The ladies at my LYS turned me on to using highlighter tape to keep my place in patterns. I *love* it! I've used a magnetic board before, but it's cumbersome and not as portable. I've also tried using Post-Its but they don't stick very well after a while and tend to dislodge when the pattern is jostled against something else in the kniting bag. Oh yes, and I used to also make a personal photocopy of the pattern and then mark out the steps that I did as I got to them. That worked okay, except I'd have to keep taking the copies in and out of the plastic sleeves I store them in. Plus, if I was doing a chart that repeated, I'd end up marking off each row with a pencil and then erasing the pencil marks when it was time to repeat! So yeah, this stuff is way better.
I've had Juno Regina sitting in my car for months while I plodded through the mindless middle section, a few rows at a time during lines at drive-thrus and carpool pickup. When it came time to get back to the charts, I finished it off in a few days with the help of some handy-dandy highlighter tape. More pictures and details are in the Gallery and on Ravelry.
Speaking of highlights, Carolyn tagged me for a meme, so here a few highlights about me:
ACCENT: A bit Valley at times, though I've never ever lived in the Valley.
BREAKFAST OR NO BREAKFAST: Usually breakfast, but I don't pretend that it's always healthy.
CHORE I DON'T CARE FOR: Ironing.
DOG OR CAT: Neither.
ESSENTIAL ELECTRONICS: Laptop and iPhone.
FAVORITE COLOGNE: That stuff they spray all over Abercrombie & Fitch.
GOLD OR SILVER: Silver.
HANDBAG I CARRY MOST OFTEN: One I got at Target!
INSOMNIA: All the time--I'm naturally a night owl
JOB TITLE: She Who Has a Great Job She Loves ;-)
LIVING ARRANGEMENTS: House
MOST ADMIRABLE TRAITS: I listen and keep other people's secrets really well
NAUGHTIEST CHILDHOOD BEHAVIOR: I was a latchkey kid and used to use the electric stove (the kind with coils that heat up) to burn the edges of paper. I thought it looked so romantic writing pretend letters with them. In retrospect, I'm lucky I didn't end up burning down the house!
OVERNIGHT HOSPITAL STAY: Just for deliveries.
PHOBIAS: No true phobias, but I'm not very fond of creepy crawlies.
QUOTE: "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present." — Oogway in Kung Fu Panda
REASON TO SMILE: Too many to list!
TIME I WAKE UP: 6:40 AM, after having pressed snooze once.
UNUSUAL SKILL OR TALENT: Double-jointed in some of my fingers
VEGETABLE I REFUSE TO EAT: Brussel sprouts. Sorry.
WORST HABIT: Furrowing my eyebrows all the time. I'm gonna need botox!
YUMMY STUFF: Almost anything on a dessert menu and/or fried. I'm bad.
ZOO ANIMAL I LIKE MOST: Sea otters.