You were wondering how can I read books while I knit socks. I can read magazines, they stay open and e-books I have in my IPad. Most library books are so worn that they stay open too, with little bit of help from something, like phone on the corner of the book. Like most of you, I cannot sit still and do nothing, watching TV is impossible without something to work on. Lately the same is happening to me while I read, I concentrate better when I knit while I read. I need pause more often due to knitting, giving time think, what I have been reading, thus the reading comes more meaningful somehow, but the books need to be good and worth pondering about. Of course, there are audiobooks, but sometimes it is nice to sit in the quiet and read, like in the evenings.
People were telling stories in the old times, before the written word. Listening to audio books keeps the same tradition alive. We have a national epic, called Kalevala. (J. R. R. Tolkien was both inspired and influenced by it.) The poems of the epic are told in rhymes, making them easier for the teller to remember. This book is something I want to have as an audio book, I have not bought it yet, but will; I think it should be heard, like it was passed on.
One more thing about my socks, I think I have mentioned this before. I always start with normal long-tail cast-on. Usually cast on 19 stitches per needle, 4 x 19 is 76 stitches, if using 2mm needles. (Sometimes I use bigger needles for the cast on row and the first purl rows, then I usually just cast on 18 sts per needle.) I purl 4 rows. This, because I hate tight edges, I just cannot live in something that puts pressure on my feet. When I start my ribbing, I decrease 4 stitches evenly, 1 stitch per needle. I knit the ribbing and purl 4 rows again, before I proceed to stockinette, this just adds a little detail, serves no other purpose. If I want to have little burst of color, I can knit these 4 rows with different color than the main sock.
You have seen these guys before, but since it is so appropriate today, they are here again! (The camera was off-focus, sorry about that!)
Wool with you,