I’m a Multilingual Crafter: I Speak Bead

I can’t talk about my yarn projects right now. I have a few going but they’re secrets. And it’s killing me because the first one came out SO COOL and I’m tickled with it but…not yet. Instead, I’ll show you what I’m doing when I take a break from yarn.

Several years ago, my aunt got me started beading. I went crazy with it and spent the next few years obsessively building my bead stash and making tons of jewelry. I made so much I tried to sell some of it. (Wait, this is sounding familiar.) Unfortunately, I managed to burn myself out and eventually had to pack it all away. I kept the tools and my favorite beads, and after I’d been knitting a while, I was glad I had. My knitting SIL (she pops up a lot, doesn’t she? Handy gal to have around.) saw a sample of beaded stitch markers at Joann and decided to try them. (She was also into the beading craze with us. And the scrapbooking craze that followed. Hmm. There seems to be a pattern here.)

Well! Jewelry for my knitting? Absolutely! So now I buy beads every once in a while, when I need to scratch a different creative itch, and make some stitch markers. These are this week’s product.IMG_1169 IMG_1200 IMG_1204There’s kind of a funny story with these wire-wrapped ones. I had all my stuff out on the dining room table, and the other night after I finished eating, I idly picked up the wire and pliers and made this automatically, not thinking about it since I was talking with Alex and the kids. It wasn’t until I was done that I realized the loop was supposed to fit around a knitting needle. Oops. So that one on the left might not be used too much, but hey, it’s there if I need it.IMG_1195I really enjoy having different ways to explore my creativity. I just hope I don’t get tired of knitting like I did with beading and scrapbooking Ack, blasphemy! *runs off to wash mouth out with soap*

10 thoughts on “I’m a Multilingual Crafter: I Speak Bead

    • Oooh, I haven’t even thought about getting brave enough to put beads IN the knitting. It looks lovely but I’m not up to the challenge yet. I’ll have to keep an eye on you to see how you do! 🙂

  1. Great stitch markers! 🙂

    I can totally relate to your post. I’m a beading and scrapbooking drop out. I still sew from time to time but knitting is the only hobby that actually stuck.

    • Whew! Glad to know there’s hope. I really don’t want to get tired of knitting, especially given how much I’ve invested in my stash & tools! Plus I love it. I don’t want to stop loving it. 🙂

  2. What a cool outlet! I beaded some in middle school but you can only give your friends so many bracelets! You do lovely work and certainly have a talent for creating things by hand 🙂

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