Almost everytime I sit down to tat, I lose something. Usually, it's my hook for joining picots. A few times I thought the answer to the solution would be to find a Milwards shuttle that has the hook with a handle on one end. Only I'm not going to pay those outrageous prices I see them going for on eBay.
Instead, I made my own set of unloseable (Is that a word? It is now.) hooks. I cut down three of the 1,539 hooks(because I might lose one)laying around, drilled a hole, added jump rings and connected it to this very handy clip-on retractor I found in the quilting section of Joann, etc. Voila, I don't lose my hooks anymore. All the materials were things I already had for different craft projects. The only thing I paid for was the retractor, a whopping $4.99. It's also great for holding a small pair of thread snips, too.