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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?

Yesterday was spent sorting through papers for taxes and trying to get as much as possible organized. I also spun on more of the berries merino (BTW, I'm spinning this on my Kromski Symphony but I also have a Majacraft Rose - for the person who asked in the comments yesterday), but since I showed you that yesterday, I won't bore you with the same thing again so soon. Instead I thought I'd share a new source of buttons and shawl pins I recently came across.

As anyone who has knit a cardigan requiring buttons can tell you, the search for buttons can be brutal. The wrong button can kill a sweater, no matter how well designed, how well knitted and how fabulous the yarn is. The right button can make a design sing like a robin in Springtime. Finding the right button isn't always easy, and it can't just work colorwise and sizewise, it also has to be the right weight. A few weeks ago I found out about a new source for buttons that are now being made by a jewelry artist in lead free pewter - Annie Adams. I'm a big fan of metal buttons and these are pretty and interesting without being overwhelming to a design. She has them in several sizes and also has shawl pins and belt buckles in her designs. If your cardigan doesn't need buttons but uses a zipper pull, fear not! She has zipper pulls! All of her knitting notions (they're really jewelry for knitting) come in two different designs -

Aurora which is angular and has a bit of a modern feel while also reminding me of ice crystals.

Nova is more curvy and reminds me of growing things and to my mind, hints at the past without being frou frou.

I haven't used any of her buttons or other notions yet, but I think some of the smaller Nova buttons will look amazing with whatever I make from the Mojito Love in an Ice Blue Mist yarn that I spun a while back.

What are your favorite sources for sweater buttons? Leave a link in the comments if they're online!



Anonymous Maria said...

Ooh! Shiny! Thanks for getting me in trouble.

2:42 PM  
Blogger Hope said...

I normally check out my lys , as one of the ladies who owns it makes beautiful fused glass buttons and sells them on her etsy site as well.

My other source is a friend of mine who is quite talented with Sculpy clay and can pretty much make anything with it.

5:01 AM  

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