General chatter - A tool for the pool (and for crochet and knitting too)
09-24-2011, 02:22 AM
I bought a knitting row counter (pic below, $1.99 at JoAnn Fabrics) to wear on a cord while I swim, to count laps.
Today the lifeguard asked me what I was wearing and what I was using it for (he saw me fiddling with it between laps).
I showed it to him, and told him where I'd gotten it, and he thought it was so cool.
This is what it looks like (it's hollow like a spool, so you can thread a cord through it, and wear it around your wrist or neck, or pin the cord to your swim suit)
09-24-2011, 04:22 AM
That's a really great idea! If I ever take up swimming I can use my row counter to keep track. Multipurpose!
09-24-2011, 10:34 AM
Great idea! I'm thinking about how else that could be used in exercise. I bet there are lots of possibilities....
09-24-2011, 12:25 PM
I use those for knitting, they're great! esp if the pattern is a little more complicated.
09-26-2011, 04:48 PM
I've been meaning to pick one up to help with more complicated patterns, but I'd probably forget to use it for an easy row, then lose track of where I actually am...that said, it actually seems better suited for your idea!
I think people could use it at gyms for keeping track of sets, especially beginner-folk that don't have a routine developed.
09-26-2011, 05:15 PM
Great tool! Neat!
09-26-2011, 06:44 PM
I decided to use it for the pool, because I have short-term memory and memory retrieval problems due to my fibromyalgia (and or the medications I use to control it).
One small distraction, and my short-term memory is wiped (I'm like Dorey in Finding Nemo).
I would be mentally rehearsing the lap number in my head, and a stray thought would wipe it out.
I used to have an almost photographic memory, so it's really weird and disturbing to need assistance. I could just swim and not count, but I do like being able to gauge my progress.
09-26-2011, 06:59 PM
Oh my, why didn't I think of that? My pool is outdoors and I was literally moving small rocks from one pile to another :lol: I was trying to think of something like a baseball pitch counter, but it would rust.
I have a row counter sitting right here in my knitting supplies, but now I will have to wait until next year to use it, we just closed our pool this week. Thanks for the idea, I like to let my mind wander while I swim and I lose track of my laps constantly! Hmmm, maybe this could help me keep track of intervals on the treadmill too. . .
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