Occasionally, I am knitting things that require some row-counting. I’m usually not in a state of mind to go down a list of rows without some aid to help me keep track of which one I’m in, so I have been using dice to keep count for me.
Usually this was a special die, though – it’s a countdown die, which means the numbers are arranged in a way that you can easily find the next one in sequence. (It also has 20 sides, which is enough for most sequences.) Normal dice have the numbers arranged differently, and I was using a normal D10 (a ten-sided die, for those of you not familiar with this) which always meant some searching for the next face to move up.
Recently, though, there was the Spiel fair in Essen. And, as usually, I went there and had a glorious time and looked at lots and lots of games and game-related things… which includes stuff meant for roleplaying.
Now when you are roleplaying, it can happen that your character gets into a fight. You throw some dice, someone else throws some dice, and suddenly, your character gets hurt and you need to keep track of its health points… and while you can do so with a sheet of paper and a pen, or some other way of counting, there’s a new gadget around for this: a life-counter ring.
As in: something you can wear on your finger and use to easily and conveniently keep track of which number you are at.
Are you thinking the same thing I was thinking?
This knitting action is obviously missing the hand I need to hold the camera. Also, the ring should be turned to another spot – it has a clearly marked area for the current numbers somewhere behind my index finger.
Right. New counting thingummy for knitting. I haven’t used it in earnest yet (my current knitting project is not in the row-counting part yet), but have tested it, and it works fabulously. There’s a little spring wire between the two numbered rings that makes sure the count only changes when you want it. For that, you gently press the ring towards the middle and then turn it. It’s made from stainless steel, about one cm wide, and comes in blue (my colour), rainbow, gold, or black. It will also count up to 99, which should be plenty for all knitting purposes.
If you want to have one, too, the company making it is called CritSuccess, and they do ship worldwide. They also have a lifetime exchange policy – if your ring gets damaged, doesn’t fit anymore, or you have any other issues with it, you can exchange it for a new one.
Now if I didn’t have such a heap of work waiting to be done, I could go do some knitting…