Netflix and Knit

Knitting Blog Challenge Day 19

Do you watch movies and/or listen to podcasts while knitting? What are your favorite things to knit to?

I actually really really hate knitting without something else to pay attention to. I end up getting trapped in my own brain and that’s not often a happy or productive place so I pretty much always watch or listen to something while I’m working.

I work a lot faster when I listen to podcasts or audiobooks. It makes sense, there’s nothing for my eyes to be distracted by and I can look at what I’m working on. I am more inclined to do this while I’m quilting or weaving since both of these things require much more visual attention. For a while I was really into audio books; I listened to all of the Outlander Series, Game of Thrones, Anna Karenina, The Stormlight Archives (<- highly recommend Brandon Sanderson), and a bunch of others. Most of these books are between 700 and 1200 pages so I clocked a lot of hours working on stuff.

I “Netflix and knit” so frequently that I actually have a hard time just watching a show or movie without knitting. It makes me antsy and I have a hard time focusing on what I’m watching, I don’t even like going to the theater for movies because it’s usually too dark in there to knit. I tend to watch shows because it saves me from finding something else to watch every two hours. K and I have worked our way through the Marvel shows on Netflix and we’re currently catching up on The Walking Dead. This show is so intense I’ve barely gotten any work done. And I’ve been blowing through the old Will and Grace seasons when he’s busy (I really love 90/early 2000s network tv – ER anyone?).

I don’t really know how to explain this but I’ve noticed basically like flashbacks of what I was knitting to when I’m working on bigger projects. It’s like the memory of what I was listening to or watching is now imbedded in my work – which explains why I can hardly remember what happened on a show within hours of watching it, it’s been trapped into my knitting.

 

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Oh my gosh! I’m not the only one! I can’t watch anything without knitting, either! I have such a hard time paying attention to what’s on the screen if I don’t have some knitting (or crochet) zipping along. Oddly, I don’t remember what was happening by where I was in the my knitting, though, however I 100% understand the concept, due to the latter thing in my comment. I can’t even go to the movies without knitting something (usually a sock). Also true for me is not paying attention to something else while knitting. I’m exactly like you. If I knit with total silence I just start getting way too far inside of my brain, which, as you’ve put it, isn’t exactly enjoyable. I think it even actually makes me bug-eyed.

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