Humming Along

So I’m humming along on the Sooper Sekrit Projekt again, thinking about good music to knit by. I knit English style, meaning I feed the yarn in from my right hand and “throw” the yarn around the needles with my right index finger. When I really get going, I can minimize my movements so that I go pretty quickly. That’s kind of tricky with this project though because it involves a lot of cables and a lot of seed stitch, which means I’m constantly moving the yarn from the back to the front and back again, so I don’t have the same rythm that I do when I’m knitting in stockinette or garter stitch.

So I’ve had to find music with a slower tempo to listen to when I work on this project. I like to put on a song that I can do one stitch per beat to. For this project, that includes:

  • Soluble Words by On
  • Superpredator by Massive Attack
  • Voodoo by Godsmack
  • Hang on St. Christopher by Tom Waits
  • Breakaway by Big Pig
  • Brimstone 1 & 2 by Sting
  • King of Birds by R.E.M.
  • The Microorganism by Boiled in Lead

This helps set up a good pace, but they’re all kind of somber songs. I like doing caper hats and kufis because I can listen to something like Swamp Thing by Juno Reactor and just fly. (Swamp Thing is kind of a dance club techno song – very upbeat, very lively.)

This is going to be a problem when I get back to the candle flame shawl. The pattern is complex enough that I don’t have it memorized yet, so I have absolutely no rythm when I knit it. For that, I’m just going to plunk down in front of the TV and work through it until my hands learn how to do it right. Maybe then I can choose an appropriate playlist.

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  1. David Says:

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  2. spoonix Says:

    There’s only one song you need, and it is “Badger Badger Badger”.