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 9: Flat Surfaces

I loooove a clean flat surface. 

Unfortunately I am the master at covering a flat surface in stuff without even noticing I've done it

Just after sharing with you my ponderings on how to approach my nemesis (the sewing room), I decided to put Nony's visibility rule into practice and focus on the easy stuff first so it's visually less overwhelming.

That means my cutting table. It always means my cutting table.

It took me almost no time at all to go from this:
My cutting table in it's usual state of disarray

To this. There's 8 minutes between shots, I'm pretty sure it took me 5 minutes to remember to go back to take the after photo. 
8 mins later and the cutting table doesn't look anywhere near as bad as it did.

5 days into my 31 Days sewing room challenge I remembered to take the next progress shot.

I had some vague idea of sharing with you all the changes in the sewing room over the course of the month via the cutting table's morphology of stuff. (It turns out morphology is a real word, but I'm keeping it in anyway.) But mostly I was taking photos for me. Sometimes taking a photo will point out things you might not see otherwise. 

morphology of the cutting table clutter

Did you notice that yesterday an hour later there was less? I know it's a little hard to notice with all that other stuff in the way. But I promise there is less. Less = progress.

What is the big thing that stands out in those shots?

Those vintage Singer's right? They had almost become a permanent part of that table.

Vintage Singer sewing machines

Today I decided they had to be moved off the cutting table so I actually have a proper space to sort things out on for the rest of the month. It's DAY 9 already and I can't ignore this problem for the whole month.

I think I'll put the Singer's under the cutting table. The thing is there is a huge stack of boxes under there.

dusty box stack - more containers are not the solution to clutter

These boxes need to go. They've served their purpose and I'm finally ready to just get rid of them. It's taken me a while to come to terms with the fact that these boxes cause more of a problem then they solve. 

I even thought I would decoupage them and give them a new lease on life.

A project which I started using a couple of boxes that I've already emptied. But I never finished the decoupaging.

abandoned decoupage project

I'm not sure that first image truly illustrates the scale of the box stack. How about this?

dusty box stack - more containers are not the solution to clutter

Why, yes! I did clear off the table first, thank you for noticing. 

silks, lace, velvets, ribbons

I emptied everything out of all but one of those boxes. 

All those boxes reduced down to one

All the fabrics went into a different box and everything else got re-homed.

I emptied the last box to sort through. This is what was in it.

patterns and notes - the contents of the final box

And this is all that I kept from that box.

old notes and patterns reduced down to a few pieces

That entire stack of boxes is now GONE! Yay! 

The Singers have a new home. Mission accomplished!!

What's that?  You wanted to see a shot of a clear cutting table?

Vintage singer sewing machines

Sorry, maybe next time.

homeless stuff accumulates on flat surfaces


  1. Excellent progress. Wonderful old Singers and the boxes you did decoupage are lovely.

    1. Thank you Abrianna, I gave the butterfly boxes to my nieces to use.


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