect! The wool (Northampton from WEBS - bought at last year's Stitches East) has the odd yellow fleck in it, so silver was out of the running. I also like the celtic knotwork look of it - it goes well with the cables.
Lucky was very interested through the entire process:
"You know I am going to sleep on this at some point before it is dry, don't you?"