Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.

My Earliest Costume Memory

Pink Splendor Barbie - Limited Edition - 1996

I'm not a Barbie fan but
I did have a Barbie when I was 5 or 6 and I lost her almost immediately. She was a much yearned for present from Santa (thanks Mum!). I remember her having a hot pink, frilly ball gown with shimmery scratchy fabric, wide skirts and amazing jewellery. 

But perhaps I remember incorrectly, because I've never found the Barbie of my memories. 

Crystal Barbie 1983

I remember being awed by the frills on the gown displayed all around the box - much like Crystal Barbie.

Crystal Barbie has the right jewels and a shimmer to her fabric and the frilly stole around her shoulders that I remember, but I don't remember the fan and the skirt shape is not what I remember, not at all Scarlet O'Hara-ish enough. And of course there's the colour. I think she might be a little later then the one I remember too, perhaps she was my consolation barbie which I have vague recollections of being rather disappointed by.

Pink and Pretty 1981

I thought she was called 'Pretty in Pink', and whilst those jewels seem right in my memory the rest of the outfit doesn't - 1981 would be closest to the right date but she might have been earlier. (I bet your doing the math on how old I am right now.)

She certainly didn't have a microphone.

 So adored by Barbie fans Peaches 'n Cream was re-released in December 2009 

I remember Peaches 'n Cream being released in 1985 and that she was similar but her skirt wasn't as full and the necklace didn't have the drop pendant. Yes, I do remember making that comparison.

1990 Holiday Barbie

And this is pretty close to the shade of hot pink I remember, perhaps a shade or two darker. This Barbie is so much later and whilst the fullness of the skirt is close to what I remember it's just not right at all and about 10 years too late.

I remember loving my pink Barbie dress - it was the dress not the Barbie I was in love with and that mattered to me - I was devastated when I lost her and cried and sulked for ages. Years later when Peaches 'n Cream came out a part of me still had pangs over my lost Barbie even though I felt I was 'too old for Barbie' by then.

The funny thing is though that I had completely forgotten about this whole Barbie thing until recently when I was trying to recall my earliest costume memory so I could blog about it.

I don't like Barbie and I don't like pink. Obviously this early experience impacted upon my tastes from there on in. I never stopped loving amazing dresses though!

My best friend thinks I need to get over my dislike of pink. Remembering my Barbie story has helped me to feel less repulsion toward pinks - especially 'Barbie' pinks (as I quite like mushroom shades). So I'm dedicating this post to my oldest and bestest friend, an amazing woman with the wisdom of a Greek Goddess.

And that is the story of my earliest memory of falling in love with a costume. Do you remember your first costume romance?

*All images in this post have been sourced from Pinterest or Google search. I have no association with the makers of Barbie and this is not an affiliate link.


  1. Oh, I was SO in love with Pretty In Pink Barbie! Thank you for the little walk down girly memory lane.... and for your celebration of all things PINK!
    PS: My earliest costume romance would have to be the glorious tutus I saw at the ballet when I was a wee girl.... amazing... and I am still a tulle freak to this day

  2. Ohhh the magic of ballet, So flirtatious it is hard to resist falling in love with. I had a tutu but only did one lesson. (no it wasn't pink)


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