Thursday, January 27, 2005

For My Secret Pal

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high- a nd/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?

Yes and no. I definitely prefer nicer yarns and I主m less likely to work with novelty yarns, but it doesn主t all have to be cashmere and silk for me. I do tend to prefer natural fibers in traditional small gauge yarn.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?

I would love to spin, but don主t yet. It主s probably just as well. I have so little time as it is. I definitely crochet though as can be seen in my various patterns.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)

I don主t like the smell of smoke but I have no real allergies

4. How long have you been knitting?

I taught myself to knit when I was about 6 or 7. This was after my mom gave up trying to teach me a year or so before.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

I do but it主s desperately out of date.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)

For candles, I like the smell of cinnamon. For bath, I like lavender. I don主t like the smell of vanilla or other very sweet scents, but I do like the smell of white flowers of various sorts.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?

For chocolate, yes. The darker the chocolate the happier I am.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?

I love almost all arts and crafts but my time is in such short supply that I主m rather focused on knitting and crocheting. For variety, I do like including some simple beading into my designs.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

As crazy as this sounds, I主m really not a music person. I do love books on CD, which I listen to on my way to work when the news is too depressing.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer?

I love the shades of the middle east. Saphron orange, deep golden mustard yellow, soft sage green, deep eggplant purple, dusty blue and vivid rust red are all appealing to me. But, to be honest, I can appreciate most colors and I find myself drawn to all different shades. Earth tones are lovely, as are jewel tones and pastels definitely have their place too. The one color I rarely work with is white.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I live with my boyfriend and dog.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)

To earn enough at work to live a full life in my free time and travel the world

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?

I like most of the boring yarns but in nice colors. I主m a little sensitive to wool but the nicer varieties don主t bother me and ones that aren主t fuzzy or scratchy are best. Koigu is dreamy, and I主ve always wanted to get myself working with some lace weight yarns.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

Generally, I主m very particular about novelty yarns. I tend to like styles that are figure flattering and you get a lot of extra bulk in novelty yarn. I hate to set any hard and fast rules, though, because sometimes a challenge brings out the most creativity. I do avoid mohair like yarns, though because they really irritate me.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?

I couldn主t say. I consider the whole craft an obsession.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

I go from enjoying larger items like sweaters to liking smaller items I can finish quickly. It主s all good, it主s knitting.

17. What are you knitting right now?

I have a project I主m working on for InKnitters and some hats for charity and a top I主m working in crochet and knit with some cool ribbon yarn. I主m also leading a Peace is Patriotic along where I主ll make something.

18. What do you think about ponchos?

If you like em, wear em. It主s all good.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

Circulars and if I have my choice I choose Addis

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

I have them all. I love my Denise interchangeable (plastic) I have plenty of Crystal Palace, though I don主t like their circulars, and I have tons of metal needles of various quality.

21. Are you a sock knitter?

I knit with sock yarn but I rarely make socks

22. How did you learn to knit?

My mom tried to teach me originally, but I wasn主t a very good student or I was really too young to get it. Eventually I re-taught myself from a book which I still have.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?

If it主s older than a month or so it generally gets ripped.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?

I love my puppy, Panda. You can see her all over my site. I主m a big fan of most cartoons, but love things like Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park, Spongebob, and other cartoons that speak to the inner child and outer adult at the same time.

25. What is your favorite holiday?

My birthday丛February 18th. What do you mean it主s not a holiday?

26. Is there anything that you collect?

Not so much, though I love things that look like my dog.


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