Many cool and wonderful things have emerged out of my blog, but I think that my favorite is the ice-cream-and-warm-cookies, chocolate-and-peanut-butter, sticks-and-string discovery of audiobooks as a knitting enhancement.
I’m a fan of TV and I have plenty of knittable shows on my list of favorites, but for me, a huge component of TV is visual – the things that I like and think are worth watching are invariably nuanced and rich – either the visuals are the whole point, as in Planet Earth Diaries, or the moments of silent glances tell the whole story, as in THE WIRE. (By the way, if you like cop shows at all, go out and get yourself THE WIRE, but make sure you start from the beginning and don’t skip around. I promise, you won’t be sorry.)
What’s great about audiobooks is that, duh, they are meant to be listened to. It’s like a very entertaining Stitch & Bitch, except that you don’t have to leave home and can show up unwashed, in your PJ’s, without psyching yourself up to be social. Complicated knitting, like the Frost Flowers & Leaves shawl, goes much faster with a little entertainment. Even when I got into lace-trouble and had to unravel and re-knit a few sections, I didn’t find the audio distracting or unhelpful. And it’s an easy matter to simply pause or rewind the audio a bit in the event that the knitting gets too complicated for distractions.
I’m only a few books in to my listening kick, but I want to share the wealth, so I’ve decided to dedicate a page to my favorite audiobooks. Above all, please note that if you live in the US and are near a library, you should be able to get your hands on most audiobooks FOR FREE. All the audiobooks I’ve listened to came from the LA public library, with catalogs that are easy to access and search online. I’m always looking for reading suggestions, and I’ll be adding to it as I go, so please check it out and feel free to contribute ideas . . . I’m always looking for good books!