J., in one of my classes, is working on the February Lady Sweater. The body pattern has 7-stitch lace repeat, and even in the smallest sizes, there are over 150 stitches to work in the pattern.
I recommend, particularly for those who are new to lace, that knitters use markers to divide up the groups of 7 stitches.
Which means that you've got a heck of a lot of markers on the go.
J. was working on her sweater late one evening, far away from the closest yarn store, and realized she was short of markers.
Being the resourceful type, she dig a bit of digging around in her apartment and landed on a brilliant solution...
Bend them around a pen or large knitting needle to make a nice circle shape, and knit on.