Thursday, January 9, 2014

Let There Be Light!

I won the coolest prize from Kelly at I Have A Notion and it arrived today!    A little back story -- this week I was with my sister while she recovered from knee surgery.  
I was there to help for a few days with food and meds and ice and the usual oddments that a person who is supposed to rest might need.    But I had a lot of time to sit quietly, too.    So I kept busy with a variety of things, including search and rescue research, letter writing, and crafts.   I made some adorable catnip mice with rick rack or feather tails.
I also worked on the endless scarf I am knitting.      I kept the lights low to avoid disturbing my sister and as evening fell, I had a hard time stitching and knitting.    More than once, I dropped stitches and had to huddle under a lamp trying to salvage my work so that I wouldn't have to frog the whole thing.

Which leads to the prize I won on I Have A Notion and received today.  A Beam n Read light from ASF Lightware Solutions.       I love flashlights, but this light is especially cool.  It has a choice of 3 or 6 LEDs, depending on how much light is needed, it has a strap that I can put around my neck so it's HANDS FREE.   If that weren't enough, it also has a built in magnifier and two filters, one for softer light and one for night vision!   And all this coolness runs on four ordinary AA batteries.    
My Beam n Read would also have been great for working in dim light so that I wouldn't disturb my sister, and at home in my own less-than-ideal lighting it will help me avoid dropped stitches and wonky catnip mice in the future!   And it will be perfect for stitching or knitting on long car rides, if only I had someone to drive me.  :)  

So I couldn't wait to try it.   I got out my knitting, and of course I always have AA batteries in the house . . . . except for today.    I seem to have used the last ones in my flameless candles.    I was SO disappointed, but I'll light it up tomorrow.    I have so much hand-sewing and knitting that I put down later in the evening when it gets too hard to see.   I can't wait to put this little helper to use!
If you haven't already, I hope you will check out Kelly's blog and her ihan shop.   I've followed her blog for some time, and it's been a great help to me.    Kelly has GREAT giveaways, but besides winning this cool prize, I've  gotten lots of ideas from her and have enjoyed her free tutorials.    I've also purchased fabric and notions from her store and I've been very satisfied with the quick delivery and super customer service.     Besides having a really useful blog and shop, Kelly herself is friendly and unfailingly supportive and helpful.    Thanks so much Kelly, I am going to love my new Beam n Read!  :)


Barbara said...

Looks like a great product. I have a head light, meaning it goes on my head. I like it but it gives me a hat head.

Dar said...

Congrats on winning that great prize. I know it will come in so handy for working when the lighting is not good.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I have that light - you're going to love it! blessings, marlene

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Very cool - nice win!! I'll go check out her blog too.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

I am delighted you won such a useful and awesome gift. I from reading this post I can tell u need it for your projects.
Been trying to visit you for a while now but google kept giving a weird message and I was worried that you had quit blogging glad that you have not.
I miss blogging but my computer is so bad now when it comes to downloading big sites.
Thank u for your sweet comment about Christi's wedding as u know I am over the moon happy and that is a strange but wonderful feeling that I had forgotten how it feels
Enjoy your new toys. Love your catnip pieces too
Stay warm