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Monday, March 7, 2016

Win your very own Sirka Counter!



** The winner of the drawing is lucky number 6: Kathy! I will be in touch! ** 
 
 This is a review of the Sirka counter. Let me start by saying the Sirka is a beautiful piece to have in your possession. It has great colors, and just feels nice in your hand.
But of course, it's not just a pretty face. It lets you keep track of stitch patterns, repeats, decreases and increases, stripes, and anything else you would like to count while you're knitting. It’s nicer than the little counters that sit right on your needle (how do you use them on circular needles, anyway?)  

I also like this better than relying on apps on my phone, because frankly it can drain the battery, and sometimes you want to use your phone for other things!
I won't try to explain everything about how the counter works – it’s on the website – but I will say that lets you keep track of several different things at a time such as decreasing for the neck, while at the same time, shaping the arm holes, and at the same time remembering to cable every 8 rows. You get the idea!
You advance the little hands every time you do the thing that you need to repeat and you keep doing it until you reach the end – which is marked by one of the colored hands on the face of the counter. That's not a very good explanation, but it does give you an idea that it is easy to use, and it is also fun to use.
I really enjoy using my counter! And I'm so grateful for GrellowandGray for sending me this one for me to try out.
Do you want to win your very own Sirka? Just enter a comment on this blog saying why you want to own your own counter. You must include your email or Rav id or Instagram handle so I can tell you if you've won! 
I’ll draw a winner in one week, on March 14.
Good luck!

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Plus I have some fabulous Scottish tartans in pure wool.

Here is a discount code! The code is GOODSTUFF5, which will give you $5 off your purchase. 


Enjoy, and happy knitting! Remember to sign up for my newsletter so you don't miss out on reviews, giveaways and special exclusive sales.

 

54 comments:

  1. I love knitting. It's brought me thru a very emotional lose recently . I'd love one to make remembering a little easier in these times. What a great idea and design. Thank you

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  3. Thank you for offering this give away. I've been intrigued by this new tool and appreciate your review. Would love to win.

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  4. I'm so interested in the Sirka counter. Your description did help me to understand it better than I had before. Just finished a project with 7 sections, many repeats. My little notebook is a flurry of check marks �� Thanks for the opportunity!

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  5. I am currently working on a top down sweater that would put a Sirka counter to good use. I have increases for the shoulders, the neck, and a cable chart to juggle. Sirka to the rescue?

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  7. I love the idea of having multiple ways to count on one device without words or paper!

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  8. I don't like using my phone or tablet - it always goes dark before I finish the row. I would love to win a Sirka counter
    kathyg on Rav

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  9. Hmm...I commented this morning and it seems to be gone. Lemme try again...... Such a generous offer - I have been wanting to try a Sirka!! My Rav name is joan122 and my Instagram name is jwingate122. Good luck everyone!

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  10. I just love knitting. A Sirka counter would be great to help me know where I'm at Thank you so much for the opportunity IG=Weihsing2

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  11. Thanks for the chance to win. I always struggle with which method is best for keeping track of my knitting
    Rav ID Gracie57

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  12. I love trying all the best knitting tools - and I've heard great things about the Sirka Counter. Would welcome the chance to try it!
    JersryShoreDeb on Rav

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  13. The Sirka Counter seems like it would be great for keeping track of pattern repeats in shawls and complicated sock patterns. Thanks for the chance to win it.
    Lmecoll on Ravelry

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  14. Mraking the row off on the pattern can get kinda messy if you mess up.. Rav Id ajdag

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  15. I've often find myself having to keep track of two or three things at once. This counter looks so much easier to use than a pencil and paper! I would love to win it!

    I'm vernalequinox on Ravelry.

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  16. Thanks for this opportunity to win a Sirka. I have been intrigued by the bits and pieces I've heard about it on podcasts, etc. just the little bit I've read on the Sirka website this morning enhances my desire to try it out! I agree that it is best to have counters that are independent of one's battery-driven devices!
    Mamased on Ravelry

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  17. Wonderful tool! I'm constantly losing my place on lace charts, this would be very helpful. Ravelry Id mamamustknit

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  19. I knit a lot of lace shawls and I think this row counter would be very helpful in keeping track of my rows. rav id: knittingdancer

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  20. I just finished a project for which I had to write out extended row repeats in two sections, which made me deeply resentful -- isn't that the job of the pattern writer? Using this tool would smooth my ruffled feathers and return serenity to my knitting world! I'm on Ravelry as RedwoodCoast

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  21. This counter looks so much easier than the paper scribbles I usually use!
    lindarumsey on Ravelry

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  22. Since I am a knitting teacher this would be a great thing to introduce to my students. I am always looking for items to increase their knitting skills. It also might help me finish a project I have been working on for a couple of years not because I cannot memorize the pattern.
    My Rav Id is Brenda-Gay

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  24. Definitely looks better than the tick marks on post it's that I use now! (Rav: jetia13)

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  25. The Sirka Counter sounds amazing. It would really help keeping track of the different row counts for the project that have more than one that you have to keep track of. I got a project now that would be wonderful for.

    Thank you for the review and the chance to win. My Rav ID: JulieRKnits

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  26. Love the bright colors of the new counter! And I could toss the collection of different color pens for making those little marks all over my patterns ~ cool!
    Rav id: LannieK

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  28. Would love to win this! I have seen them at Stitches Midwest and never pulled the trigger to buy one; I'm not sure why because I'm a huge sweater knitter and think I would use it all the time. Thanks for this opportunity but also for your review. Cori E Rav - irocknits

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  29. This would be an amazing tool to win! I can think of several patterns that would have been so much easier to follow along with this. Thank you Brenda for giving us a chance to win one.

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  30. This looks like the best thing ever--so clever, flexible, adaptable. Every knitter should have one.

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  31. Just watched the video..,amazingly! No more row counting! Whiskeyweaver on Rav.

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  33. Ooops, do over, forgot my ID. My Rav ID is BDgrammy. I love knitting complex cabled sweaters. How terrific it would be to not have endless lists of decreases, increases, etc.!

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  34. I'd love to try this tool, I have a phone app that has similar functions but as we all know, electronics have their drawbacks (occasionally ups the count when I haven't touched it). It looks somewhat like a fancy timepiece, very intriguing.

    The name is interesting too and very unusual. Apparently sirka is a condiment (vinegar) used in Indian cooking. Not sure how that relates to a knitting tool -:)

    Judy, mizcue on Ravelry

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  35. I'd love to have this little gem. Many times I have the scrap of paper and then can't find it
    Suellen
    QofEvthing@aol.com

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  36. The website said that they would love to see how it works with crochet. I'd love to review it for them! Thanks for the opportunity & I'll see you soon!
    Loretta1031 on Ravelry :)

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  37. I would love to use this for lace knitting. I knit a lot of shawls and this would come in handy.
    sparky136 on Ravelry

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  38. I am so happy that you reviewed this! I thought that it looked like the perfect counter, I usually end up jotting down notes as I go, usually losing them, having to recount everything.... I need one! I am Squezel on instagram and Mesoarty on Ravelry, I really enjoy your IG posts, they are so beautiful!

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  39. I have been lusting after this for a long time. Winning one would make my month.
    doobee60 on Ravelry

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  40. Love the idea of this counter! I am very intrigued and would love to win one. I need one because I tend to lose track very easily!!

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  41. I think I would enjoy using the Sirka. I hope I win it. Ravelry is Weston

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  42. I'm a gadget geek trying to improve my my knitting. This is a great tool. And bonus joy for the rainbow colors. Thanks for reviewing this!
    Ravelry - tantebeth

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  43. I would love the sirka counter.I keep losing the little papers I keep track on and the bracelets are nice but have more than 1 project.sjb1knits on ravelry

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  44. I have charts that i need to follow more than one chart with different row counts. this would make that easy!
    I would also love to knit more garments this year.

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  45. This counter looks so much easier than using paper and pencil to check off all the various actions that some patterns require. And it's stylish, too. I'd love to own one. I'm jchant on Ravelry.

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  46. I've heard great things about the Sirka Counter. I anticipate knitting sweaters in the near future where it would really help me. If I'm not lucky enough to win I'll just have to buy one.

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  47. I would love to have this because I knit all over the house - not always near a computer or my phone, but I could leave this in my project bag(s)!

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  48. To err is human, to count is divine! What a terrific little way to all those rows and stitches in line. Ravelry id: sunydz

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  49. Sometimes I sit with two or three counters. Now why didn't I think of this. It really seems like a handy tool. Ravelry ID Snobbyarn

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  50. I too am not a fan of the phone apps and I've been known to lose my slip of paper with all my marks! Would love to give this a try, thanks!! I'm egonzales74 on Ravelry and Instagram

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  51. I'd like to win because there just aren't enough fingers and toes to keep track ��

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  52. At the moment I'm knitting a throw. I'm using my phone to keep track of rows, but each row has a set number of stitches and a decrease in the middle... so I'm constantly looking at a bit of paper to recall which row corresponds with the number of stitches. The Sirka Counter would be a tremendous help.
    My Ravelry ID is Coltsaga.

    The project bags look adorable, but I have so many now (with various PhDs - Projects half Done) I'm running out of room for stash!

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