Posted on Thursday, May 31 2012 at 8am
What is it about buttons that’s so very appealing to knitters? I recently came across a craft shop in Frome that almost exclusively sells buttons, sorted into categories by colour and size, and found myself in absolute raptures!
Twenty minutes after I entered, my husband came in to find what had happened to me and discovered me happily laying out rows of buttons like jewels and trying to decide which to buy.
In the end I opted for a handful ranging in shade from pale pink to deep crimson, and they spent the next couple of months piled up in a shot glass in front of my window, as enticing as a jar of sweets.
As gorgeous as these would have been adorning a handknitted cardigan or similar, I decided the haphazard selection was better suited to a necklace. So I bought a length of silken cord in a vivid shade of turquoise for contrast from Bijoux Beads in Bath and set about stringing them together. I laid out ten, with one of the smaller ones nestled into the belly of a larger on as a non-centred centrepiece and put the whole thing together.
I’m really happy with the result, and thought that was my button-addiction dealt with.