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Old 05-02-2007, 10:00 AM   #1
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Can you read a book and at the same time knit?
I have about 5 books on my "wanting to read" list for about 3 years now. (can you tell how long I have been knitting?) I wish there was some way I could read and knit at the same time. Only if I was knitting something easy.

With this question in mind I did a goggle search. I did come across a blog where this lady got a book on tape and was able to finish her sweater at the same time. Not a bad idea. I might have to go to my Library to check out books on tape.
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Old 05-02-2007, 10:15 AM   #2
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I listen to books on tape all the time. I can't do housework without one!!

I get books from the library, but lately I have been listening to podcasts (about knitting) and audiobooks on my ipod.

If you go to you will find a large number of audiobooks - fiction, non-fiction...even poetry. All the books are public domain, which means you won't find the current popular novels but many of the classics. Also - the books are read by volunteers (any one can do it), so some readers have better voices and techniques than others.

With podcasts, you just need to download the iTunes program and select the podcasts you want. All podcasts are free, and they are automatically updated when a new one comes out.

You can listen to the podcasts straight from your computer, put them on an ipod or burn a CD and listen later.

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Old 05-02-2007, 10:21 AM   #3
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I can read a book while I'm knitting, but I find that the experience isn't too pleasurable. I need to concentrate looking at my knitting and the pattern, and I drop stitches when I turn the page.

Books on tape and podcasts are awesome! I can't wait for Project Runway to start again so I can listen to Tim Gunn's podcasts as I knit.
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Old 05-02-2007, 10:24 AM   #4
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I *can* but I don't. Stopping to turn the pages drives me nuts. If I could get my telekinesis down, then there'd be no stopping me!

In the meantime, audiobooks + an iPod is a good alternative to telekinesis.

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Old 05-02-2007, 10:38 AM   #5
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There is no way could I do that! LOL. I can't even watch a movie and knit at the same time. I can watch TV and knit because TV doesn't require all my attention, but a movie requires my undivided attention! Someone on this board (brendajos?) actually takes her knitting to the movie theater!!!
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Old 05-02-2007, 10:47 AM   #6
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Hahahaaa... um, no. I can barely watch TV and knit. I can't listen to music and knit because my brain follows the music and I mess up the knitting. Maybe I'll get better with more experience!
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Old 05-02-2007, 10:49 AM   #7
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I've got pretty bad add... so... yes. Only with large books or hardcovers tho-- paperbacks don't stay open. I'm usually reading and knitting and watching tv. I tend to go nuts doing only one thing...
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Old 05-02-2007, 11:08 AM   #8
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Oh this is one of my special talents, I suppose. I have totally mastered watching a movie and knitting at the same time, TV too... as for reading a book (a real one with pages you have to turn) I sit on the floor, hold the book open with my feet, and read that way. I'm working on turning pages with my feet, too. Reading is one of my favorite things in the world but sometimes I want to be able to do some work with my hands while I'm at it.
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Old 05-02-2007, 11:19 AM   #9
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I have a book hug that holds open my book for me. I can knit and read, just don't do it very often. (The Book Hug has Les Mis on it, which I've been slogging away at for almost a year. I keep it on the kitchen table and read it when I'm eating alone.) I find it works best if I'm knitting and reading things that don't take much brain power.

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I can, if the book can stay open. It'd be great to get a page turner, but that only takes a second and I can hold everything in my right hand and use my left for that.

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