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.

Tin Collection or Just Clutter?

Tins. Containers, a collection or clutter?
I love tins! The useful sorts of tins like Nanna kept her buttons in. She would also keep cakes in tins too. Tins were always full of good things at her house. No wonder I like tins.

I even have a tin collection. I've purchased stuff just because I like the tin!

If it comes in a tin I'll buy that one every time. Tins are useful too, you can keep all sorts of stuff in them.

I eventually admitted to myself that my tins are a bit of a clutter problem. 

As it turns out you can have too much of a good thing.

I realised I needed to say goodbye to some of my tins. Although tins are great for keeping things in and they are pretty my tin collection has gotten to a point where I don't have the space to put them all, I can't remember what's in all of them and they allow me to over categorise.

Tins are a clutter enabler. 

I had purchased some small round biscuit tins in pink and purple. They were pretty but kind of boring and were the first to go. The biscuits were eaten and they never really got used again, mostly because they rusted on the first wash..

The super cute mini tea tins that had rusted were the next to go.

A few chocolate wafer stick tins I had no qualms about ditching, they seem to multiply on their own. I don't know how, I never buy them. They're great tins though, tall and narrow, perfect for all sorts of things like pens.

All those tins were all in the kitchen and were decluttered with the rest of the kitchen items.  I didn't even get a photos for the blog, when you're in the decluttering groove you've just got to go with it.

tall tins are great for tall items and are probably full of clutter

But that was as far as I got. Most of my other tins were in the sewing room and around the house.

As I've been decluttering I've realised that I should try to only keep the tins I really like. Once I've only got tins left that I like I can reassess.

So far I've managed to empty all of these tins of the clutter that was in them.

I'm struggling to say goodbye to that unusual ocatagon sweets tin, it is the only octagon tin I've ever seen. I was keeping stockings and sockets in it.

Fancy sweets tins can outlast the sweets and end up full of clutter

And the nice big blue cookie tin, it's really big and originally held 1.5kg of cookies. That's a lot of cookies! I kept my pretty scarf's in it, but I've decided I want to start using them instead of hiding them in a tin to be kept  and pulled out and admired occasionally.

Deep cookie tins will hold LOTS of clutter. I love tins.

Both were gifts from people who offered them to me after I admired their fancy tin.

It's easy to say good bye to the little candy tin. It's just cool to eat candy out of a gold tin don't you thin?. It's a really good size for storing things like hair ties or bracelets. I had it full of junk jewellery which I'm not keeping.

Small candy tins are great for storing small items. Small items that are probably clutter.

Here is another unusual tin shape. It's not often you come across a square tin, rectangles yes, but not squares; and it's got that cute puppy and kitty in relief. It's not really me, I'm going to send this off the the thrift shop where perhaps someone else will love it more then I do. I had some hair ties in this one. 

Cutesy tins are not worth holding onto if all they contain is clutter.
And yes, it's full of small tins. As well as these smaller tins I have about the same amount in use holding sewing notions. Little tins are great for little items. 

But they all look the same and I would have to paint them or something so they looked different and I could tell at a glance which was which. There will be plenty more where they've come from so I don't need to hold onto those either. 

And that chocolate wafer tin that I do have a photo of? It was in the sewing room with feathers in it. I've moved the feathers to another tin and I'm not keeping this one either.


  1. The cat and puppy tin is my favorite.

    1. It found a new home with some young girls who are going to love it, along with another puppy tin that matches this one.

  2. The cat and puppy tin is my favorite.

  3. Tins have always had an attraction for me. Pretty and useful also!

    1. I love things that are useful AND pretty. They are the best kinds of things =D I guess that's why you and I like tins.

  4. Stella, have you lost your mind?? You de-cluttered the purple tins??? I'm not sure we can be friends anymore. Okay, rant over. I really hope you kept the octagonal one. Otherwise, good job on the rest!

    1. I re-homed the purple tins. I almost didn't, but who am I to argue when it's going to be loved by my nieces?

  5. Wow, I love the tins. I have two square tins and that's it, one is silver no picture and another is some island picture. I store random electronic usb cords I need or are spares in one of them. I use mine as decoration. I'm a bottle and jar person, I love glass but tins are cool too. I've been looking for some with clear fronts to turn into terrariums.


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