It seems weird to me how difficult it has become to find buttons. I have a few mail order sources but sometimes, you just want to see them in real life and match them up to the project. There used to be a little sewing shop here in town and they had a fair selection of buttons but they’ve closed. Walmart used to have a pathetic little selection of buttons but now they have none. Hobby Lobby has buttons but they’re mostly not the kind of buttons I want for sweaters. It’s a lot of children’s type novelty buttons, a lot of plastic looking buttons. I used to could find most anything I needed at the JoAnn’s in Joplin. The last time I was there, I went in with swatches and notes as to what size buttons and how many I needed for each sweater. Their button selection was down by at least half and it was a lot of novelty and children’s type buttons. It really is kind of a problem. I’ve heard people say they go into thrift stores and buy sweaters just for the buttons but in this area, sweaters aren’t a real popular item, simply because of the lack of winter. I’ve looked at thrift stores here, Brady, Abilene and have never found a single sweater with buttons I would use.
Recently, on a Facebook knitting group, someone mentioned this book, 50 Heirloom Buttons to Make. Quite a few people had the book and seemed to think it was great. Because I couldn’t find a new copy, I ordered a used copy (which looks brand new) from Hammond’s Books through Amazon. The website seems to be down for repairs now so if it isn’t working if you click on it, give them some time and check back.
They sent this cute little panda puzzle, it’s about 3 or 4″ square. I’m going to send it to Addie with her birthday card. I wanted to get on the website to see what else they had that she might like because that little puzzle is the cutest thing ever!
I haven’t even had a chance to look at the book yet but I’m pretty excited to have it and hope there are at least a few buttons in there I might can make for my sweaters.