Travel light

February 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Posted in English | 1 Comment
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Pun intended.
Space
While travelling I only allow myself a tiny pillow that fits in a food container, extended with a stiff padded cover cloth. It requires smaller projects with thinner threads. The cosy light in hotels is usually not very comfortable to make lace. So I decided to buy myself a combined and portable magnifier-lamp. Packed separately in a box it is relatively big in a suitcase. But wrapped between clothing it does not take much space.
Power
The led lights work on an adapter or batteries. Don’t forget to remove the batteries while travelling: the button could get pushed accidental and switch on the light.
Six leds
The leds give relatively bright light especially as you can direct it close on your work. But as it are six, pins throw six shadows as you can see with the big blue pin when you zoom in on the image. It causes additional shimmering to the wire. For natural fibers and not too many pins it might be less of a problem.
Magnifier diameter
Though I chose the larger variant, the magnifier has still a relatively small diameter: 9 cm or three and a half inch. At a larger distance the magnification is stronger, but chances are bigger you see your work with just one of your eyes.
Rim
Some (re)sellers are proud their magnifier has no rim, suggesting you are not stuck with an invisible area. But the magnification already causes an invisible circle. But the absence of an inset lens is indeed an advantage, might be nice for needle lace makers, but just disturbing for bobbin lace makers.
Independent
Magnifier and lamp are each mounted on a flexible arm of their own. So you can position the magnifier as you like it your self, and position the lamp without disturbing others.
Conclusion
For shorter periods of making lace (like after dinner) it was OK, but at home I prefer something better.

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