Friday, 29 July 2011


It's Friday and not only do I not have a finished object to share, I don't even have anything fibery or creative! Uh-oh indeed...

This is partly because I am working on:

  • Cardigan that is long and not really inspiring me
  • Blanket that will be going on forever
  • Giant man socks that take forever
  • Socks for me that take a back seat to giant man socks so will also take forever *sigh*
And the other part is down to the fact that I have also been reading more in the last couple of weeks than I have been lately. I do find it hard to get a balance between these 2 activities that I love. I know some people get a lot of pleasure out of knitting while listening to audio books, but that just doesn't work for me. I get so engrossed in a book that nothing can disturb me, and audio books just don't have that same escape. I have heard that some people can knit and read at the same time - again, being so engrossed in the book means that I completely forget to knit *laughs* 

When I started knitting, I was so enthralled that I don't think I picked up a book for a couple of months. This is just about unthinkable for me - I used to read at least 4-6 books a week and often had more than one on the go to suit my mood, there would always be a book in my bag, I'd read walking down the street, etc. So to just stop reading at all was very bizarre (and contributed to me just knowing that knitting and I were meant to be!)

I'm trying to find a bit of balance now, which is slowing my knitting progress slightly, but reminding me how much I love to get lost and immersed in another world. 

To ease myself back in I picked up a copy of a book I adored as a teenager, Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. There's something I love about re-reading books from when I was younger (not least of which is that they take no time at all to read *grins*) I've since started rereading a series by one of my favourite authors, Christopher Brookmyre. In fact, that reminds me, he hasn't brought out a new one in a while... Must check if there's one due! 

I have a lot of books, and a lot of well loved authors. So who knows, maybe I'll strike that elusive balance and post a bit more about what I'm reading as well as what I'm knitting ;)


  1. I hear you about not reading cause you can't stop knitting. I actually force myself to put my knitting down an hour before going to sleep so I can read. I need to be able to have both in my life and that seems to be my happy medium.

    Good luck and definitely start reading more!

  2. I have my daughter back!

  3. I've also been making it a point to try to read more and read non-knitting books too! Though, I've been reading quite a few of the Yarn Harlot's essays and most of Elizabeth Zimmerman's work. I love EZ's very proper English voice and her extremely dry sense of humor.

  4. I don't read nearly as much as I used to since I started knitting.

  5. i don't read anymore unless it's to my 2 & 5 yr old & they are just tiny books. crochet has taken all my time up. i know what you mean about not being inspired about stuff & it being hard to finish. i hope you find the motivation to get it done. or start with something else that gets you going. :)

    this is the button pack i have where i got the bird from
    you can purchase them at hobb lobb or michaels. :)

  6. uh oh... hope you don't get in trouble from the FO Friday gods ;)

  7. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH is one of my all time favorite books! Have you seen the movie...the original? I fell in love with Peter Strauss's voice as Justin....

  8. We are like, reading vs. crafting soul mates. :) I also have to find a balance between reading and crafting---audiobooks aren't for me, either, and I love reading, so so much, but at the same time now that I'm used to doing something with my hands I sometimes get antsy! I've been re-reading (and also reading new) kids' books a lot recently, too. I don't think I'll ever outgrow my love for them. I should probably revisit the Rats of Nimh, I remember liking it (and the movie version) as a kid.

  9. Your Mom's comment made me laugh.

    I read fiction constantly/obsessively my whole life... until i started knitting (constantly/obsessively) three or four years ago. Now that I've hurt my hand, I am reading more & have remembered how much i used to like crossword puzzles, too. I don't use audiobooks -- i never pay enough attention to them if i am knitting, driving, etc., and it's frustrating to keep backing up to figure out what I missed.

  10. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM was one of my favorites when I was a kid! I can do audiobooks, but notice I don't retain as much, for example if I read a name, I recognize that name next time I see it .. if I hear a name ... often I am saying "Who the heck are they talking about?!?!" ...


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