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Antidigger
« on: July 29, 2012 12:00:45 PM »

I go to a knitting club (for the gossip mostly!) on a Monday. One of the girls there took against my habit of using little pieces of contrasting wool as markers and threatened to get me some "proper" knitting markers. Well, I couldn't be doing with that: commercial knitting markers are plain ugly (at least the ones round here) so I made some up quickly.



I used the remnants of wire we had used for rewiring the house, after stripping the plastic insulation off of course. And a few beads I had hanging around. I really liked the colour combination so I made as many as I could out of the one length of wire.

When I got to knitting club, they thought my markers were very old, they asked me if they were my Grandma's and didn't like to believe I'd made them less than an hour ago Smiley

I was a little worried that the bent wire ends would catch the yarn, but they don't at all.
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2012 12:42:44 PM »

I love your "antique" knitting markers. So much prettier than the shop bought ones.
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« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2012 02:29:20 PM »

I'm pretty sure you dug those up on that archeological dig you went on along with the British Museum last year, right? I'm sure you mentioned it somewhere....

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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2012 03:25:59 PM »

I'm pretty sure you dug those up on that archeological dig you went on along with the British Museum last year, right? I'm sure you mentioned it somewhere....

Laurel

That was the one in the Shetlands, right? Maybe that's where I found the beads, maybe....
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2012 08:55:58 PM »

They are so cool .
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2012 06:04:57 AM »

Love that you used what you had around!  Necessity truly is the mother of invention(aka crafting!)! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2012 09:17:41 PM »

Ooh, love the color combo. They do look antique, so i doubly love them!
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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2012 10:04:51 PM »

Beautiful work!
You have inspired me to make stitch markers with the beads I have.
And maybe some buttons too! (They are old and on a shank.)
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2012 10:30:21 PM »

Those markers ARE beautiful!
I just don't have any spare wire -or spare beads - at the moment.

And of course they are from the Shetlands!
To my trained eye, the beads appear to be made of Shetland Turquoise - isn't that correct?

Shetland Turquoise is a very rare stone, found beyond the waterline on the shores of the Shetland Islands.
 It may not seem to be very stone-like to the touch, but that is because of its unusual density.
Other rocks are denser, so they do not float.
Whereas most Shetland Turquoise floated out to sea once they were formed many, many years ago - except for the ones which you bravely snared and have made into these beautiful stitch markers.

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« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2012 01:15:59 AM »

Thank you Jane, you do indeed have a keen eye to notice that they are Shetland turquoise. I have to say though, wading out into the sea to net them was very very cold, even though it was summer at the time. I'm clearly a soft southern wuss, but I suppose I knew that already.

I'm hoping that my next finds will be warmer Wink
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