Knitting bookworms: the danger and the temptations of knitting while you read
Many avid knitters are also avid knitters – but there can be problems when you want to do both at the same time. Are you a knitting bookworm?
It’s a common problem among knitters – should we spend our evening reading, or spend it knitting? We certainly can’t do both – not without a lot of dropped stitches and plot lines. What to do?
Other people don’t get our love of books
Not everyone understands our intense need to read. Some people are happy to zone out to the television (and that’s fine too!), but for us, the struggle is real. How can we handle being three chapters from the end of a book and 3 rows from splitting the sleeves for our top down sweater project? How can we do it all?
Read while you knit?
I can guarantee that this is a terrible idea. I can guarantee this, because I have done it, and as a result had to rip back 4 inches of work to fix multiple mistakes. It doesn’t matter how careful you are or how simple the pattern is, you will get distracted by that cliffhanger ending at the end of chapter five and drop a few stitches. Then you’ll cable the wrong way and mess up your decreases, and then you’ll hate life.
Knit while you read?
This doesn’t work either. If you try to read a few lines in between knitting rows, you’ll lose track of the plot and read the same paragraph over and over again. Trust me – I’ve tried. It’s hopeless.
For some knitters, audiobooks are the answer to all their prayers. It’s a dream come true: keep up with your (several) book clubs, and finish your sweater in time for autumn. For other knitters (yours truly included), audiobooks are not an option. Many others find the narration of books distracting and borderline stressful; I prefer to absorb my literature in silence, by myself, like the anti-social hermit crab that I am.
Little of this, little of that
My only solution is to find some way to do both. Aside from developing extra eyes on the top of my head, so far my best option is to knit a set amount of rows, and then read a chapter. Rinse and repeat, my friends, rinse and repeat. It’s not a perfect solution but it’s the only way (outside of an audiobook) to get knitting and reading done in the same evening.
Okay knitting bookworms: how do you solve the problem of being a bookworm and a knitter at the same time?
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Last updated: April 28th, 2016.