Sunday, October 28, 2007

Stitch Markers--Just What I Needed

Yesterday my knitting guild, Liberty Bell, to which I returned last Monday after many months absence, just in time to sign up, held a beaded stitch marker workshop and luncheon at the Riverton Country Club in NJ. Aching face and newly painful foot did not keep me away. Neither did the torrential rains.

Our little group had a room to ourselves with two round tables set for lunch and a long table down the middle of the room with chairs on each side to accommodate us and containing a smorgasbord of beads in separate packs and on paper plates. There were place settings with packets of tools and supplies for each of us.

We began by claiming a packet of tools and supplies and perusing the bead smorgasbord to select four larger beads and eight smaller ones to compose our first four stitch markers. There were so many to chose from it was a hard decision which got changed many times as the morning progressed.

We learned to twist the wire, add beads and finish off. That is the short version. It was a little more involved, especially the first one. By the third one I was off and running. There were very few mistakes that could not be turned into design features. We stopped for a lovely lunch of chicken Caesar salad topped of with apple pie a la mode. Mmmmm, yummy! Then back to the beading.

Delphia was an excellent teacher. This is the first workshop or class of any kind that I have taken and been pleased with the take home results. I usually learn the process, hate what I've done in class, then go home and construct masterpieces. This time I have very nice stitch markers, one of which I'm using to mark the beginning of the row as I knit like crazy on my lacy skirt. Where's the lace? It's coming. What you see at the bottom is the casing for the elastic and closer to the needles the first purl row where stitched will be picked up for the first row of lace.

I didn't have my camera at the workshop and the pictures I took with my PDA of the guild members refuse to transfer over to Blogger. However, here are some pictures of the stitch markers I made in class. I am trying very hard not to become addicted to making stitch markers.

A bona fide beader? I don't think so!

Bona Fide Knitter


Petria said...

As a Bona Fide Beader, let me congratulate you. Your stitch markets turned out *great*. They'll add such a whimsical, bedazzled touch to your Works in Progress!

Petria said...

"Stitch markets"? LOL This time I preview before posting.

laura said...

The ruffle skirt definitely deserves unique stitch markers. Sounds like your guild is a fun group to hang out with.

By the way, you've been tagged! If you want to play, here are the rules:

1.Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. List 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3.Tag 3 people at the end of your post. List their names and link to their blogs.
4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blog.

stashmaster said...

Glad to see that you are back and blogging! Fall weather (and Stitches!) can do wonders for knitting blahs.

I'm already looking forward to Stitches West myself..