My friend’s dog sent Speck and Rita some adorable gifts recently and he (or someone claiming to be him) wrote Speck and Rita a nice note in this card.
It’s such a cute card and it has a little charm that says “Believe”. I thought . . that would make such a stitch marker – the kind when you only need one special one, like for marking a beginning of round when knitting something circular, and every time I saw it, I would think of my thoughtful friend and her sweet dog. I should have read the card and said “cute” and stuck it in the drawer for Chad and Nicole to find when they clean out all my stuff some day. But . . no, that’s not how things work around here.
I love stitch markers and it’s a bit frustrating how many of them I lose and how expensive they are. I’m not saying . . break the bank expensive but it’s usually $10 to $14 for 15 or 20 stitch markers and I can lose that many during one project. They’re in the chair, on the floor . . I eventually find them all but they are easy to lose. And, I like for mine to match so if I need 8 and I only have 7, that’s a problem. Shouldn’t be, but it is.
I kept looking at that charm on the card and thinking . . stitch markers can’t be hard to make! Wire and beads! How hard can that be? Down that rabbit hole I went!
First, I watched a couple of youtube videos. Piece of cake . . I can do this!
I ordered wire. The video I liked best said 16 gauge wire. I’m thinking I might would have liked 18 gauge better but for now, it’s 16 gauge.
I stuck the little jump ring spindle things in an empty pill bottle. And there’s the glue the lady on the video said I needed!
The video said I needed “flush cut wire cutters” and she specifically said “get Lindstrom”. They were expensive but that’s what I got! I wasn’t going to make crappy stitch markers because I bought a less expensive flush cutter. Jump ring maker . . I can see how that’s needed and it was dirt cheap.
Of course you need beads and you’ll need a bead organizer.
This thing is so neat. I love it but do I really want to dump all my beads into those little cups?
Don’t ask me why but I already had a bunch of the beads. Not sure I’m going to dump the beads into the little bead organizer, and it looks I need more beads because this is really a drop in the bucket as far as how many of those little compartments I would fill with these few containers of beads.
And then you need a few charms for those special markers . . the ones that want to remind you to do something different. These came from Walmart. I need to go to Hobby Lobby. Hey . . there’s a Hobby Lobby in Joplin, MO. Another reason to go to Missouri . . see how I think! 🙂
While at Walmart and looking at their charms, I saw this whole packet of tools in a handy case for about 1/3 of what I paid for that one flush cutter.
I’m glad I got the set. They are so cute and they make me smile . . with all the different colored handles. Look at the “tweezers and scoop”. Doesn’t that look fun to use?
So . . you never know where sending something as simple as a gift and a cute card to a friend’s dogs might lead!
And now I’m thinking . . maybe those stitch markers at the yarn shops aren’t so expensive!