I love buttons! Always have. As a little girl, my Great Grandmother used to let me play with her button box whenever I visited. This was an incredibly special treat for me!
The box (you can see it behind me in this photo from 1961) was wooden and had a sliding lid -- which was cool enough all by itself! But, the best part was inside! The box was full-to-the-brim with buttons! There were colorful Lucite buttons, delicate shell buttons, big-old wooden buttons, pretty-lady filigree buttons, odd-shaped belt buckles --- just all kinds of delights! I played with these buttons for hours. I used to sort them and line them up -- by color, by size, by "prettiest;" I made patterns and discovered interesting color-combinations. My Great Grandmother's button box was a true treasure for me! (And, sadly, I don't know what ever happened to it when she died.)
Anyway, I've always had a Thing for buttons! I have a button collection of my own now, and I spend a lot of time and thought choosing buttons for my own projects.
Choosing buttons for my Tempest sweater (which is completely finished. . . except for the buttons) has been a bit challenging! I narrowed the field down to four different styles of button. . .
and I started playing with them. . .
It's important to get the buttons "right" on Tempest. There are a LOT of them (14!), so they need to be on the quiet side; they are unevenly spaced (more in the middle), so they need to be just the right size; and the stripes make the cardigan busy enough already, so the buttons need to be understated.
I really like the greenish "sparkly" buttons, but they are really too big to work on the small stripes of Tempest. . . and the greyish-blue don't work for me - color-wise - at all. So it came down to these two. . . navy blue or a kind of greeny-tealy color.
And after sleeping on it, this morning, I've decided that these buttons work best. . .
What do you think? It's not too late for me to change my mind. . . they're not sewn on yet!
In the meantime, I've begun NaKniSweMoDo #11! It's BabyCocktails' new design -- Long & Lucky (Ravelry link). I'm lucky -- because I'm test-knitting it . . . and using my all-time favorite yarn, Berroco Ultra Alpaca!
I've just started. . . but I can tell . . . this project has its own rhythm! It's going to be a peaceful, mindful knit.
And, heck. . .
I've already got buttons picked out!