I used to set that bulky table OTT lamp on top of the side table...but it gave me diffused light. When I set it on the floor in front of, and to the side of me it was about 12" from my work, and gave me the best light ever! The closer the better IMO!
In my opinion, the floor lamp overhead wouldn't give the best & brightest light for knitting or crosstitching. Maybe it's best for office paperwork, or crafting.