Love… craft

Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl knitting.

Hail the dread row counter! In a vain attempt to spare your puny mortal minds, the horror that lurks beneath is hidden by the [more] link.


Yes, that’s right, it’s a life counter, which I bought from Dark Platypus. Made from lead-free pewter, including the wheels, so it’s lighter weight and brighter than you’d expect; each of the two wheels goes up to 30, so you could even use it to count repeats or stitches as well as rows (assuming that none of your numbers exceeded 30).

The wheels don’t turn very smoothly, but that’s possibly adjustable (there are screws underneath); haven’t tried it myself yet. The metal wheels of my counter don’t jostle out of place with casual handling, so while there’s no guarantee that the wheels won’t dislodge if you tossed it in a knitting bag, you can still take it with your portable knitting project if you pack it carefully. But when I’m working on a project that requires keeping track of rows with a counter, it generally means that I’m unlikely to travel with it. So, overall, I’m very pleased with this acquisition. (I can only hope that it is pleased with me.)

The picture is printed and laminated on, and there’s a variety to choose from. The numbers and the borders are inked in black. The counter is actually smaller than you might think from this picture, and there’s an even smaller version available with plastic wheels.

Yes, the plastic row counters you can buy anywhere else might be easier to read, and they might be more portable or make neat little “katcha” sounds when you use them, but they have no soul. Nor are they likely to consume yours.

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12 Responses to Love… craft

  1. Martin M says:

    Naughty aunty! I almost spit me coffee all over my nice new lcd monitor. Cthulhu fhtagn!

  2. Steph says:

    That kind of gear might get Craig knitting.

  3. Marie says:

    ooh…I can convince my hubby to get me one of these! I may even be able to convince him to knit, if he gets a nifty Cthulu row counter! hehehe

  4. Chris says:

    I wonder what knitting looks like after its soul has been consumed?!

  5. LaurieM says:

    That’s way better than the parts counter my mom used to use. Dad worked as a machinist for Emco and they had these counters hooked onto the machine to count the parts. After a bit they’d wear out and not count as well, so they’d take them off and throw them out. Dad rescued one for mom and it worked great for knitting. But uuuugly!

  6. Sara says:

    Well, now, that’s cute and all, but I think the one knitters *really* need is the feral sheep:

  7. Ruinwen says:

    OMG that is so cool. I just ordered the feral sheep and Faerie…thanks for sharing this!

    Ruinwen :)

  8. minnie says:

    too cool!

  9. Wannietta says:

    I love gadgets – ‘specially when they’re totally cool!! I have just ordered the Time counter. Tick tock … tick tock …

  10. Kelly says:

    I love it when people surprise me! How fabulous! Do be careful with your knitting though – it might eat that or that critical bit of pattern you’re writing.

  11. sarah says:

    I WANT ONE NOW. Even if it must be paid for in blood. Just remember: never split the party.

  12. Laura says:

    All Hail Cthulhu!!! Long may he(it?) count!