Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Secret Pal 8 Questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I like natural fibers the best, of course, but anything really that’s soft and feels good. I love the velvety softness of Cherry Tree Hill supersock yarn.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I keep my dpns in the original sleeve when not using them, but everything else is thrown together in my craft closet.

3. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I started knitting about 4 years ago, then gave it up for a couple of years, and just started again this year. I am probably an intermediate-ish beginner.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes! I don't want to put the link here, but you can find it by searching my name.

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
I don’t really like candles, believe it or not. My favorite scents are kind of old-fashioned ones, like rose (old-ladyish, my husband would say). I love a cherry scent, but it’s hard to find. I also like bright, cheerful citrus smells. I love Origins products, too!

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Any chocolate (minus nuts), especially dark chocolate.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I kind of go in phases with crafts–I’ve tried painting, quilting, cross-stitching, but I don’t do any of those now.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I usually listen to NPR or Air America in the car. My computer and car stereo play MP3s.

9. 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 just about any color. I’m not so much into neutrals or jewel-tones though. I really like pinks, but not baby pinks, and blues, especially pale blue and Tiffany box blue.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Married for 5 years. 2 cats, 2 dogs (a mini-schnauzer who loves sweaters, and a 55-pound Australian Shepard mix that needs rain booties!)

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Scarves, yes, the others not so much

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I’m really enjoying doing socks right now. I do want to try a sweater, probably the one on the cover of Big Girl Knits, or a Clapotis. I just need to find the right yarn for each.

13. What are you knitting right now?
A pair of Jaywalkers and a pair of Pomatomi

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I’ve been knitting my socks with bamboo dpns, but I want to try the magic loop method everyone raves about.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
No, but I’ve been eyeing them!

17. How did you learn to knit?
My sister-in-law’s mother taught me. My own mother, although crafty in lots of ways, never took up knitting.

18. How old is your oldest UFO?
I don’t like to let things sit around unfinished, so I don’t have ANY!

19. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas–I love shiny, colorful, vintage-y things, and Christmas is the best time to bring it all out.

20. Is there anything that you collect?
Not really; I have small, mini-collections of things like Eiffel towers and antique typewriters. I love anything old and whimsical.

21. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I want a subscription to Interweave Knits and I want the mason Dixon book. And I need a stitch dictionary, and maybe a book of sock patterns. Yikes! I better add those to my Amazon list.
I also love the IK cable and rib sock pattern, and I’d like a copy of that.

22. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
I’ve tried a little cabling, which I liked, and would like to do more of. I want to try hand-dyeing too, it looks like a lot of fun.

23. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes! I wear a size 9.5, usually.

24. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)


YarnThrower said...

No old and dusty unfinished objects?? That's incredible! Good for you!! Have a great day!

Joanne M said...

No UFOs???? Are you kidding? Wow, that's impressive! Just a note if you're looking for a stitch dictionary of sorts on Amazon. I recently ordered the Vogue Knitting "Ultimate Knitting Book" and would highly recommend it as a reference.

Angel said...

No UFOs???? I find that sooo sooo amazing- I have so many UFOs sitting around. I tend to finish them all eventually (usually within a year or so) but still- wow.

Stash Monkey said...

I can't believe you don't have any unfinished objects! That's amazing! I have a ridiculous amount . . . want some?

Just thought I'd say hi. You were my first commenter - thanks for dropping by :)

Fannie Pie said...

I think it's funny that everyone's amazed at you not having any UFO's.... when I read your list I was surprised you called yourself a beginner(or intermediate beginner)!

You're really a good knitter, and quick learner, so possibly you're referring to the length of time you've been knitting... And the longer you keep at it, the better the chance you'll have a UFO... or maybe not, that just doesn't seem like you! I'm so easily distracted......

Crazy About Sox said...

Don't forget to send sp8 a comment. Wow i think ur only the 2nd person i have heard with no UFO's, i've got some that date back almost 5 plus yrs.

Fannie Pie said...

Hey, I forgot that you're a Capricorn too! I think we talked about that once, everyone D~ knows is a capricorn. (or at least you and amy and I are....)