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.

Caul v.2.2 Progress Update

I don't usually post on Saturday's because that's when I focus on my life instead of my blog.

But I couldn't stand the idea of yesterday's post being the one that was at the top for the whole weekend.

So today I'm giving you progress shots of caul v.2.2 (v.2.1 only got as far as the pricking)

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bobbin lace caul in wool

This caul is progressing far more quickly then version 1 because of the pattern changes and the lack of beads. Seriously, adding beads slows things down to the point where you could make 2 or 3 cauls in the same amount of time.

bobbin lace caul wool brass pins
It is also far easier to photograph because a) there are no shiny pearlescent beads and b) the fibre is wool rather then shiny pearl crochet yarn.

The thread is much thinner this time and that makes the whole plaiting squares to the right size much easier and gives a beautiful fineness to the project, however it is far too thin to match the Eleanora cauls the way I see them.

I'm not sure it's going to actually work as a nice caul when I'm finished because this is the same yarn I used for the Le Pompe braid and it curled abominably. It doesn't matter if it doesn't work. I'm testing the pattern, using what yarn I happen to have on hand and I will use the nice stuff when I've got it right.