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redheadrachel
08-15-2007, 01:34 PM
Hey everyone! Someone suggested that I should try to knit without looking at it quite so much, to avoid straining eyesight. Well I've been practicing it on a pair of simple, basic socks for the past few days and I'm getting pretty decent at it, especially on endless rounds of stockinette.

But I just tried it and realized something: I can knit while reading!! Maybe I shouldn't have discovered this skill, because it's really dangerous: I'll never leave the house now!!! Combining reading and knitting, I don't think anything could get better! And this will be a great way to study at school AND get in knitting time: I can be reading about composers, study music literature, practice French verb conjugation, all while knitting sweet socks and other simple designs!!!

I'm willing to bet that a lot of people could do this, and they either already do and haven't told me about it yet, or are about to discover one of the greatest joys in life. :)

I still can't knit while playing piano, but let's not rule it out: Bugs Bunny played Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #2 with only six toes... :teehee: Well maybe I can't have everything.

Anyhow, I'm off to go finish the last Harry Potter book. And a pair of socks. At the same time. :happydance:

debb
08-15-2007, 01:49 PM
I just wish I could do it, that would be the perfect way to spend my free time. Unfortunately, I'm not only too much of a klutz to do both, I tend to get so totally engrossed in my books, I lose track of most everything.

McKnitty
08-15-2007, 02:03 PM
Oh my, you are talented! I wish I could because knitting and reading are my two favorite things.

I can't even knit and talk at the same time! My DH will ask me a question and I will say, in a very panicked voice, 'not now, I'm knitting!'

Maybe one day I'll be advanced enough to join the group of knitters-who-can-do-other-things-while-knitting.

scout52
08-15-2007, 02:20 PM
Do you have something to hold the book open?

Jan in CA
08-15-2007, 02:55 PM
I can do several stitches and then I look to make sure I haven't made a mistake. I don't do it while reading though. I prefer to have my whole mind involved in the book. ;)

lostchyld
08-15-2007, 03:40 PM
It never occurred to me not to knit while reading. I just started knitting the first time while I was reading and then noticed that I liked knitting. Never let it be said that I'm sane. I suppose it helps that I was learning to knit from a book.

Anyways, I've progressed to the point where I put my chart next to the computer and browse the forums while knitting. Or read fanfiction. It's loads of fun.

CateKnits
08-15-2007, 03:47 PM
I can knit and read if it's really simple knitting and I'm reading on the computer screen or something I don't have to hold open. I've tried to figure out how to hold a book with my feet, but I get frustrated. :teehee:
I'm still convinced I'll someday teach myself to type with my toes while knitting.

cftwo
08-15-2007, 04:06 PM
I can knit and read as long as I don't need to hold the book open (or I can read a computer screen). It's actually a rather restful way to do work reading.

Jess_knit
08-15-2007, 04:31 PM
I can knit garter or stockinette while reading, but I stick to fanfiction and blogs - something I don't have to hold open. DVDs are also good for knitting.

Slim
08-15-2007, 04:58 PM
Okay, I am literally LOL!! :roflhard: You guys are too funny. You still have to put down the needles to eat, don't you? And here I thought I was doing really well because I can watch tennis matches on TV while knitting. My skill level is so far below yours I may never catch up. :notworthy:

G J
08-15-2007, 06:09 PM
Do you have something to hold the book open?
I use a cookbook holder on a lapdesk. At least I used to. This is me now, unable to knit!

grrrrrrrrrr

myfitness
08-15-2007, 07:00 PM
Audiobooks for me. Though I can read and knit without a problem; rather not take my hands off the knitting to turn the page.

Elsie

stirsmommy
08-15-2007, 07:14 PM
But doesn't stopping to turn the page frustrate the tar out of you? I get into such a rhythm knitting that I don't want to stop. I do read a lot of blogs since I scroll down with my toes.

Arielluria
08-15-2007, 07:18 PM
Red, what I'd REALLY like to do is knit while driving......with my feet........if I could learn that skill. LOL! Even if I DID master that, I can imagine trying to explain to a cop.
:flirt: LOL!

As far as reading while knitting, I'd like to do that, but how do you keep the book open? That's MY problem. Aside from my study Bible which is large enough to stay open I can't figure how to keep Yarn Harlot open while knitting.

Mystery_Gyrl
08-15-2007, 07:26 PM
I'm more like Jan in CA as long as it is not cable or aran knitting (I need to concentrate there) I'll knit a few stitches while not looking if I have something else visually distracting me, then check it. However, I like to concentrate on my book or magazine when I am reading; although, I do sometimes listen to audiobooks when knitting go figure. :???: Also, when I take mass transit I tend to focus on my knitting. :knitting:

Funny though you should mention it, I was reading an article on knot tying once and the author made mention that when books were supplied to seamen knot tying went down; however, when they started listening to radio shows knot tying went back up (I would like to note that this took place during the early to mid-portion of the previous century). :eyes: To each his own.
Katrina

redheadrachel
08-15-2007, 08:43 PM
Yeah, I can sit Indian-style and use my feet to hold it open. My Bible holds itself open, so it's not really a problem with that. I don't mind turning the page - I don't have to take the needles out of my hands or the yarn off my fingers, I just stop knitting for a sec to flip. I don't get frustrated with disrupting my knitting rhythm because I'm concentrating more on the book, kind of. Like, I have only done it so far with knitting stockinette around a sock, so it's not like I do anything very complicated. But it's working really well for me. If there's a problem with the knitting or a difficult part, I stop reading and fix it. But while it's smooth sailing, I can read on :) Just wanted to share!

PaperGirl
08-15-2007, 09:27 PM
I can knit and chew gum at the same time! :roflhard:

sugarfunpouch
08-15-2007, 09:31 PM
I love doing that, exept I have to be careful!

tilllie
08-15-2007, 10:13 PM
I bought a book weight from Walter Drake catalog just for this purpose. I also listen to books on CD or tape while I'm knitting. Sometimes it is fun to multitask!!!

misha rf
08-15-2007, 10:14 PM
I just figured out how to do this a few days ago, while doing stockinette. I just need to figure out how to hold the book open. I figure as long as it's something I don't have to think about, I can read at the same time.

My husband saw me doing it, and groaned.

CateKnits
08-15-2007, 10:20 PM
I just figured out how to do this a few days ago, while doing stockinette. I just need to figure out how to hold the book open. I figure as long as it's something I don't have to think about, I can read at the same time.

My husband saw me doing it, and groaned.

My dad and I were getting ready to play World of Warcraft the other day and he caught me knitting, playing, and watching The Simpsons at the same time and had a similar reaction. :teehee: I told him he was just jealous.

zip
08-15-2007, 10:28 PM
But doesn't stopping to turn the page frustrate the tar out of you? I get into such a rhythm knitting that I don't want to stop. I do read a lot of blogs since I scroll down with my toes.


You do NOT! :rofl: That's hilarious. Do you really?

I can only watch sports or American Idol while knitting. ok, some movies, but I prefer to focus on the movie. Reading while knitting? Y'all are crazy. ;)

edit: Truly, I just downloaded an audiobook to listen to on my iPod while knitting. Poor iPod just sits here connected to the 'puter unless I'm flying somewhere. I've never used it otherwise.

Wahlee
08-15-2007, 10:35 PM
I got a book weight at Barnes and Noble (for $10), and I knit and read all the time. I also knit and watch TV, knit and read internet forums. . .

It doesn't work so well for knitting lace, though. I made many many mistakes trying to do both at the same time. :P

CateKnits
08-15-2007, 10:40 PM
I scroll with my foot, too - little toe. I just now discovered I can operate the mouse with that foot, but not well. :twisted:

PammieJR
08-15-2007, 11:17 PM
I too can knit and read at the same time!! I love it! I discovered that when my passions collided and I had the new Harry Potter book, but still wanted to knit, so I gave it a try.

I use a TV tray for the book and usually weight the pages with a remote control or something. I love it!

SOmeone had posted on here not too long ago about and Australian company that made these pyramid shaped bean bag things that could hold your book open and they had a picture of a woman knitting and reading on the website...I'll see if I can find it!

Arielluria
08-16-2007, 07:03 PM
Those dexterous toes come in handy ;) I can do almost anything with them. LOL! I agree lace IS hard to knit while doing something else! I learned that on my first shawl.
:flirt:
I can knit most things without looking, but I'd like to improve my knitting speed.

Samsam
08-17-2007, 07:44 PM
That's really awesome! You're a lot like me.
:yay: