The Soundtrack of My Life

They say that you can tell a lot about someone by the music they listen to. If that’s so, I wonder what my music choices say about me? That I’m a creature of many moods, for a start. Depending on my mood, I might be listening to classical music (harassed, stressed), Cuban jazz (chilled out, happy), grungy rock (cross, tired, grumpy), or 70s disco (perky, playful). But mostly, I listen to big band and vocal standards from the 1930s – 50s. Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman. Nat King Cole, Fats Waller, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson. And top of the pile, Frank Sinatra. His music fits all my moods. 

Maybe it’s because Frank Sinatra was my dad’s favourite artist, and we used to listen to him together as my dad relaxed in the evenings. Maybe that’s why I find him so soothing. But there seems to be something special about his music. No other artist I’ve ever heard can get as much emotion into a song as Frank could. Just listen to I’m A Fool To Want You, or One For My Baby (And One More For The Road), and you’ll see what I mean. However you are feeling, he seems to have already been there, and to be crooning about it in one of his songs. Joy, bitterness, jealousy, exultation, love, hate, passion, he knew them all. And put them all into his music.

Some of his later stuff was a bit…. eh. He tried to groove up for the 60′s, which is a bit painful to listen to. But the Capitol Years….. it doesn’t get much better than that. Ah, Frank. You sing from my heart.

So, that’s my soundtrack. How about you?  

Shop Update – 28.06.09 Part I

Phew, this week has been a bit of a yarn feast, hasn’t it?! But I’m starting to cut back a little bit on our updates now, so make the most of it while you can!

This Sunday’s update includes some old favourites that haven’t been around for a while: Sophia 2ply & 4ply, Eva 2ply & 4ply, and Charlotte 8ply. here are some of my picks from the lace weights:

Sophia 2ply Brook

Sophia 2ply Beseech

Eva 2ply Weeping Willow

Eva 2ply Bluebirds

Eva 2ply Daffodil

Diana 2ply Temperamental

More previews tomorrow!

Tilia Shawl Kits Preview

Here are some of my favourites from the shawl kit colourways:

Grape Hyacinth

Mizzle

Nabob

Kingfisher

Meander

Goldfinch

Holly

Charcoal

Matelot

Orchard

Snickers

The full preview is now up! See you Wednesay at 8pm.

Tilia Shawl Kits Are Ready!

This Wednesday (24th June) at 8pm (UK time), we will be doing a sale of our exclusive Tilia shawl kits. The kits will be up for sale in the same way that we do a normal shop update. I will put a preview page up tomorrow so that you can browse the colourways before the sale mayhem! The cost of each kit is £18.00, plus the standard postage cost of £2.25 for UK customers, and £3.25 for everyone else. In each kit you get a printed pattern in protective plastic sleeve, and 100g of Diana 2ply (our merino/silk lace weight). We’ll be running a Tilia knitalong on the Posh Knitters group as well. I should add that the pattern is exclusive to us and will only be available in kit form, until January 2010 when it will be on general release.