I was taught to appreciate music, of all types, at a very early age. Actually, it all probably started in the womb since I attended a few concerts at that stage of my life. When I was a wee babe, my parents would sing to calm my anxiousness or play music on the record player to entertain me. They had a fabulous record collection of many genres and I acquired quite a palette.
I can remember these headphones so vividly – the weight of them, the smell and how the foam felt against my ears as I slid them on. And then the sweet sounds of my music of choice entering my ears. I could listen for hours. I will never forget when I got my own record player that I could keep in my room. I could request 45s as birthday gifts! I would have little concerts in my room and invite my family members to attend. It was no surprise that by the start of middle school I was desperate to be in band. I played the clarinet and alto sax until I graduated high school.
As just a babe in a carrier on my dad’s chest, I was learning the magic of a live musical performance by attending concerts in the park. My parents exposed me to everything and I attained a great appreciation for classical, jazz, folk, motown, blues, but as it turned out my most fave was rock. My mom says she has fond memories of a little three-year-old chiming in to the chorus of songs from the car’s back seat. Her fave? My little voice shrieking “hit me with your best shot. fire awaaaaay,” with a little kid lisp.
All my life music has been there for me, kind of like an old friend. So it’s no surprise that it has found a place in my knitting. I didn’t even realize this until it was pointed out at crafty night with friends. I got caught humming as I knit my Slöfock. My friend asked me what I was humming and I said “Slow Ride. And I don’t even like Foghat.” I went on knitting and everyone just stared at me looking for more of an explanation.
I told them no matter what I’m knitting, a song usually pops into my head during the beginning of a project and seems to stick with me until I finish. For Slöfock, I couldn’t help but rewrite the lyrics and hum them when I knit…
“Slöfock, take it easy. Slöfock, take it easy. Slöfock Slöfock. Slöfock Slöfock…Got to knit your repeat one more time.”
They thought I was nuts. The conversation got really silly and we laughed til we cried. That night I couldn’t stop thinking about my realization of how intertwined music and knitting were for me. When I used to fly a lot for work I would plan out my music choices and projects. These would differ when I commuted on the train. Or when I needed to focus and knit really fast for a deadline, I popped in my earbuds and listened to house music. Funny, how I had never thought about all of this before. Even when I spin, I can’t help but hum Spinning Wheel by Blood, Sweat and Tears. Every time.
When I was at Anne’s last week, I told her all about my secret silliness. She pretty much gave me the same look as all my crafty girls. We sat and discussed pattern after pattern that we needed reknit in Bare Naked Wools. I think she thought she would stump me when she looked at me and said René. I looked at her and said “Walk Away Renée by The Left Banke. We could play this game for hours!”
I did end up finishing my cap last week at Anne’s and she snapped some pics before I left town. I was horsing around a lot during the shoot
but Anne made me straighten up so we could get out of the frigid weather.
I can’t get enough of this hat! It was a blast taking part in the raverly KAL with Shalimar Yarns.
Now I want to knit it in Breakfast Blend DK.
On the needles now is Squeeze Me, which is too divine for words. I’m knitting it in Breakfast Blend DK and each stitch makes me incredibly happy while singing Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me by U2. The infinity takes two skeins (which I received), but I sacrificed my second skein. Last week David came running into the dining room frantic because someone ordered two skeins (when we had one left) just before we marked that yarn SOLD OUT on the website. I just couldn’t break a knitter’s heart. So I gave up my skein.
Soon I will need more, and there is none to be had. Anne felt that knitters out there were bound to have leftovers to spare, so she started a Yarn Aid thread in the Bare Naked Wools ravelry group. Isn’t she a hoot? But it truly is a great idea. So often those leftover balls just sit around the house and never get used. I’m crossing my fingers someone can run to my aid. Isn’t this yarn and pattern pairing amazing?
Until that happens I’m debating over what to knit LOVe with. I couldn’t help desiring to knit this after FREE PATTERN FRIDAY this week on Facebook. The contest was super fun! The shawlette is for a very special person that I saved my FIFC 2012 yarn for.
And yes, I’ve all ready come up with a song to hum while I knit. L-O-V-E by Nat King Cole.
L is for the way you look at me
O is for the only one I see
V is very, very extraordinary
E is even more than anyone that you adore and
Love is all that I can give to you
Love is more than just a game for two
Two in love can make it
Take my heart and please don’t break it
Love was made for me and you
Happy Valentine’s Weekend everyone! May you have lots of treats and knitting!