While chatting with some friends at knit night in December, we challenged each other to Fix It, Finish It or Frog It in 2014. The start of my journey was to re-sew some buttons on my Top-Down Raglan Cardigan which I managed to sew on all hurdy-gurdy. It took only about 10 minutes to make the repair and I’m sure I consciously put it off for hours of time over the past two months.
I pulled out my copy of The Knitting Answer Book to clarify the best method to sew on buttons. Ms. Radcliffe recommends using one long piece of yarn to sew all the buttons, weaving the yarn on the back side of the button band between the buttons so there are fewer ends to weave in. So that is exactly what I did. It was quick and easy and I didn’t have a bunch of ends in the back of my work.
When I finished that up, I went to work on a vintage handknit sweater I acquired at a clothing swap. It was knit in an ivory acrylic and is a little bit big on me but it was knit by an elderly woman prior to her death. She had completed the cardigan but never sewed buttons on it. When I got it, there was a small clump of the yarn in the pocket to use to sew the buttons on. How could I not finish this sweater?
I found four matching, vintage plastic buttons in a grey swirl like tortoise shell and one that is a close match for the bottom button.
I used the same technique of weaving the button yarn up the back of the button band and the whole process took just 15 minutes, including weaving in the ends.
Its a lovely slouchy, weekender cardigan, perfect for pottering around the house. I love the little lace details on the pockets and feel inclined to carry a hankie and some butterscotch candies in them. I hope the dearly departed land lady will be happy to know her cardigan in finished, worn and loved.
When will I learn to stop procrastinating and just do something? It takes way less time in most cases!