crimped tubing

Stitch Marker Tutorial

Having recently returned to knitting I have been knitting for the last 10 months with no stitch markers. Near the end of April there was a sale on beads at Michael’s and I decided that it was time for me to figure out how to make stitch markers.

I’ve come across a LOT of different tutorials online and they each added a piece of knowledge to my toolbox, but none of them told me everything I wanted to know, so I am writing everything I did down here for other people’s reference and my own.

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Okay, confession time! I have an embarrassingly large and ever-expanding collection of sculpting tools, most of which I don’t use all that often. Ironically, the tools I’ve made myself are the ones that help me the most with detail work. To make them, I use guitar string of various gauges and metal tubing (copper, brass, or aluminum). It even turns out that the nickel-wrapped string works well to make tiny rake tools for smoothing. Just cut the tubing to size, shape your guitar string and cut it, leaving about ¼" to ½" of length to fit into the tubing, fit it into the tubing and crimp the end of the tubing shut with pliers until the guitar string is immobile in the tubing. Hope that make sense!


I had a request to post more photos of the paint on the U. Scanini.

To be honest, I really dislike the paint on this frame, it’s too dimensional and I think you lose the beauty of the crimped tubing.  However, the paint is in remarkably good condition and quite durable, unlike my NOS Quintana Roo.  I actually want to have it repainted Mercedes W123 beige and build it up with a full carbon group, but that’s a fantasy more than anything.

The lugs, brake bridge and dropouts are all Silva.  The dropouts are beefier than most track ends and I really love the profile on the SLX seat stays.  It’s a really cool frame and I can’t wait to build it up.