This morning all I wanted to do was cross stitch but that’s pretty much every morning. I went out to water the garden and it was a bit cooler than normal and I’ve been needing to add more dirt around the plants. Vince pulled over some bags of dirt for me so I did that, then fertilized and watered. I came in, propped my feet up and sat for about an hour. Vince left to go to town so I hurried upstairs and stirred up a batch of peach ice cream to surprise him this evening. Got that done, cleaned up my mess, came downstairs, took Oscar out and had just sat down and the electricity went off. I thought about my options. I could go back upstairs and get dinner cooked so that once the power comes back on, I can cross stitch and not cook. I thought about knitting but since I use Knit Companion for my patterns and that’s the only thing I use the iPad for, it probably isn’t even charged. I had other options .. the Kindle, starting another batch of hominy but then I remembered the Yoctosun Headlight/Magnifier. I pulled it out, thinking the batteries would probably be dead but knew I had more batteries but it worked. Then I realized this one has a lithium battery that charges with a USB cable so it was actually charged. It isn’t as convenient or comfortable as using my big magnifying lamp but it sure worked so I could continue cross stitching without power.
There is also a version that uses 3 AAA batteries. With the batteries, I find that one gets a little heavy on my nose. On a sunny day or with good lighting, I’ve used it without the light and with the batteries removed and it worked too.
I’m sure happy I had this. The power was out probably a bit over an hour (a truck hit a pole 2 streets behind us . . so said the mail lady).
If you’re a stitcher who requires magnification and a good light, make sure you have something that will work if the power is out.