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, Days 17-24 The Fail

Day 17: Rude pen

Saturday 17th October

I don't like this pen so I decided to pull the refill out to use later and ditch the pen. 

Both quickly ended up in the bin. I was really grateful the ink didn't end up everywhere. 

Day 18: Fail

Sunday 18th October 

I failed to do any decluttering at all. But that's okay right? I've still decluttered more then one thing per day over all, and my goal was just one thing each day. It's okay to fail. It's okay to not have kept to the plan. The important thing is to not let it stop me from continuing and the next day I just kept going, I didn't make myself catch up. I just continued on as though I hadn't missed a day. That I've only missed once in 18 days straight is pretty good. 

Day 19: Plastic hang bags

Monday 19th October 

More 'ruddy containers!

Day 17: Imposters

Tuesday 20th October 

Empty cotton reel, empty ribbon reels, ribbon bow, dusty old decorative flowers, some do-dads. 

Day 21: Used trim

Wednesday 21st October 

Old used, salvaged cotton tape. I won't use it again, salvaging this was a waste of my time and it's a waste of space. I don't need it.

Day 22: Upcycle that's not to be

Thursday 22nd October 

The trim on this wrap skirt is ever so pretty, but it is so old and worn and full of pulls it is not worth salvaging either. I was using it as a dust cover on my lace pillow but the fabric is so fine it totally failed at that.

Day 23: Broken knitting needles

Friday 23rd October 

Knitting needles. Dog chewed knitting needles from a knitting UFO. I could keep them for use as stitch holders or turning stuff inside out....I've got plenty of other knitting needles that can do the same thing. Just because it could be used doesn't mean it will be used. I'm not keeping 'maimed' goods any more.

Day 24: Scarf hangers

Saturday 24th October

Tiny hangers. I'll use these for something! NOT. I'm not keeping packaging any more either


  1. Good for you, Stella! You're powering thru! And only missing 1 day in 18 is FANTASTIC!!!
    I can't believe the nerve of that pen! What cheek!

    1. It was rather poor manners I thought when I was trying to do the right thing for the planet and all!


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