Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Questions, questions! :)

I've been asked to answer the following questions on my blog...

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
I'm a definite yarn snob. I spent way too much time making things in my "youth" that didn't wear and wash well because it was cheap crap yarn. I enjoy using anything natural, I do use some commercial yarns, but mostly make my own these days.
2. Do you spin? Yes, it's my passion! Crochet? Not if I can help it! I've made a few scrunchies in the past, but I don't enjoy crocheting.
3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.) Definitely allergic to smoke, it makes my eyes itch and water and makes me cough. Other than that, nothing.
4. How long have you been knitting? About 10 years give or take. I spent a lot of years in that time not doing any knitting at all so I still think I'm a beginning to intermediate knitter.
5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Nope, not yet.
6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) Hmmm, lavender, gardenia, anything floral except rose.
7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Step away from the Dark Chocolate and nobody gets hurt! Actually yes I do, I fight with it every day, I love everything!
8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Basically dyeing, spinning, knitting, and that arena are where I'm at these days. I used to quilt and make soap, but lately I haven't had the time.
9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I like classic rock, modern rock (not headbanging though), folk, some classic, don't like Rap, Hip hop, or most country. Crossover country/pop is ok. I think my Comptuer can play MP3's, I don't know. I know it plays CD's.
10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand? That's a tough one. It depends on my mood. I think blues, and purples most times, but then again I love the greens and autumn colors. I'm not much for yellow and most oranges though.
11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I have a husband who I adore and two grown and moved out kids that come back and spend time regularly. I travel overnight sometimes and so does hubby, so I don't have pets. I miss having a dog but it wouldn't be fair to have one and not be here for him.
12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know) I have a job I enjoy, kids that I love and enjoy, and a husband that makes me really happy. I have hobbies that are fufilling, and have lots of friends that I very much enjoy. So, I think I'm living my life dream. Sure, I'd like to have more money and be more comfortable, but despite that, I'm happy.
13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? Right now I'm making a lace scarf with some Angora/Alpaca blend that I made, but I enjoy thinner yarns with character. There's not just one type that I could call my favorite. I love pretty much them all!
14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? Acryllic and "fun" fur type yarns.
15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? Would have to be Lace work and Fair Isles. I just love watching a pattern develop when I'm doing fair Isle, and when you block the lace you've made it emerges into a beautiful thing!
16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? I knit pretty much across the board. Smaller projects are gratifying because they can get finished so quickly, but the satisfaction of completing a large project such as a sweater (none of those to report in many years) or a shawl is so sweet!
17. What are you knitting right now? I'm working on 2 easy shawls for reenactment wear, a lace scarf, an entralac hat, and thinking about a Fair Isle Sweater.
18. What do you think about ponchos? I liked them when I was in my 20's. I don't really think they're great for my body type and age, but for kids and young adults, knit on! :)
19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Circular needles are easier to carry so I use them all the time now.
20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Mostly bamboo. I do have a couple of sets of Addi turbo needles for socks and one of my shawls is on a set. I might be becoming a fan, but I still like those Bamboo ones because the stitches don't fall off as easily when I'm in the car (as a passenger) knitting.
21. Are you a sock knitter? I love to knit socks! But I have second sock disease. It takes me no time to make the first, forever to make the second. But I love them. You reminded me that I want to start another pair!
22. How did you learn to knit? I taught myself out of a book. I didn't have any knitters around me when I was younger so I was on my own.
23. How old is your oldest UFO? Right now, it's around 5 years old. It's a sweater that I have the bulk of done, I just can't seem to get back to it. It probably wouldn't fit these days anyhow, and my knitting is so much more consistant now that I'm really thinking about just throwing it away unfinished. But I just can't bring myself to do that so it still sits on my UFO list.
24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? Patrick the Starfish and the Serta Sheep for animated, and anything sheep related for non-animated.
25. What is your favorite holiday? Thanksgiving. It's the big family holiday on my husband's side, and I absolutely adore his family. We all gather in Illinois and see everyone and bond and just have a fantastic time! There's no pressure and it's something I look forward to every year. We also drive there so I look forward to getting a lot of knitting done in the car.
26. Is there anything that you collect? Is there anything that I don't collect is more the question! Actually, I had been collecting sheep figurines and pictures for my office - mostly primatives, but now I have no more room. I collect fiber like most spinners, and I also collect Boy Scout Council Shoulder patches, that's how DH and I met. My salt-glaze pottery collection is pretty much full too, but I enjoy looking for new manufacturers and picking up a small piece every now and then.
27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? Interweave Knits, InKnitting, Spin Off.
28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on? Not really. I'm pretty goal oriented. A soon as I see one that I have to have, I usually buy it. I'm bad that way. I haven't really started looking at Fair Isle books, I have the Philospher's Yarn one, but that's it. I will probably build my book collection in that direction next but don't know what's out there yet.
29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another?? I have been looking at patterns on the web lately for most of my projects, or from the books that I already have.
ETA: 30. What are your foot measurements, and what kind of socks do you like? I'm about a size 9.5-10US, which measures 9.25 inches tip to heel. I love the funky self striping yarns for socks but I'm also thinking about making some from handspun.
Have a fantastic and fibery day!

1 comment:

Your Secret Pal said...

Hi there, thanks for leaving me a note =)
I actually wrote down a letter to SP6 after the pals were already distributed. So I got lucky =)
I am having a blog on mostly and i just got into blogger settings which is taking me a while, I have wanted to post about my knitting for a long time but only now i got into it.And it is causing a little bit of a problem for me to post, so please look for my blog, which i am going to update and post the questionnaire at (extra z) as long as i can't post to the other one now.
So if you please write to me at from your anonymous email where i could reply to. I would be happy to share my wool passion with you =)