Yep- I joined Secret Pal 7. (See the new button? Look right!) This should be fun. I already have contacted My SP and I am excited to get going!
Here is my questionnaire- read at your own risk!
1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand?
I usually buy natural fibers. I think some acrylic blends are great, especially for kid knitting. Some superwash yarns make me nuts with the squeaking and the feel. Red Heart no, Lion Brand – from time to time. I do love cashmere, alpaca, wool and would love to knit with quiviut.
2. Do you spin? Crochet?
Nope. I want to learn to spin though. I tried when I was pregnant with boy #1 and I think that my Bump threw my balance off. It was a disaster. It might be good to learn to crochet for edgings and the like.
3. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
A vase, a pasta tin, a lantern moon needle roll and a hook on the wall. Oh and a giant pile on the side table.
4. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I have been knitting almost all of all my life, since I was about 10. I would consider myself advanced intermediate. I can do/ have done: intarsia, fair isle, hats, sweaters, cables, lace, and blankets. I guess what I haven’t done is socks and gloves/mittens. There is SO much more to learn, mainly in the technique department. And I want to improve my finishing. I would love to get my Master Knitting certification. There are so many details that I want to know how to do.
5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
(Just Cut & Paste above link)
6. What’s your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
Fresh cut grass, autumn. vanilla, apple. Heavily perfumed things make me nutty. I can barely go down the laundry aisle in the supermarket.
7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I don’t really have a sweet tooth. If I do eat candy, I like toffee, caramel, sweet tarts and some sour candy. In the realm of snacks I love love love Tim’s Cascade Salt & Vinegar Chips!
8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I quilt, sew, dye yarn, collage, paint, make sculpture, bake & decorate cookies, and I love to cook. I want to learn Indian and Middle Eastern cooking. I also garden organically and try to grow only heirloom veggies.
9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Surprise me! I have room for just about everything. I would love to hear something I have never heard before. We have a pretty extensive music collection. The Johnny Cash, Elvis Costello, Aretha and Tom Waits are mine. So is the Soul 2 Soul. The Clash and Mississippi John Hurt are mine too. I listen to AfroPop World Wide on NPR every weekend. I will say that the Loverboy in our collection is my husband’s. The Weird Al is too! And yes, I can do the MP3 thing.
10. What’s your favorite color? Or–do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can’t stand?
I love color. This sounds hokey, but I think every color has a place. Well, maybe neon only for traffic signs. Looking at my stash I see earth tones, jewel tones, black, a few pastels. The colors that I knit with for myself most often are pumpkin orange (hate peach), many shades of green though not Hunter or Mint. Some of the latest colors I have knit for myself are Pastaza Birch, Rowan Goblin and Rowan Punch. Also, I love red- Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Blue Blood Red is a fave.
I truly am not a fan of variegated yarn. If it is variegated with very similar colors-I can deal but otherwise, no thank you!
Okay, Granny Apple Green and Pumpkin are true faves. And Teal, Bright Pink, and variegated No Thank You!
11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
One husband, 2 sons aged 5 and almost 3, one black Labrador named Earl and 2 kittens, Frog and Tink.
12. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Scarves and hats, yes! Mittens occasionally. Ponchos? Well, let’s just say there are 2 types of people in the world: Those who wear ponchos and those who don’t. Not so much with the ponchos. Like not at all.
13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
Rowan Magpie, Cascade 220, Brownsheep Lamb’s Pride. I also have in my stash some hand dyed Alpaca Fina that knits beautifully on #4′s. I am not fond of knitting with big needles- anything over a 9. Really big needles make my hands hurt. Size does matter.
Also, I would love to try more yarns from small companies that are beginning to establish themselves. I love shopping at a Mom & Pop as opposed to a Barnes & Noble (though I shop there too)!
14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Matchmaker DK by Jaeger. Anything that has that silk smell. I am the crazy one in the corner of my LYS sniffing silk yarn to see if it has *that smell*. And squeaky 100% acrylic or super wash yarns.
15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
More time knitting! My obsession currently is making a blanket/afghan. I cannot decide if I want to make it from squares, a sampler, or cabled. I want to make felted rugs for the living room. And I love the idea of knitting slipcovers for my furniture though that will most likely not happen!
16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I love to knit it all. If I had to pick a stitch or motif, I particularly enjoy diamond shapes, whether it be argyle or a simple knit & purl diamond all over pattern.
17. What are you knitting right now?
An Argyle vest from A Close Knit Family for the hubbalicious, Billy Boy Waist Coat from Rowan #22 in Denim-Nashville and I am about to cast on a cardigan for my dear Auntie Alice out of Debbie Bliss Cashmere Cotton. I am using Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns as my guide. I think I may knit it in the round using steeks. Seems to be quicker that way. Plus cutting knitting is so damned liberating!
18. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Yes! But crocheted Christmas Angels are right out!
19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I like them all. My favorite needles are vintage Susan Bates Circlon. They are seriously wonderful. And I am more fond of the straight circs. I find the angled ones a pain.
21. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
22. How did you learn to knit?
From my Grandmother and my mother.
23. How old is your oldest UFO?
Up until last Friday, my oldest UFO was 13 years old. (Frog Pond!) Currently, my oldest UFO is 9 or 10 years old.
24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
Oh, crikey! I like Hello Kitty – yes I am eight! I also like all the Audubon drawings. We are learing to love our Blue Birds and Cardinals that come to our feeder.
25. What is your favorite holiday?
Probably Halloween. Valentines is a close second.
26. Is there anything that you collect?
Well, there was the Pez collection and the lint collection (don’t ask), and the broken safety glass collection. But now it is cookie cutters, novelty salt & pepper shakers, cook books, and vintage knitting patterns. Oh and Rowan Magpie! Why, oh why did they discontinue it? I know why and it makes me mad.
27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
IK, though I had VK and Knitters for a long time- I grew to not like them as much as IK.
28. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on?
More of each please! Barbara Walker really appeals and I have none of her stuff. There are also some items on my Amazon wish list. Also, I love Japanese knitting or quilting books and I have none!
29. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?
Finishing (I am decent but would love to improve), short row shaping, socks and being able to do the arithmetic to design my own garments.
30. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
I am going to knit my first pair of socks here pretty soon! And I have size 9b feet. I just got measured today and wow! Before the boys were born I wore an 8.
31. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)