stitch markers

  • Bling for Your Crafty Things

    Last weekend in Boston was wonderful! One of the places we visited was Old Sturbridge Village, a living history museum of a 19th century town. They had a lot of fiber textiles represented from displays, to living sheep (Merino Cross and Gulf Coast Native) to a carding mill! I posted a few pictures on Instagram. It was also chilly so I was decked in handknits from my head to my feet.

    You know what they didn't have? Stitch Markers. Little luxuries that we crafters love to dress up our projects with. As we head into the holidays, they also make a perfect gift by themselves or paired with something else.

    This week we are taking a look at the wide variety of stitch markers available to us modern crafters. Many of the shops featured specialize in stitch markers so if you see a style you like, take a look at the shop for more options! As always, thanks for supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!

    Jill's Beaded Knit Bits

    Jill's Beaded Knit Bits

    Is the beach your thing? These gorgeous stitch markers have a different beautiful shell on each one in the set of 6. They are meticulously made to ensure they are snag free. You can choose from 3 sizes of rings OR lobster clasps to make them removable.  $18.95





    Cloverleaf Farms West

    Cloverleaf Farms West

    Soft yellow lemon quartz on snag free, coated wire will fit nearly any needle you are using. Set of 5 stitch markers accented with gold tone beads, these large semi-precious beads will add a special touch!  $18






    My Grandma's Garden

    My Grandma's Garden

    Set of 4 handmade ceramic stitch makers in a lovely honey colored glaze and textured honeycomb pattern. These lightweight stitch markers will fit up to a US10.5/ 6.5mm needle and measure about 1/2 long. $10






    Blue Anchor Boutique

    Blue Anchor Boutique

    Who loves Mason Jars? We use them for EVERYTHING and if you feel like I do, you can show your love with these stitch markers! Set of 4 lightweight markers, with your choice of fastener. $8








    Are you on the gnome bandwagon? It's hard to resist! This cute gnome set includes 6 different characters that fit up to a US10/6.0mm needle. Each are handmade and will vary slightly.  $17.75






    Yank Your YarnYank Your Yarn

    Once you get past the hilarious name (Cagematch: Snow Miser vs Queen Elsa) you can take in the beauty of these hand twisted silver and blue copper wire stitch markers, each with a deep blue bead. Set of 10 available in 2 sizes. (my money is on Elsa!) $9






    The Artful Princess, LLCThe Artful Princess

    Are you excited about the new Star Wars movie? How about fandoms in general? Sarah has you covered. This set of 5 stitch markers will fit up to a US11/8.0mm needle. May the force be with you. $10





    Transcend Fiber Studio

    Transcend Fiber Studio

    Fun peach crystal "window" beads accented with artisan glass metallic blue beads, are on gold plated findings. On a lever back clasp perfect for movable markers or directly on the needle up to a US11/8.0mm. Set of 6 and hey... I won't tell if you use them as earrings.  $12






    Just for fun

    Did you know Clara Parkes used to be a baker? It's true. If you read some of her books you will stumble on references to this past life of hers. She occasionally posts recipes on her blog and one that I have referenced and made is her delicious granola. This would make a perfect gift for teachers or others in your life the holidays start to approach! Put it in a mason jar with a label and some pretty yarn tied around the top... perfect!

  • Alpaca my bags

    Did you know camelids have 3 stomachs? It's what allows them to eat all those fibrous grasses. Camelids include camels, alpaca, guanacos and vicuña and their fiber is actually hair but is referred to as wool. All animals contain guard hairs but camels have the most, followed by llamas. Alpaca guanaco and vicuña have the least. Alpaca fiber has little elasticity but blending with another fiber can add a bit of structure. It is extremely warm and comes in 22 natural shades.

    All of the listings featured below have alpaca, except for one llama product. As always, thanks for supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!

    Alpacas at 2 point farm

    Alpacas at 2 Point Farm

    Suri alpaca is very much like silk but, dare I say, even smoother? It is warm, drapey and incredibly soft. This is a mill spun skein of naturally colored suri alpaca yarn. Fingering weight with 200 yards. This will be a treat to work with! $22






    Behind the Hill Farm

    Behind the Hill Farm

    Lead ropes or dog leashes made from alpaca fiber are functional, beautiful and unique! Made from handspun 3 ply alpaca yarn, these are strong and available in several lengths ranging from 4 to 6 feet and available in various colors. Starting at $25





    Puddin Ridge Fibers

    Puddin Ridge Fibers

    Sona at Puddin Ridge has added a number of llama rug yarns to her shop and they are gorgeous. This can be used to make rugs, baskets or other household goods with stunning results. 100 yards, other colors available. $75





    Split Rail Angoras

    Split Rail Angoras

    Hand spinners love blends because of the different qualities brought by each fiber. This one is 75% angora and 25% alpaca making it baby kitten soft and lightweight. This will create a very warm accessory or garment. Undyed, 4 oz. $28






    River Spring Farm

    River Spring Farm

    600 yards of stunning handspun yarn created from a natural dark brown merino and alpaca blend. The magic happens when the colorful, tweedy bits of silk are worked in.  The 18 micron merino and alpaca means this will be amazingly soft. Worsted weight. $85






    Living Water FibersLiving Water Fibers and Alpacas

    Jitter bug is a gorgeous take with long stretches of grey, green and purple on a luxury soft, mill spun, alpaca yarn.  DK weight with 220 yards means you can create a lovely accessory perfect for gifting with just one skein! $26






    Butterfly Forge

    Butterfly Forge

    2 ounces of beautiful Suri locks in a soft fawn color. These locks are 9"-10" in length and brushed to removed most of the vegetable matter. So silky! $8





    Promised Land Fibers

    Promised Land Fibers

    This is a blend of natural Romeldale and Alpaca. Romeldale is as soft as merino and lovely to spin. Adding alpaca to the mix gives increased softness and warmth. Pin drafted roving so spinning will be a breeze! Professionally milled, 4 oz. $10





    Current Crafting

    This weekend I am heading to Boston to visit my aunt and you know what that means... travel knitting! I am still having forearm pain though so knitting has been limited but this weekend will require it. I did finish spinning the Cormo blend and just need to ply it. I did finish a pair of socks!

    Just for fun

    You are probably starting to think about Thanksgiving. Either you are hosting or maybe attending a gathering and it's time to figure out what you are bringing! My dad used to make this Bavarian Apple Torte and it is definitely holiday table worthy. It takes a little more work but so worth it. I hope you enjoy!

    Bavarian Apple Torte

    Crust: 1/2 c. butter ( 1 stick) 1/3 c. sugar 1/4. t. vanilla 1 c. flour

    Filling: 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/4 c. sugar 1 egg 1/2 t. vanilla

    Topping: 1/2 t. cinnamon 1/3 c. sugar 4 c. peeled, cored and sliced apples 1/2 c. chopped walnuts

    Preheat over to 450.

    To make the crust, cream the butter and sugar, add in vanilla and flour. Press into a 9" round greased, spring form pan, covering the bottom and 2" up the sides.

    To make the filling, mix the cream cheese and sugar until smooth, add in the egg and vanilla, Spread over the bottom of the crust.

    For the topping, sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar over the apples and mix well. Spoon over the filling. (you can make it pretty by layering but I don't and it tastes just as good!). Sprinkle with the walnuts. Bake for 10 minutes at 450 and then reduce heat to 400. Continue baking for 25 minutes. Allow it to cool completely before removing the sides of the pan.

    Note: You can also add 1/2 t. almond extract to the filling and use sliced almond instead of walnuts! If you want to be fancy and give it a shiny glaze, warm some apricot jam and brush it over the top when it is done baking.

  • Harvest Season Goodies for Fiber Crafters (plus a pumpkin swirl bread recipe)!

    Last Saturday I went over to the NC State College of Textiles for their open house. They had invited the Carolina FiberFest to demonstrate so I was there with a number of friends on our spinning wheels. We talked to lots of people and got to see a Pyroman demonstration, it was very impressive. I worked on spinning a cormo, angora, silk blend that I got from a friend's farm, and it's just delightful.

    It really is feeling like the fall harvest season! Let's look at some harvest inspired listings this week. Scroll down for an easy pumpkin cream cheese bread! As always, thanks for supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!

    zippered project bag

    Home of the Multi-Zippered Bag

    Lovely rust and golds blend together on this batik fabric multi-zippered bag.  These bags are wonderful and I use mine all the time. It zips into a tidy roll and opens to a functional bag with 3 zippered compartments and other larger spaces. The front opens into a tray to collect notions. $20






    BB Knits

    This Spanish Market colorway makes me think of a market stand full of beautiful gourds. Fingering weight yarn of 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon with 460 yards. $22





    Pixie Knit Designs

    Fool's Gold -  Golden wheat colored bitty batts of fiber are hand carded and so fluffy! Set of 5 batts weigh a total of 1.4 ounces and are created from a blend of mixed fine wool, tussah silk, silk hankies, mohair locks, cotton, and firestar sparkle. $7.70





    Ten Mile FIber

    Leicester longwool is a lustrous wool that is resistant to felting. Staple length is usually between 5 and 14" and it can be spun into a smooth yarn. This is a 4 ounce braid of combed top has been dyed rich fall colors and will spin beautifully. This is a conservation breed. $20






    Terra Allure Hobby Farm

    Fall Colors - Beautiful fingering weight skein spun from a blend of 56% alpaca, 30% angora, and 14% wool. This yarn will be airy, lightweight and warm. The color is subtly marled and has a total of 316 yards. $41




    Loop by Loop Studio

    This rug hooking kit would be a fun project or make a great gift for someone! Custom pumpkin design for a 12" by 16" linen pillow. It includes all the materials plus detailed instructions. You just need a craft hoop, pillow form and needle and thread for finishing! $57





    multi-colored stitch markers

    Blue Anchor Boutique

    Set of 10 harvest stitch markers that are snagless and with a low profile so that don't interfere with your work. Two each of 5 colored beads for a little bling. They fit up to a US8/5.0mm needle. $5







    hand-dyed yarn

    Puss n Boots Hand Dyed Yarn

    Wheat Fields of Dover - Soft golden brown hand dyed yarn in a fingering weight with 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon. 464 yards per skein.  $25.50






    Current Crafting

    I'm currently experiencing some forearm pain that knitting aggravates so, sadly,  I haven't done much this week. Hopefully it resolves soon so that I don't lose my mind!

    Just for fun

    You are either a pumpkin fan or you are not. I happen to be a fan. I'm not sure where I got this recipe because I've had it for years but it is really yummy and easy, too. I hope that you enjoy!

    Pumpkin Swirl Bread

    8 ounces of cream cheese ¼ c. sugar 1 egg 1 ¾ cup flour 1 ½ cup sugar 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp nutmeg 1 c. pumpkin ½ c. melted butter 1 egg 1/3 cup water

    Combine cream cheese, sugar and 1 egg, mix well and set aside. Combine dry ingredients. Combine pumpkin, butter, 1 egg and water. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Reserve 2 cups of this batter.

    Pour remaining batter into a greased and floured 9x5 loaf pan. Pour cream cheese mixture over top and then pour reserved 2 cups of batter over. Cut through with a knife a few times to create a swirled affect. Bake at 350 for 1 hour 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  • October is... pink?

    Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? It affects SO many women! Breast Cancer Awareness has popularized the color pink for October, so let's take a look at some breast cancer awareness and pink items! Each of these pink items are available for sale online at FiberCrafty: as always, thank you for shopping and supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!

    The Artful Princess

    What a fun project bag (with pink accents!) Large wedge bag that is generously sized. It has a padded interior and a wrist strap. Measures  8" x 4.5" and stands 11.25" tall. $30




    Promised Land Fibers

    First cut kid mohair is airy, drapey and has that beautiful slight halo. Extremely soft and lightly hand spun, this is the perfect yarn for a shawl. Sport weight with 420 yards. This is a luxury find! $60




    My Grandma's Garden

    "Awareness" is a set of 4 stitch markers featuring the pale pink crystals, pearls and the Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon. Elegant while making a statement at the same time, they will fit up to a US9/5.5mm needle. $10




    PassionKNITS Yarn

    Gorgeous fingering weight yarn in a soft tonal pink with splashes of white and splatters of black and dark pink. 75% superwash merino, 20% nylon and 5% Stellina means you get sparkle, too!  463 yards, $27




    Split Rock Ranch

    Ballerina Pink combed top is a blend of 80% South American wool and 20% viscose tweed. Beautifully speckled and slightly tonal. This roving could also be used for felting. 4 ounces, $12





    APLCrafts Handmade

    Strawberry Smoothie - 100% merino wool in a DK weight is perfect knitting or crocheting for so many things from baby sweaters to cowls.  Soft pink is highlighted by pops of light cream. 246 yards, $23




    Fairily Fiber Fun

    Hand carded and gently textured spinning batt in pinks and oranges with a few sections of purple sparkle.  A variety of fibers are included, details in listing. Approximately 2 ounces, can also be felted.  $10




    Sadie Spins!

    Flamingo - Falkland is used to describe wool that comes from the Falkland Islands and is generally a fine wool from breeds like Merino, Polwarth, Correidale and more. This braid is 5.7 ounces. $29





    Yarn and Dogs

    4 ounces of vibrant pink cheviot handspun yarn in a DK weight with 200 yards. Lofty and bouncy, this is a great multi-purpose yarn. $40





    Knitting Nook by Reva

    Coming Up Roses - Drawstring project bag with a multitude of roses set against vibrant green leaves. Generously large size is 19" x 19" with a ribbon drawstring. Lined and with interfacing to help give it a little structure.  $24.99







    Current Crafting

    I don't know why necklines can cause so much trouble but they can! I am going to finish the neckline on my daughter's Julgran for the 3rd (and hopefully last!) time tonight. The first time it was too floppy, the second time I forgot to change to the correct size needles. This one should be just right!  Lucky for me, I love the yarn I'm using from Ain at PassionKNITS Yarn, so it's just more knitting. (Did I mention that I'm entering it in the State Fair? I have to drop it off by October 14! Think I'll make it?)


    Just for fun

    Do you have an InstantPot? I LOVE mine and use it all the time. One of the things I use it for is making grains like farro, rice and quinoa.  It's easy and mess free. I have found that the best way to do it is measure and wash the grain. Because the grain is wet, it contributes to the total amount of water.  I use equal amounts of water to the grain. So if I have 1 cup of rice, I use one cup of water.  Usually for brown rice I add another tablespoon or two of water. Then I pressure cook them for the following times, usually followed by a natural release. If you want to try another grain I didn't list below, do a search to get the right time and then this formula seems to work for everything!

    • Quinoa - 1 minute
    • White Rice - 4 minutes
    • Farro - 10 minutes
    • Brown Rice - 24 minutes
  • Cat lovers and yarn lovers go together like...

    Well... like cats and yarn! Do you have cat? It seems like cats go hand in hand with knitters. I don't know about you but I think everything I make is about 1% cat hair! Our shop owners seem to like cats also and there are lots of cat-themed items available. Let's look at things inspired by our feline friends! As always, thank you for shopping and supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!


    Cats in Hats stitch markers! Set of 5 lightweight , hand drawn stitch markers, each one unique! These will fit up to a US8/5.0mm needle. Gift wrap optional! $12.75






    Behind The Hill Farm

    Miss Kitty is actually an alpaca! She has a beautiful coat and her naturally white fiber was handspun into a beautiful chunky weight yarn. 2 ply with a beautiful sheen, varying yardages available ranging from 88 to 331 yards. $22-$75





    Fairly Fiber Fun

    This natural Jacob batt in a beautiful gradient has nothing to do with cats BUT, it reminds me of my Siamese cat Jerry because he was these same colors. Each 60 gram batt is just over 2 ounces, hand carded from the same fleece. $15




    PassionKNITS Yarn

    Tiger Paws is a stunning blend of oranges and browns on a decadent fingering weight base. 50% superwash merino, 25% baby alpaca, 25%nylon is a wonderful blend and each skein has 438 yards. $30





    Serenity Artisans Bowls

    Tiger Maple has a beautiful grain and the wood has been highly buffed to highlight it. Hand made yarn bowls are works of art as well as functional pieces and each is numbered. It measures 9" across, 5.75" across the bottom and is 4.5" high.  $110




    IlLOOMinated Yarns

    Bandid is a big ol' fiesty house cat who inspired this colorway. A perfect blend of greys, blacks and whites on a fingering weight base of 75% BFL and 25% nylon. BFL is perfect for socks or anything else where strength and softness is needed. 464 yards, $30




    Baaberry Farms

    This drawstring bag has fabric decorated with playful kitties, a coordinating lining and a faux suede base. Generously sized to hold a 2 skein project, base measures 13"H x 8"W x 5"D. $25







    A yarn kitty is a great way to keep your yarn organized and tangle free! YOu can open and close the flaps with snaps, allowing you to remove your yarn if needed, unlike bags with grommets.Bag is approximately  6" tall with a 5" diameter and will hold a 4 oz cake of DK, worsted or sock yarn. $15





    Trade from Scratch

    This drop spindle hand burned with playful kitties has been made from Maple and Birch and polished with tung oil. A slight imperfection comes with a lower price but no reduction in functionality. $30




    Knitzy Fiberlicious

    Handspun, marled yarn looks so much like a calico to me that I couldn't resist. 99 yards of 2 ply 100% wool. This is a bulky weight yarn. $15




    What’s going on at FiberCrafty the week of 9.13.2019…

    I was glad to see a few visitors at the Knitting Guild talk! Greg and I enjoyed sharing details about Elizabeth Zimmermann and what made her so special. She was such a gift to the knitting community!

    Current Crafting

    Over Labor Day Weekend I made a Knitted Knocker. Have you heard of them? Knitted Knockers is a non-profit that is entirely volunteer run. They distribute knitted prosthetics for women who have had mastectomies. They are lightweight and more comfortable to wear than traditional prosthetics and last year they spent over $58k in shipping! I had been planning to make some and ran across a local woman who has a mastectomy scheduled next month. I offered to make one for her and she was really excited. I was, too! I'm glad that I can make one for someone local. They have very specific yarn requirements so if you are interested in making some, check out their website!

    Just for fun

    TV and knitting goes hand in hand so I thought I would share something we have done in our house when we cut the cable cord. A lot of people have headed or are heading in that direction but it raises challenges (admittedly, very much first world challenges). We tried a couple of trials with various services and ultimately settled on YouTube TV. You need a smart TV but it includes local channels, sports (which seems to be what a lot of people get stuck on) and unlimited DVR. You can also create individual profiles for family members so that everyone can have their own "library" of shows. They just raised their rate but it is still substantially less than other cable services.

  • When you own a business, you are in sales.

    Do you consider yourself to be in sales? You might say no but if you are a small business owner, the reality is that you ARE in sales! You are also in customer service, marketing, product design, and a host of other roles but today let’s talk about wearing that sales hat.

    I know what you are thinking. Salespeople have an undesirable reputation. Some salespeople are definitely less ethical but that isn’t the norm. When you boil down the basics of sales it is helping to connect people, based on their wants or needs, with the right products or services. That’s not such a bad thing!

    I have to put myself out there, too! This is me! Hi!

    I spent over 20 years in a successful professional sales role before I started my business, I learned a lot selling software and while software is completely different from hand-dyed yarn and fiber, the basics of selling are the same. In this post, I’m sharing two of the most important rules to consider and practice in the sales efforts of your business. These are relatively common sense but often hard to remember to do.

    Rule #1. Be yourself. First and foremost, if you are a single business owner, you ARE your business. You are what sets your business apart from other people. You bring a unique perspective to whatever your product or offering is and you need to let that shine when talking to customers or prospects. Tell your story! Why should people buy from you? What makes your shop special? People buy from who they know and trust. If you have a hard time with this, ask a close friend or family member to help you. Or maybe even a wonderful customer that you have an established relationship with. Ask then what about your business stands out, what makes them buy from you.

    Rule #2. Make it easy for someone to buy from you. This, my friends, is where the rubber

    From a shop on FiberCrafty.

    hits the road. When selling online, people can’t handle your products or see them in person so you need to help them make a decision while online. And you want it to be an easy decision. To make this even more challenging, you have only a matter of seconds to capture and keep their attention. Research is showing that the amount of time you have is gradually getting shorter. In the year 2000, you had 12 seconds. Now, you have 8 seconds. The more steps the customer has to take before buying, the less likely they are to buy. For example, if you didn’t include some information in your listings, such as the size of your bag, a shopper might have to send an email to ask. That is an extra step you don’t want them to take. The good news is, you can anticipate and answer most questions before they are asked.

    We are going to dive into this idea in more detail with the next few posts but for now consider:

    • Are all the details of my product included? Are the attributes complete?
    • Are the pictures clear? Are there pictures showing multiple angles? Are there pictures showing an item to scale?
    • Does my item have variations - if so, can they be selected with a menu choice or do they have to contact me separately? In some cases they will need to contact you, but if there is a way around it - make it easy! (FiberCrafty is adding an internal messaging system in the update to help with this.)
    • Did you proofread your listing for spelling? This can affect products showing up in searches.
    • Did you check your listing for accuracy? (especially if you have copied an existing listing)

    Take a look at your listings and your shop through the eyes of someone who doesn’t know you. Maybe you have a friend who can help you by reviewing it. Are there unanswered questions? Are there ANY barriers that would make clicking “add to cart” a step away? This is truly a situation where over-providing some information can be helpful.

    From a shop on FiberCrafty.

    How does it feel to explore your shop? Does it feel well curated? Are the photos of products on similar backdrops? Or does it feel like a disarray. Think about walking through a brick and mortar shop. Some shops are a delight to browse and walk through. And there are others that feel cluttered and disorganized. Online shops can create these same feelings.

    Working to create a shop that feels curated and like it was built with care will make it far more likely for shoppers to browse. Well written listings with anticipated questions answered, will make it far more likely for shoppers to click Add to Cart and Checkout, which is the ultimate goal.

    If you are not a FiberCrafty shop owner and you want to continue to learn how to curate your online shop for the fiber community, let me know! Not all posts in this series will be posted publicly on the blog. 

    What advice would you give someone about how to help their customers say yes? Comment below and share! In the yarn and fiber industry, we are fortunate to all benefit when we put community above competition.

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