Sylvi is finished! The petals are knit and sewed down, the buttons are sewed on, and it is as gorgeous as my niece Hillary is. As promised, pictures:
These are abalone buttons, from a sweater kit I ordered loooooong ago. I told Hillary that I got them about 15 years ago, but in reality I think it was about 1994 or 1995. Anyway, I don't know what happened to the sweater kit, but it is gone. However, I kept the buttons but never found the perfect place to use them until now. They were actually too heavy for the mohair cardigan in the sweater kit. Sylvi will love them!
The hood is kind of hard to photograph, especially one-handed. There is a little flower that is sort of wrapped around the top of the hood; it was pretty hard to stitch in place, but with a steady stream of not-very-nice words, I managed.
This was a really fun thing to knit! I don't think I will knit another Sylvi, at least not right away, but I really love the cables on the back. It is a wonderful design, carefully charted out, well-written, a good production. It came out beautiful, and I am very happy with it! You can find the pattern on the Twist Collective website (Winter 2008) or from the designer, Mari Muinonen on Ravelry.com.