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I thought it would be an interesting discussion on what is going on around you while you are knitting.  I am working on a lace shawl right now, and I find that influences what is happening because I need to pay attention, but not be confined to absolute silence.  So, do you like audio books, TV shows, music, absolute silence?

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My personal preference is audio books... I can listen to the book, enjoy that, and still concentrate on the project.  In fact, I've found that if I have a good book to listen to, I can knit for hours... but in silence, I cannot keep my concentration... it may seem funny, but it works for me. 

Knitting podcasts for me. Usualy video ones but it very much depends on what I am knitting. I find that if I start trying to watch or listen to something when i first start working on a pattern then i will mess it up. I tend to knit for 15 mins to get into it first. I tend to knit lace so it pays to pay attention. I do find that when I knt at home I tend to do something else at the same tme but when I knit whilst traveling I am very much concentrating on the knitting.  It seems to block out what is going on around me on the tube or the train.

I find that recently, I cannot watch adventure stuff while knitting. When my husband goes to bed, I sometimes put Rocky & Bulllwinkle on my computer and let it run. For music, I like Celtic or Scottish folk tunes. I also like to have a movie going in the background that I've seen plenty of times before and it's an old friend. Pride & Prejudice of any version, Anne of Green Gables, Evan Almighty...

I am an all of the above kind of person, but it really depends on what I'm working on.  If I need to pay attention, I will do soft music or complete silence.  If I need to pay some attention, but not complete, I can have basically anything going on in the background because I am good at tuning things out usually.  I love popping in a movie that I've seen so many times that I can actually see what is going on in my head.  I can't do new movies or action movies or movies with someone that I really want to watch.  And I like to listen to books or think of the next scene in my book.  I listen to music, but actually realized this morning that when I introduce a new artist or album that I have to stop knitting and pay attention to the music.  When I don't have to pay any attention at all, I watch episodes of my fave TV shows, watch movies, listen to anything, read.  I haven't figured out how to knit and write at the same time, but I'm working on it.  ;0)

I too love lace knitting, as well as any and all complex projects and patterns.  My favorite approach is to listen to audio books and keep the tv on (muted) usually with a sporting event.  I knit from charts so I have a visual of what I'm doing and don't have to read anything.  The charts are on a stand next to me with magnetic markers keeping track of which row I'm on and use stitch markers at the beginning of every pattern repeat.  Even with precautions I sometimes lose track of what's going on in the book -- pretty easy to back it up until I recognize the plot.  I agree with the knitter who said that absolute silence can actually be distracting.  My one exception is when I'm picking up gusset sts on socks -- I don't let anyone talk to me and my book is turned off.  

If I'm doing something intricate then I need absolute silence.  I'm easily distracted and can't concentrate if there's noise of any kind.  If I'm doing something fairly easy then I usually have the tv on, that way knit and purl rows seem to fly by faster.

Audio books. I'm hooked on audio books. I love to read but in 1999 I got shingles in my eyes and now reading books tires my eyes easily and makes my vision start to blur. So ever since then, I started listening to audio books. Audio books have come a long way since then. They also gave me a way to drown out my husband's snoring.


I like to listen to podcasts when I'm knitting something complicated. Usually an old ep. that I've heard before. When I knit simple things, I watch movies or video podcasts. I save music for when I'm spinning. The faster the music, the faster I spin!

Hey, Bridget. We haven't heard from you in a while. Hope this finds you doing okay and that school is going well.

there you are! be sure to post some photos of your beautiful spinning!

i usually watch (listen) to the TV. i've been known to knit while waiting to move on LA's notorious freeways and at red-lights (not to worry, i've stopped doing that but goes to show how far my obsession has gone). i've learned to knit while on the treadmill or elliptical machine but i noticed i was knitting more than exercizing - LOL!!


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