Buttons, Buttons, Who’s Got the Buttons

I just got in my second stash from http://www.shopgoodwill.com. Let me tell ya, JoAnn’s and Michael’s don’t have anything over a good thrift store stash. The Goodwill site is an auction based site. I’ve already picked up several hard to find items. Yes, you have to clean them, but a $30 button (yes, a single button goes for $30), for a nickel, is worth it.

Between the two stashes I bid for, besides all the unmatched knitting needles, I’ve gotten 8-10 pairs of usable needles that would retail for about $60; various sewing implements – who isn’t always losing a tapestry needle?(;) beads and baubles, crochet hooks out the wazoo, and two button stashes. Overall, if I was to go to a hobby or sewing store, it would all add up to several hundred dollars worth of stuff. Not all of it is usable or even cleanable, but most of it is.

Sometimes, as a knitter, you make something that could be fabulous. It’s just missing that one special ingredient to push it over the line. Hats, wraps, scarves and socks can go from WoW to Ama-zing! with the help of the right button(s) or beads.

My two button stashes obviously took years to compile. There are vintage silver buttons, fancy accent buttons, one of a kind buttons, and a wide mix of everyday buttons. One collection was still on the cardboard it came on, and the other was just a plastic bag full of various buttons. But they both have little treasures.

There are several large mother of pearl buttons that would look fantastic on wraps. Several wooden buttons with carved designs that would be awesome on a hat with a cabled band. Small plastic buttons that would dangle from crayola striped socks or accent some fingerless gloves. Everything’s there from classy to glassy, plain and fancy, cheap to uniquely expensive. All of them waiting for the right project to come along.

So, as my husband sighs over my ever growing collection of craft gear taking over his garage, I’m dreaming of cloche felted hats, dangily scarves that jingle as the wearer goes by, and knee socks that glitter with little buttons up the back.


Time Flies

Oh my, where to begin? I’ve gotten some lovely packages this week. My coffee syrup order from Lollicups. White chocolate, chocolate mint, caramel and raspberry. Finally getting my morning coffee in the groove again!

A very dusty, damaged Studio sk700 found its way to me from E-bay. With some cleaning and repairs, I will hopefully have it working soon. The knit radar (a nice device designed to make any yarn fit a pattern) is broken. The mast part of the yarn tension unit is missing. The row counter is missing the triangle that forwards the count. Worst of all, tho, is the carriage that keeps shedding parts. Just a wee bit of work and elbow grease ahead.

A package from Goodwill auction came bearing a Corona carriage, clamps, and the coolest little patterning gizmo I’ve ever seen. It also had a tappet tool and some transfer tools. The second auction box had a tension mast and rod (thank goodness), garter bar set, some cooky tools and a knit radar 5, complete with patterns.

I’ve been wanting a garter bar set since I got started. On E-bay, they range in the $24-60 range. I had already bought an incomplete kr6 pattern set, so now I will have a set to share with a friend. I’m hoping to repair the kr7 in the 700 with the parts from the kr5. If I can’t, I’ll exchange them until I can get the kr7 fixed.

To make simple sense of all that: 1. My coffee fix is fixed, 2. I got roughly $300-400 worth of equipment for about $100. Of course, I lost my glasses for most of the week and can’t find a tappet tool.

Queen Victoria is due to deliver sometime very soon. Yes, girls, we will have baby Wawas soon. Call it Christmas in September. Of course, they’ll probably be Solstice pups and tempermental.

Jamie has been cleared by the cardiologist, and the neurologist upped his meds. Otherwise, little man is doing great!

The twins have been doing their first week of homework cheerfully. That probably has something to do with the gummy bears and m&m’s I’ve been bribing them with.

I attempted to go to a yoga class this week. Apparently the moon and stars were out of alignment. We got there late, my neighbor and I. I was definitely feeling motivated, so I worked out with the Xbox. Yes, it hurts to breathe. And walk. And lift objects. Enthusiasm can overcome many sensible ideas.

I also managed to unload baby clothes and socks. In the process, the garage got trashed. Just another thing to fix this weekend. Hopefully, I will be moving freely by then.

I’ve almost finished Alex’s sweater and gotten 50 odd rows of Mom’s wrap done. I keep dreaming of sweaters and patterns, but other things keep getting in the way. It is almost Friday, and I’m behind in some things, ahead in others.

Time has flown by, forgetting that it should’ve stopped for me. I feel like I got dragged behind a low flying pegasus.