Oh, yeah, metal pins can be bad. I have some of those coiless pin stitch markers. When I stop in at JoAnn Fabrics and have coupons, I hit the aisle where they have things like that and use 50% or 40% off coupons. Good thing I can because they like to get lost.
Cheating is an option. . . . Cheaters never win and winners never cheat, but smart knitters who want to retain an iota of sanity do, cheerfully. ~~Kory Stamper