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.

Scraping the Scraps

I have bags and bags of fabric scraps, you couldn't even really call them remnants.

I have slowly been decluttering the fabric leftovers. It's hard, and I don't seem to get very far when I do try to whittle them down. I get all indecisive and start thinking of what I might be able to use all these scraps for, but the reality is I don't usually get around to using them. I really, really, reaaaallllly need to conquer this.

Scraps taking up most of a 3 seater couch - time to declutter!
This is a pile of the older fabric scraps that I have. There's bits of silk and cotton, poplin, linen, wool, velvet, velveteen, damask, faux wool and more.

lot of interlining scraps that really should have been decluttered by now
And there's this bag too. It's full of interfacing scraps. I went through it and there were two pieces that were maybe a foot square. I've kept those two bits.

corduroy, muslin, and all sorts of scraps
These four bags are going. There is just nothing usable in there unless micro quilting is your thing - which it totally isn't.

wool plaid and fake wool
I'm holding onto the wool and faux-wool scraps for now.

scraps that might get used for crafts
I have a couple of ideas for what to do with the bits in these two bags, if it hasn't happened by Christmas though, they're going as well.

blouse for decluttering
I also found this top in amongst all the scraps. I discarded all the leftovers from that particular project a while back. The top has gone in the donation pile.

more scraps to declutter later
Which just leaves these five bags which I've stuffed into a bigger bag. I should probably be getting rid of them too, however, I know I have some UFO's that I might need some of these scraps for and there's a usable bit here and there. I'll go through those next time, because today I just can't face any more scrap sorting.

There's also the scraps I actually used. I just couldn't get rid of all those scraps without having used some first.  I plan to share the project with you tomorrow.

And I have more scraps, sad but true. One step at a time hey?

I realise I need to stop keeping scraps. I try to keep them until a project is finished and that has saved a project more then once, but umm, so many projects don't get finished. And now it's taking a lot of time to get it all sorted out.

I have to talk myself through it again and again and again. Right now I'm explaining to myself that sure, all those scraps could make great cushion stuffing but, there isn't going to suddenly be a shortage of scraps for stuffing if I just throw this lot out. It's okay to get rid of them. And really it's not the kind of stuffing you want for cushions anyway.....GET RID OF THEM. Just get them gone!!!!

Phew. Right they're going. Yes, sometimes I have to give myself a good stern talking to. I can be exasperating.

Do you hold onto your scraps? Do you use them up? I know some of you are really clever at using up little pieces of fabric.