I've been working on a few lace projects lately. Swatching a bit of this and a bit of that. I found that traditional stitch markers were driving me nuts. They are too large, too hard and awkward on small needle sizes.
So did I head to my LYS looking for new stitch markers? No, of course not. I started combing the hair care aisle of my local Target (sorry, just had to do it). These mini hair bands are perfect for my needs. They are firm but flexible, do not interfere with tiny stitches, and with their bright colors they're easy to spot. Wait, there's more. There are so many colors I can code the beginning and end of pattern segments and - last but not least - they are so inexpensive I can just cut them off when I don't need them.
I also think they work well at the other end of the spectrum on US size 13, 15 and even 17 needles. The larger size hair band moves easily on these bulky needles.
Got any unique knitting tools you'de like to share with the rest of us?