Saturday, August 04, 2007

Saturday afternoons are for . . .

finishing a baby sweater before the kid goes off to college. Well, it isn't that bad, but it should fit little Amelia perfectly for this fall. After a hectic, stressful week, it was nice to just get out the necessary tools and bits and pieces and finish this cute little sweater.

I found these perfect buttons at Hancock Fabrics for 30% off, which was way less expensive than the "$4 a button" buttons I found at the LYS. Oh, they were cute, but buying them would have cost more than the yarn did.

Then I discovered a hank of embroidery thread in my needlecase that matched the buttons, so I was able to use two threads of embroidery floss, then doubled. Here I am anchoring the thread in, which is something I learned when I did a lot of seamstress work. Anchor the thread to the garment first by taking a stitch or two, then sew on the button.

And in about twenty minutes, the buttons are on and the sweater is ready to be wrapped and tucked into the mail on Monday. A completed Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise Jacket. When I do something like that, I realize how silly it is to let FOs sit around waiting for buttons to be sewn on, but then again, maybe they sit around waiting for an afternoon like today when I need a sense of accomplishment, with very little effort.

BTW, here's a good question. On the always entertaining podcast, Stash & Burn, they were talking about sock mojo and sock yarn stash and what was a good way to burn it up on something other than socks. They mentioned the EZ Baby Surprise, which made me smile--because that was exactly why I chose this yarn for this sweater.

So what other projects have you used sock yarn for, other than socks?

1 comment:

tiennie said...

That is so pretty! What a lucky recipient! Thanks for the Stash and Burn recommendation. I really like listening to them!