Tugboat Coat

It's hard to believe that in a few short months, I will have my own little knitting model.

Until then, it does look like the paper towel holder/ wooden spoon apparatus will retain it's job.

I do feel a little guilty.  The other day, when I posted this as a WIP, everyone commented on the beautiful color.  Well, the photo was a bit deceiving.  It's not as light as you may have believed, but instead a dark navy blue. Here's the stats:

Size: 6-12 months (but I think it turned out a little bigger)
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto (Navy, dk weight superwash, 5 skeins total)
Raveled: here

When I went to buy buttons, I didn't fall in love with any of them.  Since I bought my yarn for this project when it was on sale at, I quickly realized that purchasing 11 buttons could nearly double the cost of this project.  I decided to see what I had at home, and I'm happy that I did!

If you've ever seen my slippers (and most of you have), you would suspect that I have a thing for the vintage leather button look.  I love the look of this little jacket with the leather buttons, I feel like it changes it a lot from the original project.

How about you, do you have any money-saving, knitting-related secrets to share?