Lost tatting tools are most frustrating. Here's some of my "ounces of prevention" -- are there any others out there?
1. Picot gauge: I have one with measurements that is black on one side and a dark gold on the other: for the life of me, I had fits trying to find it even when I knew where I dropped it! So, I tied a colorful piece of yarn on it (bright purple): so, between the color and the curvy 3-D shape of the yarn, I have much less trouble finding this critter.
2. Crochet hooks: I use these for joins, and the steel ones I swear can disappear into cracks, slide down between cushions, work their way into all kinds of trouble: hooks can be nasty if they poke through things. Putting on one of the rubber sleeves (mine is bright blue) to cushion fingers makes them easier to see and harder for them to slip down between things.
3. Tapestry needles: I use these for hiding ends and tend to put them down in places I can't seem to remember to pick them up from. So, when I hide an end, I leave the remaining thread scrap in the needle until I'm ready to rethread it: if I'm planning to leave my work, I tie the thread scrap off so it will stay in the needle.
Does anyone have any other thoughts here?
Thanks for listening!