So I was at the dollar store yesterday and I saw these:
They're toggle-style clasps used for jewellery making. 8 clasps for $1.00. I realized they'd be perfect for making stitch markers!
So I bought 2 packs of these beads as well ($1.00 each):
Here's the finished product. 8 stitch markers for $3 - with beads leftover.
For anyone who doesn't knit - those are mostly short-forms used in knitting pattern-writing. Any beads would work (the dollar store had some glass beads that had nice weight to them), but I thought the letters were cute. Wire might have been nice to string them up (except for the possibility of snagging), but I just used embroidery floss.