Crochet is probably the most relaxing and meditative tasks I participate in on a daily basis. As an online blogger and YouTuber, it is part of my routine to design, create, film, and teach crochet. In order to truly find my zone and get a project complete, several factors have to align for my crochet day to be as productive as possible.
Quiet please, I’m counting!
It is no secret that concentration is a must as we crochet and create. Counting our stitches can be made more difficult if we are surrounded by distractions. I have come to a point where I am pretty good at multi-tasking, so even if there is a flurry of activity around me, I am still able to focus and count. One of the main factors that helps put me in my “zone” is music.
Having some type of background noise has been very conducive to my productivity. I notice that it has become almost more difficult to have complete silence while I create versus having some type of music or noise going on. Oftentimes, even as I travel, I carry my device with earbuds so I can have music on the go. This is an integral part of my creative process.
Music for every mood
The following is my crochet playlist for any mood that suits me.
If it’s a rainy or lazy day, and there is no pressure to finish a project my favorite artists to listen to are:
1. Billie Holiday (I’ll Be Seeing You and God Bless the Child are two of my faves!)
2. Whitney Houston (I Have Nothing and I Will Always Love You are two of my faves!)
3. Frank Ocean (The Entire Channel Orange album and Solo on the Blond Album are my favorites!)
If it is a day packed full of work and the pressure is on to finish my projects, my favorite artists to listen to are:
1. Bruno Mars (Uptown Funk and That’s What I Like are my faves right now)
2. Drake (Fake Love, One Dance, Hotline Bling, and Work with Rihanna are my faves)
3. Beyonce (Run the World, Formation, Flawless, and Baby Boy are just a few of my favorites, but she’s the best!)
4. Jason Derulo (Whatcha Say, Trumpets, Ridin’ Solo, and In my Head are some fast tunes)
Songs for crocheting in the car: #RoadTrip
1. Juicy by Biggie Smalls
2. Coffee by Miguel
3. And I am Telling You by Jennifer Holliday
4. Can’t Believe It by T-Pain
5. Words I Never Said by Lupe Fiasco
6. Have you Ever Seen the Rain by CCR
When I am filming video tutorials and go off camera to complete a section of the pattern before filming again, I turn music on and my go-to artists are:
1. Kendrick Lamar
4. The Weeknd
5. Amy Winehouse
6. Mike Posner
8. Michael Jackson
Everyone is different
Everyone has a different taste in music style, or may enjoy a different background noise; others may prefer to work in peaceful silence. Whatever the case, it is all about making our environment as enjoyable as we can to do what we love!
Share how you enjoy your time crocheting. What makes you the most productive as you create? Do you have favorite music that puts you right into your “zone”? Share songs so I can add more to my playlist!!
Absolutely love Norah Jones. Also for something a little different, Alison Krause. Then there’s also The Avett Brothers. I have an Amazon Alexa and she can play just about any mood or genre or artist available to the known world!!
I can’t often listen to music with words (although I love your music, especially Kendrick Lamar). If I start listening to words it never fails that I goof up my stitch counts! I have to go for instrumental music so I listen to artists like Pearl Django (their “Under Paris Skies” album is my favorite), classical music, or downtempo / electronica. My instrumental electronica go-to is a streaming site called SomaFM which features groups like Sounds from the Ground, Fila Brazillia, & Lemongrass.
I pretty much like the same music as you Nadir. You have good taste! Thank you for everything you do. I have never been able to pick up crocheting hut your instructional videos are amazing and I’m making things now. I’d love to chat with you some time!
love jennifer holiday. when i am stuck in the house and crocheting, my favorite music is irish music by john doan.