I like cute things. Cannot. Resist. Cats, hamsters, stickers, food, clothing, accessories, etc. etc. etc. With that in mind I may have come across the number one blogging duo that provide inspiration and information without a lot of verbal fluff.

Elsie and Emma of A Beautiful Mess

I’m not going to make a list of pros and cons about this blogging duo as of yet because frankly I haven’t found anything jarring or obnoxious about the experience these two sisters provide their audience.

After the honeymoon I am probably going to live on this blog for a while and test out some of their DIY projects.

Kitchen Rugs
Lace Headband
Constellation Scarf
and if I had my own kitchen to demo and rebuild: all of this.


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In continuation of my goals this year to be better all around at my knitting craft, I have taken up making my own stitch markers.

The current selection I have either —
1: goes missing like hair ties
2: is too small or I don’t have enough of once size
3: is made out of cheap plastic

If you’re curious about how to use stitch markers there is a good basic explanation of them by Northern Lace. One type that is missing in the blog is the removable stitch marker which is basically a glorified plastic safety pin.

Here are my stitch markers.



Each marker is made with gold colored beading stringing wire 0.38mm and gold colored clamp beads. For the beads themselves I used cream/pink hue fresh water pearls (man made, obviously lol), and the offset bead is made of rose quartz.



It did take quite a few tries to get the right size of the wire. The first few attempts were not measured. They are still usable as markers, but for up to size US6 needles. After the first few tries I decided on 5cm length wire was sufficient to work with to create the five pearl bead stitch markers. Since these beads have a hole drilled into them smaller than the rose quarts I am using two clamp beads to hold the pearl in place and to create the loop on top. Getting the wire placed in a semi-middle area when clamping was a little difficult at first. I’m still not sure I have the trick down, but thankfully these crafting materials are relatively cheap.



For the rose quartz I used 6cm wire to accommodate the height of the bead and since it is supposed to be an offset, the slightly longer length to the loop seemed appropriate at the time.



If I end up getting into this aspect of knitting I think I will want to invest in a good crimping pliers.┬áThis will result in a nice round finish rather than the flat finish that results from using basic crafting pliers. Not that I don’t like the flat finish, it doesn’t look bad, but I will test the set I made and hopefully it won’t snag the fibers!


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