Ikea ♥’s Knitting!

May 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

At a recent excursion to Ikea, this blogger noticed an increase of knit stitch-themed items at the store. Always on the lookout for anything knitting related, I was surprised at how much inspiration I found there.

© Ikea

Ikea (Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd) is a privately held, international home products retailer that sells flat pack furniture, accessories, and bathroom and kitchen items in their retail stores around the world. The company, which pioneered flat-pack design furniture at affordable prices, is now the world’s largest furniture retailer. Founded in 1943 by 17-year-old Ingvar Kamprad in Sweden, the company is owned by a Dutch-registered foundation controlled by the Kamprad family. Ikea is an acronym comprising the initials of the founder’s name (Ingvar Kamprad), the farm where he grew up (Elmtaryd), and his home parish (Agunnaryd, in Småland, South Sweden).

In the bedding section I noticed this duvet cover (which of course ended up in my shopping cart) with its giant knit stitch-like motif all over (and in my favorite color!)…

Over in the couch section there was this bird and flower themed intarsia-like gem of a sofa…

And finally over in the creepy section that’s like a house of mirrors, a lace-trimmed oval mirror, perfect for any lace knitter’s boudoir…

A few of you may recall last year at Ikea in their “business plan” section where they had set up a small knitting shop. Perhaps someone high up over at Ikea corporate is a knitter? Here’s hoping! Next time you find yourself at this amazing shop, stuffed full of their delicious meatballs and lingonberry juice (free recipe for that here), keep a watchful out for knitting motifs!

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