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typingN
Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 03/08/2008 :  12:06:47 PM  Show Profile Send typingN a Private Message  Reply with Quote
At Christmas I saw a neat baseball hat at LL Bean with headlights. The children bought it for me for my birthday. I think it will be very useful when we are camping or my DH is driving at night. I can read, knit, give directions.

elizh
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USA
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Posted - 03/08/2008 :  3:40:40 PM  Show Profile Send elizh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a headband style LED light that I got from Santa I really like it. Mine was from Bass Pro Shop. Superb for knitting in car or any place that is too dark.
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Sara Sue
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Posted - 03/08/2008 :  3:54:36 PM  Show Profile Send Sara Sue a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mine is a headband style also. Very small. Light is adjustable as to tilt. The headband is elastic. I got it at Bass Pro Shop for $9.99. I use it when we travel and I sit up at night to knit without disturbing my husband with the light.

Don't worry about the world ending today - it's already tomorrow in Australia. (Unk.)
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knittingrunner
Seriously Hooked

USA
810 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2008 :  4:46:36 PM  Show Profile Send knittingrunner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Gee...I use my LED headlamp for running in the dark. Never dreamed to use it for knitting!
Fellow runners joke that I'm a miner...I blind them when speaking to them because I'm short and have to look up to see most of their faces.

Running with knitting needles!
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NaProus
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Posted - 03/08/2008 :  5:01:24 PM  Show Profile Send NaProus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I should get one of these. We're having a power outage right now (currently operating on the generator!), and knitting is a bit tricky by candlelight...

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lizknit
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USA
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Posted - 03/08/2008 :  9:11:37 PM  Show Profile Send lizknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have several of the headband lights because I keep on misplacing them. They're great for knitting or reading or for emergency lights during power failures.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Scott Adams, 'The Dilbert Principle'
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knittingrunner
Seriously Hooked

USA
810 Posts

Posted - 03/10/2008 :  1:04:44 PM  Show Profile Send knittingrunner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
They are great for searching in knee walls and dim corners of the attic too!
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hillstreetmama
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Posted - 03/10/2008 :  3:18:35 PM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Did you see the LL Bean Christmas commercial with the kids wearing those and waiting for Santa? They all fell asleep, and the beams of light made interesting patterns in the air. Never thought of one for knitting. It's been a long time since we've had a power outage, but it sure would work for that if you needed it.

Jan
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Shelia
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Posted - 03/11/2008 :  06:28:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shelia's Homepage Send Shelia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Another option that can be used easily for knitting in the dark, or in dim places, is an Ear Light. It fits over one ear, like a bluetooth headset, and has a positionable LED beam. One of the advantages is that it is smaller and more directed than a larger light, but the beam is pretty bright if someone looks directly at it. They're easily and inexpensively found on line, or on eBay.

Shelia
www.letstalkstash.blogspot.com
ravelry name - sheliaknits
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CarlaNahas
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Posted - 05/14/2012 :  6:27:30 PM  Show Profile Send CarlaNahas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Christmas commercial with the kids wearing those and
www.ledstrips8.com waiting for Santa? They all fell asleep, and the beams of light made interesting patterns in the air. Never thought of one for knitting. It's been a long time since we've had a power outage, but it sure would work for that if you needed it.
[hr=http://www.ledstrips8.com/]led strip[/hr]
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sarah montie
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Posted - 05/17/2012 :  04:43:34 AM  Show Profile Send sarah montie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I used my light when I was in the Domican Republic with the Village Mountain Mission Project. We slept outside in hammocks (quite an experience) and we only had one propane light. Without my own light I wouldn't have been able to knit at night. I discovered if I went to bed with the sun, I woke up around 2 in the morning having had my 6 hours of sleep.
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crc532
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USA
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Posted - 05/17/2012 :  04:51:32 AM  Show Profile Send crc532 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Not sure if we have the LLBean light, but we have many. I use it to knit in the dark when we are traveling. I keep it in my husband's car because that is when he is driving and I am ALWAYS knitting. It really helps, but make sure you don't turn your head toward your husband. It can be blinding. My husband also uses them for walks on the beach at night. A very useful gadget.

crc
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sviter
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USA
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Posted - 05/17/2012 :  04:58:08 AM  Show Profile Send sviter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
i learned during the ice storm of the northeast a few years ago that every self-respecting knitter needs a head lamp. i had to travel far and wide at that time to find one. although it's a head-strap variety, i wear it around my neck more comfortably than on the head. wouldn't be without it.
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LJ
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Posted - 05/17/2012 :  05:20:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit LJ's Homepage Send LJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I bought one, and several other flashlight type things, at the hardware store last year when a hurricane was coming in. At checkout the gal was commented that the head lamp was a good idea to have hands free to clean up afterwards. I think she was surprised when I responded...I guess. I'm going to use it so I can knit.

Linda in Va

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art wares
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1 Posts

Posted - 05/17/2012 :  05:43:47 AM  Show Profile Send art wares a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use my headlight to knit when the lights go out at home. A couple winters ago we lost power for a few days during a huge snow/ice storm, and I was able to knit every evening with the headlight.
My first one eventually broke (had bought from LL Bean catalog about 20 years ago for camping trip--used for knitting in my tent at night). So, I bought my second one from Home Depot in the flashlight section for about $9.99. Great deal. Every knitter needs one of these.
Also, they are great at the beach at night. No flashlight to worry with. Hands free.
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grammy1124
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Posted - 05/17/2012 :  06:53:07 AM  Show Profile Send grammy1124 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like the Twist A Lite, which is a thin, lightweight, bendable "stick" with an LED light on each end. You can bend and point each light beam where you want it and you can turn them off and on individually. There are a couple versions on amazon, but here is a link to one of them. I gave them to my kids and grandsons as well and they love them. Very inexpensive.

http://www.amazon.com/Tech-Tools-PI-422-Twist-Lite/dp/B003OXWYJU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337262019&sr=8-1
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grammy1124
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Posted - 05/17/2012 :  06:54:22 AM  Show Profile Send grammy1124 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Meant to also say you bend it and wear it around your neck.
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bluesbee
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2 Posts

Posted - 05/17/2012 :  07:23:02 AM  Show Profile Send bluesbee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I often hang my headlamp around my neck when knitting and watching movies. That way, my knitting is illuminated, but I don't blind my husband when I turn--and I don't have the weight of the lamp on my forehead.
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istuke
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4 Posts

Posted - 05/17/2012 :  07:42:01 AM  Show Profile Send istuke a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've used a few headlamps and a ball cap with LED lights, but my favorite light is one I found in a 2-pack at Costco a few years ago. It's a HugLight by MyLight: http://www.mylight.com/huglight-4-led-p-219.html
It's probably also available on Amazon.

It's flexible, goes around my neck, and aims better at my work than a ball cap which seems to aim above my work (and it doesn't mess up my hair!). It's also pose-able (wrap it around something or create a tiny table lamp, etc.), and has various light settings. In the car, I can better direct it so that it doesn't bother the driver and it doesn't shine in his eyes when I turn my head to talk to him!

Gosh, I almost sounded like a commercial there. I love it that much!
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BooksAngel
Chatty Knitter

USA
165 Posts

Posted - 05/17/2012 :  07:46:23 AM  Show Profile Send BooksAngel a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I also use one of the flexible tube shaped ones that is called a "HugLight." Another use for it is in hotel rooms that are now using the new dimmer bulbs. With the tube around my neck I can knit with no problem.

That was the reason I bought it to begin with. Then I used it when the neighborhood lost power. Now one is always in the botton of my knitting bag just in case. Great for more light when fixing a stitch problem too.

Angel
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Sloknitr
Warming Up

USA
51 Posts

Posted - 05/17/2012 :  3:05:27 PM  Show Profile Send Sloknitr a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a headlight that I bought at REI. I use it when working on intricate stitches when the lights are low while the rest of family is watching TV. Haha - hubby has accused me of trying to blind him, on occasion. I contend that it is his fault for asking me questions when I am trying to concentrate. When I look up to answer, he gets it full in the face. BTW, that is a great idea for hotel rooms - I will make sure to put it on my packing list!
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