View Full Version : Older knitters and eyesight issues?

05-05-2007, 03:41 PM
I find myself, an over-fifty knitter, peering over my glasses and holding my tiny sock needles up close to see certain stitches. Has anyone found a solution to older eyes and size zero purl2together kind of work? Do any of the hobby lamps help? Any ideas?

05-05-2007, 04:55 PM
Well, I'm young (14), but my eyes are bad, I wear strong contact lenses, and I use store bought reading glasses when I'm knitting socks, lace, or anything below size 5 needles. I think a craft light would help, but I've never used one.

Jan in CA
05-05-2007, 05:02 PM
The hobby lamps help tremendously! I bought an inexpensive one ($20) at Home Depot and the light is awesome. The only problem I have is that the light doesn't reach my lap area well for stuff like socks or dark yarns so I stick the base of it between my legs and the light is directly over my work.

Other brands do make better ones for this though. Here's some links. You can buy the lamps at places like Lamps Plus, Joanns, etc or online.

Lamps Plus (http://www.lampsplus.com/products/s_ott/?cm_mmc=GOO-SE-_-Brands-_-Ott-_-ott%20lamps&sourceid=SEGOO0701091103)
Full Spectrum Solutions (http://www.fullspectrumsolutions.com/technical_data.shtml?sc_cid=169&s_kwcid=ott%20lamps|377412196&gclid=CPvo_LT194sCFQNHYAodOySPWg)
Ott Lite (http://www.ott-lite.com/)

When searching you can use words like "hobby lighting", "full spectrum lighting", "natural daylight lamps", "true color lighting", etc.

I plan to get a longer necked or more flexible light eventually.

05-05-2007, 05:03 PM
At 60 I have the same problem. I have a magnifying glass on a rop that supposedly goes around the neck. it has "feet" that sit on the chest to hold it in place. Unfortunately, I've never used it. It just lives in the knitting basket, longing to be in the free world, having fun. Maybe one day. I'll be interested in seeing if anyone has any good suggestions.

05-05-2007, 06:48 PM
I actually "made" my eye doc give me bifocals this year. I don't technically need them, but I can't see small needle work without them. So I said, give me a "1", and he did.


Couldn't hurt, might help.
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05-05-2007, 07:40 PM
Oh, believe me, I've had bifocals for years. But after a certain age, I think it gets easier to do close work by dropping the glasses to the end of the nose and just looking over the tops. It does tend to strain the eyes though. I have brand new glasses that work for everything but sock knitting, and they work fine for that,too, except for difficult little stitches. I am definitely going to try the Ott Lite or something similar. I was hoping someone would tell me that would be a good solution. Thanks, Jan, I'll be checking those out. I had also wondered about the magnifying glass, but I think that would give me seasickness or a similar queasy feeling.