I am an avid listener of the knitting podcast "Cast On", and this summer's theme has been "Camping for Adults." You can earn beads for various accomplishments, or honor badges. I definitely qualify for the "MacGyver Level 1" badge. I once made a set of sock needles from a dowel, and I still use them. I'm pretty sure that I have used paper clips for stitch holders, too.
I encourage others to check the list of badges, it is a fun read, plus you will probably qualify for something to display proudly on your own blog or web page. Also, if you have not yet discovered the wonderful world of knitting podcasts, I pity you. Cast-on is only one of them, but it's a good start. Check it out, you don't need an iPod to listen, just an Internet connection and speakers, and it's free.