I start my days in the studio on the knitting machine. I set up the yarn and knitting pattern the night before so that I can start work the minute I walk in the door. This rhythm works for me; it sets me on the right path for the day in a fairly predictable and peaceful way.
What is NOT peaceful is the knitting machine itself. THIS SUCKER IS REALLY LOUD!
There are 200 needles on the "knitting bed," so there's a lot of mechanical motion every time the carriage passes back and forth. The punch-card itself is very quiet, so that doesn't make a lot of noise. It's just the clatter of needles that makes for a noisy wake-up call.
So I wear headphones.
I prefer the BIG old-fashioned ones that fit over the entire ear. These Bose ones work perfectly and protect my hearing to boot.
You can see that they're attached, as usual, to my iPhone so that I can listen to a "book-on-tape." Audible is my favorite resource, although the public library library across the street works well when I've run out of monthly credits.
In December, January and February I loomed plenty of yardage, so I listened to A LOT of books. Here are my favorites:
* All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. So beautiful, and read aloud the story is even lovelier. The only downside? It's just awful when it all ends! Not surprised it was a 2014 National Book Awards finalist, just shocked it didn't win.
* The Martian, by Andy Weir. So much fun!!! In short: a very resourceful and science-minded astronaut/botanist gets stranded on Mars. Sounds dreadful but really, this book is hilarious and quite a great ride. And I just learned that Ridley Scott is directing Matt Damon in the movie version, due out by the end of 2015. My 13-year-old son and I are so excited!
* Some Luck, by Jane Smiley. Really, what isn't a fantastic piece of fiction from her? This is the first in a trilogy, so the ending is a planned "cliffhanger" of sorts. But still wonderful.
Do you listen to books on tape? And if yes, what are your favorites?