Knitting And Crochet Blog Week – Wildcard: Craft Your Perfect Day

Instead of the Day 3 topic, “Your Knitting Hero “, I’ve decided to play the wildcard!

Indulging in knitting is an easy thing to do where I live. Bristol is a city that prides itself on it’s artsiness. There are frequent yarnbombings in the centre, giant fancy yarn shops further out and a knitting group in every neighbourhood. Awesome right? I have good yarn, good company and good pubs. What else could a knitter possibly need? What am I going to fill this post up with?

Well I can think of some things! I knit on my own sometimes too, and a creative activity needs a well furnished space to inspire it. Let’s fling financial concerns to the wind and make today the “Craft Your Fantasy Knitting Shopping Spree” post!

Firstly, I need a chaise longue. This is a very important part of decadent lounging and knitting. No-one could possibly argue with this.

Chaise Longue by Hampshire Barn Interiors

Obviously it will have a knitted cushion.

Secondly, good overhead lighting. I actually have a nice desk lamp with a daylight bulb already, but a floor lamp would be neat too. I find this type of bulb pretty essential if you’re knitting black wool at night.

I love lamp

Floor Lamp from Daylight Lamps

Next, a good vintage cake stand. I’m talking about the freestanding wooden type that was very specific to the Edwardian era. You can see plenty of these in antique stores and it’s a shame they went out of fashion. They’re the perfect bit of furniture to have beside a knitter: Tea at the top, cake in the middle, yarn bowl at the bottom. Bam.

Cake Stand from Loveday Antiques, Chelsea

Well I could happily stuff all of these things into my front room but there’s still something missing – the fanciest yarn and needles I can’t afford to spend actual money on!

I think for yarn it would come down to my own custom couture yarns, courtesy of Catherine Lowe, or enough Brooklyn Tweed Shelter for a big snuggly cardigan, OR mink. Yes, mink yarn exists and it’s perfectly ethical. And undeniably luxurious.

The materials nerd in me also wants carbon fibre needles  to knit everything up on.

So there: my fantasy knitting purchases! Would you add anything to that list?


All of my Knit and Crochet Blog Week posts are collected here

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20 responses to “Knitting And Crochet Blog Week – Wildcard: Craft Your Perfect Day

  1. Oooh, I like the look of that cakestand! And what could be more decadent than knitting mink on a chaise-longue?

    I’m not far from Bristol, so I really must get myself to Get Knitted one day – when I have saved up lots of pennies to treat myself.

  2. agothtale

    The chaise longue and edwardian cake stand are a must !
    Thanks for the tip on carbon needles, i’m gonna take a look

  3. The cake stand is a genius idea – I want one, almost as much as that chaise longue. It is gorgeous! The needles I want are the signature ones, especially now they are doing circulars. Oh and I’m getting my, long lusted over, Namaste bag for my birthday so that will be a touch of the fantasy work space for me that I can carry around.

  4. The cake stand is a brilliant idea. I may have to track one of those down……

  5. My knitting would be so much better if I had a chaise longue I just know it!

  6. That was an awesome post!!! I think you should come design a knitting room for me, lol!

  7. Yes! This is pretty much the best fantasy shopping spree ever! If you had your way you would definitely have the classiest craft room EVER.

  8. I LOVE the tea/cake/yarn platter idea! It’s an ideal accessory for any knitter! Also, I share your desire to own a chaise/fainting sofa. I ogle images of them on the internet more frequently than I care to admit. 😀

  9. Ohh, that cake stand is a keeper! And I would love to get my hands on a set of blackthorn needles. Great post!

  10. It must be so much fun to live in an artsy place! I love the things you’ve chosen to furnish your dream craft room. That chaise lounge is just magnificent!

  11. Sue

    I hope you would have someone to serve you tea from that lovely stand

  12. I’m afraid the stand wouldn’t be sturdy enough for me. I need a place for my wine glass, my row counter, my scizzors, pattern etc. The light….like that idea.

  13. Those are all amazing picks. I love the cake stand and chaise lounge. I would maybe add a flat screen tv to watch all of my favorite period dramas on while I knit.

  14. ah, but what of the silver bell or velvet bell pull to summon the serving folks for when your tea is chilled or your tapestry needle is errant?

    a must-have 🙂 !

  15. love it. Didn’t know we had a WILD fun for tomorrow perhaps!

  16. What a great day! 🙂

  17. Kepanie

    What a divine couch to lounge upon while knitting! What a royal pillow to support one’s back!

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