I think we can all agree that knitting is the perfect at-home entertainment. If you’re like me, you crave those quiet evenings at home when you can unwind, knit, and feel the cares of the world melt away.
I already know, thanks to the recent response of readers of the Knitting Nuggets Newsletter, that many of you are also like me in that we often feel the need for a little additional stimulation while knitting. Of course this might not be needed when we’re doing complex, concentration-required knitting (lace, Fair Isle, cables, or intarsia, anyone?).
But if you’re settling in for some mindless knitting — like when you’re doing a basic sock or hat pattern that requires rounds and rounds of ribbing or stockinette stitch — a little added stimulation can be just what you need.
Many of you have already indicated that you have plenty material for additional entertainment while knitting. But perhaps some of you are looking for some further avenues for free or cheap entertainment at home. If so, here are some suggestions!
Free and Cheap Entertainment-at-Home Options
1. The library: Of course, we must mention my all-time favorite form of free entertainment, the library. If you thought all you could get at the library were books, then you haven’t been to the library in a very long time! In addition to books, in most libraries you’ll also find movies, CDs, and even audiobooks. I love audiobooks while knitting because you don’t have to worry about turning pages or taking your eyes off your knitting!
2. Rental: Movie rental places face stiff competition these days, and as a result you can usually find some incredibly inexpensive prices for even brand-new movies. Considering that a night at the movies can usually set you back at least $20 (and oftentimes more!), renting movies for $2 or less is a pretty fantastic deal!
3. A “night out” at home: Invite friends or family over and have them bring their favorite DVDs and/or CDs. You can all share the entertainment, and it won’t cost you a thing! (Even better if you invite knitting friends over; then you can have a fun knitter’s night in!)
4. Netflix/Amazon Prime: I am completely hooked on both of these services! I love watching old episodes of TV shows I loved years ago or finding an old movie I’ve always wanted to watch. I’ve also found terrific original programming on Amazon Prime.
We happen to have both a PS4 gaming system and various DVD/Blu-Ray players that can access Netflix and Amazon Prime, so we can watch on our TVs. You can also watch streams on your home computer. For as often as I use Netflix, $8 a month is a real bargain. And Amazon Prime is very well priced for people who also tend to do a lot of ordering on Amazon. It’s $99 for a full year, which comes out to just over $8 a month. Both services are well worth these low prices, particularly for cable-cutters (also like me).
5. Pandora Radio & iHeartRadio: If you enjoy listening to music while you knit and love finding new artists (or listening to old artists you love on demand), both of these streaming services are great choices.
Have your own favorite free or cheap entertainment options? Be sure to write and let me know your favorite(s)!
Then kick back, relax, enjoy low-cost or free movies, music or audiobooks, and knit your cares away!