My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Button, Button

Who’s got the button?

The answer to that question is Lindsey-Brooke! Actually L-B did have the button, or buttons in this case. When I mentioned last week that shell buttons for Abalone would be cool she immediately went into “personal shopper” mode and picked up some samples for me to try out and sent them to me. What a great friend, eh? I just have to mention a desire, and it comes true!

Oh my . . . I really really wish I had a new BMW Z4 Roadster.

Cough, cough.

Here is button number one:


Pretty, but too light.

Here is button number two:


Oh my gosh! How cute is that button?! I love it, but I think it’s too busy for Abalone. Sadly. Cuz it’s so durn cute!



Button number three is the winner:


Hard to get a good photo, cuz of the glare of the white card. A close-up:


This button has just enough purple tone in it to work beautifully with Abalone. Thanks, L-B!!

Abalone Colors

I’ve gotten a couple of requests to post the colors I’m using for Abalone here on my blog. Also what yarn I’m using — Jamieson’s or Jamieson & Smith.

Please remember — the yarn I’m using for my current projects is always listed in the sidebar in the descriptions of my current WIPs. I also specifically stated which yarn I’m using in a blog entry last week. I’m using Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift. Jamieson’s is not the same as Jamieson & Smith. shetland. The Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift is, however, the same yarn as the now discontinued Campion. Some of the color names are the same as the old Campion names, some are different.

But anyone of you who wants to knit this design and has the book can easily figger out the colors, with a conversion chart for Spindrift and Campion. You can find conversion charts on the wonderful Knitting Beyond the Hebrides website in their resources section here.

Speaking of Abalone, I only got a little work done on it last night — other stuff got in the way. But for the brief time I worked on it, Lucy enjoyed it.


Supposed to be seriously cold here today! I’m wearing Henry VIII to work today. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. love the buttons! can l-b tell us where she purchased them? i hope henry keeps you warm ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Coincidentally, I was behind that very car (BMW-Z4) yesterday while in the drive thru line at the dry cleaners (picking up my bedspread); it was silver, and oh, so sharp. It is definitely a “looker”. The guy driving it really thought he was Mr.Cool too…but then I guess he was, wasn’t he?
    I agree (not that you care) 100% on the button selection…for all the same reasons you stated. The one you are going to use is perfect, and what a nice friend you have to be so thoughtful!
    After Abalone, do you think you might be knitting something “Valentiney”???

  3. Sorry,Wendy,BMW-Z4 is not in my price range today!Check back after the lottery drawing! Vanessa,the buttons are from a tiny,local shop and I welcomed the excuse to go there since it was near my favorite bakery! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. ah ! Lindsey is a wonderful lady, you know. Pity she don’t have a computer. She is a generous guy !

  5. Great buttons – L-B gets major points for that find!

    Definitely sweater weather today. I (cough) bought myself a sweater for my birthday that looks a little bit like Kongsberg (my favorite Dale, to be knitted someday) in black and white. (I’m thinking of changing the plastic buttons to some real pewter ones to make it look even more authentic.) OK, so it’s not a real Norgi, but for $17 (what a sale!) who could resist? ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s doing a fine job keeping me warm while I knit for my kids.

    Valentiney? How about Kate’s Cheesy Love from knitty?

  6. Purrrrrrfect button choice! But the shamrock is darned cute! It needs a simler design I think though, to show it off. Lucy looks comfy-cozy as usual. ๐Ÿ™‚