Saturday, August 15, 2009

Button, Button, Who's got the button?

There's not a lot happening around here today. John's off to work, I'm just sitting here relaxing with a cup of coffee. If the weather stays nice, I'll probably go to the park today for a Knit In, being sponsored by one of our local yarn stores (Kelowna Yarn & Needlework). The park is within walking distance, which is a good thing considering that John has the car.

The little sweater below? No, I didn't knit it; the picture is from the pattern book. I have, however, cast on for it. If you listen to the podcast, you'll know that I've cast on for this sweater simply because it uses a technique called "steeking". The entire body of the sweater is knit to the neck in one circular piece. Then, the armholes are cut, and the sleeves sewn in. I've never done any steeking before, so this will be a learning experience for me. That's the only reason I've cast on for this sweater. That, and the fact I like it; I think it's really sweet. 

In the comments of my last post, Roslyn asked where I go to get buttons. Well, in the case of the little dress, I went to Bibles for Missions, in the strip mall where I work. I just wanted some small, flat, white buttons. I found a packet of 6 buttons for the grand total of 25 cents. And, everything in the store was half price! (I paid full price; I was in a bit of a hurry and there was a very slow person ahead of me, someone who had no idea how to use a debit machine; I just gave the teller the 25 cents and left.) For anyone living here in Kelowna, if you just want some plain, simple buttons, check out the thrift stores. BfM even puts sets of buttons into little baggies, so you don't have to scrounge to find the buttons you need. If I want something different, I'll first check out the fabric store, and then, if absolutely necessary, I'll check out WalMart (not my first choice for anything!). If all else fails, I'll go to one of our local yarn stores, but I find their prices for buttons to be on the high side. In their defense, though, they do have some very exclusive buttons that you won't find anywhere else. 

My coffee cup is now empty and it's time for something to eat. Enjoy your weekend, everyone!


  1. Steeking is something I've never done either, so I can understand why you want to do this project. Good luck with it. Maybe I will be brave enough one of these days, but it won't be anytime soon. I have too much else that needs doing. LOL

    I bet you have no problem with it. I look forward to reading how it goes for you. :)

  2. I forgot to mention, I like your new profile photo. Red becomes you. :)