Sunday, April 29, 2007

Oh Drat!

The red cardigan is all seamed. Sleeves set in. Side seams sewn up. The neckband is done. Now to just do the button bands.

But how wide should they be? Well it depends on the size of the buttons right? Herein lies the problem. The day I went into the city for the Radical Lace and Subversive stitching show I bought the buttons. At the amazing store M&J Trimming. I liked that store a lot by the way. It's bright and colorful and cheery and clean and super-organized. (My local sewing/button store is a little dingy and could really benefit from some cheer and some clean) And they have a huge selection, so of course I would find the perfect buttons there.


See? Perfect! Only, not-so-perfect. This is all I bought. Five buttons. Five buttons?!?!?! What was I thinking? All I can think is that in the past I have knit sweaters with only five buttons I guess. But you always need an extra, for just in case. Plus this sweater is different. It's a smaller size, a smaller gauge, everything is smaller. (Which is making a much better fit, in the past things have turned out somewhat drapey at times) But smaller buttons also would mean-more buttons. These guys are on the smaller size and only five looks ridiculous. And alas. I just don't have more. I've emailed M&J Trimming's customer service email a couple of days ago. And well, maybe they'll write back but... I HAVE NO PATIENCE!!! I AM ON THE BUTTON BANDS AND I JUST WANT THIS THING DONE!!!

Really, it's so close to done it's ridiculous. So what's a girl to do? Head to the dingy not so great local store? Get a crowbar and try to find time to schlep back into the city somewhere in my joke of a schedule? Of course not! The times that try women's souls are also often perfect opportunities to whip out the charge card. Enter The Buttondrawer.com. My new source for buying buttons online. So I did some damage, ordered 10 of 3 different kinds of buttons that I think may be comparable somewhat to the 'perfect' buttons and well, we'll just see where this takes us. And if M&J Trimming comes through and emails me back that they've found more of my button that I can order then I'll probably order them again from them too. Something tells me I can just see myself getting in this situation again, so maybe it is time to start stockpiling some buttons...

6 comments:

Rachel said...

As a buttonaholic, I totatlly get where your coming from. I have candy jars FULL of vintage buttons on cards. Sooo, you can never have to many.

I hope they all come through and you find the buttons of your dreams. :)

Tracy said...

I feel much better about buying yarn now! I love that you found an online button store, ain't that world wide web thing amazin'? I hope all of your buttons are amazing, and you find more of the set of 5 and that everything is waiting on your doorstep when you come home tomorrow. It's the waiting... the waiting....

Jodi said...

Oh no... I hate button frustration, or really any kind of finishing issues.

The sweater looks beautiful, and I can't wait to see it all buttoned up!

Dorothy said...

I hope you find some fab buttons! You could alawys try putting little hook and eye closures on the inside of the button band in between the buttons to close the gaps if you have your heart set on those buttons.

I love buttons and I love that my LYS carries a great selection. Maybe you could talk to yours and see if they would consider carrying some.

The sweater looks great so far.

KnitXcorE said...

so close to the finish! i can't wait to see it, all buttoned up :-)

lobstah said...

Argh, how frustrating. I don't have anywhere that sells cute buttons either (boo to local dingy stores). I think I might have to try that website you linked to!