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Gadget time!

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That’s going to be a very short post and it’s about what you can see on the photo above. Yup, I bought a row counter and I just cannot understand why haven’t I done it earlier! It’s cheap, it’s small and doesn’t take up any space, and it’s so helpful! Seriously, all this time I’ve been counting my rows and writing them down on paper or in a text file if I had a pattern on the PC, each time having to stop crocheting for a while – now the counter is on my thumb like a ring and I only click the bigger key and that’s it! If I put it away and it goes off, after pressing the same key it remembers the number.

I’m a bit anti-gadget as I think this is already quite an expensive hobby, especially that I crochet a lot and adding more and more items just seems unnecessary. Plus I just don’t like hoarding and I try not to collect things I don’t really need. I already have way too many (well, not really, I use them all for different things, but still…) crochet hooks, needles, markers, buttons, eyes for toys, a large project bag, and now also two sets of knitting needles, cable needles (because I sooo want to make braids already, I can’t wait!)… seriously, if I ever move into my own house or a large apartment, I will have a separate room for crafts! With no access for cats, hear me, Stella and Ciri? I’m talking about you here! I try to limit buying those only to what I really need… but well, as much as crocheting or knitting without row counter is possible, it is just easier with it.

Do you have some useful gadgets that make yarn crafts easier too?

3 thoughts on “Gadget time!

  1. That’s a good buy! I’ve kept oscillating about whether to buy one or not — I feel that clicking the counter is an additional chore. ๐Ÿ˜€ For a long time, I’ve counted based on my position in the pattern / repeat, but a counter is definitely in my to-buy-or-not-to-buy list. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. I’ve also kept wondering if it’s a good idea to buy one for long. I mean I remember both my grandmothers knitting without it and they were just fine, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ but it’s definitely helpful and feels less like a chore than taking notes. And this model is just super easy to use. Also, it’s more useful in some patterns than in others – definitely very helpful with toys, those patterns always keep me counting in my head and taking notes on paper all the time.
      By the way, I love the idea of a ‘to-buy-or-not-to-buy list’ ๐Ÿ˜€ I have it too, and a special sub-list for all the yarn that I want to have but really shouldn’t buy any more ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. You’re right, Kat. Toys are slightly different. I don’t make many toys, so I think that’s why I still haven’t felt a crushing need for a counter. In any case, it’s moved towards ‘maybe’ now. ๐Ÿ˜ Who knows, in my next splurge, a counter might come home…
        And I know the yarn list you talked about – every knitter would definitely have one of those, lol!

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