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.

How Doing Nothing Helped Declutter

Over the holiday period my old foot injury flared up and I was limping around doing more then I should until my foot and ankle were all swollen up and forced me to keep off my feet for a few days.

But this was a good thing. Why? How could that possibly be a good thing?

How doing nothing helped declutter

Because it helped me purge more high heeled shoes is why. Not all of them mind you, and not a single boot, but 5 pairs of shoes!

shoe box stack

That's right, another 5 pairs of shoes that have been cluttering up my storage area for a lot longer then when I wrote about the previous shoe purge in September last year.

I get a little irrational when it comes to shoes. The hard part about decluttering shoes isn't the physical work of taking them out of the house; the hard part is the decision to get rid of them.

Now I might get a little attached to my shoes but I'm not as attached to shoes as I am to my feet! So not being able to use my feet really helped me mentally discard these.

Well that and the terrible wear on them.

worn to death shoes, grey with high heel and laces

These grey shoes look passable from this side but the toes are terribly scuffed and the heels are a shambles. The vinyl has actually peeled off, they can't just be polished up. 

4 1/2 inch heels with large brass buckle

These are so high I only wore them a few times. But there is actual rust on that buckle now. 

silver and diamonte evening shoes

Ahhh sparkly shoes! That kill your feet with pain across the toes. I wore them once, I've had them so long the elastic is almost not elastic anymore. 

Good bye pretty shoes! And guess what else I found - empty shoe boxes!  I now have 7 shoe boxes worth of extra space on my storage shelf. Do you know how much space 7 shoe boxes takes up? That's enough space for at least one more sewing project right? 

How long do you keep your shoes?


  1. rest up that foot! I can't wear high heels, fall right over lol. but do have a few more flats than I need I am sure!

    1. Oh yeah, I've got a few pairs of flats, some that are probably too far gone now too. Maybe next time :)

  2. Until they wear out ... it's hard to find likeable flats. I don't wear the few heels I have got. Purge time!

    1. That is so sensible. I am not nearly as rational and believe that surely I can breathe new life into shoes.


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