I do love a simple, clever idea

Sometimes the best things are so simple, you wonder why no one ever thought of them before.  I recently discovered one.

Check it out!  The pin is attached, so you can’t lose it!  Brilliant, I say.

The woman who makes these works with me, and when I heard she makes jewelry and sells on Etsy, I went right over to check out her work, of course. When I saw this, I had to have it.

Silver colored fibula shawl pin sweater scarf brooch aluminum wire

(Photo from her Etsy shop)

What do you think?

Check it out, and her other work, because she clearly has many brilliant simple ideas – like the hoop earrings for non-pierced ears – NO PINCHING! I have pierced ears and still might need a pair of those as well.

Adroit Jewelers

And FYI, I was not paid or otherwise influenced to write this – just want to share a great find with you all.

Bracelet update

I finished blocking the beaded lace cuff, and have the photos to show for it!  A link to my project page is here.

Here it is laid out –

beaded cuff 4

And here are a couple of shots of it on my wrist.  It is a bit big, stretched during blocking.  I think I can block it again and make it a bit smaller.

beaded cuff 5

Here’s a shot of the clasp – buttons made with beads.  they feel a bit tenuous to me, come undone quite easily, so I likely will replace them with larger beads or buttons, and next time I make this, I will use a traditional clasp or larger buttons. the pattern calls for two, I made three to cover the whole width of the cuff, but if I use larger buttons, I will go back to two as called for.

beaded cuff 3

On the whole, I am quite happy with this pattern, as I usually am with Laura Nelkin’s things. the applied beaded I-cord around all edges is fussy to do (especially with silk on size 1 needles), but it is the perfect finishing touch to this project.  I’ll be making more of these.

Beads on Cannon

This is an unsolicited review of a shop I found while visiting Charleston, SC.

While I was seriously disappointed to find NOT ONE yarn store in Charleston proper, in my search for one, I came across a store called “Beads on Cannon“.

It is a bit north of the historic district, but it is right on the free bus route. The day we went out to Middleton Place, I had A drop me off there on the way back into town. It was very easy to find as we came into town from the plantation.

On the outside, the shop is very unobtrusive, located in a Charleston Single style house in a not as well maintained neighborhood as we were used to seeing in Charleston. In fact, A refused to leave until I went in and confirmed it really was the shop and I felt OK. I later found out that she circled the area looking for a parking space to wait for me, instead of going back to the hotel to relax as we had originally planned. However, she could not find one, and I was FINE. (So note, parking can be an issue here, apparently.)

Once I walked in the door and was greeted by the proprietress (I think her name is Lisa) I knew I was in bead heaven.

All the ads I saw said the selection was huge, the store is BIG. Well, the store isn’t big, but the selection is HUGE! I don’t know how she fit all those beads in, and people, too! There are two rooms, one up, one down. Down is mostly glass beads, up is precious gemstones, findings, etc. I wandered about with my basket for at least an hour before I made my selections.

It was almost overwhelming! I didn’t have a particular project in mind, which made it harder to shop, really, but I found a beautiful silver sea star pendant, and then got some beads that might go with it for a necklace. I also picked up some cut glass beads for knitting, and some garnets I just couldn’t resist. Not sure what they will be. Some pearls I got in the hopes that I can figure a way to knit with them. I’ll let you know how that goes.

Beads on Cannon

My choices in no way reflect the true scope of the beads she has. I have never seen such an array of good quality beads in one place. Big boxes have more selection (maybe) but her quality is much better than you will find at them.

While I was there other shoppers came in and got great assistance as they looked for particular things. One woman was designing a necklace, and the creative process was fun to watch.

They do offer classes, and will even make the things you design if you want them to. It was pretty amazing to see all that they had in the place and all that they would do to help a person. If I ever am in Charleston again, I will go better prepared with a bead list!

In fact, next time I have a bead list, I think I will call them and see if they ship…