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.

Purfylling 2016

In 2015 purfylling my life meant decluttering and building routines for home-making and blogging.

As the year is coming to a close I look around and I can see that the clutter is no longer overwhelming, although there are still some areas that need attention. I've developed the necessary routines for managing our home and running the blog.

As 2016 approaches I can see that next year is going to be a little different. I am entering the next phase for purfylling life.

Next year I want to focus on purfylling appearances. Both mine and my home. Because when you look good you feel good. The blog will be getting a bit of attention in looking good too.

This is going to mean time and energy I previously spent on decluttering will now be spent on repairing and renovating, in small amounts as our budget allows, a lick of paint here, a small fix there, perhaps a new window treatment. There will still be some decluttering but not as much.

I also want to get out of tracksuit pants (sweat pants) a bit more regularly.

decluttering clothes
After putting on a lot of weight during and after giving up smoking my weight gain seems to have mostly stabilised and I need to start to rebuild my wardrobe.
Exercise for people who don't like exercising
Exercising is something I've never been good at prioritising but for a while there I was doing fairly well at keeping an exercise routine going. When my sweet husband started working from home two days a week I found I needed to adjust my routine and I got out of the habit of doing my exercises. It's time to try to pick those habits back up again. A change in routine can't be an excuse to stop.

Being creative has mostly been relegated to evenings and down-time activities, resulting with my crochet improving but I am hopeful I will be able to fit more creativity into my life this year.

I have a habit of taking on too much, of getting down on myself for not being able to do everything, and I want to keep my goals attainable. I think these are all attainable goals, but to make them achievable goals I will need to get a little more specific about just what it is I want to achieve. And if I can see that I am meeting my goals it will be much harder for me to feel as though I'm failing.

I'll be sharing all of that with you next year, but for right now the New Years Eve celebrations have already begun and so I need to just hit that publish button.

Happy New Years!


  1. you can do it Stella cause you are awesome and wonderful and sweet and creative and super duper!!

    1. Awwwwww, thanks Millie. It helps to have amazing friends like you!

  2. Hooray for you quitting smoking! That is HUGE! You know you have a partner in crime here willing to help you and cheer you on =) Here's to keeping up appearances in 2016!

    1. I gave up in Feb - around about the same time I started the blog. So I can say well and truly that I have given up now.

  3. Love your reflections, Stella. WTG on quitting smoking!!

    1. Yes, going on smoke free for a few years now. I'm really pleased.


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