Spun for a friend, Kirsty of Buttons Be Good, this was another experimental art yarn. I had thought for a while that tiny, colourful buttons scattered through a yarn would be fun. I wanted to make the base a slightly thick’n’thin singles yarn and I had some beautiful falkland fibre to work with. This yarn became an experiment in how little I could do to the fibre in the creation of the finished yarn. It is very lightly spun in order to retain its softness, and lightly wrapped in a highlight thread which carries the buttons.
When I was little, my granny’s button box was a treasure trove of adventure. I could dive my hand right into the well of shiny trinkets and feel the smoothness of them slipping past my fingers, making space for me. I could count them, sort them, arrange them according to colours and textures and sizes. I could build landscapes of imagination, and lose all time, lost in play.
I grew older. I bought my own button box! Excavated from a jumble sale, filled with another family’s memories.
Now it helps to create new stories, so maybe one day someone will look back and remember my button box, and all the places that it took them to.
Title: Buttons Be Good
Composition: Superwash Falkland, Polyamide Thread, Buttons
Weight: 138g / 9-10 WPI / Worsted thick’n’thin
Length: 133m / 146yd approx.
Care: Hand wash only. Dry flat.
Date: July 2015
Skein code: 0058
Fibre: superwash falkland
Source: Wingham Wool Work