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« on: March 02, 2005 04:20:41 PM »

  Undecided I'm wondering if any of you guys read while you knit, and how you manage to hold the book up while you do it. Strange question, I know, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask; I have a new Stephen King book I want to crack open, and a top from Knit1 I want to start...

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« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2005 04:28:39 PM »

That is the best question ever. I too want to be able to knit and read. I really hope some mutlitalented soul answers this post and clues us in as to how to accomplish both at the same time. Now if only I could learn how to knit and type at the same time I'd be set...LoL!  Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2005 04:30:28 PM »

the only time i knit and watch tv/read/etc is when it's something simple. like st st. i read magazines, very simple to read cuz they stay open on their own. my sister has a stand that she uses for school that holds the book up and has clamps on each side. the stand is adjustable in width and the clamps move up and down.

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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2005 04:36:18 PM »

what about books on tape?

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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2005 04:38:39 PM »

I put something really heavy on the book above the margins to keep it open.  I find that knitting and reading work best when you have a hardcover book as opposed to a paperback... Steven King might be a bit too hefty for this method unless you want to crack the binding by folding it backwards a few times at each page.
(I knit and read A LOT!!!)
Another way to do it is to put your feet up on a chair directly in front of you, but a bit lower than where you're sitting, and hold the book with your toes...
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2005 04:49:09 PM »

You can get a wire stand that will hold a book open to a page. doesn't work so well for small paperbacks, but it's great for hardcovers.

Sometimes, when I'm reading a really old novel, I'll download the text file of it from the Project Gutenberg site. Then I can read it on my laptop while I knit. I wouln't read a whole book this way, but it's nice for a chapter or two of a book I'm really enjoying. I've done this with A Tale of Two Cities and Tess of the D'Ubervilles.

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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2005 05:13:21 PM »

OK, now I know this is WAY more involved than you were thinking, but you know those kits where you can make plaster molds of your hands?  years ago, I made a mold of my hands in the shape of holding a book.  then I used to use it while reading and doign other stuff, as I've been known to do a lot.  It was AWESOME.  Just a l'il suggestion, albeit a conceivably unhelpful one. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2005 05:35:12 PM »

When I'm really into both a book and a knitting project, I use one of those stand-up cookbook stands, it holds the book up, and the pages down. Works best with hardcovers though. 

Sorry if someone already said that....

Ah, multitasking! I once was reading, knitting, and nursing a baby.....oh my.

« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2005 11:41:10 PM »

My method is a bit less eloquent, but it seems to work.  If you have a coat hanger made to hold trousers (with adjustable clips) I clip the left hand side of the book (or as many pages you can fit in the clip) and let the otherside rest on the book and hold it open.  So far I've used it for paperbacks and hardcovers and it seems to work a charm, great if you're cheap.  If you have a metal coat hanger you could fashion it into a wire clip that does the same thing but is kept in the centre of the book, might only work on paperbacks though.
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