I have favorite stitch markers. Do you? My old favorite were the Clover flexible ones, in purple and green, that cost, like $6. I’ve said it many times here before: I’m cheap. Although I bought the expensive Clover ones using a 40% off coupon somewhere, I still get a little pang of guilt every time I vacuum one up off the floor.
Okay, I admit it. I vacuum up stitch markers. And occasionally small Legos. And maybe sometimes rocks. I spend enough time throughout the day picking up stuff off the floor that while I’m vacuuming, I could care less. Really, I should use a timer someday to see how long I actually spend picking up after the children. It is a lot of time.
But I don’t have to feel bad anymore about not taking that extra second to save the expensive stitch markers. Because I found better stitch markers!
Ouchless hair elastics from Goody. They cost me about $3 at Walmart, and as you can see, they will last me a very, very long time. I use the biggest ones for Maggie’s hair, and the teeniest ones for knitting. I have not yet found a use for the middle sized ones. Maybe I could use them for bigger-needle knitting. I’m about to embark on a slipper-knitting journey of epic proportions. I’ll try them with my size 13 needles.
The other reason I love these little ouchless treasures is for the colors. For example, I used them while making a hat recently:
The green stitch marker was at the beginning of the round and the white ones showed me where the pattern repeats were (I need lots of hand holding for cables). And when I was finished with the hat, I just threw the stitch markers on the floor to be vacuumed up later! Just kidding, sort of.
For a while there, I used a short length of cotton thread tied in a loop for a stitch marker. Although this works in a pinch, it takes longer to transfer it between needles. But my new Goody hair elastic system is awesome. If you haven’t tried it, you must.
Any other makeshift stitch marker ideas? I’d love to hear about them!
I knit mine using Plymouth Tweed [my RAV project page]. Great, quick knit. Unfortunately, it is too small on me. When Jared read my notes section on my project page, where I bemoaned my super-large head, he sent me a message with tips on making it bigger. I might unravel it and knit it again, or I might not. For now I’m just thinking it over.
Unlike my stitch markers, unraveling a whole hat would be anything but ouchless.