Knitting Doodads for a Lucky Someone

I love knitting gadgets and doodads, and the goodies Fringe Supply Company sells are especially nice. I recently placed an order (fantastic customer service and shipping) for some stitch markers and cute little scissors. Because a knitter can never have too many stitch markers, or scissors. At least that’s my opinion, and justification.

I mostly use simpler stitch markers devoid of dangly decorations, so I purchased a set of Karen’s beautiful round brass stitch markers. I also like stitch markers that can be removed, so I purchased her antiqued removable stitch markers, too. Two sets of the removable ones ended up in my cart, as well as an extra pair of neat little scissors. So, here’s another random prize drawing for you all:

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If you’d like to win these, please post a comment and tell me about your favorite knitting gadgets or tools. Winner will be randomly drawn on March 10, 2016!

I do have actual knitting content I’ll be sharing in the very near future. My Grandpa Cardigan got side-railed while I worked on another small project. Which is now almost done and ready to show off. Soon!

56 thoughts on “Knitting Doodads for a Lucky Someone

  1. I have a repurposed Altoids tin that holds all my small notions, and I’d be lost without it. Love Fringe Supply’s stuff!

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  2. Funny, a friend just asked me to help her with a grad school project by giving her a list of my most valued notions. Weirdly one item that I really depend on is a repurposed Altoids tin that I keep scissors, plastic pins, stitch markers, and all different sizes of darning needles in. So that’s my answer. But those are some lovely stitch markers, I love her stuff.

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  3. I love stitch markers, long dangly ones, simple round ones with a bead, removable stitch markers, they all have a place in my knitting. Those little scissors are really cute and would be great in a traveling knitting bag.

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  4. What a lovely prize!! I really like the way it’s packaged. I’m gonna have to mosey on over & check them out!

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  5. Sign me up! Thank you for posting such awesome giveaways, and for making such BEAUTIFUL yarn! I can’t wait to shop your skeins in person at Rhinebeck next fall!

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  6. I love knitting doodads as well. One that I use a fair bit is the Knitpicks knitting gauge. What I like about it is the magnifying bit that allows you to clearly count up your row or stitch gauge. My other fave is a short little crochet hook (on a key ring, with some lovely gems) that I use to pick up stitches. Priceless!!!! Oh, one more. An antique, tiny tiny metal crochet hook I use for beading.

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    • I totally love my little crochet hook thingee, too. Only I don’t have one on a key ring, which at least one other commenters has mentioned. I am now feeling bereft and must obtain this extra-special gadget-on-a-ring for myself (it doesn’t matter in the slightest that I already have perhaps 4 of these little crochet hook stitch-picker-upper already … they’re not on key rings to they don’t count).

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  7. It has to be my Strauch ball winder, bought at a craft supply recycling store for a song. Wow, has that thing changed the speed of the cast on in this house. We all watch it in awe.

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    • Hmmm. I’ll have to look into that! I have their umbrella swifts, which I love … and I happen to need a new ball winder. 🙂

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    • Darn it. I just looked at that ballwinder, and now I need it. I knew this having people post their favorite gadgets was going to get me in trouble! 😉

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      • They’ll be at MDSW, in the Carolina Homespun booth Main Exhibit Building where you will also be! Looking forward to seeing you there!

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      • Oh, I know where Carolina Homespun is, believe me :-D. Also, Otto lives not that far from me … might have to make a road trip!

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  8. Thanks! I love my fabric “tool box” that has a nice stuff zippered opening that stays open while your yarn streams through the side. It’s actually made for tools but my husband found it and it’s perfect for knitting projects. And it’s a nice grey with light purple edges.

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  9. I love stitch markers too, I like the dangly ones to look at but rarely use them. Simpler the better when I’m knitting.

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  10. It’s so hard narrow it down to one item, but if I had to choose, it would be good scissors. Mine seem to be easily lost. I do love my entire notions bag full if goodies though. Mine is a clear, zippered pouch so I can easily spot where something is without having to dig.

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  11. I love the variety of knitting needles available from birch wood to addi steel and even occasionally use my Susan Bates from way back in the beginning like 1960s.

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  12. One of my fave knitting tools is that transparent tape for marking lines. Even though I am a techie, I guess I am just old fashioned and like a paper pattern so the tape is perfect for keeping track.

    I also love my el cheapo plastic needle gauge. I always wind up with circular needles scattered everywhere, so I grab a handful of needles and use the gauge to make sure they get tucked away in the right place once I clean up.

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  13. i love those folding collapsible scissors- i adore those things ……i can’t accidentally stab myself and they fit in my knitting tool kit

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  14. I can hardly knit without my iPad and Goodreader anymore…sometimes I even scan a pattern so I can get it into the iPad.

    I use stitch markers everywhere and I admit to loving the ones with colored beads, but not the dangly kind. And when I actually need a cable needle for complicated cables that I don’t trust myself not to lose the stiches, I LOVE the little flat-sided wooden cable needle from Indian Lake Artisans that Anne Hansen sent out with the first 2013 BNK club project. It’s smooth enough to move the stitches easily but nothing slips off that wood unless you decide it should,

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    • I’m the same, with GoodReader. I love being able to grab my iPad and have everything I need right there (really, at this point I don’t know what I’d do without the thing. It’s kind of ridiculous how attached I am to it). And I love my cable needles, too, although I must admit that I like cabling without a needle even better ~ so much quicker!

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  15. Love Fringe Supply Company, and they do provide great customer service. Stitch markers, sharp tip scissors and very pointy knitting needles are must haves for me. Karen at Fringe Supply also has knitting graph paper that is awesome. Thank you for this opportunity!

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    • Oh, I actually purchased her knitting graph paper, too :-). Forgot to mention that heh heh

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  16. You can never have too many stitch markers! Maybe that should be my obit marker instead of: Just let me finish this row!

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  17. I love the little scissors. For me I love index cards and post its. The index cards are great if you are working on a hard to memorize pattern. I write or print off one line on the chart ( usually enlarged) on one card. I have a card for every row. Then I punch a hole in the corner and add a ring or piece of yarn. That way I can look at one row at a time and once I have completed the row I flip to the next.

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    • I have done that with index cards, too, and it’s really helpful. Lately, though, I’ve been downloading patterns into a pdf reader on my iPad (GoodReader, I think) where I can create a red line that I move up after I finish each line. And I can make the chart larger, too, which is helpful. It works really well 🙂

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      • Yes! I love Goodreader for that…I feel so much more relaxed with lace patterns now that I can move the colored line up to the next row as I go.

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  18. Gagets are the best, i love the small things which can make working a joy. I like my stitch markers simple, not heavy, and use different colors to tell me what I should be doing at each point.

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  19. I love simple stitch markers too – hate the dangley ones. I love my small tool that has a crochet hook on one end and a knitting needle on the other – use it so much for fixes. Also LOVE my ChiaoGoo Interchangeables – the best!

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    • Hmmm. Haven’t tried those interchangeables (I’ve tried others which I just didn’t like … I always go back to my beloved Addi Turbo Lace needles). I love those little crochet hook repair tools, too ~ they make ripping and reknitting small areas so much easier!

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    • The ChiaoGoo interchangeables are wonderful. I had a set of Addi interchangeables and replaced them with this set. These have an ultra smooth join – no catching like the Addis. I have lace points and they glide, but not so slippery that the stitches slip off. Seriously, the best set ever.

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  20. Those timy scissors are so cute!
    I like simple skinny st markers- big enough not to mistakenly knit over (and then have to cut out), but not so fat as to leave a gap in my knitting. Some of my markers are closed rings, others open and can easily be moved about. My favorite knitting tools are my Signature fixed circular needles. My fave other accessory is me Sirka stitch counter. Both are colorful, easy to identify (needle size for the Sigs, multiple ways to count rows and sts with the Sirka, both made it n the USA.)

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  21. I like simpler stitch markers too. The ones that dangle always seem to get in the way of the knitting and are much fiddlier to move around. I think it’s a tie for my favorite gadget. I love my row counter that I can wear around my neck and also locks in place so any jostling in my knitting bag won’t change my row count. I also rely a lot on my little two-ended crochet hook on a key chain. It makes ripping down to fix a stitch or picking up a dropped one much easier.

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    • Love those two-ended hooks! I haven’t seen one on a key chain, though!

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  22. Thanks for the recommendation. I will check them out! Right now, my favorite knitting tool is Knit Companion on my iPad. I do a lot of lace and cables and KC is great for keeping track of where I am.

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    • Yes! I use GoodReader, though, but I think they’re similar.

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  23. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about a yarn bowl at first, but after using it on my last sweater project, I now consider it a must have for my at-home knitting. I do LOVE those little scissors. I am going to have to order a pair or two!

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    • I haven’t tried a yarn bowl, yet … but I’m thinking about it 🙂 Because, GADGET!

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  24. I recently saw those stitch markers, and I’ve been meaning to pick some up – you’re right, you can never have too many stitch markers! Stitch markers and a tape measure are my most frequently used gadgets – That, and the row counting app on my phone!

    Those scissors look like they’d tuck very neatly into my needle holder bag as well 🙂

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    • Yes! Tape measure! I just bought another nice one at Loop Yarn Shop in Philly ~ it’s a cute little panda 😀

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  25. I love the stitch markers. I own pretty ones with dangling gems but never use them. I always pull the simple circles to mark my work. These are even better because they are removable!

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    • I love the ones with pretty dangly things, too, but they always seem to get in my way. Although I do use one for the end-of-row (or else a different colored plain marker).

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  26. Cute little scissors! The holes look big enough for my aging arthritic knuckles!
    The tools I keep nearby are a tapestry needle, a small crochet hook to grab dropped stitches, a cable needle, and a little bowl of stitch markers.
    Thanks!

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    • Yes, love them all. And you’re right; the handle holes are pretty large ~ I liked them because I have chubby fingers and I hate when they get stuck in tiny scissor handles (always a hassle when you’re holding your knitting with one hand, cutting things with the other … and then you get stuck in the scissors!). These are great because they’re small, so they easily fit in my little knitting tool bag, but with the large holes so I don’t get stuck in them.

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      • I’m not sure. They’re from Fringe Supply Company. I don’t know where Karen gets them, but they’re neat 🙂

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