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.

31 Things in 31 Days, Day 10-16: Mostly Trash

An empty sewing shears box is just clutter.
 Day 10

I've struggled this week to face the decluttering. 

But having promised to do 31 Things in 31 Days this month I've kept at it, even when I didn't feel like it. I remind myself that I just have to find one thing today. Just one thing.

What's surprises me is just how much I've been able to find that is just trash!

Saturday 10th 

I discarded the empty shears packet. After about a decade I still have the packaging.

Sunday 11th

We had a birthday lunch to go to. I wrapped the gift on my cutting table and I actually PUT AWAY everything afterward. You see that little ring of ribbon? In times past I would have kept that for a hang tag or some such nonesense. I just threw it out, so I'm counting it.

 Day 11
A little piece of curling ribbon is just clutter.

Monday 12th

I washed this shiny buckrum. I've ummed and ahhed about what to do with it for ages. In the end I threw it into the washing machine and the white came apart and left little bits all over the dark colours. I'm ditiching the white and although I was going to keep the rest maybe I'll donate it instead.

 Day 12
Fabrics that are damaged or too much work to prepare will be passed over and not used. That makes them clutter

Tuesday 13th

I found some cardboard hiding away, that had been used as a cutting mat and as a right angle for marking up bias. It's just rubbish.

 Day 13
A bit of cardboard after being used as a makeshift cutting board / triangle is just clutter.

 And some more cardboard, because cardboard is useful you know. It's just rubbish too.
No need to keep cardboard, it's easy to get more. Holding onto it is just clutter.

Oh, and some more cardboard that is now too dusty to be useful. More rubbish. 
Coloured cardboard that is no longer nice enough to use or too dusty is just clutter.

Wednesday 14th

Packaging from a suit bag. A suit bag that disintegrated after a couple of years, but I've kept the zips from them use for when I make my own fabric suit bags. You see that mess off to the right of that picture? That's the zips! Still sitting on the cutting table from Day 9.

Day 14
Suit bag packaging that outlasted the suit bag.

And packaging from our wool doona. Do you know how awesome this packaging is? Plastic (which means wipeable), handles, zips up. It's great! And I don't need it any more, so it's gone. One less package!
Quality packaging with zips and handles is useful only if it's getting used. It's not, so it's just clutter.

Thursday 15th

A 'Madonna' costume from 20 something years ago, paired with pants and the long ponytail that she was wearing a lot at the time. That gold ribbon never did get untacked. 

Day 15
I've had this so long it's now technically vintage!

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Friday 16th

I emptied out that little raffia container. I didn't sort through all the bits and bobs like I should have but the container will be donated. 

Day 16
A container that I don't like is not worth keeping. It's just clutter.

And this tin left the room. It's being used elsewhere.

Repurposing and using stuff means it's not clutter.

This post is party of the 31 Things in 31 Days series

31 Things in 31 Days - Decluttering my sewing room 1 thing at a time.