I do believe I’ve found myself a new hobby (in addition to knitting, crocheting, taking pictures, reading and yarn fondling): making beaded stitch markers for knitting. It’s a quite satisfying activity, and Michael’s has a pretty good selection of beads in a wide range of prices. You can get cheap, plastic beads, or you can buy more expensive glass beads, and the really expensive crystal and gemstone beads. I’ve found that I love going there to look at the beads, then I always find some I really like, so I search for others that would accent those. And sometimes this whole process can take me hours in Michael’s. Really. That’s without me going to the yarn section even once. When I’m looking at beads, I don’t even consider yarn. It’s bad. Might be as bad as when I go into a nice yarn shop and make four or five rounds of the entire shop taking in the eye candy and just fondling all the fiber goodness (and that’s even before I decide to shop for the yarn I might need)… is it a sickness? Well, maybe, but it’s something I really, really, really like. Beads and yarn… I wonder if there’s a support group for this…
Speaking of beads, I just remembered that there is a fancy bead shop in Seaford, Delaware, called Sand and Stone Creations. My sister and I visited them last summer on one of our “Sister’s Day Out” excursions. If I can remember correctly, they were in the process of moving from one side of the building to the other, and were going to turn their previous side into an local artisan’s gallery. Perhaps I will stop in soon and see what’s happening.
This set of stitch markers is the set I made for my swap partner for the getstitchy.com stitch marker swap. (This picture is a scan, hence the rainbow light reflection in the beads.) The large green beads are peridot tiger’s eye, and the gray and white ones are freshwater pearls. I found some flat, ridged silver spacer beads to fit between them. And all the supplies that I have — beads and split rings, jump rings, head pins, pliers and wire cutters — all came from Michael’s.
Of course there’s always the possibility of branching out from stitch markers because there are so many different things you can make with beads and wire. Wine glass charms, for instance. Personally, I think this is a brilliant idea. Although I haven’t found a wine I like, I have a whole cabinet full of nice stemware! And of course, jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings — and anything else that might need a little fancy bead embellishment — including yarn. Yes, I said it… YARN. Yarn and beads were made for each other. So much so that there are yarns manufactured with beads already in place. Did you know?