Knitting is helped by so many things, one of which is music. For people who like music (there are some who prefer the spoken word over music) it can lead you into a trance-like state, can make knitting something that is a drudge go by quickly, and it does the magic job of doing two things at once.
My husband bought me a collection of classical music that I wouldn't have thought of buying on my own: 100 Movie Must-Have Classics (he's a movie buff; I am not). It's a great collection of a hundred good classical pieces. I don't even recognize most of the movies they're from, but I gotta say, I love the music! I can get lost in that music while knitting.
When I was little, in kindergarten or first grade, for a music lesson they gave us drawing paper and crayons and said, "Draw what you think of when you hear this music." The music teacher played something from Peer Gynt, I think, so I drew a copy of the album cover; my sister (and my kindergarten/first grade teacher) played it all the time. The music teacher was amazed until I told him that. Anyway, what I mean to say is, when I am knitting, I can really hear the music, get lost in it, imagine what that world is like. I need the knitting to focus on the music. Knitting without music is just knitting (and sometimes better that way, like in most of my Cardioid Shawl); music without knitting is just music -- lovely and exciting, but I can't let go of myself the same way.
Another album I like and get lost in, that just came out in May, is John Mayer's Born and Raised, sort of a cowboy version of what he does best, and that is writing songs and playing guitar. He plays guitar like a bluesman. I thought the first half of the album was better than the second half, but that's just me.
I also like Royal Southern Brotherhood, which also came out in May, by Cyril Neville (of the Neville Brothers), Devon Allman (son of Gregg Allman), Mike Zito (a rising star in the blues world), bassist Charlie Wooton and drummer Yonrico Scott. Devon's guitar sounds, at times, like he's Carlos Santana. It's a yummy CD. I hope they make many albums together!