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Friday, July 11, 2014

Lets talk about buttons and the complex nature of sewing a button to a knit fabric.  Most of us that love to craft have an incredible respect for the button.  We know that the secret to changing up just about any type of garment or accessory is to use buttons.  They might be simple and elegant or fun and crazy(by the way we have lots of choices at the studio). Oops I am actually supposed to be sharing button sewing tips.   I will wane on and on another day about the philosophy of buttons....
Sewing buttons on to a knitted fabric is a little on the tricky side because the "weave" of the fabric is so loose in contrast to a traditional woven fabric.  If you have a functional button you want to try your best to sew the button on so that it is stable and not tugging and stretching your stitches. It is for this reason that we recommend sewing a back button on to the inside of your.  If your button is merely there to look pretty you will not have to worry about stabilizing it.

You will need to have:
 needle and thread
button that you want to see on the outside
flat round utilitarian button (transparent or matching color to your knitted fabric)

1)Start by threading your needle and doubling the thread, then knot it.
2)stick your needle and thread into the place where your button should go, making sure that your knot is visible
3)first start by sticking your needle through the hole of your visible button and down into the knitted fabric in the designated location
visible button being initially situated
4)look for your knot and place the needle in between the two threads.  This will enable you to lock in your thread, the knot itself will just pull through if you do not secure it.
5) pick up your flat button and pull needle and thread through one of the holes and back through another catching some of your knitted fabric. Repeat pulling your needle and thread through the holes and somewhat anchoring the back button, then pull the needle and thread through the fabric to the location where your button will be visible and pull through your visible button again.
catching your flat button
6)From here you pull through the visible button and locate the back button and pull through the holes in that button over and over again.
securing the two buttons
7)I recommend you do the front to back action back and forth about 8 times so the button will be nice and secure,
8) end with your needle on the inside and layered  between the inside fabric and the button: wind your thread around the core of the stitches that have gone back and forth around 4 times and then cut your thread.
9) your button should be very stable and not move ( if it does..start over again).

I now understand why Tutorials on Videos are so successful.  It is really hard to describe all of the little nuances one goes through without the visuals.  Now I have another challenge....to follow this up with a video!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Caitlin goes Einstein
Caitlin modeling her Einstein

So many  of you saw Caitlin working on her shop sample of the Einstein Coat by Sally Melville.  This has become a classic piece for new knitters wanting to create their first garment.  It has an interesting construction which is modular in technique because it involves knitting a long rectangle and then picking up stitches and building upon the foundation rectangle from there.  We are happy to say that our history with this piece will help you construct a garment that you will love.  Here is a listing of Erika's personal success recommendations:

1) Choose a size that is smaller than you expect.  This garment was created to be oversized.  We are yet to see an"oversized" one that someone wears and loves to wear.  We actually made the children's large and it definitely fits Erika and Caitlin in a comfortable way.

2) While meeting the stitch and row gauge is important, so also is using a yarn that is somewhat lofty.  We used Alafoss Lopi which is extremely warm, bristly and most important light in weight.  Lets face it, this is not a t-shirt so you will be wearing it with something underneath it.

3) If you have specific buttons in mind, plan ahead and alter the buttonhole size accordingly.  The directions that are given for the buttonholes are small and really will only fit a long toggle or a structured button that is much smaller than the size of the garment.

4)The only seaming that you need to do is the top seam of the sleeves.  Consider crocheting that seam so that the seam will act as garment detailing.

5) When choosing your buttons, purchase inconspicuous backer buttons at the same time.  Backer buttons will keep your knit fabric stable and prevent the stretching of the knit fabric as buttons are used.  What the heck am I talking about?

 The next blog posting will focus on "how to sew buttons on knitted fabrics correctly".
See you next time

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What should I do with a Tosh Unicorn Tail?
There we are, the question customers ask when they handle those cute little Tosh Tails.  Honestly, they are hard to resist....the teeny little hanks with 20 different eye grabbing colors all lined up (did I mention we put them right next to the register; kinda like candy at the grocery store).
Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails

What are people doing with these?  I think they need to create a Dull Roar Amazing Technicolorish Scarf.  Now unfortunately, she does not have a pattern written up that I can find, but you get the idea don't you?  Just stripe out all of those lovely Unicorn Tail colors. Think of all the gratification that comes with owning alllll of those colors and being able to use them  without thinking too hard!  I'm not sure we even have to shape it, what about two rows of one color, then the next and tie the cool little macrame fringe as you go.  I'll be back soon with that all written up for you!  Check out what Frenchyknits thinks should be done with these colors.  Crocheters, you have a new advocate in the fiber world.  Frenchy is getting a little daring and might have to change her blogging title!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Who stole the project?
Well here you go, a picture of my yarn and pattern.  For three days now I  encouraged myself to finish things on my check list so that I could focus on this project and finish it for spring.  I started it last summer and loved working with the Tahki Ripple yarn plus I loved the modular construction of this tee.   Life  happened, I put it aside.... I thought in this basket to be exact. Only to find what you see here.  All afternoon I have been looking for the magical bag that contains the almost finished front.   Poof gone?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Debbie Bliss Progressive/gamblers sale
50 % all Debbie Bliss Books and magazine the whole month of April
    The sale on the yarn will be progressive each week.
  • 20% off Tuesday April 1- Monday April 7 online enter coupon code bliss20 at the checkout
  • 30% off Tuesday April 8 - Monday April 14 online enter coupon code bliss30 at the checkout
  • 40% off Tuesday April 15- Monday April 21 online enter coupon code bliss40 at the checkout
  • 50 % off Tuesday April 22 and after. At this point what is left will move into our half price section in the studio and clearance yarns online until it is all gone.
The sale items will not go onto your frequent fiber cards. We can not hold items for you.
Please note: 
the Sloane Avenue Studio is closed on Mondays and will be closed Sunday, April 20th. Obviously the online store is open 24 hours, We're looking forward to seeing you!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Laura's Baseball Season Challenge
Laura has organized a crafting challenge for all of you baseball lovers.  She came in to the studio all excited about this challenge so she has written this up for you.  Join her in the fun with the opening game this Monday.

 Recently, the blogger earthchicknits.com posted [Crackerjack: A Conceptual Knitting Project](http://earthchicknits.com/2014/03/20/crackerjack-a-conceptual-knitting-project-any-baseball-fans-want-to-join-me/) in which she delineates her plan for knitting a scarf that represents her hometown team's 162-game season in a striped scarf.  By designating specific colors for home and away wins and losses, the scarf will reflect the team's record and keep her warm for post-season play.

Laura says"
I'm in for the Indians season, beginning against Oakland (away) on Monday, March 31.  If you want to join the fun, I pulled the Indians team colors in Berroco Comfort a worsted-weight option.   Many other choices exist so shop on line for your home team or stop by the Sloane Avenue studio to Pick your colors. Options in every weight from lace to super-bulky.  Maybe striped socks to represent the season--81 games per leg?


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