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November 6, 2008

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:

goody stitch markers

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!

And while we’re all here, I guess I should tell you about the hat.  It’s Habitat from brooklyntweed. [RAV]


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.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2008 2:25 pm

    My favorite makeshift markers are cutting little slices of drinking straws – super lightweight and utterly disposable. I can “make” a whole batch out of one straw and I don’t care if I lose them.

    Do you find that the elastics get pulled under stitches as you slide your work along the needles? I’ve had that happen to me with those before, hence my penchant for straws.

  2. November 6, 2008 4:18 pm

    I end up dropping my Clover stitch markers in my husband’s car – thankfully, he cleans his car out much more often than I do mine, so I eventually get them back!

    Love that color! Maybe it’ll stretch?

  3. November 6, 2008 4:40 pm

    I would use those hair bands but my daughters would steal them for their hair. 🙂

  4. November 6, 2008 9:47 pm

    i cannot imagine you have a bigger head than me. i rarely use stitch markers except for an occasional safety pin or contrasting thread. i got a handful of fancy stitch markers from a knitter here and i have no idea how to use them. i never use cable needles either. they always disappear so i got rid of them.
    your habitat is beautiful and it is indeed a lovely hat pattern. jared is just so clever and writes such good patterns which is an art in itself.

  5. November 6, 2008 11:07 pm

    I buy a big bags of jump rings. They work great on most sized needles. I like that they are cheap, and thin, since I knit mostly socks.
    My husband will pick them up, he thinks they are jewelry. I just vacuum the ones on the floor up.

  6. mandy permalink
    November 7, 2008 9:02 am

    i use odd earings. the kind that are not the post style. i just bend it around the needle. I can not ever manage to keep track of them once the project is done.
    I bet the average mommy spends like 6 hours a day picking up stuff off the floor. I vacuum up anything that does not move out of my way.

  7. November 7, 2008 10:12 am

    Gurl I have none about this stitchmarker trick but never used it. But you definitely want me to do it now!! ;op

  8. November 7, 2008 4:12 pm

    I am a stitch marker fanatic! I always use those flexible clover markers, puprle and green. I will definitely try the rubber bands. I have not yet found a use for those tiny ones. I have two little ones, 2 1/2 and 8 mo. Constant picking up and probably not enough vacuuming!

  9. November 10, 2008 1:23 pm

    i love your stitch markers! great idea – i find that traditional stitch markers always end up too thick and get in the way anyway!

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