I consider myself to be a fairly multi-tasking knitter. I can knit while accomplishing other tasks: watching TV/a movie, drinking, talking, and reading (if using my e-reader). Despite my multi-tasking ways, I never would have thought of knitting and walking at the same time, and then I read a post by blogger Andrea who blogs at This Knitted Life. In this post, she gives ten tips for knitting and walking at the same time, ranging from try it and try it again, tips for logistics (what to carry said knitting in while getting in your steps and ideal projects).
With this sage advise in hand, I grabbed my vanilla socks, my iPhone with awesome podcasts in the queue, and my obscenely bright walking shoes and headed to my favourite walking path.
I. Am. Hooked.
I had some trepidation at first, the same feeling I had the first time I knitted in public, but hesitation subsided and I got into a good groove. My yarn lives in a simple canvas shoulder bag for the walk, along with my iPhone and car keys, and it felt really great to walk, take in the lovely scenery (as my favourite walking path is along the shore of Lake Ontario), and still get in quality knitting time. One morning, I must have walked over 5km (or over three miles for those familiar with the Imperial system) and through my hour+ walk was able to knit over 20 rows. One kind gentleman remarked as we passed ‘you’ll surely be finished that sock by the time you are finished!’ He wasn’t far off the mark, as I completed a good chunk of the foot during that walk.
Thank you so much, Andrea @ This Knitted Life for showing me I can add to my knitting multi-tasking repertoire. Being able to combine two things I love, walking and knitting, makes the experience even more awesome.
Now, if someone could now show me how to knit while housecleaning, washing dishes, completing yardwork, or some other horribly mundane task, I’ll be set. Knitting always makes things better, whatever the task may be.
Not sure about knitting and walking? Please give the post a read over at This Knitted Life!