It may be that you've never found yourself in need of a scale in association with your knitting, but if you sometimes want to knit two socks from one ball of yarn or for some other reason need to divvy up some yarn, you know how handy a scale for yarn can be.
There are a lot of small kitchen scales that can do the job, and the EatSmart Precision Pro Scale is an easy-to-use, sleek option that won't take up a lot of room in your knitting tool storage area.
The EatSmart Precision Pro Scale has just two buttons: one that is for on/off and tare (adjusting the weight back to zero once something, like a bowl, is already on the scale) and one for adjusting the unit of measure between pounds, kilograms, grams and ounces.
One touch turns the machine on and the readout is pretty quick once you put something on the scale, though it can take a couple of seconds to adjust to a steady measurement. The makers of the scale say it is accurate to +/- 1 gram, and the scale's capacity is 11 pounds (5 kilograms).
If you need to get a tare weight or the scale just isn't zeroing out for you, a light click will reset the numbers, and holding the button down will turn the scale off. There's also an auto-off feature if you leave the scale on; it will turn itself off after 3 minutes with no use.
The scale takes 2 AAA batteries, which are included. It also has a 2-year warranty and, if you're interested in using the scale beyond the craft room, a booklet on calorie counting and the calorie factor for different foods.
Knitters aren't likely to be putting their scales to rigorous use, and a simple scale like the EatSmart Precision Pro is probably all the scale a knitter needs. I had another scale before I got this one; it was fine but the cover that goes over the batteries kept falling off, which is not a good thing in a house with a baby.
I haven't had any problems in the little bit of time I've used the EatSmart, with the battery cover or anything else. It's an easy-to-use scale that doesn't take up a lot of space and you don't have to give any thought at all to how to use it, even if you only need it a couple of times a year.
As of this writing the EatSmart Precision Pro was retailing for $25 on Amazon.com, compared to a list price of $44.95. I don't know that I'd pay full price for this scale, but if you can get it at a discount it's a great deal for a scale that handily does all a knitter will ever need it to do.