Needle Tip Protectors
|Clover Large Needle Tip Protectors|
I use these for something other than what they are intended for. I typically like to use smooth needles for lace knitting, and for some reason my work would slip right off the needles in my project bag and I would inevitably pull out a project with a bunch of dropped stitches. These handy needle tip protectors not only keep your needle tips sharp, but they prevent your work from sliding off slippery needles!
Blocking Wires and T-pins
|KnitPicks Lace Blocking Wires|
These are incredibly handy for achieving a nice, even edge along the straight side of a shawl (if it has a straight side) and for ensuring even points along the longer sides. This even works for crescent shaped shawls as most blocking wires are quite flexible.
KnitPicks offers a set of blocking wires that comes with 20 T-pins, but I also have a set of rust-proof pins that I purchased at Joanns. 20 typically isn't enough (especially if you're using them for larger pieces or garments)
|Children's Interlocking Mats|
KnitPicks offers a set, but you can also use mats intended for exercise rooms or for children's play areas.
|Knitter's Pride chart keeper|
I use all of these things for every shawl I make!