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.