If you like a little light knitting entertainment but don’t want to pay a lot of money for it, check out these six options
While there’s nothing like a quiet evening at home — where you can unwind, knit, and feel the cares of the world melt away — sometimes we need a little added stimulation. This is especially the case when you’re doing something like a sock requiring endless rounds of stockinette, or a scarf involving seemingly nonstop rows of garter stitch.
Personally, I love listening to podcasts while I knit. Podcasts are fabulous because they involve only my ears, so if I’m knitting something a little more involved, I don’t have to look away from my knitting.
If I am knitting stockinette or garter stitch, I love watching DVDs or episodes of my favorite shows on Netflix (more about that later). My most recent discovery is the Great British Baking Show, which is perfect if you love listening to English accents and baking!
Are you looking for free or cheap entertainment at home to accompany your knitting? If so, here are some suggestions!
Free and Cheap Knitting Entertainment-at-Home Options
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1. The library: Of course, we must mention my all-time favorite form of free knitting 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 rentals face stiff competition these days, so you can find great prices for even brand-new movies. These days, a night at the movies can usually set you back at least $20 (and oftentimes more!). So 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.
If you have either a video gaming system or a DVD/Blu-Ray player, you may be able to access these on your TV. 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.
6. Podcasts: As I mentioned above, I’ve fallen in love with podcasts. You can find a podcast for almost any interest you have, including knitting! If you own an iPhone or iOS computer, you’ll be able to find many great podcasts (free!) on iTunes. Got an Android or Blackberry? Check out Stitcher or Podbean. Or, if you’re a weirdo like me and love Windows, try the simply-named Podcasts app.
Have your own favorite free or cheap knitting entertainment options? Be sure to comment below and let me know your favorite(s). Then kick back, relax, enjoy low-cost or free movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, or podcasts, and knit your cares away!