Things to do whilst knitting

Knitting is a great way to pass a commute, but it’s fairly rare that I’m only knitting on the train. Partly this is because I like to have something to occupy my mind while I occupy my hands, partly because having headphones in is a good way to avoid having to actually converse with other humans more than necessary. I mean, people are great, there are several that I’m quite fond of, but at the end of a long day, talking is not high on my want-to-do list. I tend to occupy my brain and ears with three things, books, podcasts and music, and I though I might share some things I’ve been enjoying.

Books (I use Audible for my audiobooks)

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke

Over 32 hours of fantasy goodness. Simon Prebble does an excellent job of narrating this book. The book itself is full of footnotes, but they blend well into the overall narration and don’t feel intrusive. This is on my list of books to re-listen to.

The Girl with All the Gifts - M. R. Carey

A recommendation from Greg, our sneaky occasional guess blogger. This is one of those books where it’s better to not know much about it before reading it, so I’ll just say “go, read!”.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler

You know those books you read where you don’t feel like anything will ever be ok again? This is one of those books. Really amazing, and another one where the less said the better.


Blasta (of course)

The Pen Addict – These guys are to pens what we are to yarn. They have also started using the word SABLE (stash acquisition beyond life expectancy) to describe their ink stashes, so they can’t be all bad

Hello Internet –  Where I get all my news. And by news, I mostly mean updates on the New Zealand flag referendum.


I’m not a big music fan, so I’m not usually one to recommend things. However, if you want steampunk science fiction retellings of myths and legends, and who doesn’t, you may want to check out The Mechanisms.

Do you have a favourite audiobook or podcast to recommend?

One thought on “Things to do whilst knitting

  1. Greg recommends the Sceptics Guide to the Universe for a podcast. And Serial if you haven’t listened to that already.

    I recommend Caithness Craft for a knitting related podcast, from Scotland too!

    Now I just have to get around to reading those other two books you mentioned. I have them ready to go just never started them.