Friday, June 27, 2008

Audio books, and multi tasking!

I've discovered that I can multitask by listening to audio books. I'm probably very much behind the times with this discovery, but nevertheless very much pleased to finally be able to combine my love of reading, with my love of fiber arts, be it knitting, spinning, or folding laundry! :o)

The first audio book I've been listening to is called " No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting" by Anne L. Macdonald, read by Kymberly Dakin. It's about knitting, duh!

Before I started up knitting again, this was back in 2006, I've been reading between 3-5 books a week, thanks to our Libraries, where you can check out books for free. I've never been much for watching TV, and spent every minute waiting in the car, picking up kids from school or afternoon activities, or waiting anywhere else, reading, reading, reading. Once I started using my hands for holding needles and yarn, my reading time became less, mostly at night, in bed. I've missed it!

Now, look what had opened up for me again! Now I can do both comfortable. I thought I'd choose "No Idle Hands" because it IS about knitting, and we'll see where it will lead me from there.

It's amazing to listen to, what women before us had endured, and how knitting was with them every step of the way. They knit not only for their families, but used knit items for trade, to warm their men on the battlefields, to be social, but never, ever idle. Even soldiers, having come out of the war, being shell shocked knit for their sanity. I did not know that at all. I was always intrigued by History, and listening to pits and pieces about these times, with the focus on knitting, is at the moment interesting to me.

Of course now I'd like to know the history of knitting in good old Europe as well. I wonder if there's a book about that out there somewhere.

I'm sure this will not be my last audio book I listen too. It just wet my appetite for more. Thank goodness there are already more books to listen to out there. One thing is for sure, which came apparent to me as soon as I started listening: you've got to like the voice of the narrator!

I've got my copy from Kathy Goldner, Knitting out loud publisher, an audio book publishing company, which has more knitting books to offer. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to listen to this book, I'm hooked, but why stop there?

You'd like more information? Look here, and here, and here.

Since we are all about publishing today: I forgot to tell you about:

my little Morning Surf Scarf made it into the Summer 2008 Spin Off magazine after all. They used my picture, but it turned out a little darker than in reality. I'm surprised that it would make it in there at all, since they had so many other wonderful scarves collected already.

29 comments:

Kris said...

Welcome to the wonderful world of audiobooks :). I love audiobooks. It's gotten to where if I'm not listening to an audio when I'm spinning, then it doesn't feel right.

Congratulations on making it in the spinoff magazine.

Hege said...

Congrtulations on your pattern in the magazine :)

Have a great weekend!

Mintyfresh said...

you should check out librivox.org, which has public domain books read by volunteers, so everything is free!

Michelle said...

Your scarf definitely deserves to be in that magazine! Of all your FOs, it's my favourite.

Kelly said...

ohhh i've never heard of that book before, I'm going to check out Minty's suggestion!
Congrats on the pic in spinoff, you must be well pleased!

Dandy said...

that was your scarf... awsome!! I get that mag but didn't realize that it was yours... cool beans!!

Susanne said...

Liebe Monika,
letzter Tag daheim heute, deshalb noch ein kurzer Besuch bei Dir. Ich weiß nicht, ob wir unterwegs irgendwo eine Internet-Verbindung herstellen können.
Deinen sleepy Sam musste ich mir eben noch mal anschauen, zu süß ist der kleine Kerl.
Hörbücher habe ich auch schon vor einiger Zeit entdeckt und muss sagen, dass mir das beim Stricken absolut gut gefällt, wenn mir jemand ein Buch vorliest. Kommt aber wirklich auch auf den Erzähler an und auf den Stoff um den es geht in der Geschichte. Deine Entdeckung der Geschichte des Strickens stelle ich mir sehr interessant vor. Ein bißchen habe ich schon in verschiedenen Büchern über Fair Isle und Wikingermuster über das Stricken vor 100 und mehr Jahren erfahren, aber wenn mir einer diese Geschichte zusammenhängend vorlesen würde, fände ich das auch toll.
In Englisch wäre das für mich zusätzlich lehrreich. Ich werd mich mal nach dem Urlaub auf die Socken machen und mir das besorgen. Du hast mir Lust darauf gemacht. Danke.
So, nun habe ich heute noch ein paar Johannis- und Stachelbeeren aus unserem Gärtchen geerntet und einen Kuchen gebacken sowie rote Grütze gekocht und morgen geht's dann los an die Küste.
Viele liebe Grüße und bis bald
Susanne

Tracy said...

OMG you actually put "folding laundry" in the same sentence as love, reading, spinning, and knitting!|?! I don't know what to say!!!!! :o)

Yep, it's time for me to go to the library and start getting audio books. I've downloaded and listened to just about all the books from the Gutenberg Project I wanted to hear. Time for new stuff. LOVE the GP project but you are right if the narrators voice isn't to your liking or the recording is iffy it can be torture to listen to.

sweetpea said...

Congratulations! I copied you and made a similar scarf although it took me quite a bit longer to make. Thank you for the inspiration. And thanks for the audiobook suggestions.

hannah said...

Congratulations with the picture of your scarf in the magazine!

Bea said...

herzlichen Glückwunsch zur Aufnahme ins Heft!

Hörbücher sind was Feines. Ich nehm die auch als Hintergrund für langweilige Hausarbeit - bügeln, Fenster putzen usw.

Grüßle, die Bea

Frieda said...

Congratulations , well deserved recognition , the scarf is absolutely stunning !

I haven't got into the audio books yet , finding them expensive compared to paperbacks , mass market or trade which is what I usually buy . Living here in Quebec , our local library doesn't have a great selection in English . French is my third language and requires more concentration when listening , so consequently knitting while listening is usually an exercise in frustration. It is a great way to improve your skills when trying to learn another language . I should check out the selection at the library .

Have a good week-end !

MeowGirl said...

Morning Surf is beautiful spinning+knitting work. congratulations!

Tara said...

If you're interested in the hostory of knitting in Europe, you might want to check out A History of Hand Knitting, by Richard Rutt. Not sure if it's available in audio book format, though.

lookinout said...

A history of Hand Knitting by Rutt talks about knitting in Europe, but I don't know if you can find it in audio books. It was interesting but not light.
Gillian

Anonymous said...

I've read Idle Hands, it was pretty fascinating.

One problem with audiobooks is that I get impatient to find out what happens and I have to get the book. (I can read it faster than I can listen to it).

Congratulations on getting into Spin Off!

And since jury duty put me way, way behind, let me say that the socks you testknit for Bea are cute, I thought Sleepy Sam was Sam! but still adorable and I LOVE your traveling log cabin quilt. Never say never.....

myboringblog said...

I keep thinking I should do audio books instead of movies, but I can't seem to turn off the tv....

Anonymous said...

congratulations on becoming a published designer!
quite a feat! i must get that issue.
as for reading; my story is just like yours. i used to read a lot, but since knitting became my primary occupation, reading has been relegated to late night in bed.
i love being read to when i am knitting! my husband does read to me, but not always of course. the CBC fills a good part of my knitting time. i have been meaning to check out audio books. now i really will.
richard rutt, also called the Knitting Bishop, is well worth checking out. his "history of handknitting" is very informative, and comprehensive, though somewhat academic in style.
have a great wekend.
helga

Craftyfox said...

I'm going to see if I can get this audiobook in the UK. Since becoming visually impaired, I can't read and I love social history. I enjoy your blog an inspiration and you got me hooked on minisocks, pattern I've learnt and can always knit up. Thanks

Beverly said...

Woohoo!!! Congratulations. I've seen several on the needles today. You've crafted a winner.

Angelika said...

Your yarn and color selection and the way you take your pictures has probably something to do with them choosing your scarf.

shannon said...

oh how wonderful!!! i'm excited for you about the scarf making it into the magazine! must see if i can find a copy here in portland!! i've always loved that scarf. :)

The Kelly Green Rogue said...

yeah! My favorite thing to do is listen to a book and knit! It's perfect! I'm glad you found this wonderful combo!

Leah said...

I think your scarf is the best and would have been disappointed if they had not included it.

Congratulations!
Leah

T-Mom said...

Hey! Congratulations on the picture!

pamudom said...

I saw your beautiful scarf in Spin-Off Magazine. Congratulations! I am proud to say that I "faved" it in Ravelry before that!

Firefly Nights said...

It's great that you found the knitting history book on audio, but gee, how could you forget about your scarf being in the magazine? That's wonderful. I haven't had time to look through the last issue that came. I'll have to go see if it's the one with your scarf in it.

Christy said...

proud proud proud of you!!!

Congrats on the publication of your scarf. I just picked up that issue and thought yours was one of the best.... though I didn't know it was you at the time.

Violiknit said...

Congrats on your beautiful scarf making it into the magazine! I've not gotten into audio books yet, but your description on the social/historical aspect of knitting sounds really intriquing.