This is the year I plan to make a serious dent in my yarn stash. But what discourages me is the leftover yarn. I find it hard to put the extra yarn I did not use right back into the stash.
I love the satisfaction of moving a yarn entry into the "Completely Used Up" filter on Ravelry. So I'm always on the lookout for stash-busting projects.
While stash-diving for my latest project, I found a ball of short lengths of cotton and acrylic yarn that were knotted together. I think this came from an eBay yarn lot. I cut the lengths free and used the longer ones to crochet a round coaster. It's a little oversized, which I like in a coaster.
I wove in the yarn on each row, and started the new row in a different place. It's the only way I know to avoid those jogs that mess up circular crochet.
I just tie them up, catch them in a jewelry wire loop and run it through a small bead cap. That gets joined to a jump ring with another loop.
These markers are perfect for lace-weight knitting projects--they are colorful and very light.
When I want a stitch marker for my crocheting,
I just add a lobster claw clasp (instead of a jump ring) so they can be moved from row to row.