Thursday, August 21, 2008

Which do I pick . . . .

When I decided I was going to knit my February Lady Sweater, one of the most common questions I got was "What buttons are you going to use?" Finding buttons for a project is very exciting, and the plain garter stitch yoke of the February Lady Sweater is great for showcasing special buttons. The pattern also calls for fairly large buttons - which again gives you great options for getting something special.

However, this also creates quite a problem. You see, there are so many special buttons out there, it's almost impossible to choose. I spent a good amount of time on Etsy, and have narrowed my selection down to some offerings from one Etsy seller, Muddy Muse Pottery. The problem is, I like three sets of buttons. If money were no object, I would gladly order all three sets! They are beautiful and I would be thrilled to stash them away for future projects. But alas, it's not to be. I must pick one and only one set. Can you help me chose?

First there are these. They will complement the sweater nicely, without standing out too much. I'd also have 9 spare buttons - which would be cool!

But for something with more contrast, these green buttons would be fabulous. The color would work really well with my yarn, and I'd still have one spare button for emergencies. They are also the most economical of the three choices.

But then there are these. The pattern on them is so pretty, and the oblong shape is so unique. They are the most expensive of the three, but if they would really work best then they'd be worth the investment. And I'd have 5 buttons left over for other things.

How do I pick??? HELP!!!!! Which would you chose? The first? The second? The third? Or something else entirely? HELP!!!!!

*** ETA: Duh, we can do polls now!! I put a poll in my sidebar if you want to vote there. ***

16 comments:

Qutecowgirl said...

I still can not find buttons! I am knitting the last sleeve slowly until I find buttons!

Here is my opinion 3,2,1

Good Luck picking = )

Noeysmommy said...

Ooooh! They're all so pretty! The first one is my favorite!

Darcy knotty Knitter said...

The 3rd set is my favorite very special:)Hugs Darcy

Happyplace. said...

I like the first ones best, but #3 is awesome, too!

Heide said...

I like the first ones best because they will not detract from your beautiful sweater.

Julie said...

I like the 3rd ones the best but word of warning, any shape other than round is more difficult to use.

Kathy said...

Dear twin sweater knitter Karen

I vote #2.

THis is how I am picking my buttons for the twin sweater: bringing seamstress from cleaners next to yarn shop into shop to pick the buttons. Then paying seamstress to put them securely on. I hate putting buttons on. Wahoo! Im such a good cheater.

Elisabeth said...

I voted for number 3, but they are all really nice buttons.
I think the coloring and shape of #3 are the nicest, but if they would end up contrasting too much with the sweater they might be the only thing that stands out. (which is why I didn't choose 2--they seemed like they might get to be the focal point of the sweater rather than the lacy stitching)
If you think #3 might take away from seeing the beauty of the sweater, then I would go for #1 just because they are still very beautiful buttons.
Or, if you think the style and slight color of #3 go well and wouldn't take away, then you should go with them.
Just my opinion.

Suzanne said...

I'm in favor of the green ones.

Jennifer said...

I'm thinking 2, 3, 1.

Zonda said...

Hi! Well I like #1 the best, but need to see more of the sweater me thinks...hmmm glad it's not me picking them out...I've already been looking for mine and it's not even swatched yet LOL! Good luck

Sonya said...

I agree with Jennifer, 2,3,1. I can see why you're having a hard time deciding! I bought 2 sets of buttons for mine too because I just couldn't decide!

knitseashore said...

I am voting number three, because I like the fact that the buttons have the brown in your sweater, and the green for interest. All of them are very pretty though!

Ariel said...

I voted for option 3, but they're all lovely! And it's such a pretty pattern...I think February may become my new favorite month soon

Sourire11 said...

I vote 2 because I just liked them the best!

Ragan Knits etc... said...

I hope that you were able to pick just the right buttons!!!
:-)

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