Friday, March 13, 2009

feedback, please!

The Beadmaker and his Knitters need input from The Blog!

What kind of loops do you prefer on your stitch markers?

Earring wires.
Pros: Can clip to individual stitches. Can wear cute sheep/pretty beads as earrings. :-)
Cons: Wire ends could snag yarns. Easily bent out of shape.

Rubber rings.
Pros: Snag-free. Will not tiddlywink off a needle and fly to the other side of the room. Available in many colors so one in a set can be a diff. color to indicate beginning of round.
Cons: Um...??? (I can't think of any. These are my favorites.)

Split rings.
Pros: Jewelry-like loop in case stitch marker will be used as a charm or pendant.
Cons: Can snag yarn. Can get pulled out of shape.

Other.
What? Why?

Please leave a comment below. Make sure you're signed in or you leave some sort of contact info because all providers of feedback will be entered in a random drawing for some freebie stitch markers. Don't know how many yet, but it's safe to say the freebies will probably be sheep. And yes, if you're one of the winners, we'll put your favorite style of loop on your stitch marker!

The drawing will be on Monday, 3/23/09, at 5:00 p.m. All comments up until that point are eligible. Please ask your friends to give us their input too -- the more people who respond, the more we'll know!

Thanks!
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98 Comments:

OpenID thepaintedsheep said...

I really prefer the rubber rings because of the snagging thing. I have some beautiful handmade stitch markers that I never use because they snag terribly. I like the way the rubber ones "grip" the needle a bit too.

1:46 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I prefer rubber rings, or the clover locking split markers, which don't snag. Any markers I've had with the SLIGHTEST chance of snagging, do snag for me.

You could still use those adorable sheep as jewelry with the rubber rings, you could thread a chain or cord through for a necklace, or use a joiner to attach them to other things!

2:15 PM  
Blogger talitha said...

rubber rings is the way to go for me. my biggest problem with stitch markers is that i'm really into knitting on large needles (sz 19's are my current favorites) and the cute markers all seem to be too small. do rubber rings come that big? oh, i sure do hope so.

the sheep are adorable by the way!

peace, talitha

2:44 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I'd love either the rubber rings or even a heavy guage of nylon thread looped. Anything that won't hook on my yarn.
And those little sheepies are so cute!

2:57 PM  
Blogger Connie said...

Those are just too cute!

I actually really like the earring wire because it can be attached to an individual stich more easily if and not just on the needle itself. Plus the ability to occasionally wear tiny sheep earrings. If my only use for the marker was to remain on the needle, then the non-snagging rubber ring would be ideal.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

I love the rubber rings because I've had problems with metal and plastic rings flinging themselves off of my needles before!
Ali

3:29 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

My personal preference is a regular jump ring, but I'm intrigued by the rubber rings. I haven't tried those, but of the 3 options, they'd be my pick because the others could snag. I'd be interested in seeing how easily the ring moved around the needle and transferred.

Honestly, the way I lose stitchmarkers, these little sheep are too precious to use. I'd turn one into a necklace or something, easy!

3:39 PM  
Anonymous -Rachel said...

I generally use unwaxed dental floss for stitch markers but I would go with the rubber rings for ease of use.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Brenda said...

I like the rubber rings the best because they don't snag. those sheep are adorable.

4:01 PM  
Blogger Mujercita said...

I'd use the rubber rings because of the no-snagging thing. You could also coordinate the colors to match the stitch-markers.

4:11 PM  
Blogger MamaMay said...

I like earring style for 2 reasons:
1) They would make SUPER cool earrings!!!
2) I can use them in crochet much more easily.

Now as a 4th option you might want to think memory wire... remember to use memory wire meant for rings and have them hang off one of the bent ends...

Here is a tutorial:
http://glampyreknits.tripod.com/glampyrephotos/id35.html

4:12 PM  
Blogger JuliaA said...

what about jump rings? i would imagine that the rubber rings wouldn't slide along my needles as smoothly as metal ones would. and i just like the look of metal. but of course you want to avoid snagging.

just a thought--i love the stitchmarkers! they're adorable!

4:51 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

I like the split rings.

5:08 PM  
Anonymous gr8knitwit said...

I like locking stitch markers (see sample below):

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Clover-Knitting-Crochet-Jumbo-Locking-Stitch-Markers_W0QQitemZ260360491762QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Crafts_Knitting_Crochet_EH?hash=item260360491762&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1688%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

ps: Scott - "Ewe" are a genius!! Your loopy, glass, sheep stitch markers are excellent ... I've already started to give them names:

Woolliam
Ewenice
Loopy Lou
Baarney
Bertram
Gordon (after Gordon RAMsay!)

gr8knitwit

5:53 PM  
Blogger tanya904 said...

I use my stitch markers for crochet So the earring wire ones are the only type that I use. The little sheep are just too cute :)They would make nice little earrings also

5:57 PM  
Blogger Dotty said...

I like closed rings (the metal version of the rubber ones). I have rubber rings but they bounce on the floor when they fall off and they don't slide as well on the needle. If I drop a metal one, I just use my handy dandy magnet to find it. Do the sheep come in black?

6:32 PM  
Blogger J said...

I like the idea of the rubber rings so they don't snag.
I do like the clover locking if for any reason I feel the need to move a marker, but the likelihood is that I won't be moving a marker.
So rubber ring it is.

Jean

6:44 PM  
OpenID Karen said...

I like the rubber rings as long as they come in larger sizes for 10-11 needles.
I make mine with nylon jewelry wire with a crimp beat at the end and a crimp bead cover and I have no snag issues.

mzpookie10@centurytel.net

6:50 PM  
Blogger LaurieM said...

Rubber rings for knitting, but I love the idea of being able to wear those sheep as earrings! They are so cute!!

7:11 PM  
Blogger VeganCraftastic said...

Rubber rings!

7:40 PM  
Blogger quinn said...

rubber rings. Love the multiple color idea, too.

(Cute Sheeps!)

quinn on rav

7:48 PM  
Blogger edina said...

Love those sheep! I prefer a closed/soldered metal ring so there are no ends that might snag yarn.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Along with most of the crowd, I like the rubber rings. Earring wires or the split rings will snag, and then I'll be frustrated and not use them. BTW, those sheep are about the cutest thing I've ever seen!

9:38 PM  
Blogger nifty crocheter said...

I like the earring clasps, because I am a crocheter and that way they can be taken out of the stitch and moved up as need.

Those sheep are adorable.

9:41 PM  
Blogger Dove Knits said...

I like split rings, but I prefermetal soldered jump rings. Rubber rings snag and drag, and the earring wires are just too snaggy. I don't have problems with jump rings, though!

10:38 PM  
Blogger April said...

I think I would prefer the rubber rings. I've made some stitch markers using other materials and they all seem to snag in one way or another. Love the sheepies!a

10:51 PM  
Blogger broadcasting from a knitting parlour said...

Oh. Rubber. Please. Rubber. Yes. I occasionally use markers, and when I do...I use plastic rings...and I vote for different colors...Makes it easy to count when they are used to mark every so many stitches.

Cute idea.

Good to ask for feedback.

You get an A!!!!

10:56 PM  
Blogger jos said...

I like removable stitch markers but I the snagging thing would definitely be a factor for me. Of the choices you've listed I prefer the rubber rings. No possibility of snagging and they could easily be used as jewelry. You could put a chain through the rubber and make a bracelet or necklace, and it wouldn't be too hard to attach an earring wire to them. Plus the different options for different colored rings is really awesome.

11:11 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

I prefer the rubber rings, too. No snags = awesome! But sheep earrings would be super cute.

11:44 PM  
Blogger 52knit4 said...

I generally use jumprings and superglue a seed bead to make sure they stay closed and don't snag....I love them like that...

12:52 AM  
Blogger vickie said...

i like split rings and rubber rings vbarton24 at gmail dot com the sheepies r cute hope i win one

4:44 AM  
Blogger Marlitharn said...

I prefer rubber rings; they don't snag and you can use different colors to mark off different sections of knitting. And the sheep are adorable!

4:49 AM  
Blogger DD said...

I like stitch markers with a closure like you sometimes see in necklaces. Like this one: http://www.twenga.nl/prijs/38472397.html

6:38 AM  
Blogger christinemm said...

Rubber rings for using as stitch markers so it won't snag.

I would like the round metal ring only if I planned to use this as a necklace charm.

BTW I love the set you are selling with the yarn ball, drop spindle etc. I plan to buy a set in the near future!

Is there any way the sheep and other knitty items could be made into a Pandora bracelet compatible charm?

6:47 AM  
Blogger kat said...

I like the rubber/solid rings the most. There are times I need the clasping ones, but those are very few. I want my stitch markers to hang out in my knitting without causing chaos.

Bonus points for stitch markers in several sizes. Seems all I have won't fit on anything larger than a sz8 - and I have quite a collection! Us who use bigger needles want some love too!

I'm naughtyknots on Rav

6:57 AM  
Blogger J said...

Yes--Debby, Scott--the knitting set would be cute as a Pandora charm set- and you know I would buy it for Stephanie.

Jean

7:03 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I like the rubber rings too, for a stitch marker. It's nice that you are willing to offer a choice though, cause Scott's beads are beautiful and could easily be worn as jewlery. The snag factor is key here, I seem to get all twisted up and caught with anything but the rubber rings.

7:14 AM  
Blogger Rani said...

I've never used rubber. BUT I can tell you that I NEVER use the stitch markers that I have if they snag my yarn. (unless I have an emergency)

My favorites have been the kind that has a bit of wire that is bent and the loose ends are within the bead or object hanging from my marker. Does this make sense? There are NO snags.

8:51 AM  
Blogger squiggi said...

I like the split rings myself.
They seem to slide on the needles better and also hang better for me.
Those sheep are adorable, by the way.

9:39 AM  
Anonymous spindr said...

I like the little spirals rings on the top they do not snag as much and I like the spit clips for crochet because they can be attached to the specific stitch to mark it.

10:31 AM  
Blogger amy said...

Holy cow, 40 comments already!! I like the rubber rings. Actually I tend to have a hard time with dangly stitch markers altogether. The sheep are adorable, though.

12:23 PM  
Blogger kelly said...

I also prefer rubber rings. Snag free and they seem to grip the needle a little better so they don't slip off. Btw, the sheep are too cute.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Shakay said...

I like the ones that you can attach to individual stitches or through the fabric. Mainly I use my decorative type markers to flag the RS or to otherwise decorate my bag and accessories.

2:31 PM  
Blogger PenelopeRose said...

The sheep are adorable!! Though I've never tried rubber rings I'm going to have to choose them because they sound like the perfect choice with the no snagging.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Rubber rings for sure. Aren't those sheep just the cutest! The jump rings seem to snag my yarn.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

rubber rings, i think i have only used one or two but could not find anything wrong with them either!

7:03 PM  
Blogger ruth said...

I've been following your blog for a little while and have been admiring all the creativity in your houshold!
I LOVE your little sheep stitchmarkers and will have to order some.

As to loops - I think I prefer the split rings, but I've never used rubber rings. I would think they might be a bit too catchy on the needles for my taste... but how do I know without trying. (So, should I win, I would love to try the rubber rings!)

Thank you for being so generous!

9:16 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

I like the rubber rings! I've always wondered why nobody ever used them. I've tried to figure out how to make my stitch markers with cute things hanging off of them, but didn't want to start yet another hobby!! I also like the earing loops, but for earings, not stitch markers. What a great contest!!!

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the stitch markers make with tiger tail. They won't snag on anything.

9:26 PM  
Blogger Sherry DeGhelder said...

Great Sheep!
I like the ones that do not snag.

9:34 PM  
Anonymous CTJen said...

I am using two of your stitch markers right now, one has a rubber ring, one has a split ring. I have never had any problems with the split rings snagging, but I like the rubber rings too. I could go either way. Also, sheep earrings?! Love it!!

9:34 PM  
Blogger |chee-uh| said...

I'd go with rubber too! Anything durable because I'm not the most delicate with my possessions all the time.
munkiknits at yahoo.com

10:10 PM  
OpenID knelleyknits said...

I've never used the rubber rings before, but they seem like they'd be great. Like a few others have mentioned, I hope they're available in a size large enough to fit a US 10 or 11 needle.

11:17 PM  
OpenID charsfabrications said...

I like the rubber ones : )


mayerlove on ravelry

12:06 AM  
Anonymous cjpiano said...

the rubber rings. or d)brass jump rings. your other 2 choices will snag the yarn too much.

12:48 AM  
Blogger atwhittzend on Ravelry said...

With the choices that you have given, I would prefer the rubber ring. Recently, I was gifted handmade stitch markers that had a nylon coated steel bead stringing wire. Super duper flexible. I love this. The hang freely and move easily. I have gone to Michael's and purchased some to make my next markers with, but, haven't gotten that far yet. I love, love, love the sheep markers. Great work. atwhittzend on Ravelry

2:03 AM  
Blogger KnitsAtTrafficLights said...

The rubber rings sound interesting. I haven't tried those and from what others are saying those are really popular.

I'm so glad I found your blog from your Sylvi sweater! I love the glass work and will be following your blog now.

6:25 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I like the idea of the rubber rings. OR a metal version of those rings...no split rings as they catch on everything. I also am intrigued by those nylon string/cord type loops that would slide easily and not snag. Your glasswork is amazing!

9:08 AM  
Blogger ikkinlala said...

I think the rubber rings would be the best option, except when you want to mark an individual stitch (which I don't do very often).

12:14 PM  
OpenID saboknits said...

I like the split rings b/c they could be used as row markers too . . . although, to be honest, I never use row markers. I would use those cute little sheep regardless of the clasp though. So cute!! Hey, are there any black-faced sheep markers; if not, I highly recommend black-faced sheep.

12:16 PM  
Blogger Sue H. said...

Your sheep stitch markers are adorable, so cute. I prefer the smooth ring over the split ring because of snagging. If I use an earring, I use the ones that have a hinged back the covers the ends. I use those for marking the beginning of a row.

1:08 PM  
Blogger cksknitter said...

I prefer rubber rings because they're easy to switch between needles and they don't snag the yarn. The stitch markers are adorable!
Chrissy at knittodayAThotmailDOTcom

1:23 PM  
Blogger T.M. said...

Just adorable. I prefer split rings because they are quite versatile. You can keep them as stitch markers or make earrings out of them...the possibilites are endless. And I've never had any problems with snagging on yarn.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Sharon Rose said...

I am very anti-snag. I like solid metal rings, or twisted metal where the end is tucked in carefully. The rubber ones sound interesting. Thanks for a good contest - your sheep are too cute!

7:28 PM  
Blogger Delaney's Duds said...

I think that rubber wins. However I wish that there was a way to make them removable. I like stitch markers that you can open, but the earring wire will not hold shape. However, one of the comments mentioned using them as actual earrings. :o) they are so darn cute.

9:12 PM  
Blogger KJo said...

I'm not sure but I think my markers are split rings... Whatever they are they snag. Rubber rings sound excellent. I do not like earring wires because they tend to open and fall to the floor, not much marking going on... And they snag.

KJo (on Ravelry)

10:09 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

They are soooo gorgeous! I really think you should wire wrap the loop with Sterling Silver headpin.

I make jewelry and would would be happy to give you tips.

Ragdoll on Ravelry

12:59 PM  
Blogger Leesy said...

I prefer the rubber rings because I knit a lot of lace in tencel, rayon, bamboo, and similar non-hairy yarns which snag terribly on anything with even a small hook or end. The only stitch markers I have with wire rings which I like are the kind with a seed bead glued over the join. OTOH if they're large gauge (meant for larger diameter needles I mean), then it's slightly less of an issue since in larger gauges (fingering and up) I'm usually knitting with my own handspun wools.

1:27 PM  
Blogger wenat said...

I love the rubber rings because they are snag-free.

2:04 PM  
Blogger Laurie~Let's Knit It said...

I don't like snagging but for the looks of things I prefer the split ring. I like to have something though that can be clipped to other stitches though. I Like another poster like the clover locking split markers.
Those sheep are adorable.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous marina said...

I usually use split-ring markers but my second-favorites are rubber rings.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Kenyetta said...

I have never tried them, I have only used jump or the clip for marking a stitch, but I think the rubber ring is the best! But I agree with Talitha- how big do they come?

12:34 AM  
Blogger trek said...

I love the sheep! And I like the rubber o-rings, too.

:: visiting from Ravelry ::

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Architectress said...

I really like the split ring. They slide along smoothly with the knitting & I haven't had any trouble with snagging.

Another visitor from Ravelry

4:26 PM  
Blogger katerina said...

Ohhh! Thoes are super super cute !!
I love them!
I think rubberwould be my first choice, but if you had any jump-ring type, i like them too, becaue they don't snag my yarn and sometimes when I'm working wtih wood needles, the rubber ones don't slide along as smoothly, so that would be my only "negative" (if you can call it that) to the rubber ones. Some removable ones are too heavy for the yarn, but as a crocheter too, the removable ones are nice becase you need to take them on/off. Thanks for the eye candy!

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would vote for the rubber rings, or a solid metal ring. I agree with the sagging, and I have never been fond of split rings. (They are too difficult for me to manuver.)

I LOVE the sheep!! They are adorable.

HannasMom97 on Ravelry

5:07 PM  
Blogger helenlam said...

I like the rubber ring the best as I hate it when my knitting gets snagged by the marker. The option of different colored rings is brilliant!

7:03 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Definitely the rubber rings, because snagging the yarn is bad.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Carissa said...

The split rings are my favorite. In fact, when I get stitch markers with other kinds of rings, I a lot of times change out the rings for split rings.

I've never had trouble with my split rings snagging or being bent out of shape. If you're having problems with that, you may just need to switch which brand of split ring you use so you have a sturdier kind that stay closed.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Rowan t said...

I personally love having lobster-claw type stitch markers. They can be clipped onto anything. Individual stitches (ex. to mark rows) or even onto circular stitch markers as decoration. And of course, because you attach them to the stitch and not the needle they stay in the same place.
Also, then there's no worry about them being the wrong size

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Meg said...

I, too, prefer the rubber rings. I like them for their "snaglessness" and also for their squishyness which is much easier on the hands.

Your sheep are adorable!

10:33 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

I prefer the rubber rings or plain solid (not split) metal rings. Snagging is the biggest issue I have with other types.

The sheepies are adorable!

3:27 PM  
Blogger brownbear said...

Those sheep are really cute.
I've never tried the earring type or the rubber ones, but now I want to try the rubber ones.

1:03 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Just for looks, I like the split ring. But for functionality, the rubber ring. Very cute either way! Maybe you should offer snag-free markers AND jewelry!

8:42 PM  
Blogger DebKnits2 said...

Cute! I prefer the rubber ring.

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

I like the split rings ;o)

11:22 PM  
Blogger Heddy said...

The sheep are adorable - kudos to your husband on his cute creation!

I like closed metal rings (like the rubber ones, but metal) because they slide along the needles easily (regardless of what the needles are made of) and they don't snag the yarn.

I like the idea of the rubber, but worry that they won't slide freely on the needles ... I'd have to try them to see what they were like. If they move easily, they would be the way to go (snagging yarn sucks!)

I think the sheep would be sweet as jewelry and like someone else's question re: do they come in black. They would be a cute pair of earrings with a black and a white sheep, or asa sheep and a ball of yarn with knitting needles.

7:34 AM  
Blogger knittinwolf said...

I like split rings myself...but was just thinking with the earring one you could use this for crochet too because you can take it on and off the stitch. I think the rubber ones would stick to the needles and hold things up too. Love the little lambs..awesome!

8:29 AM  
Blogger Steffi said...

I'll cast my vote for the rubber rings, as well. Love the sheepies!

2:11 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Rubber rings. I lose them otherwise.

6:10 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I've never had the rubber rings, but wow, I think that I would prefer them!

8:24 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Whoops. I said that I think I'd prefer the rubber rings, but I forgot to leave my email!

I'm jenny knits (all one word) at gmail dot com.

8:25 AM  
Blogger Little Miss S. said...

I've always really liked split rings. Somehow they are the ones I bring out every time, and I don't really know why... But I would like to try some rubber rings too - perhaps they would do it for me too?

9:28 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

I like the rubber rings as there is no chance of a snag with your yarn....the art work your hubby has created is fantastic...

10:27 AM  
Blogger ponyknit said...

Beautiful stitch markers! I would like rubber rings. I don't own any, but I like the one piece concept. I would think a single loop of metal would also be great if you had the choice (without the snag of a split ring, slides better than rubber).

1:01 PM  
Blogger Erytanthes said...

I think the rubber rings are an excellent choice. I feel like they would slide easily on needles and I personally never use the split function of the stitch markers i use anyway.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These sheep are so adorable! :)

Of the three types shown, I think the jump ring is the best.

However, what I like even better are stitch markers where the loop is made from the same wire as the beads are strung on. Someone gave me some handmade ones and I loved them. Now that's the only way I make them. (Granted mine are not anywhere as cute as your husband's!) If you don't know what I mean about the wire, you can check out my Ravelry projects page to see them (Ravelry ID: Purlescence).

12:47 PM  
Anonymous Joanne Myers said...

The white rubber rings are the best!No snagging. And, the sheep are so cute.
joannemyers@ripnet.com

8:43 PM  

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