I see a lot of scarfs done with pompon / gnocchi yarn here (haven't made one but watched someone knit one). They work them with very thick needles so each pompon falls between the stitches (uprising or falling side of the stitch) and does not get in the way much but is pulled down by the weight of the knitting.
But if you are working a more dense fabric, that will not do the trick. Sorry, I think you will just have to get through with that.
With furry yarns I have worked and seen that any kind of pattern is lost, so I do entire garter stitch or stochinette stitch for the whole piece and get on ok with my knitting. I knit mostly by feel as well, ESPECIALLY for those yarns. It IS hard however to find out where you are at (in decrease sections and such) because you can't read your knitting as easily (seeing the decrease, couting the stitches or rows further down). I do use waste yarn to mark my spots more often than in other knitting.
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