I use a shoe box with knitting needles inserted the length of the box.
You can expect to get 5.5 stitches to the inch on US #5 knitting needles with this cotton yarn.
It is perfect for use with sizes 3 through 5 knitting needles and you can expect a gauge of about six stitches per inch.
However, you can have a wardrobe full of them, or at least one, if you take up knitting needles and make one yourself.
There are all sorts of knitting needles on the market, in all sorts of sizes and materials.