Friday, December 10, 2010

Button Love

I have a lot - a LOT - of buttons.  Over the many years I've been sewing, I've managed to collect several large jars full.  All sorted into colors.  Of course, I've also bought my share just because.


I also gain quite a few nifty buttons when I take apart wool garments for rug hooking.  Suit jackets offer two sizes of the same button.  It worked well for the hat and neck warmer that I made a couple of weeks ago.  So, here I was looking for another hat pattern with a button so I could play with my button jars again.


Look what I found.  The Brattleboro Hat was quietly waiting in the pages of the Fall 2010 Interweave Knits.  And for some reason, I very much wanted to use some yarn that I bought in Upper Canada Village a few years ago.   It was spun in the mill at the Village and I like it.  But it's hard to use - this hat seemed perfect. I did adapt it a tiny bit by leaving off the buttonholes.  Who actually buttons their hat on each time?
 
I am now in the middle of making some mittens to match with a similar cuff which really buttons at the wrist.  Some black wool yarn frogged from a thrift shop sweater, et voila! another home for a few buttons.  I haven't decided if I'll make the mitts whole or fingerless.  I'm leaning towards whole mitts...

6 comments:

Joanna said...

Oh my, those are adorable. The buttons finish it off perfectly. I am jealous of your perfectly organized button collection. Mine are kept in a big box in the top drawer. Of course I don't have nearly as many as you do--plus I never actually use them.

Peg said...

My Mom had a can of buttons at home when I was a kid. Maybe she still has it. On a rainy day, if I was bored, she'd pull out her button can and I could play with that for hours.

J Diva said...

I LOVE the hat!!! You are so talented!!! Right now, I'm making fleece pants for my friends for christmas and doing it without a pattern no less... woops! But i'm enjoying being creative in a productive way! And the more warm thing that can be part of a wardrobe the better!!!

Ginny said...

I really like this. It has almost an old fashioned retro look.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I love your hat with the buttons on it, that adds a bit more pizazz (sp?) to it.

Gill

cindy said...

You are so organized in the button department, nice way to store them and show them off....

Nice job on the hat, the buttons really set it off.

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