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 2, 3, 4 & 5 - On Track

On the 1st of October I started the 31 Things in 31 Days challenge

I'm pleased to say I am on track!

Day 2: Containers

Friday 2nd October

I begun aggregating bits and bobs.

One of my goals is to reduce the amount of small opaque containers I have. I want things to be in containers I love or in clear containers that I can easily see what is inside.

Aggregating stuff meant a lot of empty containers to throw out.

After aggregating and rehoming I have:
  • 3 empty cardboard boxes 
  • 1 empty postage box
  • 4 empty plastic containers
  • 1 empty decorative thimble box
  • 1 empty magnifying-glass box with a damaged lid
I'm not keeping broken and damaged items anymore.

I moved the magnifying glasses and thimbles into the little singer sewing box which was emptied during an earlier decluttering session. (It had sequins and an unfinished tablet weaving project in it back then. I don't think it got a blog mention but you can see it in a tool cabinet 'after' picture in one of my earlier attempts at tidying the sewing room.)

Super cute Singer sewing box

Those metal thimbles you see in the top picture I thought I'dd finally discard. 

But then today when I was taking photos I remembered I had plans to turn them into those cute little thimble rings. I popped them into the Singer box too. 

A container re-purposed as a tray keeps the little bits in one spot.

I also decided to keep the bottom half of the magnifying-glass box. It's currently being used as a tray for all my next-to-the-sewing-machine-things. Maybe this will help me keep them from getting to disaster status.

Day 3: Sun Hat

Saturday 4th October

Dusty, rusty, musty (well not musty but it rhymed) I'm not keeping damaged goods

I have gone to discard this sun hat a couple of times in the past. The last time I I almost ditched it I decided to use it as a dust protector on my dress form. It worked, because now it's rather dusty.

I could wash it but I know that it doesn't wash well because it has a rust mark from the last time I washed it. This hat doesn't fit my head either, it's a bit big. It's just tired and old and we're finally ready to part ways with each other.

Day 4: Mouse mat, photograph paper, fabric selvedge

Sunday 5th October

If it's broken don't keep it.

I replaced this mouse mat when the USB ports started acting up a couple of months ago. Why do I still have it? Who knows 0_o

I'm also ditching this piece of photograph paper which has seen better days. I wouldn't use it to print on now even if I had a functioning printer to use.

As I was moving some fabric out of a box onto the cutting table to be sorted through this piece of selvedge fell on the floor. It was easy to know what to do with it. In the bin it goes!

Day 5: Bits & pieces

Monday 6th October

I'll admit I felt a little panicky when I walked into the sewing room this morning. I felt like there was no room to do anything.

I began by removing boxes of yarn. That's right, boxes; plural.

The yarnie who is convinced she has no yarn has boxes of it. Mostly bits and pieces, or half finished projects. Nonetheless there were boxes; I pulled them all out, emptied them and focused on aggregating.

  • Now most of the yarn is in one box.
  • The super fine yarn is in a box of it's own instead of all over the place.
  • WIP's are together and separated from the unused yarn.
  • Stray trims and the trims I've made by hand are now with the rest of the trims, you know, where they're actually meant to go.
  • The bits and pieces that I don't know what to do with are all together waiting for me to go through.

I no longer look at my yarn stash and wonder where on earth anything is, I know just where to look for everything.

But today I seem to be struggling with the whole toss things out, maybe I just ran out of juice after all the sorting.

What I did ditch was this:

There's no reason to hold onto failed crafts and used packaging

Those funny looking things are an experiment at using the overlocker to make decorative braid. I don't know why these didn't hit the bin straight away.

That blue bit of paper came from a ball of yarn long used. The pink stuff I think, but it might have been the red.

 I've also updated the links page for sewing and craft clutter so you can see what I've done previously.

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


  1. I have the same pin cushion! Decluttering is such a hard job - I've just done a wardrobe audit and it doesn't look pretty.

    1. Wardrobe decluttering is hard work! I want to know more about how it went for you, I couldn't find a post, did you write one?


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