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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Happy find deserves wacky photo…

The never-ending adventure of Spring Cleaning has turned up a large smile over a small ball of yarn :)

Now I can fix something that’s been bugging me for a long, long time.

One of my very favorite sweaters (Shirley Paden, Vogue Magazine Fall 2002) has been lanquishing in the closet for much too long. It’s made from Filatura di Crosa 501 and I have enough to make a little change…


For a reason not remembered or apparent, I went with a zipper. A very pretty fuschia zipper but in the end, its stiff tape made the thing impossible to wear. Not only was it uncomfortable, when seated, the tape made something that can only be referred to as a third breast between and slightly under my own dynamic duo…

Now I love my zipped sweaters! But all but this one have two-way zippers, so one can manage the way the garment bulges or give the girls some air or just make a nice small connection along the front instead of a zipped-up-tight little lock-down.

My ode to Spring: rip the zip(per) out and do it the old-fashioned way: Buttons.

Some historical buttonholing
Lesley’s Button collection
Types of Buttons
Really Big Buttons
Distinctive Buttons
History of the Button…

Did you know? “… that the left-side buttons on women’s clothes may have been intended to facilitate nursing an infant on the side closest to the woman’s heart…men’s coats were designed to make it easier for them to unbutton their coats with their left hand while drawing their swords with their right.”

8 responses to “Thursday, April 17, 2008”

  1. Patty says:

    I like that! And here’s to the zippers that go both ways – the only way to go!

  2. I assume you mean “sword” literally…

    Sorry, it’s THAT kind of Thursday.

  3. jeanne says:

    Oooh, bless you for the button links! I’m always on the lookout for the new-and-unusual or the old-and-brilliant.


  4. Karen B. says:

    Oh, how I miss Filatura di Crosa 501! This pink sweater is a perfect example of a good marriage between yarn and pattern, too. I’m sure you’ll eliminate that errant pooching as easy as you please, ma’am.

    – K

    p.s. Thanks for the button links, too.

  5. Laura K says:

    How do you KNOW all this stuff??? Love the button side trivia…

  6. Seanna Lea says:

    I love it when I go through my yarn and find something I’ve forgotten.

  7. Wanda says:

    That’s great that you found an errant ball of yarn. That sweater is quite lovely. It’ll be nice for you to fix it and then wear it.

  8. Jennifer says:

    I prefer buttons actually. I think that has more to do with my aversion to putting in a zipper, however.

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