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.

Changes To The Regular Schedule

old branch provides home for lichen

I have so much to share with you I barely even know where to start, from fashion to food, sewing to cleaning, crochet to day-trips. So, I'm going to begin with a personal update.

If you're a regular Purfylle reader you will have noticed a change in the posting schedule from almost every day to only a couple of times a week.

There have been several factors that have contributed to this.

Preparing for the Heritage Festival 

Deciding to be a stall holder this year was a bit of a last minute decision resulting with the weeks before the festival being somewhat hectic. The festival is over for another year and I'm now looking forward to taking my time to share with you in more detail some costume construction and other tid-bits.

Behind the scenes stuff 

I had big plans for making improvements to Purfylle.com including investigating an online store but it has all came to a halt due to all the other things. I am slowly tinkering with the behind the scenes stuff and I have decided to take it a bit slower for now. If it takes all year that is okay.

Back and shoulder pain

I've been dealing with a lot of back and shoulder pain for several weeks which usually sorts itself out if I just take it easy for a bit.

It hasn't done that this time and I am now working with my doctor to get it sorted out. I have suspected subscarpularis tendonitis in my left and right shoulders and possible bursitis of the right shoulder, not to mention probable rheumatoid arthritis generally. I have to go through the whole x-rays, ultra sounds etcetera, to get a complete picture of the situation and then we can move forward from there.

For now I have to keep my time on the keyboard to a minimum and I'm also struggling to carry the camera around which all adds up to writing less often. I've also put my crochet down for now and I'm going a little stir crazy without my hook, luckily I've got a few projects squirrelled away to share with you.

Routine changes

There have been some changes to our weekly routine at home and my daily routine of taking photos and writing in the afternoon is not really working out as I get interrupted a lot. They are not big interruptions but I am beginning to understand why writers go and lock themselves away from the world to write. I am still finding my new groove.

Catching up

With all of that going on I have gotten behind on a few things and I need to take the time to catch up on so it doesn't snow ball into more then I can handle.

Direction change

When I started blogging it was never my intention to write about decluttering, and to be honest at the start of this year I felt as though I couldn't possibly face writing one more decluttering post.

I had plans to start incorporating sewing into my regular content and I was even planing to make some of my own clothes.

Then I held my stall at the Heritage Festival and it helped me realise a few things
  1. I was able to fill an entire stall with my stuff and the impact of taking that stuff out of my house was not as great as I imagined it would be. In essence - I still have a lot more decluttering to do and I write about whatever it is that's going on in my life, which means you can expect to see a few more posts about clutter. 
  2. I love sewing costumes, if I'm going to do sewing it will probably be costume related.
Things change sometimes and that's okay. Things don't change sometimes and that's okay too.


  1. Oh Stella, I'm so sorry to hear about all your shoulder trouble. that's awful.
    Please DON'T hurt yourself to blog for us! We love you, and want your healthy!!
    Variety is the spice of life, I hear, so give us the changes as you go!
    We'll roll with it!

    1. I just hope it's spicy enough and not bland. lol


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