Do you ever just browse online looking at fun things you might like to have? I do – I’m an avid ‘online’ window shopper. Today I was browsing for stitch markers. Not because I need any, but because it is super fun to work with new tools and supplies. Just like when it was back to school season and I got to pick out new pencils and pens (yes I LOVE things like this!).
So today I was online window shopping and found these:
I think they are pretty cute! and their trunks are all up which means they offer us Good Luck! My Grandma used to collect elephants 😉
I found some other adorable polymer clay stitch markers too – here’s a peek:
Peas in a Pod! Perfect for keeping or giving to your yarn buddies! Stitch markers make great gifts. My friend Amy (The Stitchin’ Mommy) sent me some a few years ago and everytime I use them, I think of her 🙂
The next item is something I’ve loved for almost a year – one day I am going to buy them! I think these would make the most adorable stitch markers ever:
Yes, I know – they ARE earrings – but the concept is the same. Pop them in to mark your place and I have a nifty secret I will share with you below – just in case you are worried those hooks will slip out 😉
When you are searching for stitch markers for your crochet you need to make sure they are lightweight and have no pointy edges or ‘hooks’ that will catch on and get tangled in your yarn. I normally use my Clover Locking Stitch Markers because they are my favorites – but sometimes I like to use a pretty one – just for fun! I’ve tried a few varieties – some with hooks (like dangling earrings that can loop into a stitch) and others with locking earring style closures. I’ve also tried a few with the claw necklace closures.
They do not all work well for the same types of projects. The claw necklace closures work well for lighter weight yarns – I struggle to use them on worsted weight and heavier yarns (unless they have big claw closures!).
The hooked variety (like those earrings above) that just pop in – I love them because they are pretty – but for me they do not work unless the project I am working on has very tight stitches OR very thick yarn. Perhaps I am too active with my crochet but I usually find those on the floor and then I’m not a happy crocheter because I’ve lost my place.
The markers with the locking earring style closures work well but sometimes they become tangled in my yarn strand because they have a sharp edge to them – so just watch for that when you are shopping 🙂
Sometimes I just can’t resist the cuteness factor of the design and I have a trick I’m going to share with you.
I purchased a package of these locking stitch markers – they look like safety pins but wait! there is no piece in the head where it locks like a regular safety pin so these don’t catch and become tangled in your yarn!
So now I can remove the silly closure on the stitch marker (or earrings!) I love (if it has a closure I just can’t work with!) and I put it on one of these instead!
It also works great if you find a stitch marker you love and it is for knitting…just put it on one of these locking markers and you are good to go!
Having these has opened up a wide range of other items for me to use to make my own stitch markers; like pendents, beads and charms! If you are using the tiny little seed beads, add a small dab of Gorilla Glue or Super Glue to the locking stitch marker where you want the bead to stick, and then slide the beads on one at a time and they will stick in place nice and snug! Watch your fingers though because that glue is permanent!
I’ve created a bundle of different oddities I have been considering to use as stitch markers, either as they are, or with my locking stitch markers from Stunning Stitch Makers and if you want to see what else I have been looking at you can 🙂 Right here:
What do you online window shop for?
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