There were a number of comments about stitch markers after my last blog post — including some good ideas for using other things as stitch markers. Here are a couple of those:
I have a great solution for small stitch markers. (I may have heard this on Knitty Gritty…not sure) What I do is take different colored straws from various fast food places and cut them into little thin rings. One straw makes egads of stitch markers and if you lose them, who cares! They’re cheap, right? I love using them to mark the beginning of a round on socks or to show where the instep stitches are.
I have another small stitch marker suggestion. Tiny rubbery hair elastics that you can buy from the haircare section make wonderful stitch markers. They come many to a package for less than $5USD and there are lots of colors. You can buy them in many sizes but I like the tiny ones for little girls’ little braids. They are rubbery enough to be a little less slippery, you can color code with them and they work on small needles. I carry them in a little tin. I used them while I was knitting my Clapotis and my dentist asked if they were bands for braces when I was knitting in her office!
Both excellent ideas, no?
While I love cute stitch markers, I don’t use them in my knitting. I find them somehow distracting. But I think they are little works of art and I love having them. Like these:
These were a gift from a friend and I love them. I also love these:
Teeny little Ragdolls! These were purchased from the Wee Ones Etsy shop.
What do I use in my knitting?
My first stitch markers were thin hard plastic ones. I believe they were made by Susan Bates.
Then I got the little red rubber rings.
I bought some sterling silver jumprings for truly elegant plain stitch markers.
I’ve got some of the little latchie jobbers from Clover, but I never use them as stitch markers — I use them to loosely join pieces of knitting when I’m seaming.
My most recent stitch marker acquisition — the green and purple ones made by Clover (and thanks to Margaret for turning me on to them). They are my current favorites.
New sock on the needles:
This is Cider Moon Glacier (sport weight) sock yarn — it’s in the “Wildwood” colorway. I’m using a size 2 (2.75mm) needle and getting 6.5 stitches and 9 rows to the inch. Sportweight socks go nice and fast after knitting a fingeringh weight pair, I must say.
About sock heels, SallyA asked:
Is the slip stitch heel the same as the eye of partridge heel? If not, what’s different?
They are similar, but not the same. The slip stitch heel has you slip the same stitch on every right-side row so you get little columns if slipped stitches, while the eye of partridge heel has you slip alternate stitches on every right side row, so you get a checkerboard effect with the slipped stitches.
Speaking of the slip stitch heel, the Camouflage socks have been worn and approved by the KOARC.
In other news, I’m still working on the Handsome Triangle.
I’ve made a lot of progress over the weekend — there are 72 rows to go. But they are long rows!
In the Book Giveaway, Laura S. was chosen by the random number generator. Laura, I’ve emailed you.
And Lucy is still hamming it up for the camera!