Monthly Archives: July 2014

Deadlines

I hate knitting on deadlines. I think the one way to instantly make a project a chore is to impose a deadline on it.

I should have kept that in mind when a friend of mine announced she was pregnant. But I was determined to make her something for the baby so I went out and bought some yarn and a baby pattern book. I found a cute skull and cross bones hat and cast on and mad a pretty cute hat.

Skull Baby hat

I finished it about a month ago. The child is going to be 3 soon. Does anyone need a baby hat?

Everything is Better with Buttons

I have been bad about updating but I have finished several projects. The theme of this post will be buttons!

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My favorite yarn shop in Boston was Windsor button. Part yarn shop and part craft store it had an amazing selection of buttons. I am still bummed that it closed. I thought it had the best selection of buttons until I walked through the fashion district in Toronto last weekend. Queen Street West might be my new favorite street. There were fabric stores and button stores and ribbon stores and yarn stores. It also had a lot of vintage stores and shoe stores. It might be a good thing that Toronto is about 550 miles away.

Steampunkery Socks

I bought this kit at a fiber festival a few years ago. It came with some boring black buttons that I promptly lost. I found better ones at Windsor Button and cast on the first sock in May 2013. Then it sat in my WIP pile for a while until I finished them a few days ago.

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The pattern was very confusing at times. As written the heel was not centered and there are more buttons holes than included buttons. The key included some stitches that were never used. Thankfully another Ravelry user had very detailed project notes that explained the problems and included instructions to fix the issues. Despite the problems in the pattern I really enjoyed knitting these socks. The cables kept it interesting. The yarn in the kit has really good stitch definition and shows off the cables really well. Kit is available at Holiday Yarns.

Spatterdash Wristwarmers

Free pattern from Knitty, yarn is Bluemoon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight. Colorway is Fire on the Mountain. Easy pattern and a quick knit. Socks that Rock is one of my favorite sock yarns. I knit these for the Ravelry 2014 Winter Games.

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This pattern worked really well with variegated yarn. I hated sewing on the 28 buttons but I think they look neat and make the mitts a little more interesting. As written the buttons/flap are functional. They are about an inch too long for my tastes so I am not sure if I am going to keep these or trade for them. I can sometimes be persuaded to trade knits for baked goods.

By the time the weather is cool enough to wear wool again all of my clothing might have gratuitous amounts of buttons on them.