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.

Drains That Don't

I didn't do the dishes yesterday.

I had a totally legitimate excuse too. The sink isn't draining properly.

It's super frustrating when you try to drain the sink and the water starts rising in the second sink.

I have intended to use drain cleaner every day this week. My plan was to use drain cleaner in the morning so I could do the dishes in the afternoon.

The afternoon would come around and it would be time to do the dishes, I would remember I was supposed to have used the drain cleaning stuff but had totally forgotten, then I'd think 'I'll do the dishes today and I'll clean the drain tomorrow'.

Every. Single. Day.

I didn't want to muck with my routine, nor could I cook or clean with the drain out of action due to cleaning chemicals. I want that drain to have had a full day of hand-washing and water running through it after it's chemical treatment to ensure the sink is completely free of all nasty chemical stuff before any dishes or cooking get done.

And before you say anything, yes, I've tried the bi-carb and vinegar and it doesn't do the job.

So last night I decided not to do the dishes and clean the drain instead...after cooking.

I got to cooking dinner and of course I totally forgot about the drain.

This morning I woke up to a dirty kitchen. blerch

I impatiently waited for the alarm to wake hubby so I could get a start on cleaning the dishes.

Although I'd emptied the sink of dirty dishes yesterday afternoon in preparation for drain cleaning it was filled up again after dinner.

So this morning as I proceeded to empty the sink to do the dishes to have a nice clean kitchen again........and then remembered I still hadn't sorted out that horrid drain!

Why is it that the kitchen has to be overwhelmed in dirty dishes before I remember that the drain needs attention?

Well it's done now and so are the dishes.


  1. Stella, I feel ya. But the important part is you got it done! Dishes and drain! Congrats on purfylling your kitchen.

    1. Oh my gosh Melinda, you are so right! Thank you, I hadn't thought of it that way.


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