Friday, May 17, 2013

In Threes

I could become addicted to this baby knitting thing. The projects work up quickly. (Well, except for the baby blanket, which I would rather not talk about.) They don't require tons of yarn. (Well, except for the baby blanket, which I would rather not talk about.) And the finished item is always cute as a bug's ear. (Well, except for the baby blanket, which isn't close enough to being done to know if it's going to be cute.)

I actually finished this sweet little sweater in April, but it needed just the right buttons before I could count it as completely done.


Vancouver has a shop that carries nothing but buttons, which, not surprisingly, happens to be called Button Button. I sent the sweater with Rebekah, and her assignment was to go to this shop and find the perfect buttons.


I first heard about this button store from my daughter-in-law Diana. She was in Vancouver with some friends, and they decided to check the store out. After all, what knitter can resist the lure of a button store? Diana told me it was a great place, but while they were there the strangest thing happened. A guy came in, walked directly to a section of the store like he knew exactly what he was doing, immediately reached into one of the multitude of button containers, walked directly to the cashier, paid, and left the store.

A little while later when Diana and her friends commented to the cashier that the guy must have known what he wanted, she told them the strangest story. This guy comes into the store every day. And every day he walks over, gets a button, pays, then leaves the store. Note, I said gets a button. As in one. And if you think that is weird, wait until you hear this. It is always the same button. If it was chocolate I could understand. But a button?

In Threes, knit in Spud & Chloe Sweater, colourway Firefly.


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  1. That sweater is so sweat. I love the buttons!

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    1. Thanks Kate! Rebekah did a great job picking them out. I was glad I waited for her to go to the shop in Vancouver, rather than settling for something from our local Fabricland store here in Kamloops (they have a terrible button selection).

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  2. Oh, go on. Talk about the baby blanket....

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    1. The thing is, I am not a blanket knitter. I knew that when I started, and knitting this has just confirmed it. The blanket will be fine when it is finished - nothing too fancy, but a blanket a child can snuggle with or drape over a chair to make a fort. I want this blanket to be well loved and well used. But the knitting itself is deadly boring. I am now forcing myself to do a certain number of rows each day so it will be done when the baby arrives at the end of July. There you have it, the sad tale of a non-blanket knitter knitting a blanket. :-)

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  3. What a cute little sweater! I love that bright yellow, such a happy color, and the buttons are adorable!

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    1. Thanks! The yarn was a dream to knit, and I was really happy with the buttons my daughter found. It is amazing how the right buttons can "make" a sweater!

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  4. Thats a cute cardigan, I love knitting baby clothes, as you can more than likely tell from my blog!!

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    1. Your blog has been a great source of baby knitting ideas!

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  5. Oh, that's adorable! And the buttons finish it beautifully.

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    1. It is really a classic case of the buttons totally making the sweater!

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  6. The button guy is a perfect set up for a short story,

    Does he pay homage to a deceased knitter? Does he have a job that causes him to lose a button off his favourite jacket every day? Like maybe he's a butcher and chops them off! Why doesn't he buy them in bulk? Is it a geas? Does he attone for some past sin? Or maybe he's an artist and there is a wall in home covered with buttons that are slowly building a picture day by day...

    I think I'll stop there. I like that last one best.

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    1. That's what I think - it is a story waiting to be written. Maybe I will use it as a starter for a short story contest at some point. I like your last scenario. The question is, what is he making a picture of? :-)

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  7. what a cute story with the guy and the one button...
    i myself go crazy to get just the right button for any project (sewing-for that lining is just as cricial-, knitting, whatever)...
    Cute little sweater, and the perfect buttons to go with it!

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    1. Thanks Peony! Do you have a good place near where you live to buy buttons? The choices where I live are horrible.

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  8. loving your new heading picture... that looks amazing!! is it near where you live??

    Sorry to hear you and the blanket aren't hitting it off so well, I am a blanket knitting addict, just finishing a huge crochet one and itching to start another!!

    Loved the story of the button man!! what can be happening there??

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    1. I'm glad you like the header picture - it is about an hour and a half away form where I live. The lake is called Kalamalka, and has a special colour due to the minerals in it.

      I wish I was like you and enjoyed making blankets. I love the finished product, but not the process. I have been thinking of trying to crochet one, but I have never really crocheted anything other than single chain around a knitted item. Maybe a blanket would be too much to attempt for a first try. ??

      I'm not sure about the button man, but as others have suggested it could be the springboard for a great written story!

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    2. Ruth (no longer in Ottawa)May 20, 2013 at 6:17 AM

      Kristie, how about a crocheted granny square blanket? Making one square at a time might seem more manageable than tackling a whole blanket in one piece. And there are all kinds of interesting crochet books out there (says the newly-turned-on-to-crochet knitter who likes to browse on Amazon) so there are lots of variations on the traditional granny square. I'm thinking it would be a great way to use up odds and ends from the stash if there are enough compatible colours...

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    3. I really need to put learning to crochet on my "to do" list. Do you have some favourite patterns? I am not a huge fan of the regular granny square blankets, but there might be a variation out there that catches my eye.

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    4. Ruth (no longer in Ottawa)May 21, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      I'm really too much of a newbie to have favourite patterns yet, but I can share a few titles which have recently been added to my library (all from Amazon, btw). "Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs" (Beckman); "The Granny Square Book" (Hubert); "75 Floral Blocks to Crochet" (Barnden); and "75 Floral Blocks to Knit" (Stanfield) (not, obviously, a crochet book!). Of course, there's always knitted mitred squares, too, which I've never got around to trying. The first two books both include an introductory section on techniques which may be enough for you to dive right in. Crocheting is pretty easy!

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  9. re: what's the button artist creating?
    A gigantic wall sized button! and is constantly measuring as it grows..........

    ChinaDoll003

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    1. He might be making a button picture on his wall, but I wonder why he wouldn't buy the buttons all at once instead of one at a time. Maybe it is some sort of therapy. ??

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    2. I like the idea of a meta button!

      I think he buys one button at a time as part of the statement of his art. It's a metaphor for how we live the days of our lives one at a time. Only when it's over do you see the shape of someone's life.

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    3. This is great Laurie! I think you should write the story...

      By the way, I really miss your blog. Have you quit, or are you just taking a break?

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    5. The button guy is stuck in my head now. I may just try to write a story. It scares me because I don't think I can write the story I want it to be.

      I don't know for sure what I'm doing with the blog. It's nice to know it was missed. You're the only one who's told me that. I was getting swamped at work, which is why I stopped. It also started to feel like I was writing for other people instead of myself. I don't like that feeling.

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    6. I want to read the story once it's finished! I'm anxious to see what you have in mind.

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  10. Ok the button guy is very strange, but then some people take the same photo every day for years, so I guess it takes all sorts.

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    1. I've never heard of taking the same photo every day for years. How weird am I that I think it's sort of a neat idea? :-)

      At least the photo every day serves a purpose - you can see how you slowly change as you age. But the buttons? It's very strange.

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  11. It's beautiful! You did a very good job. I would love to visit that store.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! I can't wait to go. It is at the top of my list of things to do next time I go to Vancouver. I have a friend that lives there who is a knitter, and we have Big Plans. :-)

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  12. What a cute sweater, and even cuter buttons! I've been a fan of baby knitting for a long time--the instant gratification is a big factor.

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    1. Thank you, Leslie! And I agree. The instant gratification factor is huge! :-)

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  13. Gorgeous - great button choice. Wish we had a button dedicated store, sounds awesome!

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    1. I can't wait to go check out the button store next time I am in Vancouver! I hope the button choices are better where you live than here in Kamloops. Fabricland is now the only place to buy buttons here, and about a year ago they got rid of all their novelty buttons. All they sell now are plain old everyday boring buttons. I will probably do a blog post about the button store once I have had a chance to visit. Who knows, maybe I will run into the guy buying his single button. :-)

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  14. Gosh that's a cute sweater! Great job. Baby clothes are the best kind. :)

    I was going to ask who's got the button, but it must be the store's daily customer.

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    1. I agree - baby clothes are definitely the best kind.

      I'm still feeling sort of guilty about the comment I left on your blog saying I'm glad things came out okay in the end. My only excuse is it was very early in the morning and I hadn't finished my cup of tea yet when I wrote it. :-)

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    2. There's always room for puns--especially when there's positive news.

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  15. I love your new header! Rebekah choose the right buttons they go so well with your knitted sweater. I love unusual stories I wonder what he was doing with all those buttons! I made a knitted blanket for my nephew when I was about 14 and I was very proud of it although it must have had lots of dropped stitches!
    Sarah x

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    1. Thanks for the compliment about the blog header. I tried out a few different things this week, and have settled on this one for now. I like unusual stories as well, which is probably why this has stuck with me ever since Diana told me about it last week. I'm impressed you tackled blanket knitting when you were just 14!

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  16. That's a gorgeous sweater and the buttons are perfect! Sadly i have no babies to knit for, but agree that baby knitting is fun. As for the man and the button-a-day, I bet there is a story behind that....

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    1. Thanks! I was in that place of not having any babies to knit for for a long time, which is probably one of the reasons I am now enjoying it so much. :-)

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  17. I'm wondering if maybe the button guy is holding an intervention for a loved one who's a button-holic? Like, "I know you need 100 buttons for this project you're working on but you CANNOT buy them all at once and roll around in them! I will dispense them to you one at a time"?

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    1. Ha! Do you think there are people who have button stashes? I hadn't ever thought about it before, but if there are yarn and fabric stashes, I guess there might be people who would want enough buttons to roll around in. :-)

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  18. "What a sweet little sweater," she said as she made a mad dash to add the thing to her queue. :)

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    1. This is definitely a great sweater to have in your queue for baby gift knitting - fast, fun and cute!

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  19. I just discovered your very lovely blog. Your baby sweater is so adorable and the button are too cute. Love it. I am your newest follower. Hugs Judy

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    1. Hi, and welcome to my blog! It is nice to have you as a new follower! Thanks for your kind words about my blog and about the baby sweater. :-)

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  20. What does the one-at-a-time man's chosen button look like? Is it a minimalist white shirt-button, or. . .?
    -- stashdragon

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    1. Unfortunately Diana didn't get a close look at the actual button. If I see the man when I visit the store I will try to get a good look and report back. It could be the makings of a novel!

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  21. That sweater is so cute. I love the pattern and colour. The buttons look similar to some that my sister has. She is a button fanatic.

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    1. Thanks Nadia! I am just realizing how big the button world is, and that there are people who actually collect buttons. I can see the appeal - they are small, there are so many different kinds, and they are relatively inexpensive.

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  22. Rebekah did a great job choosing the buttons - so cute!!

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    1. I should have also given her photo credits, as she was the one to take the pictures since she has the sweater at her place. Have you ever been to Button Button when you have been in Vancouver?

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  23. It's gorgeous Kristie! I love your new header too. It's nice to change things up form time to time isn't it? Mel x

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    1. Yes, I was getting tired of my old header. It took me several tries before i found one I was happy with. Some pictures that I really liked got distorted when I resized them.

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  24. Beautiful! The buttons are perfectM though I ave to say, I might just be slightly in love with buttons so a whole button store - heaven

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    1. It is surprising given many people love buttons, that it is so hard to actually find nice buttons in a store. You are right - a store that sells nothing but buttons sounds heavenly! I can't wait to go visit this one in Vancouver. :-)

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  25. This is ADORABLE! I love all of it! Job well done!

    As for the button shop- LUCKY YOU! We have some decent buttons shops in Toronto, but I will be sure to check the one you mentioned out next time I am in Vancouver!

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    1. You have more than one button shop in Toronto? I am so jealous!

      Thanks for the compliment on the baby sweater. :-)

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