Ah yes, the conundrum of whether to knit or read. Unfortunately, being able to balance both at the same time is not generally possible, unless you have the great skills of never having to look at your fingers as you are working, or figuring out a creative way to prop up your book so you can glimpse back and forth! Not very feasible!
My solution, therefore, is - audiobooks! Such a life-saver for those of us that can't live without being immersed in another fictional/factual world. I discovered Audible.com 8 years ago, and cannot imagine life without it. I listen in my car to and from work (it's really bad when you wish your commute was longer so that you can hear more of a story!), I listen sometimes before dozing off to sleep (although that never really works as I get too engrossed and I can't switch it off) and, of course, I listen when I knit. And, boy, do those rows just fly by. There have been those unfortunate times when, without realizing, I've gone way past an increase/decrease/buttonhole and have had to rip back. So, just a word of warning, only get into a really good book when you have something simple and straightforward to work on!!
This is a list of a few of the best books I've obsessed over in the past few months:
I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi (just finished this one - felt as though I was part of the family - so much sorrow.)
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (so disturbing, but I couldn't put it down!)
Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde (fabulous characters.)
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See (great insight into a world I really didn't think still existed.)
The Muse by Jessie Burton (the intriguing story behind an outstanding painting - who was the artist?)
Well, that's a few of mine. Let me know what you are reading at the moment. I am always looking to add to my library.