My One True Collection

I was never really the collection type growing up. I had stuff, and it seemingly all went together, but as far as collections go I was far far from what could be considered a collector. Like… some kids had a rock collection (I had some rocks), some kids had a coin collection (I had some coins), some kids had a stamp collection (I had some stickers… does that count?)- yet nothing you could call a cohesive and actual collection.

Who knew I would be 30 before I actually had one?

Additionally, my collection rates as knitting content- so HA! there you go.

I collect stitch markers. Of course, I have only really just started this collection around this time last year, so it hasn’t yet reached epic proportions like fyberduck’s. Here it is though in all its current glory. By the by, if you are going to collect something…. small thingies that can double as jewelry is always a plus! On to the pics (you can click them to make them bigger)!

Here is my collection in a box:

Here is that box next to a computer mouse so you can see the actual size of it:

Here is the collection laid out in its entirety (minus a set of Terry Pratchett Hogfather stitchmarkers that got relagated to Christmas decoration status):

These are Sachi stitch markers that I received from entering a contest she ran on her blog:This is a better pic that Sachi took

These are stitch markers that I got in a trade with Sunneshine (link is to her shop where she sells…. duh duh duhnnnnnnnnn….. stitch markers!). I agreed to farm a sweater for her and she rewarded me with these. Three sets of stitch markers and a row counter:

A bit ago, I participated in the Terry Pratchett Springtime on Discworld swap where my partner….. Serial Crafter…. made me these:

These here aren’t actually stitch markers- but I use them as such. They are actually pieces from a game I played at two seperate baby showers this past Spring. The game is pretty simple, you get a pin with pacifier and pin it to your shirt. Throughout the shower if you see someone with their legs (or ankles) crossed you go and take their pin- the goal being to accumulate as many pacifier pins as possible. While I never win the game- I never lose it either- as evidenced by the pacifiers I end up going home wearing. You can’t say anything bad about free stitch markers!:

Now we come to the stitch markers that I actually buy for myself. Back in the day, when something big happened in my life I’d pierce my ears. Now, being 31 AND a Mom, I can’t really go about doing that anymore (not that it wouldn’t be cool and punk rock- I’d just run out of cash before things happening in my life and I’m limited in space on my ears). So, I decided to replace that with stitch markers instead- by far more affordable. I get these markers from Dragonlady Designs on etsy– you should check her out if you haven’t already.
The small singular ring and the white/blue ones I have because I needed Stitch markers and didn’t have any at the time- so those were my first ever. Then, when I thought Beans was a girl I bought the icey pink ones as sort of a preemptive celebration… now they sort of remind me about the randomness of life and how things really can come down to a coin flip. Recently, in my frustration of being all beached whaley I got the yellow ones….. sort of like “there’s always sun shining behind the clouds” cheering up -or- as I feel right now, “Look Beans… the light at the end of the tunnel! Go towards the light Carol Anne!”.:

And there you go, there is my current stitch marker collection. What do you collect?