I finally stopped tracking how many days in self-isolation/quarantine/lock-down when New Brunswick started easing some restrictions. Stopping tracking has made the “new normal” feel more normal even though some parts still feel anything but.
I’ve struggled with that feeling of crisis with the only response you available is to stay home and do essentially nothing. (I’ve been working from home so I’ve still been busy but staying in doesn’t feel like a huge contribution.)
Like most knitters, photos and patterns for mask holders started showing up in my newsfeed a couple of weeks ago. They help protect your ears when wearing a mask with elastic straps. My crochet skills are still pretty raw, but it’s an easy pattern and I quickly became obsessed with creating something that felt like a tangible contribution. It was suggested that they be made from cotton for easy laundering and it’s perfect for using up those dishcloth remnants. My button collection is not as substantial as my yarn collection though, so I went looking for reinforcements from my mother.
I’m not sure about other families, but I remember my mother and grandmothers always having a button box, and as a kid playing with the buttons, sorting them into colours and styles. When I opened the tin, I realized some of those old favourites were still around. In times of uncertainty like this it was a much needed smile.
Do people still have button boxes? I expect knitters and sewers still do, though I’m guessing that most of us haven’t cut them off clothing like some in that hand-me-down box.
Do kids still play with buttons? Beyond those on their phones or consoles? I hope so.