I'm part of a little crafty group at work. We meet on Wednesdays at lunch and most of us knit (although we welcome all crafters). I hatched a plan to make some silly knitter-ly ornaments and here is what I came up with.
Unfortunately, I couldn't think of an easy-as-toothpicks solution for the knitting needles, so I went ahead and used toothpicks. I realize that this results in a disproportionate needle-to-yarn-ball size ratio but... I still think they turned out pretty cute. I mean, you can tell what they are, right?
I used small Styrofoam balls for the core (1.5 inch, I think) and wrapped yarn around and around. I then used a darning needle to poke the yarn through the other side for a hanger. Two toothpicks later and voila! Yarn-aments! (Sorry... couldn't resist.)
Also, note that the first yarn-ament is orange and brown. This one was for Jan, who is a fellow Browns fan. Go, Browns!