Ack, lace. No desire to try lace at all.
For stitch markers I use little girls' hair elastics. I got hundreds of them, in three different sizes in one package, for a couple of bucks at a drugstore. They came in separate size-compartments in the package and I just dumped each size into its own tiny plastic lidded box (those were 10 for a buck at the dollar store). Colorful and snagless and cheap! So I don't need to worry if I lose any.
Cranky, I think I do know what you mean...I've seen knitting looms with pegs to hold the yarn and a little tool for lifting loops to make the stitches (I think). I just didn't know you could make socks with them. I hope you have fun with it when you try it out!