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.

Sunday Shot 5 - Shoe Last

shoe last

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    1. It is isn't it? That's one of the reasons I love it so much.

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  2. What an interesting photo, where did you find this?

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    1. I've had it so long I don't actually remember but I think I picked it up from an antique shop.

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  3. Is it for making shoes? x
    #MySundayPhoto

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    1. It sure is. You can't see it so well in the photo but it's hinged in the middle so that it can be removed from a shoe.

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  4. Like this as quirky and makes me want to know more

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    1. I'm so glad, it was a last minute, desperate 'I need a photo, and it will have to be a still life, what cool thing do I have I can shoot?' decision.

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  5. This looks quite old, is their a story behind it?

    Thank you for linking up

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    1. I don't know how hold it is, and I don't know what it's original story is either unfortunately. It is stamped with 8B which is a ladies shoe size, I wonder when shoe sizes were standarised because that would give a clue as to how old it is along with the actual style. A good old fashioned shoe maker would probably know.

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  6. ooh i love this photo. i thought it was a shoe last but then i wasn't sure. but i see that it is. it is a lovely object.

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    1. Thanks Sherry :o) People think I'm strange to have a shoe last as a decorative item - but I love it.

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  7. What a clever find. Thanks for linking up to Vintage Beauty!

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  8. I love the name shoe last. It makes me wonder about the origin of the word.

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    1. I love word etymology. OE has this to say about it: "shoemaker's block," from Old English l├Žste, from last "track, footprint, trace," http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=last&searchmode=none

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