Monthly Archives: March 2010

The 6 Hour Dishcloth

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Otherwise known as “My First Knitted Project”!
I used two YouTube videos to learn the stitches needed for the “Grandma’s Favorite” dishcloth that is so very popular online, about 1/2-2/3 a skein of Lily N’ Cream Stripes cotton yarn, #7 bamboo needles and lots of determination to make this my first project. Cost: less than $1.
Hopefully the next 11 I plan to make(and have bought yarn for)will work up quicker as I get better and faster.
The colors are not at all true in this pic. The darkest green is lime, with jadeite, celery and white.

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Casting on, garter stitch and binding off

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Yep, that’s what I learned during my lunch hour today. Someone recently gave me a knitted dishcloth and I loved it so much I began shopping around hoping to buy some.  Wow, they’re expensive! So I bumped up “Learn to knit” from the bottom of my to-do list for this year. Of course, I’ve tried learning to knit several times so far in the last 15 years but never seriously or with a project in mind. So off to YouTube I went and within 15 minutes I was knitting! I only had an old $.35  thrift store skein of acrylic yarn and a set of #3 needles someone had given me. But here’s what I got done during my lunch hour:

 Here’s a close-up:

And of course, I really liked it and I’m thinking I’ll get addicted!

 Lucky for me I’ve been sitting on a $25 gift card to Michael’s crafts. I know they sell knitting stuff so I’ll be picking up some larger needles(6 or 7) and cotton yarn this week to start making dishcloths.

Satin Tote Bag with Pintucks

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I made two of these as conference bags. My mom and I went to a ladies’ weekend and there’s always a lot of carrying things to and from the conference rooms so I like to make a new bag each time we go. It’s been years since I’ve been to one so it was fun to make them again!
These are completely lined and about the size of an average office folder. I used a pair of vintage shank buttons as a finishing touch.

More Vintage Buttons!

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I never seem to find any buttons at thrift shops and yard sales so my collection is very tiny. But I did find a couple of bags of assorted vintage buttons at a thrift shop on Saturday and paid $4 for them.
I apologize again for the rotten pictures. My camera is on its’ last legs and nothing I do seems to produce good pictures anymore. 😦
The standard buttons:


The shank buttons:

And some unusual, maybe valuable ones:

I have never seen a button like the black one in person before. I’ve seen plenty online and I don’t know what they’re called but after 20 years of sewing and shopping thrift and yard sales it’s the first I’ve actually seen. The silver buttons are very old. They are stamped with the Seal of Oklahoma and 1907. The backs have a center seam and loop shank. They were probably off of a state worker’s uniform(heavy blue thread is still attached to one button) and probably not as old as 1907 since that was just the year Oklahoma was incorporated as a state. They are old though!

Buttons!

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Anyone collect buttons? I have three big spice jars full along with a baggie of old buttons on cards. 90% of them are nothing special and 100% have no value at all except to me.

 But I love retro looking shank buttons. I also love real shell buttons and opaque buttons in 1930’s or sea glass colors.

 Looking through my buttons is sooo relaxing! I plan to make a button sampler “quilt” as a wall hanging sometime this year so I can keep my beauties on display.

Here are some of my favorites: