I recently started making stitch markers to help knitters keep track of their patterns. I made a wine lover’s set, which sold out rather quickly on my etsy store, and I thought it came out rather cute. I love coming up with fun, little themes of what might make a good set for my fellow knitters. This weekend, I made two more sets:
My love affair with teapots and teacups is probably pretty obvious to anyone who reads my blog, looks at my etsy shop, or spends any amount of time with me. I grew up, having tea parties with little miniature tea sets, in a family of tea drinkers, where having a cup of tea was a rite of passage, a source of companionship, support, and comfort. I also love the historic and literary associations that I have with tea.
So it definitely made sense to make a tea-themed stitch marker set. What I love about this set is that it seems to tell me a story, actually two stories.
The first is a knitter enjoying a quiet moment with her knitting and a hot cup of tea, enjoying some peaceful “me time.” I once lived in an apartment where soft sunlight would stream into a large window at just the right angle. It would filter through a set of white curtains I had and make my light blue walls just glow in such a peaceful and beautiful way. My favorite thing in the world was to sit there with my knitting and a cup of tea and just relax. These stitch markers make me think of that.
The second story is that of a knitter sitting at a table, surrounded by chatting friends. There is a cup of tea and some baked goodies on the table in front of her and she is laughing at a funny story while her hands are busy knitting her latest project. I’ve had so many wonderful moments like this with both my favorite knitting group friends and with my family.
I find it funny but wonderful that these five little teapot markers remind me of such different stories, both solitude and companionship, and that I love both images so much. I can only hope that whoever takes them home enjoys many such wonderful moments.
Fall is a great time to be a knitter! Nothing is cozier than knitting with thick, colorful wool on a crisp Autumn day. And there is something extremely satisfying about keeping your friends and family (or yourself) warm with handknit scarves, hats, and sweaters as the weather starts to cool. I think I have always associated Fall with Knitting, which is why I took my first knitting lesson in the fall. (My knit-aversary is coming up. As up November 9th, I will have been knitting for 6 years!)
With all this in mind, I wanted to celebrate the beginning of Knitting Season by creating a special Fall Stitch Marker set and so I picked these sweet little pumpkin charms which reminded me of days spent pumpkin picking with my family, carving Jack o Lanterns and Trick or Treating for Halloween, and pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving dinner (not to mention countless viewings of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, one of my all-time favorite things about Fall).