I’ve been giving my library card a good workout lately, these all went back today:


I find that my library use and knitting activity tend to move in parallel–apparently I only watch DVDs or read books when I also have a pair of needles close to hand. I’ve always been one of those people who inhale books, and when I started knitting, I remember thinking how much it would cut into my reading time. How wrong I was. Turns out that you really can knit and read at the same time! The tricks to success are:

1. A simple-ish knitting project (stockinette in the round is the ideal, but simple stitch patterns are also workable).
2. A large and reasonably well-worn book, that will stay open without assistance (library books are typically trade paperbacks or hardback and thus perfect, mass market paperbacks are nearly useless and should be avoided).

In case you’re looking for some ideas for reading or viewing to accompany your knitting, here are my speed reviews:

1. Game of Thrones (Book) I’ve been reading this along with my other half and we’ve both loved it. If you like long, involved books with intricate subplots and characters, you’ll love this book. I will admit my delicate sensibilities are occasionally shocked by the, um, frank, language and descriptions. If this book were a movie, I’d probably give it an R.
2. A Falcon for a Queen (Book) was a bit more of a gamble–I often cruise around the fiction section and pick books somewhat at random. These sorts of “vintage novels” (written in the 1950’s-1970’s) are usually pretty fluff but can still make for fun reads. Summary of this one: young girl travels from China to Scotland to discover the secrets of her brother’s death. Scotland gets under her skin in the process and she discovers love and an appreciation for whiskey, plaid, etc. And of course, there is a dramatic reveal near the end. I don’t think I’d re-read this one anytime soon but it was entertaining (and I may have stayed up a little late to finish it one night!).
3. Small Island (DVD) Eh. Premise is good: a Jamaican couple moves to post-WWII Britain, persevere despite prejudice. Their (white) landlady has had a fling with the Jamaican wife’s cousin, but neither side knows of the connection. Landlady’s husband reappears after going AWOL, adding to the drama. Overall the movie was kind of disjointed and didn’t really develop any of the character stories very well.
4. Pride and Prejudice (DVD 1980 version) Very obviously made in the late 70’s/early 80’s, but I thought great acting and accurate representation of characters. Overall pretty true to the book. My major complaint is that Elizabeth Bennett spends much of the film in a truly hideous dress with a ruffled high neck, which is pretty minor in the grand scheme of things.
5. Foyle’s War, Series 6 (DVD) I love this series so, so much. Set in WWII Britain, Foyle is a clever and rather dry detective, solving murders and other crimes with the help of his driver, Sam, and sergeant, Milner. Series 6 actually takes place after the war ends, in the summer of 1945. For knitters, these episodes are extra awesome as Sam finally gets out of her MTC uniform and into civilian clothing, including several lovely knits.

What do you like to read while you knit? I’m always looking for new suggestions, so if you have a favorite, please leave a comment!

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