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STITCH MARKERS
Stitch markers are little round items, usually made of plastic or metal, that can be slipped onto the knitting needle to mark a certain place in a row.
Stitch markers are often used to mark the end of a row in circular knitting, where it is not obvious where the circle begins and ends. They can also be used to mark where increases, decreases or blocks of different stitches should be placed.
I like these from Knitpicks 






FLEX NEEDLES
Flex needles
Clover Bamboo Flex Knitting Needles
Two knitting needles with addition length with plastic lines 

These are great when you have many stitches as they are super light!














NOW FOR SOME PATTERNS:
 Baby Crochet Sandals
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Buttermilk Cottage
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Alaina said…
Awesome blog! Thanks for including my pattern.

Alaina
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