I received an email from the CraftOptics folks letting me know that only two of their reviews were provided by folks who received free products. The remainder of their reviews are from paying customers. Also, the glasses, with the light, weight only 55 grams so that’s not heavy at all.
There are craft glasses that magnify and have a light. The company that makes them uses your own prescription and, knowing what I know now, I wish I had ordered those from Day 1. They’re VERY expensive but for what I’ve spent on magnifying lamps, I could easily have purchased the glasses. One thing I’ve thought about – IF I stick with my no buying this year, maybe my reward at the end of the year, may be to order a pair of CraftOptics. My main concern with them, aside from the cost, is the weight. I don’t even know if they’re heavy but if they are, and I’m looking down to cross stitch, that could be a problem. There are lots of good reviews. I’ll definitely do more research before ordering them. They do have a 45 day trial program but again, more research is needed.
Right now, I feel like the recurring problem with my stitching is my eyesight. I have several comfy chairs. I have all the supplies I could need. I have plenty of time with not too many demands on my time . . I could do better with time management, but seeing the tiny holes . . that’s a big problem that I haven’t completely resolved.
I do have several sets of “glasses”, some that clamp onto my glasses, some that the whole thing fits onto my head and over my glasses, some that are worn separately but still go over the glasses. There are so many options and none of them are terrible but so far, none of them have been close to perfect.
When I saw the eye doctor a couple of weeks ago, I took a piece of 40 count linen with me. Together, we decided on a pair of glasses that would work with the magnifier but be a bit stronger than my every day glasses, and they’re single vision so I’m not having to find just the right spot to look through. Of course, that means looking across the room with them makes my head feel like it’s going to explode. I can wear them down on my nose a bit, see over them (my distance vision isn’t bad) and still see to cross stitch.
I picked them up today while we were out and I’ve only worn them a few minutes while stitching so I can’t yet make a decision about what I think. I’ll report back later.