Silver Threads

a knitting blog with occasional side trips

No yarn was knit in the production of these earrings


One of our local bead stores closed the branch closest to me earlier this year. I don’t bead much, but I had filled one of their loyalty cards, so I made a last trip to use it. Once I got my loot home, though, I put it away and promptly forgot about it. Oops. But over the past couple of weeks, I’ve wanted to wear the earrings I intended to make with some of the beads I bought, and I finally made time to work on them this morning.

fluorite earrings

Fluorite, fluorite, and more fluorite.

Simple beading continues to be a great instant gratification craft. There isn’t much I can knit in half an hour or so, much less knit three versions of it. Nor will these require washing or blocking afterwards, although since the findings are silver, I’ll have to polish them occasionally.

As the caption says, all three pairs are fluorite beads. It may not show well in the picture, but the leftmost pair are a lavender so pale that they may pass as colorless, the center pair are green with a purple stripe—like certain hand knit socks, they’re fraternal twins, not identical—and the pair on the right are a more-or-less uniform pale green.

I did bring home more beads than that, of course. For instance, there’s a pair of amethyst beads ready to become a pair of truly purple earrings once I remember where I stored my silver posts. (See, you can tell this isn’t my major hobby because I don’t know where something that basic is. Trust me, I know where my knitting supplies are. Most of them, anyway.) But I’m happy to wait until the mood strikes again to tackle those future projects—or until I find those posts.


4 thoughts on “No yarn was knit in the production of these earrings

  1. Simply wonderful.

    I tried beading but it just wasn’t my thing…got rid of it all whe I moved.


    • Thank you.

      I get little beading impulses, but beading doesn’t grab me the way knitting and crochet did. (And I’m still not interested in beaded knitting.) Luckily for my short attention span, I can wrap projects up before there’s any chance they’ll turn into UFOs. I’m far more of a project beader than I am a project knitter, in great part because the process part doesn’t last long enough to really get attached to it.


  2. So simple and lovely. Fluorite is my favorite stone.

    I did a little beading before I learned to knit, but I was always frustrated because I couldn’t keep track of my pliers! Seems a dumb reason to abandon a craft, but at least no one steals my circs to do a spot of home repair.


    • I like simple jewelry. It’s so versatile, I can wear it with almost anything. Okay, I also like fancier jewelry, but that just goes into the dragon’s hoard and rarely sees the light of day.

      Yeah, I’m guessing that if you and beading were meant to be, not even vanishing pliers would have kept you apart.


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