Last weekend I was working on my cardigan coat and catching up on my favorite podcast with my big cup of tea nearby and I started thinking about the things I do while I’m doing handwork. I like to have a really huge cup of tea. I like to listen to podcasts like The Ro-Co Review and The Moth. I love to listen to comedians like Maria Bamford and Patton Oswalt. And sometimes I’ll knit while my husband watches football (let’s go Tech!). It made me curious about what other people do when they’re crafting, so I asked a couple of friends to share their favorite crafting entertainment.
Nicole of KnitRunBakeRun:
“I tend to be one of those knitters who is always doing something else while knitting: talking on the phone with my sister, watching TV with the husband (while re-watching Twin Peaks, I finished the Schieffelin Point Shawl this week) or even while riding the bus. This isn’t my preference, but rather what tends to happen when I really want to finish something and am pressed for time. What I really love: to sit in my office on my favorite chair, with a cup of my current favorite tea (Bengal Spice) and some Antje Duvekot playing. With the west facing windows, there is a gorgeous flood of afternoon sunlight and a view of late autumn leaves. There is always a cat nearby and the smell of something baking downstairs. Soul restoring at its very best.”
Kim of Domestocrat:
“When I’m crafting the most important thing for me is to be in the zone. And I’ve found that different crafty activities dictate different types of entertainment for that reason. I love to listen to quiet, chill out music when I’m sewing or embroidering (Eisley, City & Colour, Best Coast, The Avett Brothers, Ingrid Michaelson). When I’m drawing or sketching I need complete silence so I can really concentrate. In my house we love crappy movies so sometimes I will queue up a bunch and put them on mute while I’m crafting. Last but not least, crafting always means hanging out with my best buddy, Reggie the cat. He’s into anything that means sitting for long periods of time and being quiet, so he loves crafty time.”
Dana of Punching Moments in the FACE:
“I find that when I knit I am totally immersed in my project. I can’t really entertain company or watch something on TV that requires any amount of my attention. It’s not a surprise to anyone, but I am a huge wrestling fan and I often work my crafting time around that. If I’m interested in the match, I take a break to watch. If I’m not interested, I just knit right through and listen to the commentary. I’ll sometimes put on ’30 Rock’ or ‘Arrested Development’ since I’ve seen them all already. I love background noise. Lately it’s been the sound of my roommate playing Skyrim. Crafting, especially knitting, keeps my hands busy and off the treats. It’s often my go to activity to avoid evening snacking. Since I tend to knit mostly in the winter, and as a way to relax, I’ll have a cup of tea. My favorite right now is Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Roobios. There’s also a lot of cat cuddling that happens while I’m knitting. I’m the oldest person in the world.”
And finally, my mom, the craftiest craftster of all time:
“I like to listen to audio books while doing handwork and drinking a cup of hot water. Yup, just boil the water! I think I have listened to the entire Harry Potter series 6,7 times. The reader, Jim Dale has a voice I could listen to over and over. Oh yeah, that’s what I’ve been doing! The Secret Life of Bees is another one I listen to often. I can tune into the stories or have them as background if I’m doing something that needs more attention. Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! is a great podcast on NPR if I am in the mood for a good laugh. Now all this is if I am not with other people, they are actually the best! Every Wednesday I have ‘Knit Night’ with a group of intelligent, fun, inspiring artists and there isn’t a single audio book that can take their place.”
I’d love to hear what you like to do while crafting!