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About 2 weeks ago I was unzipping a provisional cast on and trying to coax the 30 very small live stitches that were created using very dark yarn onto a very small needle. It took more time, frustration, profanity, and wine than should have been required. I don’t have perfect eyesight, but I have great eyewear, and some pretty awesome Ott lighting, but still these tiny, dark stitches were getting the better of me.
I’ve also noticed lately that I pass over the darker yarns in my stash because knitting with dark colours isn’t as easy as it use to be. Especially this time of year when the days are short and there isn’t a lot of natural daylight to go around. So I decided it was time to find a magnifying lamp. A magnifying lamp is a magnifying glass with light bulbs around it so it both magnifies and sheds light on your project.
I wasn’t prepared to spend a lot of money in case magnifying lamps and I wouldn’t work well together, so I looked at the options on Amazon and found this small magnifying light.
So far, I really like it. It’s small and lightweight so it will travel well and stores easily in whichever knitting bag I’m using. At its longest point it measures 7.75 inches/19.7 centimetres and at its widest point it measures 3.5 inches/8.9 centimetres. The stitches are definitely magnified, but not too much. Also, there are multiple positioning options which gives me flexibility to change my seating position, adjust where my hands are, and I’m not forced to stay in a certain position or seat when it’s no longer comfortable. The light is very bright and I have not had issues with shadows on my stitches (which is something I was worried about).
On the other hand, it’s a very small lamp, so it wouldn’t be ideal for working larger projects at a bigger gauge. I mostly knit socks, so this size works for me, but I predict that it would become frustrating if I were working on anything bigger. Also, because it’s so small and lightweight, I fully expect to lose it. Soon. Any minute now it will meet the same fate as the countless stitch markers, cable needles, hair ties, and bobby pins that I’ve lost track of.
Overall, it’s a great addition to my notions kit and I’ve already found it useful (I dropped some small, dark stitches while doing colour work and had to feed them back up). If you’ve ever been frustrated by small, dark stitches, this might be a great option for you. Do you use a magnifying lamp? What do you think?