Some days a reasonable cup of tea with a single tea bag is enough. And some days, like today, you open a tin of good Ceylon tea a friend sent you and make the whole tea pot. Today is that day for many reasons. Now I shall rant.
As you know, I’ve been working on a cowl/hood thing for my husband. It’s turned to be huge and labor intensive. I could’ve finished a sweater by now. I am nearing the end, however, and so a few days ago, I was puzzled when I found it on the floor and this little zaraza sitting on it.
Long story short, I had to frog (unravel) about 12 rows. Then yesterday I realized that when I picked up the stitches late at night after unfrogging, I messed up and my cable became 7 stitches wide instead of 8. And I had knitted another ten rows, so I had to frog that.
In the process I lost my stitch markers. Stitch markers are little metal or plastic loops that you thread on the needle so you can easily keep up with the pattern without counting stitches all the time.
Since things went rather poorly, I decided to do a little shopping therapy and buy some super cute stitch markers. I found adorable stitch markers on Etsy, but everything I wanted was in UK and the shipping cost as much as the markers.
I didn’t like the US markers, so I decided it couldn’t be that hard to make my own. I googled how to make your own stitch markers and came up with this video.
Now this lady is probably a very nice lady and she is probably just trying to entertain her viewers and get the maximum ad placement from YouTube, and I am grateful for the tutorial and also I am mean, but holy hell, this is a 20 minute video.
Let me save you 18 minutes: you need beading wire, colorful beads, wire cutters, little tiny metal crimping beads and crimping tool that you can buy at Michaels or online. You make a loop with the wire large enough for your needle, thread a crimping bead on it, and squish it with a tool. The bead binds the wire together. Add your beads, put the second crimping bead on, squish, cut the ends. Done.
How did this become 20 minutes?
Lately every tutorial on Youtube is 10 minutes long. If I am playing Assassin Creed Odyssey and googling how to kill a guy in Thebes, I end up with a roster of videos titled “How to kill the guy in Thebes.” The first video starts in Athens. The second video shows the character hunting wolves. The third one starts on a separate quest. I just want to murder a politician in Thebes! That’s all I want. I don’t need a ten minute tour of ancient Greece.
I realize I am complaining about free tutorials, and I do not repent. When I watch The Knit Girrls podcast, I want to be entertained, so if they go off into the woods, I am totally there for it. When I am accessing tutorials, I am looking for specific information. If I look up how to knit a particular stitch, and the video starts with “Wut R Needles?” I am going to look for a new one or fast forward. Because life is short. So there.
I’ve gotten it off my chest now.