I’ve been sitting for over three hours now, crocheting a sweater for the fall issue of crochetme.com (I can’t say much more about this cool project except that new exciting yarns will be used, a Crochet-Along and several of your favorite crocheters will be involved).

Anyway, what’s kept me going, even though my eyes began drooping at ten, is that I’m listening to the CD recording of Harry Potter, book 6. I really love books on tape. I find it just as easy to imagine a story when I hear it, as when I read it. But of course, when I’m listening, my hands are free–to clean house, or baby-tend, crochet, or drive the car.

What I notice about books on tape that doesn’t happen with print, is that I associate what I’m doing, or where I am, with the book I’m listening to. Last summer I listened to the amazing BBC cast reading Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials as I was driving back from taking Selma to and from summer-camp. Even now, when I drive down those particular streets, I vividly recall scenes from the book. I wonder if I’m somehow filling this sweater with Harry-potter-ness, if somehow the sleeves or the neckline will remind me of different parts of the book, or even if my design will somehow be influenced by the story.

(By the way, this doesn’t happen with TV–I have no memory with any knit or crochet project, what I’ve been watching while I made it. Probably because TV is so much more passive.)

Round and Round with Harry Potter

6 thoughts on “Round and Round with Harry Potter

  • July 15, 2006 at 1:52 am

    I do that too! I just spent the week watching movies while crocheting and when I think of one project, the movie I watched while working on it pops up vividly… sort of odd when I was crocheting doiley-like motifs while watching 40 Year Old Virgin.

    I adore the Harry Potter audio books. Now you’ve made me need to go get the last book in audio!

  • July 16, 2006 at 4:09 am

    Yep–listening to audiotapes while knitting always leaves their imprint in the fabric. I love the idea that HP might influence the design!

  • July 30, 2006 at 10:21 pm

    I do associate a lot of my own work with books-on-CD I’ve been reading. Harry Potter is tremendous!! The number one ladies detective agency series has been great–not too much action and complicated exposition, but really charming characters. AND the main character crochets!
    I got so annoyed listening to the da vinci code that all my stitches in a baby blanket are evilly tight. They chose the most patronising-sounding reader and now when I see the blanket I think, ugh!

  • July 30, 2006 at 10:24 pm

    oh-ps, we met at the cgoa professional day, and it was a pleasure to sit in on vashti’s talk with you!

  • July 31, 2006 at 6:46 am

    I knew you seemed familiar–I’m so glad I found your blog!

  • August 1, 2006 at 7:45 pm

    I listened to all the Harry Potter books on tape, and I loved them – so entertaining!

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