Celebrate simplicity and practicality this Safety Pin Day. Legend has it that, in 1849, Walter Hunt, the inventor of the safety pin, owed a friend $15 and decided to invent something new in order to earn the money to repay him. He invented the safety pin.
Strong and sharp, yet safe enough to be used on clothing, safety pins are a simple yet ingenious invention, which practically everyone has used at some point.
I use safety pins here at Stitchknit. All the time! The handiest use is when I’m fitting a garment on a child, or anyone worried about getting stuck with a straight pin. Using safety pins for a fitting is a perfect solution. Thrilled that Mr Walter Hunt came up with this handy little invention!
I also use safety pins when knitting & crocheting. If I can’t find a fancy-pants marker, a safety pin works just as well. The larger one will usually slip over a needle too, so I can also use them as a quick stitch counter. For students who find a ‘live’ dropped stitch in their work, a safety pin will keep the stitch in place until they can get here for some Knitting 911.
Do you have safety pins in your sewing or knitting tools? What’s your typical way of using them?