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.

Busy Bee

Bee gathering pollen from a cacti flower


Bee gathering pollen from a cacti flower

Bee gathering pollen from a cacti flower

Bee gathering pollen from a cacti flower

Bee gathering pollen from a cacti flower

Bee gathering pollen from a cacti flower

Bee gathering pollen from a cacti flower

Comments

  1. Gorgeous photos Stella. I do love bees. Hope you had a great Christmas

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    1. I've been trying to get a good bee shot for ages. This bee was so pleased with his haul he didn't mind me taking photos at all.

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  2. SOme great macrophotography there. Makes me want to go and buy some more lenses! #MySundayPhoto

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    1. I think I'll be 'borrowing' this lens from my hubby a whole lot more now. Lens is a Sigma 150mm macro.

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  3. Hi Stella, what lovely pictures. The detail is amazing. Love the shot of the bee covered in pollen, it's reminds me of my daughter when she's been baking!

    xx

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    1. What a beautiful image you've painted me for of your daughter :o)

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  4. Simply stunning photos, bees are incredibly beautiful close up x

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    1. They are rather striking. They used to be a popular embroidery subject.

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  5. Gorgeous shots of such a valuable creature. We had a honey bee in the house on Christmas Day as it was so mild! And we are in France!

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    1. I wonder where the bees go in the cold of winter?

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    2. Some hibernate and some die. Popping back from #AnimalTales :)

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  6. Amazing detail in the photos, beautiful close ups

    Thank you for linking up

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    1. It was fun to play some more with that macro lens.

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  7. What amazing macro shots of a busy busy bee there, It's amazing to see the pollen build up on it's legs.

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    1. I think bees have little pockets in their legs that they stuff the pollen into for carrying it back to the hive.

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  8. Oh wow. Amazing shots! The detail in the photo is fantastic

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  9. Fantastic photos. Great there are still bees for us to take photos of. #MySundayPhoto

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    1. We provide the local bees as many flowers as possible in our garden but I've never seen one so enamoured with a flower before. It must be a new flavour for it.

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  10. Did you have to completely hold your breath to get these awesome shots? They are amazing!

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    1. Just a little, and then I remembered that doesn't work so well - breath out - click while breathing out.

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  11. Love these photos, bees fascinate me and I'm always over the moon if I actually capture them at work, just lovely #MySundayPhoto

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    1. I could just watch for hours, they have an almost hypnotic way of moving.

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  12. Amazing photos. You must have been so pleased with them. #MySundayPhoto

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    1. I've left Millie speechless. Now that is a feat!

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  14. That's a fantastic shot! Really makes me want a macro lens now :) #MySundayPhoto

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    1. Macro lenses really are a lot of fun and worth saving up for.

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  15. Marvelous photos - these are excellent macros.
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/01/shells-on-shells.html

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    1. Thanks Sue and thanks for hosting every week!

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  16. Wonderful shots! So cute with the pollen all over its face :)

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  17. Up close, the bee is even pretty! that pollen on its face shot is comical!
    Melinda

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    1. He was just gorging himself on this rare flower that is only open for a day once a year.

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  18. How beautiful! I love those shots - you've done a great job with them. Thanks for sharing with us at Photo Friday!

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    1. I'm quite pleased to have kicked off the photography year with some bee shots. I've been trying for bees for ages.

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  19. Fabulous macros, they are such industrious creatures

    mollyxxx

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  20. what gorgeous photo's the flower looks stunning with the bee

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    1. The flowers are only open overnight once a year, such a pity because they are just gorgeous.

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  21. This is real amazing! I tried taking photos of bees yesterday and I end up with a lot of empty photos as they move fast!

    Love the little details! Their texture and the pollen on their legs!

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    1. You should see the other 50 or so shots from this shoot, and I must've tried a dozen photo shoots before to get a bee shot. They are a real challenge.

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