I was all set to pick out my usual plain monochromatic buttons, but these orange buttons popped out at me and were so cheerful that I had to use them.
I made some modifications to the usual pattern, namely with the sleeves and the hood. I personally hate hoods (why have them if they're just for decorative use?), so I followed advice from another Raveler and made a large collar instead, which I really like.
I'm glad I didn't knit the full sleeve length, because I find that a regular sweater is just too warm for me most of the time. However, I think perhaps that if I knit this again I'll knit either a 3/4 length sleeve or just make it a sleeveless vest. There's just something "bunchy" about the sleeve cuffs that irritates me.
I love the look of the cables, though, and I think I might keep this pattern to knit again for myself in a different color or as a Christmas gift.
(More detailed knitting specifics can be found here.)