Keeping myself entertained

13 Jun

It’s worth mentioning that Pan’s Labyrinth is not available on Netflix instant streaming.

As you know, lately I’ve been doing a lot of knitting. Mom’s birthday present is about 6 inches and a new ball of yarn away from being finished. While I wait for that ball of yarn to arrive, dad’s gift is on the needles and knitting up nicely.

All of this knitting has me sitting around a lot. I generally like to go for walks or bike rides, but with a deadline looming, I really need to spend as much time knitting as possible right now. This means I’ve been spending nearly all my time on my butt in my living room.

I think all knitters go through this, and we’ve come up with several ways of coping with these long periods of sitting. I need to be entertained. My husband hangs out with me most of the time, but I can’t stand when he interrupts my counting, so we mostly watch movies or TV together during this time.

Netflix instant streaming service is a life saver right now, and I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite TV shows to have on while I knit. (I can’t accurately say I “watch” these shows, but I glance and listen.)

  • Breaking Bad
  • Doctor Who
  • Downton Abbey
  • Supernatural
  • The Killing (Awesome knitwear in this show!)
  • Sherlock
  • Parks and Recreation

Most of these shows have several seasons available for streaming on Netflix, so I have endless hours of knitting entertainment available. However, I don’t always want to watch TV while I knit. Another great resource for the long-range knitter is podcasts. Here are some of my current favorites:

  • Stash N’ Burn (knitting)
  • KCRW’s Unfictional (Like “This American Life”, but better)
  • Fat Man on Batman (Kevin Smith talks about Batman with guests, explicit content)

What’s great about podcasts is that you can find them about anything that interests you, they’re free, and you don’t have to glance at a screen to keep up with what’s happening. But, wouldn’t you know it, sometimes I get bored with podcasts, too. Good thing audiobooks exist! Here are some that I’ve greatly enjoyed while knitting:

  • The Friday Night Knitting Club, Kate Jacobs
  • Watership Down, Richard Adams
  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Audiobooks can be expensive, so unless you have an Audible account, I would recommend checking out your local library’s electronic collection. You can often download an audiobook for 2 weeks. That’s plenty of time to work on a big project!

How do you stay entertained while knitting?

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One Response to “Keeping myself entertained”

  1. luminousvegans 06/14/2012 at 5:24 AM #

    You descibe this so well…I go through the same thing, though some shows I won’t “watch” while I knit bc I can’t give it my full on attention.

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