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mertle
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Posted - 09/23/2010 :  12:37:00 PM  Show Profile Send mertle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Goody Ouchless mini elastics are my favorite stitch markers. A pack of 50 costs less than $3 at Target, WalMart, etc. I’ve used them on needles ranging from size US4 to US17. They might work with smaller needles, but I just haven’t tried it.

They’re much more comfortable than the rigid green and orange markers I used before. They’re not so slick, so they behave better, too, not flipping off the needle so much and flying across the room!

Mine live on stitch holders when not in use. I love all the colors. (No, I never use the stitch holders. That’s what scrap yarn is for, IMO.)

But wait, that’s not all … as the infomercials say! These little rings are definitely multi-taskers.

I make my row counters with them, too. The blue ring is row 1. Just loop them together to make a counter as long as you like. (I loosened the one on the left to show you how they go together. Maybe someone here knows what that kind of loop is called.)

I often color code my counters, too. For instance, here’s the trinity stitch hat I’m working on. I can pick up my knitting at any time and know what I should be doing on that row. Yellow is row 1 (a pattern row), blues are knit rows, and purple is a pattern row. (The purple one to the right by itself marks the middle of my row.)

And there’s more …

When I’m knitting with straights, I code one needle with an elastic. I cast on onto this needle, and know that when that needle is in my left hand, I’m looking at the right side of my knitting.

They’re also good for holding together sets of DPNs or even putting on the end of a dpn for a little security when you want to use it as a straight. Click here to see.

Last week I had a very long cast on tail so I could use it to sew up the back of the slipper I was making. It was very annoying until I tied it up in a “ponytail” with one of my elastics.

Great price, comfort, and versatility … hard to beat!


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Cheerleader9
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Posted - 09/23/2010 :  3:54:16 PM  Show Profile Send Cheerleader9 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great idea Marilyn! I'm always buying those things for the granddaughters so will keep them handy for me.

PS welcome back. You've been in my thoughts and prayers.
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jtamsn
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Posted - 09/24/2010 :  2:02:15 PM  Show Profile Send jtamsn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That's a neat idea. What I like, depends on what I'm doing... I like the round Susan Bates markers, but they tend to break, so I have made some of my own with seed beads, using jewelry glue to seal the knot. I also like the Clover markers that are like little safety pins. I like to use them for marking button placement too.
judy
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Jardinier
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Posted - 09/24/2010 :  4:11:12 PM  Show Profile Send Jardinier a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Marilyn great idea - think I will have to get some of the mini elastics & try them out. One good thing I can think of is that they wouldn't snag the yarn. I always use stitch markers when I am working on a lace project.

~Priscilla~

Every skilled woman spun with her hands & brought what she had spun - blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen. And all the women who were willing & had the skill spun goat hair.....Exodus 35:25 - 26
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Patience
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Posted - 10/12/2010 :  09:15:13 AM  Show Profile Send Patience a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Marilyn,

Thanks for the great idea and for all the pics too ......I really like the idea of the loops to designate which increase or decrease is needed. I will have to look for these on my next trip to Walmart or Target.


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