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5 Fantastic Nonfiction Audiobooks to Listen to While You Knit or Crochet (And Some Beautiful Shawl Patterns)

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I am a multitasker. When I knit or crochet, I love to listen to audiobooks. It feels like I get to do two great things at the same time – books and crafts!

With that in mind, I wanted to share with you some of my recent favourite Audiobooks and projects I’ve been working on.

The awakening shawl.
The Awakening Shawl by The Crochet Fix. Buy the pattern from Ravelry here (not an affiliate link).

This was my latest crochet piece – a shawl done in some beautiful merino, silk, and yak blend yarn. The colour is called Cherish from Oyster Yarns, but any 4-ply (fingering weight) yarn will do. I am so in love with this shawl. I love the colour, I love the floral design in the pattern, and how soft and lovely it feels on my skin. This is perfect to wear as a traditional shawl but also wrapped at the front like a scarf. This is considered intermediate level, but I feel if you’re an adventurous beginner, you should give this a try. I made this on a 3.5 mm crochet hook. You can pick on up on Amazon here.

The Arcturus shawl.
The Arcturus Shawl by Shara Lambeth Designs. Buy on Etsy here.

This shawl was my first knit along – KAL – piece. It was so much fun seeing all the different colour combinations for this shawl. This was also my first mosaic knitted piece, which uses slip stitches to create beautiful colourwork. I must admit that when I first started this project, I was a little nervous. Although this was actually a pretty easy piece to knit and definitely okay for beginners. You’ll need to know how to make one right and make one left (M1R, M1L) and slip stitches. The whole piece is just done in knit stitch, so there aren’t any stitches to learn. You can do this with any 4-ply (fingering weight) yarn, and you’ll need a main colour and two contrast colours.

My only recommendation for this project is to make sure you use sharp needles, as this will help you pick up the thinner yarn. Also, for my two contrast colours, I used a fingering weight that was 2 strands spun together, which made it very easy for me to get distracted and split the yarn. If I do any project like this again, I’ll be making sure I pick something different.

For knitting needles, you’ll need 3.25 cm and 3.5 cm circular needles in 60 or 80 cm. If you don’t have any, I would recommend the Chiagoo needles, which you can buy from Amazon here.

The author Hope has her back to the camera, is in a pastel blue dress with a blue and white knitted shawl draped over her shoulders.
I wore the Arcturus shawl to a wedding recently, and it was perfect!

So, you might be wondering, where are the Audiobooks?! And I’m glad you asked.

I have loved what crochet and knitting have done for my mental health. It has helped me relax more, feel creative, make clothes I love, create beautiful gifts for people, and has helped me slow down. When I am crafting, I also love to listen to audiobooks, and I wanted to share with you my top 5 audiobooks to listen to while you craft.

Audible cover of Witches.

Craft, female power, feminine arts, and beauty. Of course, I had to include something about witches here. Sam George-Allen’s book is a celebration of power and pleasure. It looks at close female relationships and how they have been celebrated and attacked throughout history. This is part history, part cultural studies, and a great listen for anyone.

Buy your copy from Amazon here.

Duration: 8 hrs 32 mins

Audible cover of Wow, No thank you.

Everything Samantha Irby writes is hilarious. She has three essay collections out at the moment, and they are all great. So really, this is also a recommendation to get all her books. This essay collection is fun and easy to listen to. It is recorded by the author, and it makes me feel like I am just hanging out with a great friend.

Get your copy from Amazon here.

Duration: 10 hrs 3 mins

Audible cover of The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary.

People overlook the beauty and joy in simple things. I consider crochet and knitting to be in this category. They seem ordinary, dare I say it, for old people. There is something beautiful about creating and making things. It is an ordinary act of using your hands, and with them, you make wearable art. Catherine Gray’s book is a little bit of self-help and a little bit of cultural critique.

Get your copy from Amazon here.

Duration: 9 hrs 50 mins

Audible book cover of So You've Been Publicly Shamed

Jon Ronson is a weird and wacky journalist who manages to investigate some of the strangest things. I’ve listened to all of his books on Audible, and I just love them. They are weird, bizarre, funny, unsettling, and insightful. You will never be bored with one of Ronson’s books.

Get your copy from Amazon here.

Duration: 8 hrs 16 mins

Audible book cover of The Hidden Life of Trees.

I listened to Peter Wohlleben’s book when I went on walks and when I was crafting at home. It has made me look at nature and the beauty and power of trees in a whole new light. I am truly forever changed by this book. If you love nature and want to know how to care for it better, then Wohlleben’s book is a great place to start.

Get your copy from Amazon here.

Duration: 7 hrs 34 mins

These 5 audiobooks give you 44.25 hours worth of listening, which will definitely keep you company while you knit, crochet, or craft the afternoon away.

Please let me know your favourite audiobooks in the comments! I might even do a fiction edition soon. As always, share the reading love.

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