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.

Laundry to Lawn Chairs

This is my progress report on the holiday recovery plan and the odd maintenance task.

Today is laundry day, I've got one load done so far.

Laundry is the only thing I have to get done today. But I'll let you in on a little secret....

...sometimes I'll do some of it on Tuesday because on Tuesdays I change the bedding and wash all the towels and linens and so if I need to I can rearrange my Monday to get more other stuff done by leaving some of the laundry for Tuesday.

I also made some progress in the bathroom. More on that later in the week.

The kitchen is pretty much under control as of yesterday evening accept for cutlery. Tonight perhaps.

Some of the Christmas decorations are down.

Hubby and I got the silicon sealant finishing touch applied to the kitchen splash back that has been bugging me ever since I noticed it when I was painting.  I promise it looks better in real life.

silicon edging maintenance

I used painters tape above and below where I wanted the sealant, that way all I had to do to clean up any sealant that went where I didn't want it was to pull the tape off. It's important to use painters tape as it has less stickyness compared to masking tape so it comes away easier without any sticky residue being left behind.

Before Christmas I started to give our outdoor setting a bit of love and longevity with a lick of tung oil. I just did a bit each day just before the sun went down the heat of the day was backing off. I managed to get all of the chairs done and there was just the table left to do.

Today I got the underside of the table oiled.

tung oil maintenance

maintain outdoor chairs with tung oil

one coat of tung oil

Geri the Wonder Dog helping out

Geri kept me company while I oiled them up. When did I get started on these? Umm, I can't remember, but in the background there you can see the tug toy I made Geri the Wonder Dog, so it was sometime after I made her toys but before Christmas. 

the chair covers just slip off for maintenance

I just got the top of table finished too! Yeah! That will help the furniture survive another Western Australia summer.  What maintenance tasks have you noticed you need to get done?