With the knowledge that I wouldn't be able to post a progress picture of the Mandala Madness I set to work finishing a project for the Weekly & Washcloth CAL on Ravelry. After looking at several tutorials on crocheting a simple wrap bracelet, I put this one together with some wooden and glass beads, some shell beads, and some fun dangles that were retrieved from no longer worn jewelry.
The anchor charm is new, but it works really well as a clasp hooked onto the old oval-shaped reclaimed jewelry part. This isn't how I anticipated holding the bracelet together, but I like it!
And while I had my beads out I decided to finally make me some stitch markers. I thought I had more earring parts, but with just two of the ones pictured below I could only put together two mushroom stitch markers. I really need to get more earring wires at the earliest opportunity, 'cuz these mushroom stitch markers are begging for some buddies to hang with.
With plenty of lobster claw clasps, I was able to put together some other sets. I think these funky beads make cute stitch markers:
And these mis-matched "jewels" make a fun eclectic set below, I think. I don't know why, but they remind me of a tea table set with a varied assortment of china. Is that weird? I actually like that they're not matchy-matchy.
I'm probably way too enamored with my own handiwork, but I'm so very excited to finally have some cute stitch markers. I have some plastic non-closing ones that are useful at times, but when I've needed something that closes I've resorted to paper clips or safety pins, or pulling an earring out of an ear to use in a pinch, even. Don't laugh! Okay...go ahead and laugh. It's not that I don't value being enterprising and using what is readily available, but there's something to be said for using attractive tools.
And with these pretties at my disposal I will happily get back to work on my Mandala Madness and other projects. To see what other Yoppers are up to, visit our thread this week on Ravelry.