When everybody in the northern parts is having a snowstorm, I just pretend that I’m having one too. Nashville’s last 7″ snowfall was in 2004. The days when the Cumberland River would freeze over are long gone. I have to let my imagination take over, once I stick my hand in the ice bin to get in the mood.
It’s especially great to be faux-snowbound while making a sweater from a book with the intensely snowy vibe of Emily Foden’s Knits about Winter.
One of the interesting design choices for Emily’s Eastwind Jacket is her idea for the buttons.
Photograph © Emily Foden, from Knits about Winter
She uses toggles—I can’t tell whether they’re natural horn or the resin ones that look like horn.
At any rate, they are the sort of buttons that I typically would not think to use.
In fact, until this project, my button choices have been almost exclusively shell buttons. I mean: to my eye, there is no more beautiful button than a shell button, with its subtle shifts in color, the thinness, the natural material.
But the toggle buttons. I figured I’d at least have a look at them. I mean, this Eastwind Jacket derives a significant part of its charm from these distinctive closures.
I was pretty sure that after seeing these toggle buttons in person, I would cave in and revert to my usual shell buttons.
Here’s what showed up:
They’re made from natural horn.
Each one has its own color and texture.
They all look beautiful together.
I AM LOVING THESE TOGGLE BUTTONS. I ADORE THEM. THEY ARE SO FANTASTIC.
I’m curious about what buttons everybody likes to use. It’s a wide, wide world of buttons out there—where do you get your buttons? What’s your rule of thumb for buttons? Do you even have a rule of thumb for buttons?
Once I dig out of this faux snowdrift, I’ll get down to finishing these toggle buttons and praying for literal snow.
PS I finished knitting the cuffs, which transform this jacket into a snuggly thing, almost wrist warmers built into the sleeves. The knit 1, purl 1 ribbing will spread out a bit when I block the cuffs, but it will still be awfully cozy.