Saturday, September 02, 2006

Blog abuse?

I hope this is not considered gross abuse of my blogging privileges but I have a question for my more expert fellow knitters here at Romancing the Yarn.

There's a button involved in my latest project. I've never sewn a button onto knitting before. Do you have any words of advice or helpful hints for the sturdy attachment of a button to garter stitch?

Just thought I'd ask before I do something stupid and/or inept. Not that I'm not accustomed to being both of those...

Thanks for your help, all you knitting whizzes!

7 Comments:

Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

Nancy, my mother used to use the same yarn for buttons as she used for the sweater. (Usually the buttons were shank style, leather or bone, so the yarn didn't show.) Personally I would use yarn (if it's thin enough to work w/the button) and some sort of reinforcing thread, kind of like the stuff for reinforcing toes and heels.

I'm trying to remember some of her techniques. Occasionally she reinforced the private side with small, attractive circles of very very thin and supple leather and sewed the button on through that. (Only with an extremely sturdy Aran style cardigan. Sometimes she made one of those loopy underpinnings with yarn and/or thread before attaching a standard 2 or 4 hole flat button to make the button stand away from the sweater itself.

I'm rambling and as I ramble I'm reminded of how much I wish I'd asked QUESTIONS when I still was lucky enough to have her in my life.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Thanks for the suggestions, Barbara. I'm definitely going to do that loopy underpinning since I have a four hole button and that will certainly make it easier to manipulate. Great idea!

If I had some leather lying around I'd use that too because that sounds like it would make it a lot stronger. The rain is keeping me firmly indoors though so I might have to sew the button on before I can get to the fabric store.

I hear you about asking your mother questions while she was still with you. My mother died when I was in college which meant that I was probably too young to even know what questions to ask. Still I wish I'd tried.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Fran Baker said...

My mom died in 2000, Nancy. I took care of her the last 26 months of her life. That gave me lots of opportunity to ask and answer, but I find I still have questions.

11:12 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

Fran and Nancy, I lost both of my parents during a five month period in 2001. My father was in the last phase of his almost six year battle with colon cancer when my completely healthy mother was diagnosed out of nowhere with terminal pancreatic cancer. She was gone 43 days after the diagnosis. There wasn't time to even comprehend what was happening, much less think of the right questions to ask.

Now, though, I am filled with them.

And, Nancy, I was fifty when I lost my parents and I still didn't know the right questions to ask.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

Fran and Nancy, I lost both of my parents during a five month period in 2001. My father was in the last phase of his almost six year battle with colon cancer when my completely healthy mother was diagnosed out of nowhere with terminal pancreatic cancer. She was gone 43 days after the diagnosis. There wasn't time to even comprehend what was happening, much less think of the right questions to ask.

Now, though, I am filled with them.

And, Nancy, I was fifty when I lost my parents and I still didn't know the right questions to ask.

11:25 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

Why did it post twice????

11:25 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

I guess the questions all depend on what stage of life you've reached, right? We keep coming up with new ones all the time.

8:53 PM  

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