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« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2007 09:27:12 PM »

I am one of those people who can knit and watch TV at the same time, BUT, it's not like I'm 100% absorbed in the TV and the knitting is just going on autopilot, especially for anything that is not straight st st or garter.  I do have to keep glancing down to check where I am, etc.  Some movies/shows are definitely better than others to knit to.  If you HAVE to look at the screen constantly (i.e. foreign films with subtitles), that probably is not a good knitting movie.  Movies that you can look away from periodically without missing much, however, are great (action movies, for example, are surprisingly good to knit to).

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« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2007 10:43:58 PM »

You need something easy (ie no complicated pattern or a mindless pattern) and lots and lots of practice..

I can knit and watch TV or movies, I can also knit and walk along the road too....  my knitting of preference for either of these is either something in plain stocking stitch or garterstich (or I can manage a regular rib as long as the entire thing is the same - your hands sort of get used to the rhythm of what you are doing) or I knit socks (plain stocking stitch ones with just rib at the top) - I find I don't need to look at these sort of things for most of the time now (but it did take lots of practice toget to this stage!)....  of course with the socks I do have to look while turning the heel etc but the basic circular stuff that is all the same I can knit with my eyes glued to the TV.....

I did a fair whack on a babyhat (in 3x3 rib on 4 dpns) tonight while watching a harry potter DVD......

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« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2007 11:42:19 PM »

If I want to pay attention, like read subtitles and get completely into the movie or whatever i'm watching, I don't knit, but i will choose things i don't mind missing parts of while knitting, like if missing this part in the movie won't matter really to the outcome of the story, then i knit.  I mainly look at what i knit cuz i don't want to put the stitches in the wrong place.

I stare at my knitting to make sure that it's working out right.  sorta like when i'm typing, if i'm copying something from a document, or trying to spell out a complicated word, I have to slow down, and think about the letters that i'm typing out, but if it's just random thoughts babbled, then I can pretty much stare at the screen and type...

I don't mind staring at my knitting and listening to movies...

« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2007 05:40:01 AM »

Hehe yeah I think I might know the dialogue to all the HP movies by heart now - I listen and occasionally look up (at this point). Although I make myself dizzy sometimes if I'm knitting fast (and looking at it)...lol. Tongue

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« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2007 05:51:48 AM »

I haven't gotten to the point where I can watch a movie and knit at the same time. I usually choose a movie that I've seen more than once and listen while I knit, even if I'm knitting something simple.

Honestly though, it's just something that you come to in time, after a lot of practice. I've tried but I usually mess even the simplest things up (garter stitch scarves are usually idiot proof but not when I'm knitting them...). Although, I can manage to do some crocheting during a movie and actually watch while I work. But then, I've been crocheting far longer than I've been knitting.
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2007 07:57:52 AM »

Although I make myself dizzy sometimes if I'm knitting fast (and looking at it)...lol. Tongue

Ha ha!  I thought it was just me... I don't knit much, but I crochet, and sometimes it makes my head spin if I'm really going for it!  I can't really crochet without looking either - I can always spot the bits I've done with the TV on, cos there are more mistakes...  I used to know someone who could read a book and knit at the same time, which I thought was pretty amazing (her knitting was super fast and neat, too!).
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2007 08:12:39 AM »

SO YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE TV!!!?!?!?!??!?!?... I can knit blind, actually I almost never look at my work, I just "feel" it, but then again, I rarely look at the tv screen ^^ If the show/Movie is any good, just listening to the dialog is enough to let me understand what's happening, so I focus on something else (Say drawing, crochet, knitting, sewing, whatever).

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« Reply #17 on: September 17, 2007 09:57:18 AM »

This may sound obvious (?), but I recently realized that I can actually use my left thumb to both feel and kind of separate the stitch to be knitted. And I've tried putting in stitch markers after figuring out where they may be helpful... good because it cuts down on the counting but it also slows me down a lot, not sure how I feel about it yet.

« Reply #18 on: September 17, 2007 10:41:42 AM »

Yeah, feeling the stitches with your left thumb or finger is part of it. Helps if you have a repetitive pattern too.

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« Reply #19 on: September 17, 2007 10:55:50 AM »

I found that I can do stockinette in the round without looking.  Haven't gotten much further than that though.  I think it's a matter of practice.  I discovered I was doing it one day when talking to someone and realized I was still knitting even though I wasn't looking at it - then I got all paranoid that I'd dropped a stitch or something, and was really happy to see that I hadn't!

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