Both should be off to their new owners this week. I have been making a lot of raglans because I hate finishing. I often will finish the knitting in days, then let a project sit for months before I seam it up just out of sheer avoidance. I have decided I also hate sewing on buttons. Not the sewing itself, but trying to avoid knots (and to me it never feels secure enough without a knot) and hide all of those little ends! How do the rest of you do it? It seems there is never a neat way to add the buttons and I am far too disorganized to plan knitting them in. I am considering trying snaps on my next kid project. Not as many cute options as buttons, but I won't stay awake at night in fear that my cute buttons have become a choking hazard for the progeny of my close friends and family.
I have also been trying to finish things more neatly. After reading up on finishing techniques I attempted reinforcing my button bands and hems with hem tape. I love the look, but hate how uneven the hand sewing looks on the knitting. I am pretty good with hand stitching, and my stitches look like they are all over the place. I may have to try machine sewing, though I really don't want to see the stiches from the front, and I can't see how that would be avoided. Perhaps there is a way to knit it in? I will have to think on this a bit.