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.

How are Vintage, Vanilla and Decluttering related?

I was reading the comments on my favourite decluttering blog, A Slob Comes Clean, when this Dutch vanilla and cookie flavoured spread got mentioned way down in the comments. It just sounded so yummy I had to look up if there were any Dutch speciality stores in our area. 

There was, and it wasn't too far away. We decided we would go and check it out and ask about the spread. Then I promptly forgot about it (you know, because I have a memory like a sieve).

Well hubby remembered and on the weekend he hastened me out the door in my quickly thrown on daggy outfit that wasn't just around the house comfy stuff, but still included flip-flops, and as we were leaving the house I remembered to put this handbag and belt and some other items in the car to donate. 

I've been holding onto this 70's leather handbag and belt for longer then I can remember. It was time to let them go. They've been sitting in the donation box gathering cat fur for a couple of weeks now as I continued to forget to put them in the car to drop off at a donation spot. (Perhaps I was being just  a teensy weeny bit indecisive and that might have been why they hadn't been donated yet.)

It was hard to let them go, but I never used them the whole time I had them. I'd remember to dubbin the leather occasionally and if I put anything in the bag I would forget I had it. I remember discovering my 'lost' embroidery threads about a year ago. 

Well we found the Dutch shop and right next to it was a cute little collectibles store I had never seen before Annies Vintage Wonderland. Well, I just had to go and have a look around which tested my decluttering resolve. I was regretting not making more of an effort to look less daggy as I walked around the shop and saw the cute little vintage-y outfit Annie, the store owner was wearing. Oh well.

Anyway I looked around and reminded myself continually (out loud, on the pretense of talking to hubby) that I didn't need this or that or the other.

Then I remembered I had that bag and belt in the car.

I went and grabbed them and offered them to the lovely lady who laughed and said when she saw me holding them she wondered where on earth I had found them in her store because she didn't know she had them. Well she happily took them off my hands (cat fur, green brass and all) and said she was going to give them to her daughter who will just love them!

I'm thrilled to bits that they are going to be properly loved by someone who will appreciate them for what they are. It makes me feel much better about letting them go.

It was meant to be because if I hadn't read about the Dutch spread on my favourite decluttering blog, and gone looking to buy the spread from the Dutch shop, I would never have found Annies Vintage Wonderland.

So thank you Annies Vintage Wonderland for making it easier for me to declutter.


  1. That handbag is really pretty! (However I'm secretly sitting here wondering how I could have cut that bag apart to reuse the leather on a new bag!)

    1. It was good thick leather too, you could have totally made something else with it.

  2. it really is a cute bag & belt but if you werent actually using it you did the right think

    1. It's hard sometimes to decide if you should use old things or not...I'm glad you think I did the right thing!

  3. And did you find the Dutch vanilla and cookie flavoured spread?

    1. Yes we did! It tastes just like cookies.


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