Cute & Creepy

I was knocking around Ravelry recently, when I noticed one of my friend’s project page showed a picture of some adorable Pac Man stitch markers.  The note said she had not made them, but had actually purchased them on etsy.  I immediately followed the link (I am a devoted Ms. Pac Man fan) in search of my own set.  Oh my.  There were so many cute, creepy, and funny stitch marker sets to choose from!  Naturally, I got distracted from my original search and ended up with two sets of stitch markers in my shopping cart.

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This set was so cute that I went immediately  from mailbox to knitting chair in order to get them onto on of my wips asap.

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Not only are these markers fun, they are well made.  I haven’t experienced any snagging or loosening that can sometimes happen with stitch markers of this type.  These whimsical creations are handmade to order, and so worth any wait you may have to endure.  Check out Scary Merry’s etsy shop to see what you might fall in love with.

The Pledge

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Today is Day 1 of my experiment with Wardrobe Refashion.  When I first started thinking about taking on this challenge, my goals were to spend less, buy less, and learn some sewing skills.  As practice, I didn’t buy any clothing during the month of February (yay!).  Now I’m ready to take it to the next level and start playing around and experimenting with my clothes, thrifted materials, and maybe as a treat, buying some handmade or refashioned clothes from etsy.

From the Wardrobe Refashion site:

The Pledge

I, Sonia, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of “new” manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovated, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thy thriftiness brings!

I intend to write about this challenge on a weekly basis, sharing whatever comes up for me.  I imagine there will be times where I need to pout about not buying some cute new spring thing.  The good news is, there’s a “Get Out of Jail Free” card available for emergencies.  Other weeks I will share the process of culling my closets, learning to sew, and playing with making my old clothes new again.  Fear not–this is still a knitting blog!  I just wanted to share this new addition to my life with you all.

During this process I welcome your advice, tips, tricks, sewing wisdom, thrifting strategies, and etsy connections.  If you are taking the challenge, let me know!

Button Enhancement

You may remember that I am on a mission to collect interesting buttons. It started with making neckwarmers that needed closures, and a desire to add something unique to simple pieces. My small button jar has done the job until now, but I have been wanting a little inspiration.

I found some vintage buttons on etsy that have been fun. But I still wanted a larger influx of materials to work with. I have this fantasy of being able to sink my hand into a deep bin of buttons, fish around a bit, and pull out a treasure every time I need inspiration. It’s really hard to fit my hand into a old apricot jam jar…

A trip to Michael’s today for some Cotton Ease resulted in a side trip down an aisle I have never explored before. I found a company that claims to sell a bag o’ buttons clipped from vintage fashions! For just $4.99 you can pick up a grab bag of buttons.

I have no idea if these buttons are truly from ye olden days or not, but there look to be some fun ones in there.

It was an immensely satisfying moment to rip open the bag and dump all those buttons out into a tin. And then I could start picking through them, looking for hidden treasure. There are metal, plastic, and fabric-covered buttons. Some are singletons, others belong to pairs and sets of multiples. So many possibilities! Here are some of my favorites:

Okay, enough procrastinating. It’s time to refill my drink, find a comfy seat, and get back to knitting those darn socks. Because after writing yesterday’s post, reading all your comments, and talking to people at SnB last night, I feel slightly more motivated to give finishing a try. I guess I do want to go down swinging after all, not just lay there while I get punched in the head, wishing I was somewhere else. (Ha! that’s an Olympic metaphor–I must be feeling better already!)

I wish all of you the best who are in the same boat as me. We have until tomorrow to finish up what we set out to do, and should feel good about whatever we are able to accomplish.

Have a great weekend and knit something fun!

Vintage Goodness

Last week I was on a vintage button-buying spree on Etsy, looking for interesting things to spruce up my crafting. I did a search for “vintage buttons” and many, many things turned up. It’s a bit overwhelming to look through all the results, but when I filtered through I ended up finding two things that really caught my eye.

The first came from the seller Vintage Necessities, who has a ton of buttons to choose from. It looks like they are sorted by type and color into various sized lots. I was really drawn to a small bundle of green, white, and yellow plastic buttons. When they arrived, I was not disappointed.

Each one is different from the next, but they all relate to one another. I can see them working well on a simple cardigan or baby sweater at some point.

My next find came from a seller called Wistful Supplies that specializes in all sorts of jewelry-making supplies and miscellaneous whimsies. I found these vintage wallpaper and fabric inspired buttons. Silly me: I didn’t notice the descriptions said they were “pin back buttons” and was expecting something else.

Pins or buttons, they are really fun and I’m sure I will find a use for them. In the meantime, I keep trolling the local thrift shops looking for a fun mixed bag o’ buttons to start building a collection. All I have so far is a little jar full of all those extra buttons that come with new clothes: buttons from jackets, shirts, and trousers that I own. These have been fine, but I want to diversify my portfolio, so to speak!

Do you have a button collection? How do you find your buttons? How do you store them?

A Good Mail Day

It hasn’t been a particularly good hair day, but the mail? Yes, the mail was very good to me indeed.

First there was a little something from the UK. Looking at the envelope, I couldn’t imagine who would be sending me something from England. I have been doing a teensy bit of shopping on etsy, but I was pretty sure everything I ordered was from the US. There was a brief moment of hope when I thought maybe some knitterly treat was on its way to me from a fellow knitblogger (don’t ask how this would have been possible since she doesn’t have my address!). Then, as I was tearing the envelope open, I saw a little white box inside and remembered: Moo cards!

I saw my first Moo card when I met Nutmeg Knitter last summer. At that time, I didn’t have a blog and hadn’t heard of Ravelry or Flickr yet. I wasn’t a complete techno peasant, but I hadn’t yet incorporated technology into my crafting lifestyle. Needless to say, I’ve come to my senses and now spend way more time online than I probably should, but it’s definitely been a compliment to my life.

These are basically little calling cards using your own photography; tiny, cute, and so fun seeing my own photos on such a professional product! You should try it.

The next package was instantly recognizable.

I saw this necklace when I was perusing the bowels of the reviews and recommendations section of the summer issue of Knitty. Since it has been out for a while, I assumed the artist, Cupboard Scraps, would probably be sold out. When I got to her etsy website, I was delighted to find a whole array of vintage-inspired delights. Look: it’s double sided!

I may have also purchased a couple of vintage buttons last week…I’ll be sure to share those as they trickle in. What is your most recent impulse/indulgent/for-no-good-reason purchase?



Yarn Jewelry

Monday night some women from my Stitch ‘n Bitch group spontaneously decided to get together for a stitch marker making party. We had a wonderful time thanks to Nancy and her vast collection of spectacular Swarovski crystal and handmade beads. There were literally hundreds of different colors and types of beads to choose from. I decided to make a set of 4 with some gorgeous crystal beads.
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Aren’t they gorgeous? Quite a step up from my cheapo white plastic stitch markers! Why shouldn’t your knitting have jewelry? We knitters take such care to choose beautiful, sumptuous yarn and needles. Why use run of the mill accessories? I put these on my lace scarf project, and already I want to spend more time working on it. It’s a pleasure to get to the sparkly crystal marker, slip it onto the needle and keep knitting, a beautiful milepost to make me smile.

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Nancy made this glass bead herself, then created a stitch marker especially for me. She also put together the leaf below. She should have her own Etsy shop, don’t you think?
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If you’re interested in making your own stitch markers,
check out this site.  We pretty much made ours in the same way, except we wrapped the wire a few more times to ensure a strong stitch marker and a snag-free finish.