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.

Flirting Leads To...

Laughing Turtle Doves on a fence

I thought I was done with photographing the laughing doves for this breeding season, and then I saw them hanging out together on our fence. It seemed like they were discussing if they wanted more squabs this year or not.

Laughing Turtle Dove - I think this is the female

Or perhaps they were congratulating themselves on their successful brood having flown the nest a day before.

Laughing Turtle Doves - the male is on the left and the female on the right

 Six days later I saw them in a tree just hanging out together.

Don't blink or you'll miss this private moment.

I happened to have my camera on me as I was shooting some other birds when this happened. It was all over in less then 12 seconds.

12 seconds from the male dove positioning himself to make his move to the event being over.

Intimate laughing dove moment.

They doves are back in the nest and this time I was able to get a much clearer shot. 

Laughing dove sitting on the nest with her second clutch for the breeding season

Doves will have up to three clutches in a breeding season. I'm so pleased we've been able to provide a safe environment for them to raise their young in. 

Only 6 days inbetween clutches this laughing dove pair are prolific breeders.


  1. Fantastic shots! And how magical that they feel comfortable and safe enough to share the privilege with you #mysundayphoto

  2. Hehe what funny creatures they are

    Thank you for linking up

  3. What a great shot and they have so many colours when seen up close #MySundayPhoto

  4. Great photos I love birds, I've just bought a new bird house in the hope I can take a few good pictures.

  5. Such crystal clear photos.I love the clarity you bring to let us into their world.

  6. Beautiful photos - you really caputured the birds as a couple.

  7. Only 12 seconds??? Poor things.

  8. beautiful birds. hope any fledglings get to fly away before the snow arrives.

    1. :o) I'm sure that won't be a problem. I'm in Australia and we are coming into summer, I don't think there's ever been snow where I live.


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