It's actually embarrassing, but the project I just finished was the Ribby Cardi that I started back in 2006! I think I bought the yarn and cast on in 2006, finished knitting it in 2007, seamed it in 2008. It's been sitting in a container waiting for a zipper or buttons ever since.
For appropriate time-travel ambiance the Netflix DVD I watched while I worked was "Lost". I think I started viewing that series around the same time I started this sweater.
Finally, here it is, my Ribby Cardi, all closed up:
Pattern: Ribby Cardi by Bonne Marie Burns
Source: Chic Knits
Materials: MC - Lambs Pride Superwash in "charcoal heather", CC - Lion Brand Superwash Merino, and US 6 and US 7 needles
I still think the Ribby Cardi is a clever pattern with great built-in options, but the problem with taking so long to finish a sweater is that with everything I've learned since then, I would make different yarn and style choices if I was starting over with this pattern today. If I could have a do-over, I think it would be more fun to knit it in 2 colors like the ones on the Ravelry pattern page. Still, I'm happy to check it off the list.
Also, I'm excited about the new technique I learned to add the contrasting color I-cord trim and buttonholes. I followed this tutorial for attached I-cord from The Purl Bee.
To include buttonholes, I placed a marker where I wanted each buttonhole to be:
Then as I was knitting the attached I-cord, whenever I came to a marker, I knit 3 rows of I-cord evenly without picking up sweater edge stitches. I skipped over a couple of the edge stitches where the marker was placed, and then restarted attaching the I-cord as I knit it:
Once the marker is removed, there is a smooth, neat edge and the buttonhole is hidden whether the sweater is opened or closed: