Sunday, January 17, 2010

Soft and Shiny

Sophia needed to do some research this weekend at the History Center's library in downtown St. Paul, so while she was doing that, I stopped in at Treadle Yard Goods on Grand Ave. and shopped for buttons for my Bristow Cardi.

At knitting group the other day, I was sewing in the sleeves and the subject of buttons for the Bristow came up. I told the other women I was thinking of gold buttons, but when there was a simultaneous cry of "No!" from the group it occurred to me that I might be on the wrong track. I can knit people, but I'm not the best accessorizer.

The cardi is mostly stockinette, with most of the detail occurring right next to the button bands. I was instructed to get something that wouldn't pull attention away from the knitting. Something plain. Not shiny. A dull pewter, maybe. Or mother of pearl. Maybe a matte black button.

Armed with that information, I walked into Treadle Yard Goods and headed for the counter where the buttons were on display. A lovely woman asked what she could help me with, and boy was I glad she asked. Turned out she was a knitter, too, so she understood the necessary properties of a sweater button. She had a great idea about the right color, too: some sort of pearlized black would be good, she thought.

She was right.

This afternoon I sewed on the buttons, and after the Vikings game was over Michael took photos.

Can you see the buttons?

Kind of hard to get good photos of them.

I hate seeing that gate in the background of my indoor photos, so I had Michael take some outside, too. It's downright balmy here in Minnesota -- 35 degrees! -- so no outerwear necessary.

I made a mistake where I always seem to make mistakes - right at the bust - so I'm taking more advice from my knitting group and I'm living with the error for now.

If it still bugs me after a few wearings, I'll do some surgery and fix it.

Pattern: Bristow, Knitty, Winter 2005
Yarn: Knit Picks Andean Silk (Alpaca, Merino, Silk)
Needles: US 6/4.0mm for the seed stitch borders and cuffs, US 7/4.5mm for the rest of it.


Anonymous said...

The buttons look lovely! I think you made the perfect choice. Accessorizing my knits is difficult for me often, too, so don't feel bad. I'm better at giving others advice than figuring out my own stuff.
Plus it looks really good on you and is a gorgeous color! I absolutely love it.

Anonymous said...

I am having trouble figuring out how to work Ravelry forums and thought I'd try to get an answer this way. May I ask you a question?

I found an interesting vest pattern but it is for bulky yarn, which I hate. Is there a formula for rewriting a pattern to scale something down from bulky to worsted weight? My boyfriend is so good at math, if there were a formula, I'm sure he could help me.

My name is Kate and my email address is - thanks for your time.

Laurie in Mpls. said...

Ooh, that's a pretty sweater! going to have to check it out. I'm a fairly new knitter, and that looks like it has just about the right amount of new stuff to be interesting, but not overwhelming. After I do the 3 other sweaters I want to do. ;)

I'm mostly writing to say I *totally* concur with what you said about Treadle Yardgoods. They are *awesome* over there, and the fabric is amazing. I'm a professional seamstress and when I have the budget for a project to shop there, I do. The staff is amazingly knowledgeable and nice, the shop is gorgeous, and the other patrons are all (usually) ardent fiber lovers. Pure bliss, about 15 minutes from my house. :)