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.

Holiday Recovery Plan

Today I'm just trying to recover from the craziness of the last few days.

The house is out of control. I feel grumpy and overwhelmed by the mess and all I want to do is sit on the couch and take a break. Instead I'm cleaning and tidying because I know I will feel better when it's done.

Christmas leftover mess

Even though I've been doing dishes twice a day I still haven't caught up.

I've done a round of picking up rubbish, all those empty boxes, stray bits of wrapping paper, gift ribbon, envelopes and even an over the fence note from my neighbour. Although the rubbish was collected yesterday by the council the outside bin is nearly full already.

Hubby has been helping with the washing which is great. That's one thing I don't need to stress about. (although sorting doesn't seem to be his thing)

I've made some progress with fixing the bathroom despite the holiday madness. There's boxes of broken tiles out the front making the place look like a disaster zone. The hallway is full of bathroom stuff, the cats are put out because their water bowl is in the wrong spot and there are tools and piles of stuff everywhere. I can't wait until the bathroom is back to normal.

I've tidied up my coffee table which had piled up with stuff. That alone makes me feel better.

I still need to tackle the cutting table in the sewing room which is covered in gift wrapping stuff like paper and ribbon.

There are bits and pieces everywhere from projects that I was frantically working on to finish as gifts. I can get all of that stuff packed up now.

It's nice to just get things back to normal in preparation for the New Year. But I'm still behind on lots of things on my cleaning schedule. I plan to get to them before next year.

Here's the list of the basics I need to do.
  • dusting
  • mopping 
  • change the bed
  • clean out the fridge
  • tidy the sewing room
  • put the decorations away
  • get the kitchen under control

I also have hopes of finishing the bathroom repairs. Then I suppose things will feel back to normal.

What are you doing to get things back to normal?


  1. Thanks for sharing on How To Get Organized at home, getting things back to normal is not easy and it can quickly over whelm you. Hope you take back control soon! Thanks again for sharing?

  2. The days after Christmas ARE certainly overwhelming, trying to get back in the swing of things after the holiday rush. I have always traveled for Christmas, so it's hard for me to get back into the everyday routine. I cope by taking things slow and cutting myself some slack. Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings!

    1. I'm really good at cutting myself some slack. I'm trying the 'kick myself into gear' approach this year.


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