Friday, May 14, 2010

Stitch holder jerry-rig

As seems to happen almost every time I travel, I found myself missing an item needed to continue my craftiness. This time: stitch holder. Usually, I just use scrap yarn as a stitch holder, due to laziness and cheap-ness (I mean, frugality). However, all of the yarn I was using was agglomerated into one big ball--no dice. I searched for solutions in my surroundings. The first thing I spied:

Aha! Maybe some twine? Wire?

I didn't think that something mysterious and sticky called 'Sexauer' would be of any help--but my inner 13-year-old boy did find it amusing. The search continued. In any lab that's been around for a while, even the most immaculate of them tend to accumulate a lot of junk. I struck gold with this drawer:

Not gold, actually. Copper.

Heavy gauge unplied copper wire? Dear diary--jackpot. Copper is very ductile: you can often bend it with no equipment other than your hands.

I started with a straight piece:

Bent it in half, one side a bit longer than the other, then curled the longer side into a loop:

Readjusted by original bend so that I could easily move the unbent side in and out of the loop, but with a little poking through so the stitches would be trapped.

I also filed the ends a bit, just to make sure they wouldn't snag. Here it is in action:

I was feeling quite pleased with myself, but not really seeing any advantage to this as opposed to just a strand of yarn. Then I made an error (naturally) and had to pull the work back out to before where I used the stitch holder--bingo. It was so much easier to get the stitches on and off using a rigid holder, rather than yarn. They slid off like buttah. It's cliche, but necessity is the mother of invention.


  1. Okay. So when are you going to patent that and go into production? :)

  2. Im thinking stitch markers may be that magic drawer one more time -smiles-

  3. Aww thanks so much for the kind words. I'm sure that there are much lovelier and more sophisticated designs out there! ;)

  4. I hear ya on the frugality thing. Pretty brilliant inventiveness, if I do say so myself.

  5. Great thinking in the clutch!