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.

Dove Nest

Laughing Turtle Dove

We have a Laughing Turtle Dove nesting in our yard this year. She has chosen an excellent spot with good cover. I say 'she' but this is most likely the male as they generally do the day shift.

The below shots have been taken with my 55-250mm lens, the above shot with that lovely 150mm lens. You can really see the difference in quality. 

Laughing Turtle Dove

We won't be taking very many photos so as not to disturb them sitting on their eggs even though you can almost reach out and touch the nest from our verandah. 

Laughing Turtle Dove

The Laughing Turtle Dove is easily confused with the Spotted Turtle Dove as their colouring is very similar but if you look closely the laughing dove has more colour on it's chest and no spots on their neck. 

Laughing Turtle Dove


Comments

  1. I like how you've softened the branches in the foreground of the first photo, very nice photo!

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  2. Oh wow, what a great collection of images. I always find it so hard ot take images of birds as they are usually so active. #MySundayPhoto

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  3. Gorgeous focus on your photos and she looks so shy too

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  4. What a great photo, I would never have spotted this

    Thank you for linking up

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  5. Lovely photos what a special moment to capture!

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  6. The pale pink/pearlescence on the wings is so pretty!

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  7. In the school when I was younger we learn a song
    "on the first day of Christmas my true love send to me... Two Turtle doves and a..."
    Nice post ;)

    http://emierre-photography.blogspot.pt/

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  8. She's keeping a wary eye on you!
    I hope you'll join us and link up at this week's photo party at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/. It opens as Tuesday dawns "down under" and remains open all week long!

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  9. I didn't even realise there were different varieties of Turtle Dove; how lovely to have them so close :)

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  10. I always wanted to own a nest. I dont know why. I just find it so organic, fragile and strong at the same time. #mysundayphoto

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  11. Hi Stella, I almost don't want to type this comment for fear of disturbing her. She looks so settled on her nest and how lucky you are to be close enough to be able to observe the goings on once the chicks have hatched.

    I'm looking at getting another lens for Christmas, but am not really sure what to go for. Your 150mm lens shot definitely has the edge.

    xx

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