The other day when I was fretting about not having Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince re-read in time for the release of the new book, I forgot to mention one thing that was seriously holding back my ability to read: the fact that I am entirely obsessed by my current knitting project. I don’t know whether it’s the self-striping yarn that’s got me so fascinated, or if it is merely the magic that is sock knitting (a topic that deserves — and will eventually get — it’s own post), but I just can’t stop knitting.

Obviously, it is impossible to knit and read at the same time, especially when using double pointed needles. Four needles and one book is clearly way too much for two eyes to manage, requiring me to make a choice. And despite the Saturday morning deadline for finishing the book, the knitting has been winning out.

Late on Monday, however, it finally dawned on me that I own the audiobook of HP6, and where reading books and knitting don’t mix, listening and knitting is ideal. I am now happily knitting away while getting a refresher on how Harry and friends spent the sixth year at Hogwarts.

At some point I will have to put the needles down and just power through what remains, as I do read a lot faster than Jim Dale, who narrates the books. (I think it has something to do with the fact that I don’t make special voices in my head for every character.) For now, though, this solution is allowing me to multi-task most satisfactorily.

5 thoughts on “Multi-tasking

  1. Shannon July 18, 2007 / 9:07 am

    Now if I could just learn to DRIVE and read HP7 for my drive to Massachusettes on Sunday, life would be good.

    I guess I’ll be up most of the night on Saturday night instead since I really don’t want to get myself and my daughter into a horrific wreck on the Pike.

    Is HP7 going to be out on audio on Saturday too?

  2. Sweetpea July 18, 2007 / 9:22 am

    According to Amazon, yes… the audiobook will also be available on Saturday. My guess is that this means it will also be available to download on iTunes or, if you’d rather get it that way.

  3. Shannon July 18, 2007 / 10:05 am

    Hmmmm….tempted. Though I have to say that I have never had the tolerance of being read to. Weird I know, but true. It irritates me.

    Something tells me that I could make an exception here however.

  4. Shannon July 20, 2007 / 11:17 am

    Never mind multi-tasking at this moment…are we all withstanding the temptation of reading online spoilers?

    It is taking major willpower so far, but I’ve been successful. I do NOT want to be spoiled!

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