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.

Bridled Tern

Bridle terns on jetty


Bridle tern on rock

Bridle tern at Penguin Island

bridle terns hiding behind a rock outcrop

bridle terns hiding behind a rock outcrop

bridle tern on lookout duties

bridle tern seeking shade under stairs

bridle tern seeking shade under stairs


bridle terns at Penguin Island jetty

bridle tern

bridle tern sitting on a branch

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  1. Why is it called a bridal tern? you are such an amazing avian photographer!!

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    1. It's actually called a bridle tern - with an 'le' instead of an 'al' but that totally escaped me first thing this morning as I wrote this post. I assume it's because of the bridle shape of his facial colourings.

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  2. Beautiful photos, I think I especially like the first one

    Thank you for linking up

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    1. I was really pleased that I caught a bit of eye in that shot. A bit of eyeball can make all the difference.

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  3. What gorgeous photos, you have captured a great story unfolding

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    1. Thank you, it's lovely to hear others enjoy the story too.

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  4. What beautiful photos. I really like the 9th one down of the two birds sitting on the edge of the boardwalk comparing shadows #MySundayPhoto

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    1. It was a hard decision to crop that shot or to leave the shadows in, I really like how it seemed they were having a chat about their shadows too, glad I'm not the only one :O)

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  5. What an intriguing bird, such striking markings.

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  6. What a great selection of images!

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    1. Thanks for saying so, it can be really hard some days picking the right shots.

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  7. Wow, great photos, really interesting to look at!

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  8. so lovely! such cool contrasting colors these bridal terns have! Of course with those masks they look a bit scary....Stand and deliver!!

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    1. 'Your fishes or your life!'

      nb: Bridled terns are fish eaters

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  9. such pretty little terns. we have just come back from ballina where the little (or fairy?) terns wheel around and around the river each night. doing what we don't know.:) these are lovely.

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    1. How wonderful to be blessed by the local terns (there are both fairy and little - did you get any pics?) Was that during your Anniversary trip?

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  10. Wow! I find birds to be so hard to capture, but you did a great job! :D The last two are my favourite shots. :D

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    1. I find I need lots of shutter speed and at least my 250mm zoom.

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  11. What amazing photos of an amazing bird!

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  12. Such a striking bird - I love the markings. I saw you say in the comments that it's actually a "bridle" tern, but either way works fine for me, as it seems these fellows are dressed in their sunday best!
    Please come share at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/02/abstractions.html

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    1. I love that take on it! And as these guys are found on Penguin Island it seems very apt that it's not just the penguins in black tie plumage.

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  13. Some really great captures here. In particular I love the macro shots of the bird.

    Sharing snapshots at Captured By Jade

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    1. It's a challenge getting those lovely detail shots.

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  14. well hello! wonderful shots!

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