stitch markers are full of all sorts of uses.
I have a friend who knits in beads all the time. She likes to put so many in a row. So as she strings on her beads, she puts in a marker and that helps her keep count.
When I had to cast on over 300 stitches for a poncho for my mother, I used it to mark every 25 stitches.
In my Cable project, I used them to mark the 5 panels of knitting. Until I was established enough to remove them.
Note: I have to use removable markers. I am constantly knitting in my markers. I think it is a hazard of knitting with children in the house. Err, distracted knitting. I'd like to stress here knitting on the phone is fun but when you add a cat or two to the mix...
Anyhow. I've linked my detachable platic ones together to count rows.
but if I had pretty ones... I'd make sure I knit them in. Naturally I wouldn't be able to because I was trying to knit them in... I'm rebellious that way. Always not doing what I want and stuff...
Makes for a good mother... that's what I tell my kids. "What? Mommy didn't get you clean laundry? How would you like some new laundry instead? Let's go shopping!"