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 31 Confession

I haven't thrown out any of it.

I've kept every last scrap.

31 Things in 31 Days - Day 31  Confession

I have a reason for keeping it all. When I started this 31 Things in 31 Days series I was worried. I was worried I wouldn't be able to bring myself to let go of anything from the sewing room. I thought it was full of useful stuff. Stuff that I WILL use.

I knew I could spend an entire day in the sewing room trying to get rid of things but in the end just mostly rearranging stuff. I knew that if I spent that much time and effort on getting nowhere I would feel like I had failed.

So I set an achievable goal. A goal that could be accomplished as quickly or slowly as I wished but it had to be done every single day. Find Just ONE thing every day to discard.

And that is what I did. I found one thing every day. Little things that individually I didn't think would make a difference.

I knew that if I just threw each thing out as I went I would feel as though I hadn't really accomplished anything. In my mind these things don't make any difference, so of course there won't be any impact on the sewing room clutter right?

So I've kept everything and before I throw it all out (or donate) I've piled it all up onto the cutting table. Every single last scrap, even that rude pen casing (I ditched the ink refill, there was no way that was staying in my sewing room).

With all those little things that don't make any difference all piled up together I can see just how much space they really do take up. I've left my meter rule (yard stick) in the shot for scale.

31 Things in 31 Days. It's rather mind boggling to see just how much stuff there was.

It's rather mind boggling to see just how much stuff there was. It's also rather astounding how very little of it could even be classified as useful.

31 Things in 31 Days. The little things really do add up.

The little things really do add up. I forget how true that is all the time. But one look at this junk pile and it is undeniable. I will keep discarding the small things that I think don't take up any room. The more decluttering I do the easier it gets. Keep going, less stuff, just one more thing. It doesn't have to be a big huge purge all at once.

31 Things in 31 Days. Look at the impact that just one thing every day can have!

Look at the impact that just one thing every day can have!

So what is the one thing I gave up on the 31st day?

I'm giving up the idea that the little things don't make any difference. 

And now I finally get to ditch all this stuff! Which feels great =)


  1. Oh Stella, when I read your first sentence my heart sank. What? You didn't actually get rid of it? But! I kept reading, thankfully!
    How wonderful! That is a huge pile!!
    Congrats!! I'm so proud of you! WTG!!!!
    Much decluttering love, Melinda

    1. I can tell you that toward the end that pile was really starting to annoy me. I couldn't wait to get rid of it all! I had it all piled up just inside the doorway and I was almost tripping over it to get in and out of the room.

  2. congrats! and how awesome! love day 31!!

    1. Thank you, it really was a celebratory moment ditching all that useless stuff.

  3. Getting rid of one thing a day sure worked out well for you. Congrats on the huge pile. And keep up the good work. Best wishes, Darlene

    1. I'm still trying to fit those boxes into my normal recycling collection. It's had a lasting impact so far.

  4. I am inspired to do something about my clutter... A special thanks for the part about SCRAPS... I needed to get some real reasons to ditch them! I have so many HUGE containers full of scraps it is hard to believe that a few years ago I gave a couple big bags of them to the art teachers at the school down the street from me. I once cut all my unfinished projects into quilt squares and took them to a church for the quilters. That was so liberating! Haven't dared repeat that since, but maybe I will! I wish you the best while you keep your sewing room organized enough to sew in! :-) Hope I can do the same sometime soon!

    1. I still have 2 more boxes of scraps to go through. They seem to multiply all on their own! I think my 2016 resolution might be to be scrap free. I like your idea to give them all to quilters. I must find some local quilting ladies ;o)
      I must say it has been easier to keep the sewing room tidier since I got rid of all that stuff. But there is still to much stuff in there.

  5. Awesome, I had the same reservations while decluttering! This week my boys are at Grandma & Grandpa's and we are decluttering and cleaning. I've thrown away and recycled 3 bags each of random clutter - especially paper. Our living room is currently full of items to donate. It doesn't seem like much when it's in each room separately. But piled all together it's huge! Now, I just need to get it donated.

    1. I'm so happy for you! It's so exciting once you've got through all that stuff and it's time to get it out the door. It's rather mind boggling to see it when it's all together isn't it?
      PS: I'm pleased to report that the sewing room has seen quite a bit more progress since I wrote this series.


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