I haven’t been reading much at all lately. When I read I feel like I’m neglecting my knitting. I’ve tried audiobooks but they don’t seem to work for me. My mind wanders for a minute and the next thing I know I’ve lost track of the story. I decided since I had to take N to the library I’d pick up a couple of books and see if I could read and knit on my mindless sock at the same time. It was tough going at the beginning (when I had taken this photo) but once I grabbed the big alligator clip I keep on the refrigerator to hold one side of the book open I was all set. I’m now 9 chapters in and at 6 1/4″ on the leg of the sock. I wonder which I’ll finish first: the sock or the book.

The book is Raining Cats & Dogs by Laurien Berenson. It’s the 12th book in the Melanie Travis series. I love a good dog mystery!

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14 Responses to Multitasking

  1. Being able to knit and read at the same time is amazing! I now have a new goal in life…

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  2. tonymarkp says:

    I have tried to read and knit at the same time and I either lose track of the reading or mess up the knitting. I’ve thought about being more disciplined and trying again with more effort to learn how because I also dislike audio books. I don’t think I could read and do cables or colorwork at the same time, but I must be able to at least knit a sock in all stockinette if I just were patient enough to keep on trying.

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  3. Well done and good for you. I wish I could. I can watch sport and tv / movies etc. while I knit, but the reading does not work for me. 🙂

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  4. chrisknits says:

    I usually read blogs while knitting. I would need a stand for a book, or maybe read on my tablet or computer.

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  5. salpal1 says:

    good for you figuring out a way to make the most of summer days. Now, if only you could eat ice cream at the same time. 🙂

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  6. kathyreeves says:

    A great skill! Good for you to make the effort to I hear my grandma knit socks and mittens while she read, and was very fast at both. Lots of practice, I’m sure, and two basic patterns…not much room for fancy stuff with 9 kids in the middle of the Great Depression. Sometimes I can do this, but still not very well.😊 I bet you’ll increase your speed markedly by the end of the book, because you are such an excellent knitter all ready.

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  7. Colleen says:

    I am so happy to hear that someone else struggles with listening to audiobooks while knitting. I’m fine listening to them in the car on a long drive but my mind does wander a lot more while I’m sitting and knitting. I might have to try reading and knitting:) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. The big clip is a good idea! I can read and knit when it’s something pretty straightforward (just plain knitting), but often have trouble keeping it open. Glad the sock and the book are moving along! 🙂

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  9. I keep a simple knitting project going just so I can read and knit. Mostly it works… I like your alligator clip idea!

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  10. AJ says:

    That’s a great idea Karen as I’m always torn between reading and knitting!

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  11. Olivia says:

    You’re so clever

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