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.

Wood Duck Family

Mr & Mrs Wood Duck overseeing nap time

Mr Wood Duck leading the family down to the water

Mrs Wood Duck brings up the rear making sure there are no stragglers

15 ducklings! Wood Ducks have large broods of 9-11 ducklings usually.

Comments

  1. This is such an adorable photo, those little chicks are super cute. I love how you have managed to photo the whole family together x #mysundayphoto

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    1. At first we thought the ducklings must be from several parents until we read up on how large a clutch wood ducks have.

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  2. Awwww - adorable. Lovely that we can see spring photos on #MySundayPhoto and you can't beat a family of ducklings :)

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    1. I've got more ducklings coming too ;o) they are so hard to capture!

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    2. Oooh - looking forward to seeing these on later #AnimalTales if you can get pictures!

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    3. You mean when they've grown up a bit? That would be lovely!

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  3. Such lovely photos, everyone is beautiful

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    1. I bet you get to see cute chicks on the farm all the time. Are any of them ducklings?

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  4. omg so cute. all those cute ducklings. lovely shots.

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    1. We couldn't believe how many ducklings there were!

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  5. Oh how sweet, they look so soft and fluffy

    Thank you for linking up

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    1. They are like little balls of fluff aren't they?

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  6. Oh wow, I love all of these photos. What a beautiful brood :)

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    1. They were really shy and the parents took the chicks away from the nasty photographer. I wish they had stayed but I guess that's why they still had so many chicks!

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  7. 15 chicks??? Wow!! I didn't know they had such huge broods! Great pix!

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    1. Usually broods are a bit smaller, I guess these two were pretty keen to get their family growing.

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  8. Precious!
    I hope you'll come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/09/shake-those-tail-feathers.html

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    1. Ducklings are always cute but I do think that Wood Duck ducklings are cuter =)

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  10. Hi Stella, what lovely photos! Mother duck certainly has her wings full with a brood that size. Whenever I see fluffy chicks I get the urge to pick them up and squeeze them (I do resist though!).

    xx

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    1. Maybe she copes with such a large brood because both parents share the raising? I know just what you mean about wanting to squish and snuggle them.

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  11. Love those pictures- I really never knew they would have so many! We always see little ones when we are fishing but only about 5 or 6 with the parents :)

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    1. Yes, 5-6 is more usual for ducks, Wood Ducks are different though and have bigger broods.

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  12. what glorious slender necks they have

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    1. They are often mistaken for geese for that very reason.

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  13. Oh my! They are so many. Love how they stay together on land and water.

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    1. Such diligent parents. They really do keep their young right at hand.

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