So how fortunate is it that I finally put the buttons on my Shawl Collard Cowl?
When I first finished I was concerned that it was too big. But after putting it on and going outside I've decided that it is the perfect size. Made out of Knit Picks Decadence, a discontinued 100% pure alpaca, it is so squishy and warm. And also itchy, as alpaca is wont to be, so the extra length is really nice.
The buttons are from a pack of Soviet uniform buttons that were a gift from a fellow grad student. They're so shiny you can't really see the hammer and sickle on the button's surface, but they are there. Very appropriate for someone who's basing her hoped-for career on the study of Soviet history, don't you think?