After giving it much thought, I am going to make buttonholes.
The thought of buttonholes freaks some folks about the placement them. Rav has some buttonhole discussions running.
Not to worry.
Here's what I do: I knit the LEFT SIDE first. By making the LEFT FRONT first, you will have as visible representation of the buttonband. How many rows, etc. By this, you can decide where each button will be placed.
If you've been keeping track of rows for the LEFT FRONT with the little red row markers...you can make a buttonhole 'work order' for the corresponding RIGHT SIDE. You will know EXACTLY which rows for the RIGHT FRONT will be needing a buttonhole, and exactly how many stitches each hole will span, and this depends on the size button you've settled on.
From what I can tell, the button and buttonhole bands themselves are 'built in' as you go back and forth across your rows. They are not picked up and knit later. I love built-ins!
So remember, work the LEFT SIDE first. Then the RIGHT SIDE with its corresponding buttonholes. You can't fail. I'll take some digital photos of my finished LEFT FRONT with the little yarn markers placed where each of the 5 buttons will be sewn.
Then we've saved the fun stuff for last: the BACK!
I'd rather get the boring stuff out of the way first, wouldn't you?
I will complete my final sleeve tonight. I don't know what to call them anymore. Btu I will have a sleeve for both the RIGHT SIDE AND THE LEFT SIDE, WITH THE CUFF BUTTONS ON THE OUTSIDE!
I am very tired tonight. I didn't get any sleep last night, and I've been very stressed. Yesterday, our year-old male St. Bernard (Charlie) nearly killed our 3-yr-old male Walker Hound (Blue) in a series of 4 horrible fights within a half hour. We had to take Blue to the vet today. Emergency surgery. He would've died. He's in the kitchen now, laying on blankets.
$500 dollars later...I might add.
Both guys are neutered. However, they've only been snipped since Dec. Our female Walker Hound, Dani, has been spayed since she was six months old. She doesn't know what sex is.
So the guys aren't fighting over her. They are jealousy fighting over me and DH. We've seen signs of their posturing and snarling around us when we go out to play with them.
We just don't know what to do. Charlie is 160 lbs and Blue is only 80 lbs. Not exactly a fair fight, but Blue doesn't give in.
They just wear themselves out. My husband is a big strong guy, he can't break them up.
I cried all night I was so upset about Blue. Charlie has all the thick curly fur. The most he gets is a pierce ear. Anyway, to top it offf...now both boys have a coating of pepper spray on them. DH tried to break them up with that on fight #1 which was worst cuz the boys had more energy and fight in them. It broke up the fight, but didn't prevent 3 more. DH had to power wash the deck this morning..well, all kinds of cleanup due to the pepper spray. He'll never try that again. I nearly choked to death on the spray that wafts into the house when we open the slider door.
I guess one of the boys is going to have to been in the kennel run at all times. No more interacting...not even one bit.
Blue hid in the kennel's dog house, John locked the door...and Charlie still sat and watched for Blue to come out for round 5 maybe.
It wasn't til morning light that we realized Blue was in real bad shape. For the life of me, I don't understand how some folks think dog fights are entertainment for gambling purposes. It makes me ill to see it.
Thanks for listening.