Category Archives: Knitting

Handmade Buttons

I love handmade buttons.

I love the subtle differences in each button and knowing that an artist/craftsperson created each one.  Handmade items deserve handmade buttons.

As a knitter and a seamstress (sewer?  sewist?) for the better part of my life, I know how hard it is to find those perfect buttons for your latest handmade creation.  One day a friend suggested I make buttons from the clay I use for making pots.  Lightbulb moment!  Danny thought it was a good idea, too, and would be something he could do since he doesn’t work on the wheel.

We’ve surely enjoyed exploring different textures and glazes.  Making buttons is so much different than making mugs and casseroles.  These are some of the leaf buttons we just pulled from the kiln.  I’ve listed some in the Etsy shop.  Hope you’ll check them out!

 

Handmade Buttons - Sharon Ivy

 

 

Knitting & Glazing

Frantically working on pottery jewelry components for Beadapalooza at The Bead Biz in Helena AL on August 23 & 24.  No time for knitting while I’m getting ready for a show, so I popped in Elizabeth Zimmerman’s “Knitting Workshop” DVD to watch while I’m glazing beads.  I must get that knitting in there somehow.

Glazing and EZ

 

 

Fingerless Gloves

Loving this Rio de la Plata yarn given to me by my friend, Donna.  Thought at first that I’d make socks, but decided on fingerless gloves instead.

Fingerless Gloves 1

 

Here, I’m well into the thumb gusset —

Fingerless Gloves 2

 

The more I knit with this yarn, the more I like it.  And the color is scrumptious!

BTW, the little Altoid tin in the photos was made by Donna Knight, the same friend who gave me the yarn.  It holds my tiny scissors, darning needles, stitch markers and tape measure.  Perfectly fits inside my yarn bowl with my yarn.  Love it!

 

Berroco Sox Finished

Finally finished “the socks”, as mentioned in my last post.  For quite some time they’ve been my take-along project when I needed something to keep my hands busy on trips to Mississippi.  I love these socks so much that I put them on tonight just to sit on the couch and work on my punchneedle project.

You just can’t beat wool handknit socks.

 

BerrocoSoxSocksFinished

 

On long car rides I hate just sitting and twiddling my thumbs, so I keep a couple simple knitting projects on the needles so as to have something to grab as I’m running out the door.  My favorite take-along projects are socks and dishcloths, something I can knit while carrying on a conversation with Danny the Driver.  You’d think after almost 40 years of marriage we would long ago have run out of things to talk about, but no, there’s always something to discuss…..and always something to knit.

 

Berroco Sox Socks

Off work this week, but still without power, so have had some time to sit and knit on my Berroco Sox socks.  Finally got the short-row heels turned and the gussets formed and am now headed into the foot section.  Decided on plain stockinette stitch to show off the self-striping yarn.  Pretty neat that all these colors and patterns come from one skein of yarn.

 

UFOs – Unfinished Objects

On leave today to take care of a couple dr appts and had about an hour to kill before I had to start getting ready.  Not quite enough time to get back into the soldering on my stained glass piece, so thought I’d tackle one of the UFOs (UnFinished Objects) in my knitting basket.  I started these socks last winter and finished the cuffs, then got busy on other projects.

It’s time to finish the socks!  I’m using a great yarn, Berroco Sox, in self-striping blues and greens and Knit Picks 32″ circular Harmony needles. LOVE my Harmony needles and this yarn is wonderful. The cuffs are done on size 2 needles in a basic K2P1 rib.  For the foot of the sock, I switched to size 1 needles and began the heel flap.  I have 2 pairs of both size 1’s and size 2’s because I like to work both socks simultaneously, from 2 separate balls of yarn.  That way, I don’t worry about second sock syndrome as both socks are completed at about the same time and they are identical.

Time to get dressed and head out for my appointments.  Not a fun day today, but at least it started off well – with knitting!