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.

The Best Spider Web Removal Tool

With the arrival of the warmer weather and sunshine I've been bit by the spring cleaning bug. I want to wash my walls and clean the curtains and all those sorts of crazy things.



I can see cobwebs I couldn't see during the gloom of winter. Cobwebs make my skin crawl, literally. I get goosebumps, sweaty palms, my heart races and some days I can't face them at all.

Over the years I've tried all sorts of tools for removing spider webs. The good old fashioned broom, those giant brush things that are supposed to be made for the job, bits of cardboard and even the tubes that fabric rolls come on.


The problem with all of those is that after something has been used for spider web removal I get a strong desire to throw it out. After all it's covered in those icky horrid webs. I even threw out curtains once because a big black house spider had moved in and left his super strong, super sticky web all over them. The sort of web that would still be there after having gone through the washing machine.

In my mind spider web removal is supposed to be a hubby job, however he is quite happy to leave them there rather a bit longer then I am, especially if it's just a daddy-long-legs spider. Hubby has more of a live and let live view to spiders, which is fine, just not inside my home. I live here, they can live outside, under the house or wherever takes their fancy, so long as it's not in my home.

To really get the spring cleaning done properly the spider webs have to go. I have finally found the perfect tool for the job.

This spider-web removal tool is environmentally friendly, biodegradable, renewable, disposable, and free. 


Bamboo



We planted some ornamental bamboo a few years ago and each year it must be pruned or it gets out of control.

I keep the prunings and use them in the garden but they day I realised they were perfect for removing spider webs was a house keeping revelation.


The bamboo sticks are long enough to even reach our high ceilings without needing a chair or stepladder.

I can knock down those cobwebs and once there's web all over the stick I just trim the end off and throw the yucky bit out. Disposable spider web remover conundrum solved!


Comments

  1. I'm so happy for you!! I guess I better grow a sprig or two in my yard now!!
    (Right now I'm investigating that sarcasm font link. THANKS!!)
    PurpleSlob

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    1. It's a great idea to contain it in a pot because it can get out of hand.

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  2. Fascinating. What a good use for those trimmed off branches of bamboo! Ugghhh. Shudder. Spider webs are being spun with a vengeance in our back yard right now. I'm sure the spiders sense winter is coming and they're working like mad.

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