Of distractions

Oh dear, you must think my life has been one constant party since my Birthday!

Let me assure you, that has not been the case. There was a spot of adult drink consumption, and presents had to be unwrapped, but right after that, my life sprang back to being the turmoil I’m used to. Which is good, really, because I’m a creature of routine and like my life to be the way I’m used to it. With the occasional change … but that’s all in the stars yet, and hence will or will not be discussed in a future post.

Did I knit, you might aks. Did I breathe, I would reply. Of course I knit … actually, knitwise it was a rather satisfying week, as I finished the 2nd cardigan I’ve knit in my life, and it turned out just the way I hoped it would. I am in love.

Auraucania simple cardigan
Araucania simple cardigan

It’s just on the right side of ease, it’s soft and cuddly and super warm. The only thing that might not be optimal is that I have a feeling it’s going to pill … but we’ll have to see about that. So far, I haven’t even bothered to block it. I just had to put it right on, and ask my colleagues, I wore it for most of the week. Together with my jeans. Which they won’t have noticed, as I always wear my jeans. If I’m not wearing the brand-new plaid trousers, that is.

And because I’m me, here’s a close-up of the buttons I used. Vintage, of course:

Auraucania simple cardigan button
Araucania simple cardigan button

Sunday Shinies: (prepare yourself) a Button!

Sparkly multi-colored button
Sparkly multi-colored button

Look at this beauty!

Supposedly, another 1920 find – I am not entirely sure I believe it, but since it’s really shiny that doesn’t really matter.

Even better: for once, I have a full set of 6 of these lovelies!

They do need a black background, and I have not gotten around to knit anything black … which, now that I think about it, is a bit weird, as I meant to for ages.

This will be my incentive, then!

Google+ KAL – Tina’s Hope – please vote! (Sunday Shinies included)

Tina’s Hope is nearly done, and I have even blocked it overnight, using the plate to make it slouchy.

Tina's Hope
Tina's Hope

Please vote for my button after the break!

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Sunday Shinies: Beads


Ever since fighting my way (and teeth and nails it was, my dear friends) through the first beaded row of Susanna IC’s Mystery KAL shawl, I’ve been slightly obsessed with beads.

I now want to knit another shawl/scarf thing WITH BEADS. And then matching fingerless mitts WITH BEADS.

And then other things – you guessed it, with beads.

To make that happen, one needs beads, no?

Sunday Shinies: White and gold round porcelaine container

round container side
round container side

This is not really vintage, and I suspect many people don’t think it’s a great find, either.

It’s a white porcelaine container (for lack of a better word, if anybody can tell me what his should be called, I’d be forever grateful!) that I found in a thrift store. If memory serves, I paid a whopping £3.50 for it.

Some research told me it’s from a little english studio which closed some years ago, and was probably made in the 1980s. It’s a bit tacky, and the cold decoraion is very clearly handmade, which for me adds to it’s charme.

round porcelaine container top
round porcelaine container top

Sunday Shinies: yet again on Monday.

Sunday Shinies - MOP button
Sunday Shinies - MOP button

I do apologize, dear Readers, I am yet again late with this post.

But yesterday I was just too excited with the ravelry KAL, and I did not want to spam you with two posts a day. Which is why you won’t hear about or see photos of the nearly finished Majesty’s Blanket, which is only a short edging away from being all done.

Enough of the things we don’t talk about. This is yet another mother of pearl button from the art deco era. Can you tell I really love this style?

Sunday Shinies – Mother of pearl button with intricate collar

Sunday Shinies - Mother of pearl button with intricate collar
Sunday Shinies - Mother of pearl button with intricate collar

Another find from the 1920s – a button with an intricately formed collar holding an inlet of mother of pearl. The photo does not really do it justice, and the only grief I have with this button is that I only have one 😦

Now to find a project that brings out one single button perfectly … maybe I’ll have to re-think capelettes?

PS. Yes, I’m too late again … because I genuinely thought most of yesterday it was Saturday. I have that, day confusion … but since we have a bank holiday today, it’s not as bad as it could have been! Just imagine, forgetting all about Monday … oh, the horror!