T-pins or the tip of a very thin awl, my favorite, can be used to lift up wire loops that are too tight for the lead wire to slide through. When it is difficult to pull the wire, it becomes work hardened faster and you run the risk of it breaking. I find it is easy to lift the knit on three ribs, then weave, lift three ribs, weave, etc. There is less breaking and less kinking when doing this.
As my projects became more complicated, I realized I needed to keep track of what I used and what I did to achieve the results. I keep a binder with photos and information on each project, but also keep a folder on my computer with photographs, including the information, and findings