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.

Drama's of the Royal Seat

Not long before Christmas we replaced the throne room seat, you know the commode, comfort station, water closet, lavatory, loo, the toilet.

the seat that works
The new seat we purchased was not the cheapest, nor overly expensive. It fitted our old style pan with the need to readjust the attachments only once the following week.

I have no idea how plastic a half inch thick can snap but snap it did. I discovered this whilst I was perched upon it and my skin got pinched between the two pieces of seat.

I can't tell you how impressed I was by this turn of events.

I can only surmise there was a manufacturing fault as we don't have boisterous children, neither of us are terribly heavy, nor was the seat banged down as it had the soft close feature.

So we went and purchased a replacement. A replacement that claimed it fitted most styles.

It did not fit ours, the screws were far too thick and the design did not now allow for them being swapped to something else.

We returned it, which I think is fair, I mean how else are they going to know how their product is performing (or not performing). The store gave us dirty looks and snide comments although it was only 2 hours since we'd made the purchase.

crapper seat

We bought another replacement, a wooden seat this time that was on special. We'd actually had this seat in the past and we knew it fitted. This was 2 days ago.  As I write this hubby is grumpily heading toward the hardware shop to buy some glue as the joinery has come unstuck. This does explain why they were on special though.

He does not want to endure the returns process again, and unless we really want to start paying a lot more we're fresh out of seat options that fit our old fashioned toilet.

Liquid Nails I hope you live up to your promises better then the seats have. I also hope you dry really fast just like you claim on the packet.


We gave up and went shopping for another seat. We went for a drive to new location with a different range and purchased the seat you see at the top of this post with the little lad having fun with the paper.

We got it home and the screws were too short. That's right, it still did not fit.

We hoped we could just get new screws, they needed to be counter sunk screws. Luck was with us and the longest screw available with a counter sunk head was just long enough.

The great thing about this seat is the higher quality fittings with non-slip rubber washers on both sides of the screws. We've had plastic screws and fittings before and poorer quality rubber and they need to be re-tightened regularly.

If there is any one thing I recommend when shopping for a seat it is to pay a lot of attention to the quality and style of the fittings and to know how long a screw you need for it to fit your loo. Screw length is usually not something you get to find out about until you open the packet though, and seeing the fittings in-store can be quite the challenge too. You also want to know how far apart the holes for the fittings are in your basin.

Who knew toilet seat purchasing was such a complicated business?

I would just like to take this opportunity to apologise to anyone who really wasn't prepared to read about toilet seats today. A nice toilet seat is one of those things that purfylle your life far more then you realise until it is lacking. On a side note the title I have given the image is indeed supposed to be a pun on both Thomas Crapper and the quality of the seat. Thomas Crapper was a Victorian plumber and you can read more about him here.


  1. LOL- I love your apology at the bottom! I was not prepared to read about toilet seats today but here we are. :) I thought it was going to be a paid disclosure at first and I was like "Wait- did she really get a sponsored toilet seat??" Thanks for the laugh and for sharing on the Monday Mash-Up!

    1. Oh if only it had been a sponsored post, it would have been much nicer on the wallet. I guess plumbing blogs might get such sponsorship. I truly need to update this post as the glue was not successful (surprise surprise...sometimes you've got to let hubbies so stuff their way)

  2. Now THAT is a product review I think many of us would be interested in :P
    I know I would like to check out a few options before settling on one for our bathroom but who wants to ask their best friend, "Hey, where'd you get your toilet seat?" lol. Awkward.
    Great to connect with you on The Art of Better Monday Mash-Up!

    1. I've updated the post with the seat we ended up getting to replace the silly wooden one, if you want to know how it all went. I certainly hope you have an easier time shopping then we did.


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