Here is what my kit contains:
- a collection of darning needles in various sizes so I can graft, darn, or weave in ends
- two different sizes of post-it notes (normal and tiny), so I can write notes or track progress on a chart or set of instructions
- a measuring tape
- a bottle of travel sized moisturizer so my hands are never dry when I want to knit (I take them from hotels when I travel)
- a needle gauge, stitch measurer, and ruler so I can double check that my needle is really a 2.25mm, that my gauge is correct, and that my cloth measuring tape is giving me proper measurements even though it is old and worn
- two row counters One attaches to the needle, the other one attaches to me.
- a black pen so I always know that I have one because I always seem to need one when I don't have one
- two cable needles so that I can cable with a variety of yarn weights. I am a fan of the ones that are shaped like a J; they seem to get the job done without getting in my way
- a few price tags (white piece of paper attached to string) so that I can mark a swatch with the gauge or a knitted piece with information that needs to stay with the garment. These are really great to attach to a garment if you know that it is going to the retired WIPs for gauge issues, missing pattern, whatever. This way, when you pick it back up, you can quickly see why you stopped working on it in the first place.
- a variety of stitch markers including brass rings, locking stitch markers, and flexible stitch markers (NOTE: I do not keep my fancy stitch markers in these kits just in case they go missing.)
- point protectors so I can keep my stitches on the needle when I am not working on my project
- a yarn cutter so that I always have something sharp with me to cut the yarn. I like the yarn cutter better than scissors, because it is smaller and cuts better.
- a small crochet hook for picking up dropped stitches and for beading
- two "ends" and a key to my KnitPicks interchangeable needle set, so that I can take the needles off or un/tighten my needles whenever I need to do so
What do you keep in your tool bag?