Sunday, February 27, 2011

Button thanks.

I have been very fortunate to be given or have had the opportunity to obtain many gorgeous buttons lately. People say I have an unhealthy obsession with buttons; in fact, when I was at Rhinebeck this year most of what I bought were those little, handmade pieces of art.

The beginning of my button obsession began innocently enough. I was wandering around the floor of TNNA last June when I was destined to stumble upon Moving Mud. Instantly my heart was a flutter: hand-forged glass button, closures, pins, rings and many other adornments danced around me in swirls of psychedelic wonder.

(The elemental building block of my obsession shown above.)

Lovely and laid back Sarina gently rocked on her exercise ball while I absorbed the beauty all around me.

It was a rare ecstatic moment: every piece of work clearly had a little bit of soul in it which is what makes Moving Mud so special.

Since then I have slowly been buying up their buttons when ever I am lucky enough to stumble upon them.

But I have to say my most favorite buttons and adornments that I own are the ones that have been made by the people I live with every day. Working at a yarn shop has given me more blessing than I could ever imagine, that being the amazing people I have met and gotten the chance to befriend. I could write pages on each person and how wonderful each and every person is, but for the sake of brevity and sticking to button talk I need to show a few exceptional gifts I have been given recently.

Joanie and I have been getting through the saga of the Peaks Island Hood together. I knit it previously, so every Saturday during riff-raff time her and I had stolen moments of working through her own PIH. After much hair pulling and beers shared at Woody's afterwards, all managed to end well and she loves her new scarf. A few weeks later she gave me a present which I couldn't have anticipated and am so grateful to accept: handmade stitch markers! Cleverly named Wool Stones, I hope Joan of Art starts selling them because they are gorgeous and I am sure will be well received by all us knitters out there.
And finally, but certainly not last are handmade ceramic buttons made by the talented hands of Peggy. After helping her with a sweater over the course of a year, Peggy gave me some of her buttons which I had fawned over before.

Every time I see them I imagine her and her daughter wearing there beautiful sweaters on their journey to India. I am looking forward to the picture of them at the base of the Himalayas in their handmade knitwear.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A bird in hand. A woman in heaven.

I have been buying yarn at a staggering rate lately with no end in sight. A very large portion of that has been two separate orders placed with Quince & co.

Lark and Chickadee have come home to roost in my yarn cubby along with Tern. I am saving my skeins of Tern until a special project comes to mind, but Lark and Chickadee are going to production immediately.

I have 10 skeins of Lark, Quince's worsted weight made from unbelievably soft 100% American wool. Pam Allen has been one of my favorite designers since I first picked up a knit magazine so it's no surprise that I choose to make her Danforth Pullover in the beautiful color Clay. It was very hard to chose a color out of the gorgeous range they have created so far, but I figured an "in between" winter/spring color would be lovely.

Chickadee is getting ready for lift off for another little Chickadee. In colors twig, petal, gingerbread and Carrie's yellow I will be using Quince's uber-soft dk weight yarn for a long anticipated project.

Ysolda Teague is launching her new collection Little Red in the City next month, but was kind enough to give all her waiting fans an information sheet so we could pre-order yarns for our projects and swatch.

I plan on teaching a sweater workshop using the wealth of information about sizing, fitting and creating the perfect sweater for any body. Using Chickadee as my sample (for once my pudginess pays off!), I will show how to shape a sweater so those of us with a little extra T & A can look just as fabulous as our more slender sisters. Keep and eye on the shop calender for updates because there's gonna be a lot of action in the upcoming weeks.