Well, Massachusetts isn't so far from Canada that there might not be a little bit of influence, eh?
Do you listen to the podcast Knitting Pipeline? Paula is a knitter and piper also.
I do have several beaded markers. I don't use them nearly as often as I use my split rings or jump rings. Often I will use a couple of beaded markers to mark a center stitch or border stitches so as I approach it, it is obvious what is coming up. Most of the ones I have are lighter, though I do have a few that are on the heavier side. The ones I will use depends on the project I'm working on. If I'm working on openwork lace, I choose some that won't get caught in the lacework.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that markers are just like anything else in knitting. Each person has personal preferences. And I will say that as the years go by, my preferences change. This is very obvious in the collection of needles I have. And sometimes there is a complete circle in my preferences, so I typically don't get rid of anything. Of course, I could be somewhat of a pack rat.
Mary, you have that right! For quite awhile, my knitting time went down. Although I'm not active in all of the forums, I am a member of all of them. I could really make it my job to respond to all the comments. If only I could convince KP that it would be worth paying me.