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« Reply #20 on: December 08, 2005 04:31:47 PM »

You could always ask for things like ribbon, beads, buttons, press-studs and other assorted niceities which you find yourself having to buy when you start knitting larger objects.

I'm gradually accumulating a bag full of "nice buttons" because my mum keeps buying them for me.  Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: December 08, 2005 05:47:50 PM »

One of my favorite gadgets is coiless safety pins.  They come in 2 sizes and the only places I have ever seen them is in yarn shops.  I use them as stitch markers and tiny stitch holders.  They're also great when you're rescuing a dropped stitch and you're having trouble keeping track of it.  I also like to use them to keep track of my progress when I'm sick to death of working on something but I need to finish it anyway.  It's encouraging to realize that I'm getting closer to finishing  those epic baby blankets!
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« Reply #22 on: December 10, 2005 08:08:11 AM »

A few years ago for my birthday, my mum made me a long skinny drawstring bag  to keep knitting needles in, and filled it with gadgety things:
- things to go over needle ends to keep stitches on the needle when you're not knitting
- row counter
- rust-proof knitter's pins (for blocking, etc.)
- double-ended stitch holders (so you can remove stitches from either end)
- yarn needles
- gauge measuring thingy
- needle diameter gauge
- packs of special yarn detergent

All stuff that I use a lot, but probably wouldn't have bought for myself. It was a great gift!
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« Reply #23 on: December 14, 2005 08:06:44 PM »

The best investment I ever made was the Denise Interchangeable needle kit.  I got it for $47.95 and I use it exclusively.  I do have bamboo, metal, plastic, and other wooden needles, but I much prefer the Denise set.  I just wish I bought that set earlier.
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« Reply #24 on: December 15, 2005 02:08:36 AM »

When I'm trying to conserve on space (small project, small bag) I love my cute Clover accessories.  I gathered it all from using craft store coupons, and it was worth the time:

Stitch holders that come in their own pouches
Point Protectors (in an Altoid gum tin)
Chibi needle Case
Yarn Cutter Pendant
Ergonomic crochet hook

I also have a retractable tape measure from Joann.  It all goes into a small felted Buttonhole bag I made from the Mason-Dixon Knitting pattern along with the yarn, work in progress and pattern.  It's a small bag, but I'm still amazed at how bottomless it is.  The bag was my second experiment in felting, and another knitting tool I couldn't live without, now that I think about it Smiley  Gotta have a good knitting bag.

I could seriously use a ball winder, though.  I think that would be incredibly handy, since most of the fiber I've been buying lately has been in hanks or skeins that get really tangled in the middle.
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« Reply #25 on: February 01, 2007 10:03:09 PM »

Something my aunt made for my mom several decades ago was a quilted hook holder and a quilted knitting needle holder.  Basically the inside had a flap go halfway up with vertical stitching to keep the needles/hooks seperated and organized.  The back portion was much taller than the needles so it flips over the top.  Then the holder is rolled left to right and there's ribbons sewn on one end to tie the holder closed.  If I see one of them this weekend I will take a pic to post.
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