Nifty notions, gadgets and gewgaws
The rather stern-looking fellow in the photograph is Rupert Everett playing Inspector Gadget in the movie of the same name.
Seeing the sock forms Barbara was using to block her Highlander socks made me envious. I know there are all kinds of cool accessories like that for knitters, but I have none of them. Don't ask me why. Maybe it's because the few times I have bought knitting gadgets, I end up not using them.
Take stitch markers. I have a couple of different kinds. Yet I don't care for them. Invariably, I just use safety pins or a piece of contrasting yarn. Same with stitch holders. I had one I used when knitting socks, then I lost it and have since just been stringing the idle stitches on an extra piece of yarn.
Yarn winders look cool, but since most yarn comes in skeins already, how useful are they? The few times I don't get yarn in a skein, I wind it in a ball by hand.
About the only gadget I use on a consistent basis in a stitch counter. I have one that's shaped like a small cylinder and slips onto the knitting needle. This is really helpful when knitting patterns -- as long as I remember to turn the little dial at the end of each row.
So -- what gadgets do you love and use?