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.

Australian Coot

Australian Coot with its catch of the day - a biscuit.

On our visit to the lake I spotted this coot proudly running off with it's big catch.

Coot with biscuit in beak

This sequence of shots shows how the coot likes to wash it's biscuits before eating.

Haha! It's my biscuit and I'm not sharing.

I don't know the reason why it does this, perhaps it's too salty, or it likes to soften them for ease of digestion, or it may be purely habitual and washes all of its food.

Coot holding onto its biscuit despite the thieves.

Either way it seems very pleased with its self.

Coot giving its biscuit a thorough washing.

While I watched I saw another bird attempt a fly-by snatch and grab, but it missed. I wish I had caught that on camera!

Coot giving that biscuit one more swish to really make sure it's just perfect.

Coots frontal shield gave rise to the phrase "as bald as a coot", in use as early as 1430.


  1. Wow, I'm particularly taken by the final image. That really demonstrates how the coot likes ot wash its food. Awesome. #MySundayPhoto

  2. Hi Stella, maybe dunking biscuits in the water is on a par to us humans dunking biscuits in tea? I must say that the coot does look very pleased with its 'catch'!


  3. Great set of photos, it really doesn't want to give that biscuit up

    Thank you for linking up

  4. I'll think 'as pleased as a coot' next time I'm dunking a biscuit :) #mysundayphoto

  5. That is a great set of photos - I love the way the coot is trying to soften the biscuit up to be able to eat it x

  6. You are such an excellent photographer, Stella! I'd have missed half those shots, just trying to focus! lol
    Old coot is what came to my mind when I read the name.

  7. Great shots - love coots and watching them

  8. Fantastic photos! I love the movements caught in the ripples of water #mysundayphoto

  9. Fantastic photos! I love the movements caught in the ripples of water #mysundayphoto

  10. I love the last photo! The water and biscuit making a massive ripple! Lovely cpature. #mysundayphoto


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