The last thing you want to deal with when knitting is forgetting to move a non locking stitch marker and have it become a permanent part of your project. Or cutting the marker or ripping out to remove it.
I decided to make some of my own markers. I have a large box of beads left over from making books about 15 years ago. (Anyone else out there play around with homemade books?) First problem- I had no idea how to make stitch markers. So I googled. I love the internet. I remember what we did before the internet. I love the library. Card catalogs and tons of books. Books- My first love.
Anyhow...Google had a few suggestions. There are some tutorials online-sort of. The type of tutorials for people who already know what they are doing and forgot. I think. Not the type of tutorial that someone who has NEVER made jewelry or stitch markers looks for though. I did not find one of those. A few of those tutorials and websites had a list of tools and supplies necessary.
I took an early morning trip over to Michaels (a lot of people there on a weekday early am). And found a plethora of options. Most people suggested getting headpins. No one mentioned that you need a headpin that is larger than the bead holes. (FYI you want a headpin larger than the bead so that the bead doesn't just slip off.) Not to worry I had some supplies from a friend who made some beaded necklaces and attempted to draft me into the project.
Back to supplies: headpins or wire, closures, crimp beads, beads or whatever you want to decorate with, wire cutters, and good lighting.
This is what I came up with: