Thursday, August 31, 2017

(n) To Mark Your Stitches

I joined a stitch marker swap.  I really love stitch markers and progress keepers.  I have a little container of them in each of my knitting projects.  I love using progress keepers to see how far I've come when I'm knitting or crocheting.  I got this one from Mothy and the Squid late last fall.  It's a little teacup with a teaspoon attached.  I have a set of tea kettles from them that I love, too.

So when I connected with a group on the Yarnhoarder podcast ravelry group who were doing a homemade stitch marker swap I said, "Yes! Yes! Yes!"  

Then I started making them.  They really looked homemade.  A lot.  So, I spent some time on Pinterest.  And that's where I learned about wire and crimping beads.  I picked up a spool of beading wire and a package of crimping beads.  And a star was born!!! I love this look.  It's clean.  It doesn't look super homemade.  They work up a lot quicker. Here are some of the results:

I will be making lots more.  I will be participating in more swaps too.  They are fun to make and I think they're really beautiful.  I'll show you a picture of the stitch markers and progress keepers I receive in the swap in a couple weeks. The markers I made can only be used for knitting.  I have some materials to make progress markers that are also useful for crochet, but I've got to work up to those.  This jewelry making is not for the faint of heart.

So that's my stitch marker story. What is your favorite style of stitch marker?

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