chairedThere are a lot of obvious gifts for knitters... yarn, needles, knitting books but few people realize that every knitter needs a knitting chair. It's an important consideration as knitting is a sedentary activity that takes hours upon hours of your time. It affects the enjoyment of your project and can even affect your gauge if you're not comfortable where you're sitting.

Funny though how you don't realize how much the right chair affects knitting until you sit in a really comfy one and knit. Last night, I sat and knitted in my rocker, which I normally use to feed and soothe my babies. The gentle motion of the rocker, with the comfy cushioning was a revelation. Soon I was able to rock in time with my knitting, which made knitting even more relaxing than usual. It shot me straight into the "knitting zone", the one where you can focus on your work and appreciate the beauty as you go. I think it even makes you knit a little faster too. Want to give your knitter surprise gift? Get him or her a knitting chair.

My knitting chair is a Shermag Rocker (see above, left), which my mother-in-law got for me back when I was pregnant with my first child. I was thinking that I would get rid of it once all the babies where grown out of toddlerhood, but it has now found a new purpose in life as my principal knitting chair. I love it because it's comfortable, it rocks smoothly which doesn't interrupt my knitting, and the cushion is not permanently attached to the chair and can be washed.

What kind of chair do you knit in? What makes your knitting chair special? Let me know in the comments.

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