knitting the second cowl

Remember how I’m making two cowls for my mom (one for her, one for a friend)?  I’m using this pattern from Ravelry to make it but I’m doing it in thinner yarn and adapting the pattern a bit.  She wants something thinner — more like a necklace.  Well, here’s how far I am on #2:

This one’s going much slower, and it’s not just because I’ve already done one and the novelty has worn off.  That’s not it at all, really — this one I’m making with a thinner yarn but the same needles.  The first cowl was sock weight, and this yarn is about half that size.  It will be much more lacy, which I think will look equally cool, but it’s taking longer because I’m not used to working with such lightweight yarn.  It keeps sliding through my hands so my tension is wonky and I have to keep adjusting to keep it right.

As you can see, my knitting is resting on my laptop, which is in turn resting on the arm of the couch.  My boyfriend is often taking up the TV with his video gaming (which is fine), so I usually sit here on the couch, using my computer to watch movies/TV or listen to audiobooks with my headphones on.  When a pattern is difficult for me, I’ll postpone those things in favor of turning all my attention towards my knitting, but for stuff like this cowl, which is an easy pattern, I like to listen to things.

Do you do things while you knit?  If so, what?  I need some new ideas — I’ve practically memorized all of my audiobooks and movies (lines and musical scores).

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  1. I often dive into the endless archives of BBC Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra – audiobooks, comedy, documentaries, drama, etc, etc. Try it, it’s lovely and cosy and British, so great for knitting 🙂


  2. I have gone all the way back through The West Wing since I took up knitting and crochet a year ago. Sometimes though (those tricky-both-eyes-on-the-project-days), I just stick my iTunes on shuffle. If something folky comes on (I’m thinking Fleet Foxes, First Aid Kit…) I can feel my stitches slowing and relaxing with every harmony. I have to hit skip when it falls on something a little harder though… my formative music taste was less conducive to consistent crafting.

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