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Mama Deb [userpic]
Knitting heresy

I had two skeins of wool leftover from my sweater. I also had NINE skeins of (almost) the EXACT SAME yarn because I thought the original order had gotten lost and reordered and then the original order showed up. Almost because the dye lot was different.

Today, I packed them up and sent them back home.

In the world of knitters, this is seems to be heretical - everyone is supposed to have a huge stash of yarn - a collection for a rainy day or because they just love yarn or so that they know they'll always have something to knit even if one day there's a worldwide mass wool-bearing animal extinction. Or something.

I'm actually not making fun - I think that ifI had the room, I might well be building my own such stash. But I don't, and my urge to collect is satisfied with books. And, apparently, knitting needles.

But there was no point in having this yarn around. It just took up space and why should I hoard it when someone else could use it better? Oh, I suppose I could have sold it on eBay or swapped it on knitswap or something. Or even here.

I asked for refund or credit. In either case, the money is going for yarn for a baby blanket and then either sock yarn, laceweight or a book. We will see.


Mind if I ask you a few questions?

Do you use knitting markers, and if so, what size do you usually use?
Do you need multiple sizes?
What do you look for in terms of quality, materials and "hand feel"?
How much would you or your friends be willing to pay for custom made markers?
Do you have any special requests (like having a distinctive lead marker) that I should take into consideration?

I'm looking to expand my jewelry making and beading customer base. :-)


Do I use markers?

Oh, yes. I love markers. I use them to mark repeats both horizontally and vertically, I use them so I don't need to count and to mark the beginning of a round when using circulars. When I knit my sweater sleeves, I had *thirteen* row markers hanging off of it (not to mention the ones permanently keeping count and the ones I used so I'd know I'd increased enough.)

I like my stitch markers just big enough that I can slip them easily from one needle to another. So, for socks, I like them about 3mm and for larger projects, maybe 5mm.

I like closed rings when they're not going anywhere, split rings for when I might need to move them between stitches, tiny brass jump rings for socks because they're too thin to cause mini-ladders, and plastic coiless safety pins as row markers and to pin a row counter to my work, and to hold dropped stitches until I can deal with them. They also, of course, make decent stitch markers as well.

Other than my jump rings, all of my stitch markers are plastic. I like that - they're smooth, they don't break and they come in colors, which means I can make my pattern-loving sense happy by alternating them along the tops of my needles or the sides of my project - which makes everything easier to count anyway. Also, and this is *very* important - they're *cheap*. I lose them. They bounce off the needles when I knit, or I forget to put them away when I don't need them any more, or something. I lose them. Since they're cheap, I can just get more.

I think beaded stitch markers are lovely, but I can get twenty plastic ones for the price of five pretty ones, and given both the amount I use and the amount I lose, pretty ones aren't cost effective. Also, I'd be sad if I lost one.

However - I can tell you what you should have - one should be distinctive, yes. You should make them in three sizes - 3mm, 5mm and 10mm, because there are people who enjoy knitting with tree trunks. And you need to make row markers, too. I'd suggest attaching beads to metal coiless safety pins - those would be a huge seller, I think.

But I'm sticking with plastic right now.

Whoa, WAY more cost effective than what I was doing! Thanks, you're worth your weight in gold. :-)

So, another question. Would you buy beaded stitch markers as a present for someone else? Would it make a difference if they could be shipped directly to the recipient, with gift wrap and a card?