Friday, July 20, 2012
My first "ta-da" is a purple Miranda hat. It's the third Miranda hat I've knit this week as part of a KAL with Project: Stash. Each hat has been knit from stash yarn and each will be donated to charity. The finished hat is really cute and it's great opportunity to work through some stashed yarns. Each of my hats has used from 40 to 45 grams of yarn, and I'm happy to report that what remains of my worsted stash now fits in a shoebox. Maybe enough for three more solid colour hats? We'll see!
Another thing I've been working on is handmade buttons. After meeting Jessie at the Knitter's Frolic at the end of April, I was inspired to try my hand at making wood buttons. I'm fortunate to live near the waterfront trail at the Rouge River, so there are lots of fallen branches along my walks for button-making. With Gavin's help I've made two sizes to try.
The smaller buttons are about 5/8" across. At that size the bark was really fragile so I sanded it off. The larger button is 1-1/8" across. I'm hoping this bark can last through some washing and wearing. Time to find out though! I've knit a swatch with leftover RHSS, sewn on a button and will include it with my regular laundry this weekend. Jessie warns that these handmade buttons are "decorative" in nature, handwash only and not meant for everyday wear. I'm going to put that to the test to see how fragile (or durable?) they really are.
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