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.

The Year Of Looking Good!

Ada-cat helping out with the photos
2016 is going to be the year of looking good! As last year come to a close I shared with you my plans for purfylling (embellishing) the coming year.

As my regular readers will know 2015 was very focused on purfylling life through simplifying by reducing excess.

This year I want to focus on purfylling life by looking good, because looking good makes you feel good! And quite frankly, things are looking a bit shabby around here, unless you're Marie Kondo, who dresses up for decluttering and cleaning anyway?

The main areas I'm going to be focusing on are Self Care and Home Improvement, but not both in the same post so lets just talk Self Care today.

basic summer tank tops


My wardrobe needs a complete rebuild from the skin out as my body shape has changed dramatically since I quite smoking.

I've bought an absolute minimum of everything since I started decluttering and so I'm pretty much starting right from the very beginning.

I'm not even kidding, I have only one pair of jeans, one dress and one skirt that I can wear in public, none of which I love or excite me. I've held onto some of my skinnier clothes because they were fairly new but I really don't think I will ever fit them again and I probably need to just donate them.

It's been really strange having so few clothes as historically my wardrobe is usually bulging at the seams and spilling out everywhere. This time I want to build a wardrobe that reflects me and my personality. I've always bought clothes that are task suitable rather then for myself.

Over the last few weeks I've begun my wardrobe rebuild and when I said 'rebuild from the skin out' I really meant it. I started with new underwear. Simple plain cotton briefs, in a 5 pack. A few months ago I had to purchase new bras, some things a girl just can't live without or make-do with.

Prior to Christmas I added 2 plain v-neck T-shirts to my wardrobe, one black, one grey, basic essentials. This week I've added new singlets, vital for the hot weather we get, also basic essentials and this time I remembered to take pictures! Ada-cat helped with the photos, can you tell?

Ada-cat helping out with photos

Make Up

I haven't had to wear make-up daily for quite some time now and my whole beauty routine is out of whack. My skin rather reflects my neglect but on the upside my eyebrows are much thicker - just in time for the resurgence of the big eyebrow fashion trend!

In any case I'm fairly sure that all of my beauty products are out of date and everything will have to be replaced.

My one concession at getting my beauty routine back up and running is the purchase of a new bath sponge for ex-foliating my (hairy) legs. I almost purchased a depilatory gadget but my gift card didn't work in the store I was shopping at due to equipment failures or something so they lost out on that sale.

Stay tuned as I look to restock all of my beauty accessories.


I haven't seen a hairdresser in about 4 years I think. If I could walk in and I could give them $20 and be out 15 mins later I would probably go more often. I am the girl who owns a hair-drier simply for drying her hair and styling is a rather foreign concept to me.

My hair seems to grow really fast so my hair is permanently in need of a fresh colour. The older I get the less fun this task is.

Fitness & Diet

While improving fitness and diet will be a part of what I'll be incorporating into my new habits for this year I don't expect to be talking about them much here on the blog. Both I view as something I just have to do but don't really excite me enough to write about them.

My goal is that by the end of the year I will love my wardrobe. That when I get dressed I am dressed for whatever the day may bring and I won't have to change to leave the house. That 'house clothes' won't even be a part of my wardrobe. That no matter what I'm doing, if I'm blogging or doing the dishes or exercising, that I will feel dressed well enough to receive visitors, I won't be having to check what I'm wearing if the doorbell rings, that I can pop-out for any reason at a moments notice.

That seems like a ridiculously ambitious goal right now, but if I just focus on one step at a time I'm sure I can get there.

Rebuilding your wardrobe? Start with basics.


  1. sounds good Stella! I hear you on the house clothes and so funny this morning I was thinking I might feel more energetic if I put on a real outfit! Good luck in your wardrobe search!

    1. I may even pull the sewing machine out for some 21st C stuff - that doesn't happen too often.

  2. I am looking forward to following this! I decided some months ago that I will wear working clothes in the studio, because weaving ruins my clothes in front (because of rubbing against the loom) and on the cuffs, because of the spikes of the temple and the needles of the knitting machine. I think work clothes probably equal house clothes!

    1. I have an apron I keep thinking I should use more, but it's getting old and shabby - might be time to make a new one. I can imagine you all covered in yarn fluff, I can see why you would wear weaving clothes (sounds so much more interesting then house clothes).

  3. You go girl! I still smoke but since the pregnancy (while I changed for the first time in my life into a small elephant), my wardrobe is similar to yours. Since our trip to Greece (where I lost a gazillion pounds without any effort), I can fit to more stuff so I too started buying outfits and I did just what you are doing: basics first. Love what you bought - especially the v-necks.
    I want to stop sporting a robe and dress up inside the house too. You know what? I am gonna do that right now!
    Thanks for inspiring me - off to get pretty! :D

  4. Good for you , Stella! WTG!! Singlets? Those in the pix is what I call tank tops.
    Dress up? For staying home? Never heard of such a thing! lol
    Can't wait to see what 2016 brings.
    And new underwear!!! Woo hoo!!
    (You may have noticed I deleted my FB acct. We'll have to figure out another way to chat.)

    1. Yeah, I toyed with calling them tank tops but I didn't know what the international terminology would be and figured singlets was pretty universal - maybe I should have googled it.
      Deleted FB! That's crazy.


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