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When I don’t Knit

August 25, 2014

It has been a few days since I even last picked up my needles, even then all I managed was a row before the ache set in. Saturday evening found myself in the midst of watching a couple of movies with the Giant and my dear friend. I was struck once again by how often I really did knit. As we sat watching the movies I felt myself becoming anxious my hands were itchy to do something while my mind was occupied. I pulled out a hand spun hat I have been working on for quite a while now and attempted a row. I barely made it around before the ache set in and I had to place the project aside.

Since I have not been able to knit nearly as much as I would like and so I have been forced to figure out other things to do with my time. The most recent has been reading. I had picked up the first book in the Game of Thrones series back at the end of July and had been reading it on and off for a few weeks making pretty decent progress the more my hands hurt. I managed to finish it already and have started on the second one. No, I haven’t seen the television show although I want to, but I picked up the book more out of a desire to have something pretty thick to sink my teeth into. Growing up I always read. I can remember having multiple books on the go, kind of like how I now keep multiple projects on the go. I would have my easy comfort reading (often something I had read before) which is like how you have a pair of socks going as almost background, something easy light and just enough to keep you busy. I would also have my short reads, which are like those quick projects you knit up for the near instant gratification of having something come off the needles. I had books where you had to have darn near complete silence, like a complicated lace pattern or color-work, and books where it was fun and interesting and seemed to be going great until the next thing you knew you were almost done, just like a prefect project.

Do you ever have multiple books on the go? How about knitting projects?


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  1. Yes to both! My ADD and OCD lead me to have multiples of both

  2. shellssells permalink

    I read A Song of Ice and Fire series books 1, 2, 3, and part way through 4 before I seriously stalled out. And then it was a slog to keep reading and finish the book, and then get current. I don’t honestly think that the issue was the book itself, so much as the way book 4 and 5 are split. Some of my favorite characters didn’t even make an appearance in book 4.

    I used to have a book for every room in the house growing up. That way I’d never have to leave the room to find reading material. I loved reading. The sad thing is, now it seems like it has to be a pretty amazing and fantastic book to draw me in. If it isn’t, I feel like I’ve read it all before.

    Though, getting the ipad, I can say that I read while knitting more often.

  3. I have been having problems with knitting hurting my hands too. I started reading. I only knit for a few minutes at a time and when my hands hurt, I just pick up a book.

  4. Yes I’m just the same as you 🙂 I have three knitting projects on the go right now, one sewing and two books. I tend to read a light book in the mornings with my first cup of tea and something more thrilling and heavy at night when I go to bed. I read in the day if I can find somewhere quiet to go to!
    My knitting right now consists of a basket stitch blanket for the local dogs’ home. That’s easy and I can do it when I’m watching something complicated on TV (or something with sub-titles). The second project is a baby blanket with a tricky edge, which I’m making for my new grandchild – due next February and the third project is a vest for myself, which I’m making with handspun yarn. I’m spinning and knitting up as I spin so it’s growing slowly. There’s no pressure on any of that, it’s all enjoyable.
    The books I am reading are ‘Bertie plays the blues’ by Alexander McCall Smith. I adore his books. That’s my morning read and in the evening, I’m reading ‘A Husband’s Secret’ by Liane Moriarty. I haven’t read any of her books before and I’m finding it very enjoyable.
    I hope your aches and pains clear up very soon.

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