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Come behind the scenes at Sunset Cat Designs for a #KnittingNookTour and see Stephannie's work area in California.


We have a really small house, a 1920s Spanish Revival bungalow, but I love how cosy it is, and how the architectural details were maintained. My desk is in the nook off the dining room, and gets a ton of natural light. I can watch the crows play in our fig tree while I work.

Tell us about your space

I don't have a dedicated space or studio. I knit on the couch, usually, though occasionally I'll knit in front of the computer, especially if I'm working out a a swatch or chart.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?

I really love vintage furniture.

A lot of the furniture in our house is either Craigslist, eBay, or from antique stores. I have a cedar chest from my paternal grandma that I use for storing yarn, and the desk I use for my computer is from my maternal grandmother. I found the big 1910s file cabinet at a garage sale when we were out walking our dog.

The couch is custom to fit our space, and is super comfortable!

How do you keep your projects, yarn and supplies organized?

I keep most of my yarn for swatching in the large 1910s oak filing cabinet. I keep my needles and other supplies in several of the drawers. I also have a big tote bag that I keep yarn in for current projects.

Any tips & tricks for staying organising and untangled?

Everything gets it own place. In a small house, this is absolutely necessary for me!

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?

I don't really display any of the knitted items -- the vast majority are garments or accessories. I do have a Frank Lloyd Wright - inspired stained glass lampshade that I made that's in the living room. On one of the walls I have a collection of ocean photos we've taken on various trips.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?

I have a Bullet Journal that I use to jot notes. I have a pretty complete system down of organizing files in my computer.

Where do you look for inspiration?

Architecture, nature, the stitch patterns themselves!

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it your dream stitching space?

I'm actually very happy with how everything is, given the constraint of the size of our house!

I guess I'd like to refinish my desk; I did a not-so-good refinishing on it 20 years ago.


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