Wow! Thank you for all the great resources for buttons you all left in the comments for me. It amazes me that I hadn’t stumbled across most of them in my quest for the perfect button. A few of them I knew about, but the majority were new to me.
If you are in need of buttons, check out yesterday’s comments — there is a wealth of resources there.
I ordered some buttons based on recommendations for sources, and will have a button-off when the time comes to choose one.
So . . . what exactly is the button for?
I’m knitting a kimono jacket from aran weight tussah silk, handpainted by that dye genius Jennifer, of Spirit Trail Fiberworks.
(It photographs bluer than it actually is.)
The yarn has actually been marinating in my stash for a while, waiting for me to find the perfect use for it. One of my favorite article of clothing is a silk kimono jacket (by Chico’s) that looks fabulous over a plain tank dress.
So it occurred to me to try to duplicate the jacket in knitting. Fairly easy to do, as the construction of the jacket is pretty simple.
I’ve got the back done.
The bottom border is seed stitch, and the body is reverse stockinette stitch. While the yarn label recommends a gauge of 18 – 20 stitches to 4 inches, I’m knitting it to a gauge of 16 stitches to 4 inches (on a 5mm needle) because I want the fabric slightly looser and drapier.
A few questions in the comments about blocking wires. They are long thin slightly flexible steel wires that you thread through the straight edges of your knitting and pin in place while blocking. By using wires, you ensure that your straight edges are straight, and you don’t have the little points in your blocked piece that you would have if you just pinned it out. Very hand things!
I have two sets of them. Both acquired ages ago. I have several different thicknesses of wires — very handy. You’d want to use the finest wires for very fine laceweight.
I’m afraid I can’t quite recall where I bought my wires, as it’s been a number of years since I got them, but if you google “blocking wires” you’ll find a number of sources, including Knitpicks.
And as PennyT pointed out in the comments:
As for blocking wires, I read somewhere that stainless steel welding wire works perfectly and is much less expensive than the ones designated for blocking. So I bought some and used them last week on the Icarus shawl. They worked perfectly.
Speaking of blocking . . . I’ve uploaded the free pattern for the Fir Cone Wrap. You can dowload the pdf file here. It is linked to from my main knitting page as well, in the “free patterns” section. Enjoy it in good health.
Oh, I almost forgot — I finished the Cherry Tree Hill Potluck blues/purples socks.
Alert the media.