I started the Braided Cable Belt from Laura Irwin’s Boutique Knits, um, in January of 2009. I just wanted a little quick something to make. I used TLC Cotton Plus in Navy. I decided to break up knitting a densely cabled cotton sweater with… knitting a densely cabled cotton belt. Well. It took a fair amount of time, but I finished all 27″ of it. And then I knit all the closure pieces that were going to be appliqued on to the belt. This took longer than I planned, but only about four months. Easy peasy, I’ll just go out and get buckles for the belt. This turned out to be much more difficult than I thought. I checked out Mood Fabrics (“Thanks, Mood”) and F&S with no results. Apparently it is hard to find buckles that are of the proper width and also have two different slots. Since I need to sew the strap down through the buckle, no other style would work unless I completely rethought the closures.
Fast forward to three years later. I had a Groupon to use at Mood, so I just loaded up on random buttons. This time, they actually had little buckles. I wasn’t sure if they were the right size, but I went for it. And… they fit! Well, mostly. It was a bit of a squeeze. I finally got them sewn on. And here it is:
It kind of looks like two big sausage fingers there. It also turns out, that I don’t have a huge need in my wardrobe for a high waisted (by necessity because of length) wide knit belt. But I won’t say never. It makes me feel good to get this out of the WIP basket and into my closet. I even wore it on my 4th of July outfit:
Not the most sparkling photo. I guess I should have gotten in there and lightened it up. But the yarn is very dark and is probably most accurate in the second picture. Here’s its shared Rav page.
I don’t have a ton of older WIPs lying around. A few things to frog. And one I’m saving to post on the Your Ugliest FO thread on Ravelry. Stayed tuned for that soon.
I’m working on a few plans for this blog. Maybe some baking. Maybe some more of the same.