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Button, button, who’s got the button

That would be me.

I love buttons. Now, one might think that with 3 lbs. of wooden buttons, I’d be unlikely to ever need to buy another button. But not everything calls for a wooden button, right? Some projects need glass. Some projects need metal.

And some projects need beautiful, beautiful clay.

Tessa Ann Cherry Blossoms buttons
Cherry Blossoms

Some projects need to mix it up with different sizes and shapes.

Tessa Ann Raspberry Chocolate Ganache buttons
Raspberry Chocolate Ganache

Some projects need lots of bright colors.

Tessa Ann Raspberry Fields buttons
Raspberry Fields

I’d favorited Tessa Ann’s etsy shop back when I was first looking through etsy for buttons, but hadn’t had an occasion to go back until recently. About 2 weeks ago, a friends posted in the Three Irish Girls KAL group asking for help in finding buttons for a completed project. I probably would have joined in the hunt anyway, but she earburned me because she’d already checked one of my favorite sellers…so I took the request in the spirit of a challenge. I’m good at spending other people’s money.

I checked out all of my etsy favorites first, and although I couldn’t find any that fit the given guidelines at Tessa Ann’s store, I fell in love with the buttons again so hard that I linked her shop in my post just as future reference for anyone looking for buttons (I was actually the 2nd person to link it, so I can’t take all the credit, I guess)–it occurred to me that all those saturated colors could be a great match for a lot of the Three Irish Girls colorways.

Rhonnie was the other person who’d posted about Tessa Ann, so she and I got to chatting about her buttons.  I mused, “I’m thinking I need to design something around some of those…”

And Rhonnie answered, “Yeah! Design something cute, easy and quick to knit up…cause I wanna make it too!”

The gauntlet had been thrown down…

So I headed back to Tessa Ann’s store and began looking through her buttons, while considering which Three Irish Girls yarns I had that weren’t already dedicated to other projects. And I immediately thought of my Kate on McClellan Fingering. I’d originally purchased it to make a Stripey Toddler Cardi for Lexie…but I’d never gotten around to it. I’m pretty sure I let other projects bump it because the idea of knitting a full cardigan in fingering weight yarn–even toddler sized–sounded a bit tedious.

But I love the yarn…and I love the base…and I loved the buttons I was finding that had the same pinks, and white, and brown, and green… And the different button sets were giving me ideas on where and how I could use the buttons, on a short, lacy cardigan for a little girl to wear on a spring/fall day…

So, I bought 4 sets that could work–the 3 above and one other one. They arrived while I was out of town, so I was excited to see them when I got home. And I love them all. They’re just gorgeous…and I’m keeping the Raspberry Chocolate Ganache set out of sight of the children, ’cause they really do look good enough to eat. The only problem was that the browns in the button were warmer than the browns on the yarn. The bamboo in the McClellan gives the colors a cooler tinge. But someone pointed out that one of the sets had just small bits of brown that might work.

Tessa Ann Raspberry Vine buttons
Raspberry Vine

3IG McClellan Kate
Kate on Three Irish Girls McClellan Fingering

I think she’s right. It’s even more obvious in person without the slight glare. And Rhonnie has picked out the yarn she wants to make her item in. Gauntlet picked up.

(For the record, I found the original poster not just one, but two button options that she liked, so she bought both and is going to see which works best. Other people’s money…I can spend it.)

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2 Responses

  1. Woohoo 🙂 I got mentioned on a blog – I’m famous! 😉 LOL.

    I am so excited to see what you come up with and get buttons of my own ordered to use!! Yeah 🙂 YEAH 🙂 YEAH 🙂

  2. Wow, those are incredible!

    Now I need a project that calls for awesome buttons…

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