Shiny Needles/Glare

Anyone else have problems with the glare on shiny needles? Am I weird? I’ve pretty much quit using metal needles (include KP Options), because the glare hurts my eyes.

I’m not using a really bright light, but the glare starts to bother me after too long. And by bother, I mean it is almost painful.

There are lots of other needles that I can use, so it isn’t really a problem. I :heart::heart::heart: Denise needles, so this works out fine for me. I’m just curious if anyone else has this problem.


I have that problem and have to use indirect lighting when I knit. My problem is caused by a slight separation of the lens of the eye after years of “optic” migraines. I also have a degeneration of the muscle that controls focus and dialation in my right eye, so I usually knit semi-dark and blurry!

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Wow, duct tape really does fix everything. :teehee:

I sometimes have that problem when I’m knitting outside, but I never do inside, because my lamp isn’t that bright. I do have to stop knitting after a while when I’m outside, though.

I’ve never had that problem with knitting needles, but I had it with a crochet hook. My one and only crochet project involved 169 granny squares, which I completed within a 2 week period. The hook was gold, and left a little bright spinning spot in my vision for months after! It finally went away, but I honestly thought it might be permanent.

I don’t know why it doesn’t happen when I knit. Maybe because I know what I am doing (unlike w/crochet) so I don’t stare as intently at the needles? Dunno.

Yup, know whatcha mean! When I get the “glare”, I adjust the OTT-LITE that if over my knitting…or…I just turn it off and knit by normal lighting.

A change to wood or bamboo is also one of my options.

Just yesterday I was doing a BO using DMC Pearl thread on 1mm needles. Tiny thread on toothpicks, basically.


Red metal needles and red thread…You get the picture…it wasn’t pretty. I thought I was going cross-eyed trying to see the stitches. Before beginning a similar project, I will in the future consider needle/thread contrast.