When I was 17 and got married and left home I took a jar of buttons with me. I took some of my mom's buttons. Buttons that she had gotten from her grandmothers and various other places. It was the thing to do, I thought. Dresses and coats and shirts wear out. Good buttons do not. My mom was raised to be frugal - to recycle clothing - to keep and save and reuse what you can. She passed that same philosophy to me. She's a wise keeper of things ... or maybe I should say she's less of an impulse buyer than I am. I have a house full of stashed things. She has more like a few boxes.
So as I was saying, When I was 17 I went to the cupboard and got an emptied washed and saved-for-just-such-an-occasion Hellmann's Mayonnaise jar. With a metal lid. And started a button jar - since I would soon be leaving home.
I took some of Mom's buttons. Big and small. Plain and colored. Shell and plastic and metal. Over the years I have used some of them but not many. I'm a sentimental keeper and couldn't bear it if I used a precious extra pretty or special button that got lost or damaged. It's a little like a memory book. See that pink flower button in the picture above? It's one that I added a few years back - taken from a dress that my daughter Katie wore out - it was a thrifted dress but I loved the buttons and it reminds me of Katie when I see it. I probably have the dress fabric stashed away somewhere too.
For some reason I especially love the ones with threads or fabric still attached. Like they had to keep this button but didn't take the time to snip off every thread. So funny to me. I'm so meticulous about things I would have snipped away every shred of evidence of its former life. The back side of a shell button is usually so much more interesting than the front too, don't you think?
This little animal button is another favorite that I'll probably never use. Is it a dog? Sheep?
So a few weeks ago something happened that surprised me. I had been trying to decide what color of Cascade 220 to use for the EPS that I want to knit for myself. I had seen a pale lavender heather that I love but Twist didn't have that color. Nothing else really "spoke" to me as The Color so I was waiting. For something. Waiting. Apparently for inspiration.
When I saw these green glass buttons at Twist I had to have them. And they inspired me to instantly KNOW what color yarn to use.
It just so happens to be the same color of green heather that I made Emeline's EPS sweater with, which was a complete but pleasant coincidence. I haven't started my EPS yet but I look forward to it. I'm working on a 2nd small one the same size as EPS1 so that Lila Pearl can have one while it's still cold this year. She'll probably just inherit ones from Emeline for the next few years.
So that's it for today! I'm doing some yarn dyeing today and hoping to order more sock yarn to dye for the shop. And - to my surprise - I'm thinking of writing up a lace pattern. Still gotta get the Westwood scarf pattern written. Much to do. Not enough hours in the day.
Everyone have a wonderful week and take good care of every little thing. :)