Selecting the Right Crochet Chair
Please tell me I am not crazy! I’m struggling to find a perfect crochet chair!
We are looking at redecorating but are tossed between style and comfort! What looks stylish isn’t always comfortable and what is comfortable may not be inline with what you had in mind. Oh the choices… pathetic problem to have but I am sure I am not alone! Right!?
I’ve been a bad boy in the past in buying furniture that looks pretty. You sit on it in the store and yes… “Yes, this chair is comfortable!” and you make the purchase. You get it home, looks great but then you spend a couple hours or so and realize… “Oh man… what did I do!” but then you sacrifice as the look of the furniture goes with what you want for style and sacrifice comfort! Again, pathetic I know… but I don’t think I am alone… Right!?
So we have been looking online and trying to come up with a colour palette. Daniel and I differ in decorating decoration but I have one criteria… comfort over look this time around! I’ve done too many mistakes of the past to know I will fall into the trap.
So tonight, as a statement and not even joking but Daniel thinks I am, “I’m taking my crochet hook and yarn with me and going to go a show room and go from chair to chair to find it!” and I am not kidding! Watch me!
I crochet a lot… and I crochet mostly in bed with pillows propping me up and my legs extended out. So with chairs, I usually want to put my feet up but I run into the same problem! The arm rests are at different heights! Either too high or too low! So in bed, I prop up my arms to the right height and I am satisfied. It’s harder to that on a chair where the arm rests are set to a certain height. When I crochet in my office, I adjust the arm rests but then once I return to typing, I move them again.
Most people, including me, get pain in the neck, arms, wrists and back from not sitting within a position that is natural to the body. Chances are that if you are experiencing abnormal pain, it’s from your sitting position. For crochet, I don’t like to sit back, I like a firm bottom with upright back with my arms resting in a natural position on the arm rests. I can crochet for hours without experiencing any discomfort!
When sitting in a store to find the right chair and this is where I am guilty. I am thinking I remember the way I am sitting when I crochet. Only to make the purchase and realize I am not sitting the same when I get home.
Since filming this video nearly 8 years ago, I’ve gained quite a bit of weight! So my positioning will be changing over the years as I put on weight as I am growing bigger. My arms extended more forward to compensate for my stomach spacing. My arms would weigh more now today then they did back then too! Kinda embarrassed to admit that but I am sharing the real issues.
I’m not a fan of crocheting on a couch! As much as it’s convenient to put your yarn on the cushion beside you, I find with couches, I don’t have the support on both sides of my body to nestle me into a chair. Most chairs I have tried, the armrests are too high so I cannot crochet. If I try to crochet with my arms beside me, I am jammed in between two arm rests.
I want to be nestled like snug bug in a rug but I don’t want to be feeling like my arms are trapped either. We’ve been thinking a lot about online shopping. Yes, the deals are probably better but then there’s a problem. You really don’t know you are comfortable until you have bought it and it’s shipped already! So it’s like buying chair untested. I think for myself, this time around… I need to find a chair that will suit Daniel’s decor ideas but practical for me to crochet too!
It’s almost like your own personal office at home or work. If the set us is right, you won’t have clutter all over your desk. If something, other than you being lazy, is off kilter, you can end up with a cluttered desk of never getting to filing things away or organizing yourself.
So Do You Think I am Crazy?
Do you think it’s crazy to take your crochet with you to test chairs at the store? Will people think I am nuts? I really don’t want to invest in something where it’s pretty to look at but not as comfy!
I think online shopping is great but I think if you are looking at a specific purchase objective… I think it warrants testing!
What say you? Crazy or Not?