Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Duckies and Buttons

I have a finished project. It's only about two weeks late. But it's finished. And since I can't even mail it until Friday, I can only give you a sneak peek. But what a sneak peek it is.

(I really like these little photo montages. I'm especially impressed with this one. There's probably a fancy pants program out there that makes them, but I make them myself. I really like this one.)

I'm especially pleased with the buttons for this project. I had seen them at a nearby shop at least five months ago, but they were too expensive to buy without a project in mind. I was finishing up this project over the weekend and was trying to think of some good buttons to use, and I remembered that these would be, in a word, perfect. So I enlisted the help of my BFF Wendy to acquire them since I wouldn't be able to get to the shop in time. She dragged her poor, sick son and her own stuffy nose out of the house to make sure I'd have these buttons. Now that's a true BFF!

I love how it turned out. I should be able to show you the whole thing by the end of the month. Whee!

I also wanted to show you how the buttons on the CPH turned out. Remember when I asked you for your advice? I got so many good ideas, I didn't want to forget to tell you which ones I used. First, as my good friend Joy pointed out when I showed you the finished sweater, I did only use five buttons. When I pinned it together with six and tried it on, it was just too many. I think five buttons is perfect.

I used embroidery floss to attach the toggle buttons, and anchored them with clear plastic buttons on the wrong side. Bonus, I had the embroidery floss from my days as a cross-stitcher (I don't think the T-rex picture will suffer too much), and the clear buttons were already in my button box. It helps to have more than just yarn in your stash!

I actually wore the sweater as an integral part of my outfit one day last week, and not just to show it off. It felt strange to walk out the door with it on, but it was definitely a cool feeling. I wonder if it will ever feel normal to wear my own handknit stuff out and about. I still get a kick out of wearing handknit socks in public.


Joy said...

That photo montage is VERY nice. Scott saw it and immediately said it would make an awesome greeting card. One of the squares could have the text in it.

I love that blue button too! I'm amazed at the great close-up photos you get of your knitting.

~Tonia~ said...

Those buttons are perfect. I can't wait to be able to see the entire thing.

Yes, you can never have too much stuff in your sewing box.

Carolyn said...

The montage is so cool! It's like a quilt

MollyBeees said...

Look at all of the buttony goodness! And the montage rocks too!

Brenda said...

The buttons are adorable. I am impressed that you waited until you had a project to buy them for. I don't think I could have done that.

KelInCal said...

That montage is sweet - and so is the project. Looks like it's going to be an adorable gift for someone!

I bet you rocked the CPH! I'm sure it's much easier to show off than socks. Since all I wear are sneakers, I'm sure I'd be standing around drawing up my pants every now and then to make sure everyone got a chance to see them. BUT, seeing as how I still don't have a complete pair, it's really not a problem. :D

Leone said...

Oh Brooke, it is raining here and I wish we could go get coffee and knit together in a fun little cafe. Wouldn't that be nice? We could talk buttons and duckies and turtles and gauge. Sigh. You are planning on moving to Vancouver right? I mean... we have a lot of rain and really expensive books because they refuse to change the american vs canadian prices despite the dollar change. Oh! A good thing is that Georgia O'Keefe (did I spell that right?) is showing at the art gallery right now. I'm so excited! Okay, bye Brooke!

Kimmie said...

I'm in love with your montage. How do you do it? It is a really cool way to showcase something - especially something that can't be fully revealed! Lets get together again soon - I will be husbandless for a week again starting Tuesday so my dancecard is open!

monica said...

So pretty that little sneak peak. And I love all the buttons.