So, I've discovered this new website, which has been around for a few years, but I was never really on it: www.etsy.com
And I start looking around, and I find these simply exquisite stitch markers from a friend's daughter, who had been caught up with us in the Rav Rapture. And they're so reasonably priced, that I just had to buy them. And in order to buy them, I had to join Etsy. So, I join Etsy, which bills itself as a "place to buy & sell all things handmade", and within an hour of joining I'd bought from not just one, but two different sellers! Now I know I didn't buy from that other place. And I'd been there for well over a year. Hmm. So, hmm. It was word of mouth that led me to buy, not any advertising...
This is what I got (along with her permission to use the photos):
And I'm not one to buy or even use stitch markers, but since 3-14-2009, I have been converted. I used to use just contrasting pieces of yarn, and even twist ties, but these are just so gorgeous! And to top it all off, I ordered on a Saturday, they shipped on Monday, and I received them Wednesday! The packaging was worth even more than the total order. The seller, rlguerri, aka Deer Creek Artisans, had packaged them in her own unique, origami container, which I was showing off to co-workers and knitting circles, along with the stitch markers and envelope I store them in, for at least a week.
I am so thrilled with my purchase! I also ordered these (below) from another very creative, reasonably priced seller, and her link is here, jeanettejed.etsy.com.
I can't wait to use these. When I get a little more money put aside, I want to go back and buy some more from both sellers!
And maybe I'll even try the hand spun / hand dyed yarn! Oh, I would so love to buy this yarn!!! Landscapes Lace Mermaid Merino - 880 yards for $35!!!
Does anyone know of a good pattern to use for this? And how much yardage I would need?