To keep my yarn clean I use a plastic coffee can with a snip cut out of the side of the lid. I tried the centre hole but have you ever had a tangle and tried to undo it with a coffee lid between your work and the ball? Not fun. Yesterday I wasn't using it, I know bad, bad, and a coffee was spilled, all over my very light blue, baby wool sock still on the loom as well as all over the ball. At the table I had one of those "magic cloths" I grabbed it and I couldn't believe it, it took that coffee and sucked it right off, barely leaving a mark, I didn't rub, just blotted. Of course I had just finished my last row so I figured I'd have to let it sit for a day to dry before I could remove it from the loom, nope, I was able to get it off in less than half an hour. I think I'll be tucking one of those into my knitting bag.
For my fine gauge looms I found no stitch marker that would fit...so I used a coloured band from extras off my Oral-B toothbrushes, that tip came from my sister Biffy.
I also tape the side of the loom with masking tape so I can mark my purls or special stitches without permanently marking my looms. I've tried scotch tape and it's hell to get off, I'm hoping the masking tape is better. In cases where I do want to mark permanently, such as my blue Knifty Knitter, I use a Sharpie metallic silver pen I picked up at Michaels, a double pack; now if I could just get my husband to leave them alone.
I just discovered this one; I needed another yarn guide and had only one, which was in use, so I grabbed a bic pen and it works great. The tapered end fits nicely between the pegs...watch out all the bic pens in the house!
I have a row counter I really like, but it's usually in use on another project...so I use my knitting needle counters. I tie it to my tail in case I put the project down for a long time, it always stays put, and I know what row I'm on whether I pick it up in an hour or a week later (sometimes more).
By the way my fav counter came from my Dad who got it when he was loading gravel trucks, my husband says you can pick them up for next to nothing in a...well I really don't know what to call it...we have a store where they sell logging/forestry supplies, lawnmowers, propane, etc. Anyway this one-handed click, metal counter is much cheaper than the counter I saw at a craft store and it was all plastic. It's sitting on one of those cloths I talked about earlier :)
So you see it didn't cost me much for any of these items, except for the Sharpie pens, which should last for quite awhile as long as I hide them :)
If you have any tips leave them in the comment section, and if you don't want to leave your tip in the comment section you can email it to me: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks. I'll make a list in a later post if I get enough.
*Purchase teeny hair elastics at the Dollar Store, great stitch markers.
*Scour second-hand stores or sales at Wal-Mart, etc. for cheapy purses, cut off the handles and use them on your bags.
*Quoted from a faithful reader: When I am knitting I get distracted and forget which stitch I am supposed to be doing. I am working on a poncho that has purl 4 stitches, knit 20, purl 4. Next row knit all, then repeat. So to remind me I place 2 ribbons with holes cut in them on a peg wrong sides together one on top of the other. One color I write Purl on and the other Knit on and it reminds me ok this row is all knit and this row I have to purl (partly). As soon as I finish a row I turn over the ribbons and then if I get pulled from my loom I come back and know exactly what to do next :)
*From "celticdragonlady2002" To remove residue from Scotch tape: try peanut butter on the residue...smear some on the area, let it set for a few minutes, then wipe off. The sticky residue SHOULD wipe right off as well. The peanut butter oil has solvent properties that breakdown the residue.