What do you listen to while crafting and creating? Music on the radio, podcasts, old favorite TV shows, or the sweet sound of silence? I am a major, obsessive, can’t-get-enough, audiobook addict. In fact, I sometimes wonder if my love of knitting has, in part, to do with the fact that working up long stretches of stockinet pairs so well with listening to books.

I do have to press the pause button when I am counting a particularly complicated row, or struggling to develop a new design, but I make up for that by also listening to books on my daily walks. I even associate particular streets and paths with specific stories that I was listening to when I first walked them.

During the past two months, I discovered another life moment that requires an audiobook: middle-of-the-night nursing sessions. It’s 1:30 am. Baby calls. In the dark, I slit my eyes open, slide my back up against the wall, heave baby out of his bed and grope for my ipod placed on the nightstand. Only once I’ve popped in the headphones and pressed play, do I feel awake enough to get through the next half hour. Sometimes, by the time he’s finished drinking and drifted back to sleep, I’m so into the story that I have to tell myself sternly to put down the book and go back to sleep myself.

Fiction, or non-fiction, set in our world or one of the distant past (and I wont say no to fantasy worlds of the future either) I just love a good story.

What books do I listen to? Here are a couple recent favorites:

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers: I ate this book up like candy! It’s the true story of a man living through New Orleans during and post Katrina. Rescuing fellow citizens, being wrongly accused of criminality. This book has heros, evil forces and great story telling.

Moby Duck by Donovan Hohn: I actually listened to this one a long time ago but it’s so good it deserves mention here. You know your curiosity is peeked by a book that tells the truly random story of one man’s research into the container of rubber bath toys that got knocked overboard in the ocean during a storm.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent: This book brings you so so beautifully into the world of early 19th century Iceland -hard, cold, often barren but so beautiful. Besides, Morven Christie, the narrator, has a voice like the tinkling of wind chimes.

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach: This was the first book I listened to in the wee hours of the nursing nights and it was so so funny, I had to bite my lip to keep from laughing so loud I’d startle the baby and wake the husband. Mary Roach is my favorite comedian, and bonus, I learned a ton about a subject that affects us all: what happens to bodies after they die.

You by Caroline Kepnes: The narrator of this book is repulsive, psychopathic, and yet so incredibly compelling that you can’t help but hang on his every word.

I’d love to know what you listen to. Is listening to something part of your knitting/creating ritual?  Any phenomenal audiobooks you want to recommend to me and other Yarn Birdy readers?