Give These Records a Listen for a Great Knitting Experience
What is it about listening to vinyl records that is so gratifying? Along with the nostalgic crackling after the needle hits the record, a certain level of mindfulness is required for listening to an album from start to finish and having to flip the record partway through. Yet that mindfulness seems to come so easily with this pastime.
Similarly, knitting is a practice in being present. Combining the two creates a really enjoyable experience you can appreciate on your own or with others, knitting and non-knitting alike. Here’s a short list of albums that can enhance your knitting experience, each in its own way.
1. Parachutes, Coldplay (Parlophone, 2000)
I knit a hat
I knit a hat for you
And everything you do
And it was all yellow
Coldplay’s debut album is perfect for chilly autumn days, especially when paired with knitting, a comforting cup of tea, and melancholy.
2. FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justin Timberlake (Jive Records, 2006)
If I knit you an infinity
Cowl to say how much you mean to me (what would you do)
If I said your sweater’s beautiful
Would you knit stuff on the regular (tell me would you)
Usually played for dancing purposes, FutureSex/LoveSounds can be a great motivator when you are knitting on a deadline. (Disclaimer: do not knit and dance simultaneously.)
3. The Hobbit (Rankin Bass, 1977)
The greatest hat-venture is what lies on your head
Today and tomorrow are yet to be stitched
Based on the beautiful cartoon version of The Hobbit, and featuring sound bytes from that film, this record is a little creepy and a lot of fun. Hosting a knit night and busting this one out for your friends makes for a giggly and maybe slightly confusing evening.
4. Speakerboxx/The Love Below, OutKast (Arista Records, 2003)
I know you like to think that your knits stink
But lean a little closer, see, stitches really look goo-woo-ood
This album is super upbeat and runs the gamut of music styles. The entire run time of the four-album set is about two and a half hours, so knitting from start to finish will add inches to your WIP.
5. Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood Mac (Reprise Records, 1977)
Well, I’ve been afraid of cablin’
‘Cause I’ve built my lice around you
Not trying makes you colder
Even knitters get bolder
I’m getting bolder, too
A true classic! This album features some of Fleetwood Mac’s big hits, such as Landslide, Rhiannon, and Say You Love Me. But there really isn’t anything more satisfying than when it kicks off with the Monday Morning. It’s a great throwback that can put you in the right mood for simply pleasant knitting time.
6. Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes (Bella Union; Sub Pop, 2008)
Dear knitter alive and well
How can the fingers stitch
You knit me everything
This is pretty much the best album to listen to during peak knitting weather. The lyrics mention scarves, wool, and a winter landscape that will chill you into clicking like a maniac. Also great for daydreaming that you are stranded in a snowy mountain cabin with a handsome bearded lumberjack.
What records to you enjoy listening to while you knit, and why? Let us know!
Happy knitting and listening,