A Left Handed Bread Knife – YIPEE!

Not long ago, my mother-in-law came to visit, and as per usual, she would bring me things that she no longer wanted from her house. Being left handed, most of these gadgets were useless to me.

I have been married for 29 years, and this has become a familiar ritual with our family.

She was always bringing me cutlery that “didn’t work” or scissors that “didn’t cut”

Which brings me to her “well meaning gift”. She shows me this large bread knife, and says “You can have this dear, because it is too dull and does not cut for me”. Besides, thinking the obvious, about why someone would give away a dull bread knife for a gift, I politely took it, and put it away to be discarded later.

A few days later, I had made a fresh loaf of bread in my bread maker, and grabbed this bread knife, and by habit, put it in my left hand. Up until now, you must understand, I can’t carve anything with a knife, as I completely shred it in my left hand, or worse yet, injure myself. But I looked at this knife and realized, that there was nothing wrong with this bread knife, it was perfect for me.

This bread knife was a left handed bread knife, and yes there is a difference! The serrations on the knife are on the opposite side to a regular right hand knife. I was stunned and amazed, that there was such a thing, and I made a beautiful cut in the loaf of bread.

Even though left handed people are only 7 to 10% of the population, it is nice to have something created for a left handed person.

I have since found that there are companies now, that make everything from left handed bread knives, to carving knives, can openers, pens, rulers, tape measures, even left handed note books… and the list goes on. So there is no more struggling with right handed gadgets for me.

So, all you left handed creators out there, give yourself the gift of left handed tools and products that will make your life easier in this right handed world!

This was the best gift I got from my mother-in-law yet!

http://www.make-crafts-for-cash.com/lefthanded.html click here to find many great left handed products. Worldwide shipping. Make your life a little easier if you are left handed, or you know someone who is left handed. Article and website by Diane Palmer

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Published in: on May 24, 2010 at 1:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Left Handed Crochet

Working crochet left-handed is just as easy as working it right-handed. The methods for forming the stitches and holding the hook and yarn remain the same; you simply use your left instead of right hand. Patterns and instructions are generally written for right-handed people.

Therefore, remember to substitute left for right and vice versa. This is the only adjustment you will need to make. The easiest way to learn crochet if you’re left-handed is to sit opposite another crocheter and mirror their movements.

If you’re using a book for instruction, you can take the illustrations to a copiers and ask them to make transfer image copies. This flips the images over. If looking at diagrams on the Internet, keep a mirror next to your monitor. Position it so that you can view your monitor through it. The mirror will flip the images to make them left hand interpreted. Alternately, use the right click function on your mouse over the image.

Any image-editing program, like Windows Paint, will allow you to reverse diagrams before printing out by doing a “horizontal flip”. Usually though, it can be easier to change the settings on your printer so that it reverse or mirror image prints.

Sometimes, you may have to take a few minutes to prepare if you’re a left hander, but the amount of effort is minimal and will save you hours that could be lost trying to figure out how to reverse instructions.

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Published in: on May 16, 2010 at 10:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Gifts for Left Handed People – I’ll buy that!

Something in the region of 87% of the human population of this planet are right handed; and although they will know — with very few exceptions — at least one person who is left handed, be it a family member, close friend, work colleague, school pal, or simple acquaintance; they basically take that dominance for granted. This is brought about through ignorance; not in a selfish way, but through the fact that we all live in a ‘right-handers’ world. As a consequence, they have never had to struggle in the same way as the left hander; who for generations, had to adapt to tools and equipment that were designed to be used in a completely different way. This they have done brilliantly, with little fuss; often being the butt of some uninformed gag. Well things are a changing! Finally the penny has dropped with manufacturers; so much so that there is now a whole host of products available, designed exclusively for the left handed user.

There are far too many to list in one brief article; but as a few examples, you can now acquire, for use in the office or at home, stationery items such as: Ruler — how good it will be to be able draw a line without the other hand obscuring the measurements. Notepad — designed with the right edge glued down to allow removal of sheets whilst writing with the left hand. Ballpoint pen — creating the perfect pen grip which eliminates smudging, by allowing the user to clearly observe what has been written. Scissors — always create a problem for left handers, so with this alternative style, with the blades reversed, a clear view of the cutting line is always visible. Cheque books are also obtainable — one of the many awkward things a left-hander has to do is attempt to fill in the stubs. This version has them down the right hand side, so at least you’ll be able remember where all your money went! For the handyman/woman out there how about the left handed paintbrush, with its unique handle shape which bends to correspond with the shape of the hand; or maybe a craft knife, with a left-handed locking blade? In the kitchen there is a corkscrew with an anti-clockwise screw; or a can opener which is held in the right hand and the rotary handle turned away from you with the left hand — on the left side of the tin!

I guess any of the above could be given as a thoughtful present; but if you’re looking for the more personal touch how about a ladies leather purse and the gentlemen’s leather wallet, each with a completely upturned design, which enables them to be undone, without their contents emptying out everywhere, when opened by a left-hander. Perhaps a manicure set, containing left-handed curved nail scissors for the lady and a Swiss army knife – with scissor blades reversed and corkscrew with an anti-clockwise action; for the gents. Amongst the most exclusive gifts for left handed people is the left handed camera, with its 2 shutter release buttons, one on either side so it can be used comfortably with the left, or right hand. So at long last we are getting there; obviously simple economics will dictate that a high percentage of commodities will continue to be built specifically for the right hander, but it would be interesting and highly amusing to see them trying to use an alternate design with a left hand bias. It is re-assuring to know also that some of history’s most important, influential and successful people were themselves left handed. Again, there are far too many to mention, but when you cite the likes of Horatio Nelson; Leonardo Da Vinci; Michelangelo; Pablo Picasso; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Ludwig Van Beethoven; Marie Curie and Albert Einstein it certainly proves to parents of a left-hander that it need not be a handicap. Although it is worth noting that Einstein had problems in almost every subject in school and was frequently labelled as being backwards! But then again those tutors would have been right handed!

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Published in: on May 15, 2010 at 9:45 am  Leave a Comment  

Left Handed Underwear

Left Handed Underwear is a style of underwear on the market that is aimed primarily at males that predominantly use their left hand. However this name is actually a bit of a misnomer, as it is not so much specifically for men that are left handed, as it is a rearrangement of the opening flap that is suitable for anyone regardless of what hand they use predominantly.

Y fronts or Jockey briefs are designed for right handed males, no surprises there. Boxer shorts and some boxer briefs have a vertical center opening, which may or may not be sealed with buttons. This style of underwear opening may be slighter easier for left handed people to work with.

This style for people that predominantly use their left hand has taken the traditional vertical side or central opening, turned it into a horizontal opening, and placed it underneath the waistband. Perhaps a better name for this underwear style would be to have called it “Kangaroo Pouch Underwear!” Or how about “Roo Fronts?”

So as you can see, it is clearly not a left hand specific style, but rather a different style altogether that does not really matter what the main hand is you use. It is a central flap with no buttons, so whether you predominately use your right hand or your left hand, you can use these style of underwear easily.

You are not limited to briefs either. You can get boxer briefs styles, you can get long johns, you can get hipsters. So this horizontal pouch opening style of underwear is worth trying out whether you are left handed or not if you are a fan of underwear that has an opening in it.

The main manufacturer of this new range of underwear is the famous HOM brand, which is famous for its range of colorful, stylish and enhancement underwear. Sloggi and Clever underwear brands have also been testing the market albeit more tentatively. So try them out. If you like them and continue to buy them then left handed underwear is sure to stay, and even more variety of styles will appear.

Shop now for Left Handed Underwear or Y Fronts.

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Published in: on May 13, 2010 at 1:59 am  Leave a Comment