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Buttons!

Before Christmas, I started to practically crave wooden buttons.  I knew there were a few Christmas presents that would require buttons and after watching various video podcasters showing off their new beautiful wooden buttons, I had to have some! I perused Etsy for about an hour, uncertain which to choose when I decided to trust the word of one of my favorite podcasters, Amy Beth of The Fat Squirrel Speaks.  I quickly went through her show notes until I found the name of the Etsy seller, Pymatuning Crafts.

The Etsy store alone had me convinced.  There were so many wonderful options.  Plus, she had variety packs! Knowing I would have several different projects that would require buttons of varied size and color, I chose a 3-wood, 18-button variety pack (6 buttons roughly the same size in each wood type) and a 6-wood, 50-button variety pack (buttons of many sizes in each wood type).  To my surprise, the shop owner, Leigh, messaged me seemingly moments after placing my order and my order shipped the very next day.  In just days of ordering, my wood button craving was satisfied!  Not only are her products stunning, but her customer service puts her a notch above the rest!

The wood types I received were sumac, magnolia, arborvitae, hickory, cherry, oak, pear and elm.  Each wood type was in its own little ziplock bag with a label so that non-wood-aficionados such as myself can forever keep them straight.  Each button has character.  You can tell time was spent making each individual button something special.  Both sides are sanded smooth and though, the edges maintain their natural textures, they are beveled to provide smooth functionality and provide a well-finished appearance.

All but sumac

Top left to bottom right: Arborvitae, Magnolia, Hickory, Oak, Elm, Cherry, Pear.  Sumac pictured below.

So far, I have used three different types on three Christmas presents and the recipients and I have all been very pleased with the effect they give to the finished product.

Pear Wood

Pear

Arborvitae wood

Arborvitae

Sumac

Sumac

Though I have several left, I’m already eyeing some new buttons listed in her shop! That aged apple wood is calling to me….

 

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The Holiday Wrap-up, Part I: Gifts Given

I know I had lofty goals for my Christmas gift-giving. Especially since I hadn’t given myself the entire year to accomplish these goals. In the end, I did gift 4 cowls, 4 hats, 3 pairs of fingerless mitts, 2 wraps/shawls and 1 pair of slippers. One other hat and a lacy scarf are yet to be given, as I haven’t seen the recipients yet. 14 gifts. Not bad considering I also worked on larger presents that have yet to be completed. Overall, the recipients were happy and I have no regrets.

Here’s the parade of pictures:

Cowls:

Improvised simple cable cowl - Caron Simply Soft, held double.  Beautiful wooden buttons

Improvised simple cable cowl – Caron Simply Soft, held double. Beautiful wooden buttons

Pedestrian Crossing Cowl

Pedestrian Crossing Cowl

Note the amazing wood buttons from PymatuningCrafts.

Note the amazing wood buttons from PymatuningCrafts.

Lara's Cowl in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky

Lara’s Cowl in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky.  Please give a shout-out to my wonderful model, she did such a good job for me

Marian Cowl in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick

Marian Cowl in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick

Hats:

Improvised 1x1 rib watchman style cap in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick

Improvised 1×1 rib watchman style cap in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick

Ribbed Watchman's Hat in Caron Simply Soft

Ribbed Watchman’s Hat in Caron Simply Soft

Finnigan Hat in Berroco Peruvia Quick

Finnigan Hat in Berroco Peruvia Quick

Modified Fusion First Bomber Hat in Caron Simply Soft

Modified Fusion First Bomber Hat in Caron Simply Soft

The Fingerless Mitts:

Simply Ribbed Fingerless Mitts in Caron Simply Soft

Simple Ribbed Fingerless Mitts in Caron Simply Soft

Note: these are two separate pairs of mitts – above is an amazing pattern that just took too long for me to replicate, but was amazingly stretchy and the thumb gusset fit nicely.  Below, I improvised and did not do a thumb gusset, but instead added more stitches around for the entire mitt.

Improvised simple ribbed mitts in Caron Simply Soft

Improvised simple ribbed mitts in Caron Simply Soft

Improvised simple mitts in Caron Simply Soft

Improvised simple mitts in Caron Simply Soft

Wrap and Shawl:

Cedar Wrap in Spud & Chloë Outer, wood buttons to be added per recipient's preference

Cedar Wrap in Spud & Chloë Outer, wood buttons to be added per recipient’s preference

The wrap above does still need to be blocked and once the chosen PymatuningCrafts buttons are added, a better picture may find it’s way over here.

Arroyo Shawl in Manos del Uruguay Maxima

Arroyo Shawl in Manos del Uruguay Maxima

As you may be able to tell, this shawl was longer than my dining room table and with my limited amount of blocking boards, it was a bit rough blocking properly.

Finally, the slippers.

Sunday Morning Slippers in Berroco Peruvia Quick

Sunday Morning Slippers in Berroco Peruvia Quick

These were my biggest/only fail.  They were so incredibly fast and easy to knit up.  The pattern was simply a joy to follow. But then the felting happened.  Without the aid of a washing machine.  It was rough, and not in the ideal-for-felting-wool sort of way.  To my dear sister who graciously accepted these slippers as a Christmas present, I am sorry.  The good news is, they can only get better.  Though I might have NO idea how to run the top-load washing machine that is in our apartment (something to do with rolling it up to the kitchen sink and attaching it somehow to the faucet has left me reluctant to try) and the washing machine I do use regularly is a front load completely incapable of felting, my sister is in possession of a top-load machine that may just do the trick.  Either she may await my next visit or attempt this on her own (keep in mind they were SIMPLE to knit up, I won’t be offended if they end up a certain dog’s chew toy).  As long as these slippers end up happily loved in some way, I will be satisfied.

Now, one may ask, what happened to those three sweater’s that had absolutely NO chance of completion by Christmas.  One is halfway finished and I will be picking it back up again soon.  The henley sweater for my father is still several inches below the armholes.  Soon it will be less than several inches.  The sweater fits fine in the shoulders, but is incredibly too large after the split for the sleeves… I mean two times the size of my father.  I will be ripping back and doing some subtle decreases to maintain the positive ease…. but make it a touch less positive.  The final sweater is for my mom and will likely be a late birthday present as we would both like it to fit her well!

Up next, the wonderful goodies received!

 

 

 

 

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