Friday, September 9, 2011

Button happiness

A popular Irish blessing begins "May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back." I have a new blessing for knitters of sweaters: 

May your buttons always be evenly spaced. 

I've always found that very challenging, until I discovered this phenomenal tool: the SimFlex Expanding Sewing Gauge. 
Believe me, the rather hefty price felt completely worth it the very first time I used it to space some buttons and button holes. Even using the metric system rather than our ungainly system of inches and fractions thereof, I always had problems with the arithmetic of spacing seven objects evenly.
    With the help of my handy tool, I have finally finished my Mayan Dreams sweater by sewing on clasps. (If there's anything I dislike more than getting spacing even, it's making buttonholes.) I will make buttonholes if I feel the sweater demands them but these clasps from Schoolhouse Press are just so lovely and go so well with this sweater. 
The nitty gritty: The sweater is my own design and knit with Kauni Wool 8/2 Effekgarn in color ways ET and EZ. I needed to edit out some light grey and dark turquoise yarn to get the amount of color contrast I wanted. Start time to completion was one and a half years—it lay dormant for quite a while. I finished it just in time for some lovely crisp autumn weather and I have found it a joy to wear.

5 comments:

Trudy said...

It is also a joy to behold! A lovely sweater.

Laura said...

The sweater is stunning. What a perfect, subtle use of Kauni wool.And clasps are definitely the right touch for it.

TECHknitter said...

Bee-Yoo-Tee-Full!

Grand Purl Baa said...

Gawd! Look what I might have missed out on.

Clever clever clever you. It is MAGNIFICENT in so many ways.

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

You are a super-hero! You knock my (neatly darned) socks off with your knitting prowess!