Now this could just be a man thing - and apologies to anyone who's seen this before - but inside an airmail parcel received the other day was my brand-new Row Counter Plus, what must be one of the most technologically advanced aids for the hand knitter.
I am fairly useless at remembering to increase my row count using one of those little tubular gizmos you put on the end of one of your needles. But because I like gadgets so much my new toy is helping lots.
Row Counter Plus can keep track of up to 3 separate counts of your rows of knitting. A digital display shows the count well for buttons operate the functions:
- increase count by one
- decrease count by one
- clear the active counter
- toggle between the three different counts
The counter is also supplied with a black lanyard so it can be conveniently hung around your neck. The ribbon on the original is quite long - even for a 6' guy - so I swapped it for the shorter one shown in the photograph. The hole for attaching the counter to the lanyard is very small, and it's a bit of a fiddle trying to recreate a replacement. That's about the worst criticism I can make about the product.
The manufacturer, Nancy's Knit Knacks, also make a simpler version that keeps count of just one item, and has just two buttons. I haven't seen too many places selling either of these, and certainly nowhere over here in the UK. If you are interested, the following links may help: