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Yarn Bowl and other stuff


Look at my new crafty purchase! It’s a beautiful yarn bowl from the Flying Tiger. Not something I’ve been planning to buy, even though I’ve thought about it a couple of times because of my cats. They always hunt my yarn so I have to be extra careful not to drop it while knitting (and the ball of yarn tends to jump all over my desk or coach which gives them many opportunities to catch it), and they always shed, even if it’s much less now than in summer. We buy lint rollers in Ikea in crazy amounts and I keep vacuuming all the time, but I can’t eradicate the fur in 100%. And when I drop the ball of yarn to the floor, it inevitably collects some cat hair which end up knitted into my work and I hate it. So yes… that, combined with a good price (6 euro) convinced me to give it a try and buy a yarn bowl.

A pair of autumn socks in the making

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Gadget time!


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?