My knitting has made it back to the office. The picture above is the Minion in progress for mom (though now it’s an old picture since she now has a little skirt, goggles, and a headband). It’s been nice to sit still and just knit for an hour in the middle of the day once again.
A few weeks ago, I asked for reading suggestions so that I could practice knitting and reading at the same time. Well, I finally chose a book. That’s the most difficult thing for me. I have a hard time committing to a book in the beginning. I don’t know why, but I have this irrational fear of wasting my time with a bad book. It makes no sense. There are few books I’ve read that I’ve hated, though those few I’ve really hated. When I’ve finished a book, I don’t know what to start next. For instance, my last book was, I think, A Christmas Carol back in December. I haven’t read anything since then because I couldn’t settle on any one book.
So what did I choose? Catching Fire, the second Hunger Games book. I should say, I’ve read the entire series already. My brother lent me it on my Kindle. Unfortunately, there’s a very small timeframe for when you can read something someone else lends you on the Kindle, so I rushed through the entire series. Book One wasn’t too bad because I’d seen the movie first, and it’s not a bad adaptation (as far as adaptations go). The other two I sped right through, so I’m finding there are things I’ve forgotten or missed. I’m reading it again on my Kindle Fire, but now I can take my time.
I should also add, I never do this: read a book more than once. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve done this. The only other book I’ve read more than once was Moll Flanders because I had to read it for three different classes.
So how’s it going with knitting and reading at the same time? Not too badly. My eyesight’s not great (haven’t updated my glasses’ prescription in over 4 years, maybe 5) so I blow the font up fairly large so I can easily read as I lean back in my chair. The knitting part is easy. The picture above is the minion, but lately I’ve been working on my Milk Run shawl during my lunch breaks. The garter stitch is easy to do without looking, so I’m able to just focus on the story. I’m not sure yet how the edging will be, but I’m getting close to it.
Then I’ll have to decide what easy project to start next or have on hand at work. I’m getting addicted to how nice it is to just kick back and relax during my lunch break. For one hour, I don’t have to worry about editing or numbers or anything (although I do love that very much). I get to just knit and get lost in a book. What could be better?
Have you tried knitting and reading? If you have, what kind of projects do you work on?