Light for knitting?

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I was brought up to have light coming over my shoulder for any kind of close
work such as reading. And without giving it a thought, I have always used my
reading light for knitting. But, over the weekend, I found myself sitting on
the porch  (in the shade) with the bright sunlight in the garden
backlighting my knitting.  It was wonderful.  I am going to rethink my task
lighting for knitting.

What is the best task lighting for knitting that you have found?

Aaron



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I have a four-tube (60-watt equivalent?) Ott light next to my work
chair int he living room.  I have it positioned to illuminate directly
from my left - not from over my left shoulder.  In my bedroom I have a
40w-equivalent Ott as a reader, and I use it for knitting when I'm
working on something simple that doesn't require good seeing.

I love my Ott lamps, but I do purchase knock-off bulbs from a local
lightbulb store.  The bulbs I buy are about 1/4 the price of a branded
Ott bulb, last as long, and are only a few angstroms different in
rated spectrum.

I'm incredibly thankful that I'm not yet suffering from long-arm
disease that is affecting so many of my age-mates.  I still have to
remove my glasses (or look over the top of them)  to see stuff closer
than about a foot from my face, while lots of my friends have to tack
things to the opposite wall in order to see :D

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I have the small folding Ott lite (Model TL13) and love it.  The bulb has 2
tubes which for me is plenty of light in most situations.  Like you I buy
the knock-off replacements, and the only reason I've even had to replace the
bulb is because I knocked the lamp off the table and the bulb broke when the
lamp hit the floor. ;>(

"angstroms"?  I'm off to the dictionary......  learn something new every
day! heh heh.

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I do have that to a small degree, mainly for reading the fine print in the
newspaper or a paperback.

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stuff closer

I can still knit without my glasses, which makes me happy too. ;>D

Shelagh



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A couple of years ago, I went in for an eye exam. Our son was
having one, too, and he went in first. The doctor came out to
the waiting room to retrieve her patients and when she came out
for me, I was reading a book. Went to the office and the first
things she said was 'So, show me how you read a book.' I was a
bit puzzled but picked up my book, opened it and held it like
always. She then said 'Do you see anything wrong with that?'
I, of course, was holding the book at almost arm's length but
just hadn't noticed it. :P

She offered bifocals to me but I resisted...until last year.
And I'm glad that I finally broke down and bought a pair.

Tracey


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I know just what you mean Tracey, I don't know what I'd do without my
varifocals.  Probably just ignore all those people who aren't in the right
visual range, i.e. about 90% of them!!
Love & higs
Christine


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" Christine in Kent, Garden of England"
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Varifocals are fantastic:) I had my other cataract done last week and once I
get my new specs I shall be just fine:))



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How's it going O?  I'm just so glad I got varifocals when I got glasses,
I've got a colleague who's constantly having to take her glasses off, find
them when she needs them. That would drive me even further round the bend
than I've already reached!
Reminds me of a story about when I was working on a psychogeriatric unit
where we used to have sing songs, WW1 songs etc, as a memory and
reminiscence exercise.  We were singing "Keep right on to the end of the
road" one afternoon when we got to the line that goes "though the way be
weary and the road be long, keep right on round the bend"  which tickled my
*slightly* warped sense of humour.  Here we were surrounded by poor old
souls who didn't know their ears from their elbows and we were singing "keep
right on round the bend". Fortunately there were others who understood the
giggling, and the old folks thought it was all part of the fun.  I felt a
little guilty, but it just was so funny!!  Never been able to sing the song
with a straight face since!!
Sorry about the diversion
Love & higs
Christine


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" Christine in Kent, Garden of England"
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Oh heavens yes!!!  The last time I needed new specs I was advised to taek
varifocals.  I resisted but was told that if I didn't like them after two
weeks they would change them!  Lol they knew what they were doing:))


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LOLOL not at all:)) Part of my job in the last years was working with
pensioners and I used to have that kind of singsong:))


O




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Funny...LOL

Els

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Ja for Jazz and cobra loose the rrrrrrrr

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LOL That is so funny!

Higs,
Katherine



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Great to hear that it is all going well Ophelia, and that your second
operation is now also behind you.  I bet once your glasses are adjusted
that you will be as good as new.

I have three layers in my glasses.  I found when I was working in the
library that I could not read the in between stuff.  Faraway was fine, and
reading was also fine, but shelf reading was a pain, I had to come up
really close to be able to read the titles and labels.  I got a third
layer added to my lenses and no lines in the glass to divine them.  It
works like a charm.  I do have early cataracts in both eyes, but for now
we still are doing fine.

Els

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Ja for Jazz and cobra loose the rrrrrrrr

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Thank you, I will:))


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Well don't hesitate to have the cataracts done.  It is marvellous what they
do:)



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Good to hear as I have cataracts starting in my left eye that will need
correction sooner or later. Right now I am with Els on the multilevel
glasses.  They are great and except for needing a bit more light than I
used to to see the stitches on dark items, I am getting along well.
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" Christine in Kent, Garden of England"
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I'm guessing varifocals are same/similar to "progressives" which is what
they are called in my neck of the woods.  I like mine quite well especially
since I used to just wear glasses for distance, but only in the last few
years needed them for some closer up stuff.  I can still read most stuff
without glasses, but the fine print on some medicine bottles makes me crazy.
I also use my reading glasses for the computer, and they're perfect.

Have a good Sunday!!  or maybe Monday for Mirjam!

Shelagh



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I guess they're the same Shelagh, and for my work I'd be lost without them,
from reading tiny batch numbers on vaccine vials (that's what first alerted
me to the deterioration in my eyesight) to computers the next minute I'd be
so fed up with putting them on and taking them off!!
Love & higs
Christine

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Thank you Shelagh, that is the correct word for me as well.  Ah well three
layers works as well....LOL

Els

--
Ja for Jazz and cobra loose the rrrrrrrr

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I have a Dazor light.  It has a circular bulb to accommodate the magnifier
in the center of the fixture.  I got my Dazor from DH for an anniversary
probably seven years ago and I have not yet had to replace the bulb (it will
probably go out tonight now that I have put this statement in black and
white!).  We purchased an inexpensive chair side table from Target and
drilled a hole near one corner for a bushing to seat the light.  I did not
knit at that time, but wanted the light and magnifier for my counted thread
embroidery.  I do most of that on a lap frame and stitch with my left hand
above the piece and my right hand below the piece.  The light is on my right
side.  I am right-handed so if I embroider in a hoop or in hand then a
shadow is cast but it has never bothered me.  The light can be extended so
that it is almost directly over my work if necessary.

BonnieBlue


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I use a foldable OTT light and it is really wonderful for any of my
crafts.  I've had it for about 2 years now and I haven't had to replace
the bulb.  Granted I don't use it everyday, but often enough.

I'll have to keep my eye out for those off brand bulbs though.

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