Sunday, October 01, 2006

Secret Pal 9 Questionnaire answers

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

There aren’t too many yarns I’ve tried and not liked. I’ve been doing hats and gloves and have fallen in love with Debbie Bliss Chunky Merino and I’ve enjoyed the Wool of the Woods that I am using for my Multidirectional Scarf. I tried to knit a sock with "Lane Cervinia" a 100% wool yarn from Italy and it was marvelous, but my sock knitting was not! :) The Cascade 220/Mohair combo for the Dulaan Hat was great too.

I’ve been experimenting with all kinds of yarns… and really haven’t found any objectionable, even my Red Heart is okay! ;) (I know, I know... purists are appalled. But, I have a TON of acrylic that I have been using forever for my crochet projects and I haven’t parted with it all yet and probably won’t. I still like to crochet with the acrylics, especially for blankets and throws and things I want to be able to throw in the wash!)

Basically, I am very open in this category!

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

I have a zippered Hook case that holds the smaller size hooks (US C through K); I have a crock with straight needles, dpns and larger hooks – sort of like an oversized pencil cup; the circs that I own live in the packages they came in – so I won’t get them confused. Some of the packages are small enough for the crock. Some sit on the shelf next to the crock. BTW, both storage areas are full!

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

I knit two things when I was a young teen and then turned to crochet. (no one in my family knit anything – granny was a whiz bang crocheter including gorgeous doilies with no pattern and the smallest needles and threads! I did not pursue the thread crochet much, but have crocheted with worsted weight and baby stuff for years and years)

I picked knitting back up again during the Knitting Olympics and did what I do with most things, jumped in completely -- no toe-testing the water for me! -- and have been acquiring all the ‘stuff’ that knitters acquire and knitting whatever turns my head.

I would say I am an Advanced Beginner leading toward intermediate, who isn't afraid to try anything, despite what you might occasionally read on my Blog! (as soon as I say I don't want to test myself, I go out and get the materials to force this issue! Sweater yarn is on order now for my first 'set-in' sleeve, buttonband, and more!)

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

Yes - My Knitting Wish List

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

Vanilla, Hazelnut, Cucumber Melon – but no candles – I don’t do candles.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

Not particularly. My favorite ‘sweet’ is a toss up between Walker’s Shortbread cookies and Pepperidge Farms Tahoe (white chocolate/macadamia) cookies.

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

I crochet. I scrapbook. I cook.

I do not spin and, while that has been looking pretty cool as I surf the Blog World, I know that I cannot afford another obsession right now. So, I’ll just let the spinner’s spin. I’ll let the dyers dye. I’ll just buy what they make! ;)

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

I like Country music and soundtracks from Movies and Broadway musicals (but not the newer ones, like Rent; more the classic ones like Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof.)

Computer can play MP3s and I think my car can.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?

I used to always answer “Blue” to this question, but I don’t really have much blue in my life anymore. I seem to have graduated to Burgundy/cranberry/deep rose colors. I can't say I really have a favorite and there are not many that I can’t stand, except perhaps really bright neon shades.

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

I am a widow, a single mother of two teenage boys (18 and 16). My mother shares our home. We have no pets and will not be getting any either!

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

All of the above, except ponchos. As a fairly heavy person, I find Ponchos only accentuate the negative of that situation.

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

Ah… for ‘fast’ knitting, hats. I like everything I’ve tried, so I can’t say there is a favorite.

13. What are you knitting right now

On needles, three four scarves of varying complexity and two hats, one I need about 5 grams more of a chunky merino to finish. And one I need to tink back or frog back several rows too see where I got off kilter. In the planning stages, hat to go with one of the scarves and mittens to go with that hat! (Christmas gifts!)

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

Yes, of course!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

Hmm… I find that I like the circular needles A LOT, because I knit on my commute and they are easier to handle on the bus. I love my 10 ½ bamboo dpns and my Susan Bates Quicksilver 10 ½ circulars. (mittens and hats have been speeding off these!) I am using a Susan Bates aluminum circ size 7 for one of the scarves and that is just okay. However, I don’t care the larger ones. I have several different types of wooden needles – birch, bamboo, and something from SWTC that was “Crafted from the Lal Khola Tree in India" (these are beautiful, marvelous needles!) – and I like all of the wooden needles (except the US#2 birch dpns. But I think the problem is me and my fumbly fingers on such small sticks rather than the sticks themselves!)

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

Yes, both. I had a 50% off coupon for AC Moore and so did mom. She bought the winder and I bought the Swift, and the price for both ended up being just a couple dollars more than the regular price of the Yarn Winder!

I was gifted with some donated wool, much of which came in hanks and I have been buying little bits from on-line vendors. So I indulged myself, rather than carting the wool to my LYS, where the owner said I could bring in that yarn and wind it. I am guess I'm still feeding my obsession. Now, I really should get down to work and use all the things I bought!

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

My oldest Knitting UFO only dates back to February 2006. My oldest yarn-related UFO is probably five or six years old? I don’t know. I have too many to count and probably wouldn't admit the true age if I knew it! ;)

18. What is your favorite holiday?

Just about any holiday that gives me a three day weekend! ;) Not really. I used to love Christmas and then it got so crazy. This year, I am looking forward to our American Thanksgiving, because the clan is gathering and most of my maternal family will be together. Long term, I guess Christmas is still my favorite – I just wish I had help getting it all together AND putting it all away!

19. Is there anything that you collect?

I’m not sure I have any true collections. I love books, but I’m not a collector per se. I stock up when I find a new topic I love or want to learn about and rarely give books away or sell or trade them. When I give a book away, I tend to rebuy it for myself or I buy a new one to give! So, I guess books, but I couldn’t mention a certain kind and be definitive. The ones I am currently yearning for are on my Amazon list(s) (Non-crafty & Crafty).

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

I have no knitting magazine subscriptions. I’ve been reading about Elizabeth Zimmerman and would to see what she has to say. Other than that, everything is kind of new to me. I only have a few books: All three Yarn Harlot books, Wendy Knits!; Vogue Knitting, Quick Reference; Mason-Dixon Knitting; First Knits; Knitting Vintage Socks (I have yet to really read this one!); and Knitting in Plain English (which has too many words and not enough pictures! :)).

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?

I’m in the process of learning about socks. I would love to know more. I would like to try Fair Isle and Intarsia. I’ve tried a simple cable and am doing okay with it (Irish Hiking Scarf), but I’d like to read/see the various methods people use to cable.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

I have only knit one pair of little socks. I have several patterns that I am going to attempt -- when I finish this last hat that I need to send and buy the proper needles for the yarn I have… So, I am not yet a sock knitter, but I plan to become one!

Not sure how to measure my foot for this question – but I wear a size 11 W US woman’s size shoe. I took a picture (see it at the end of the questions) and have marked where I measured my length = 11" 10.5" - toe to heal; my widest part (big toe knuckle sticks out) = 9", ankle = 9.25". Then I read where Cat Bordhi asked MDK Ann to have us all measure our feet and send Cat the measurements. Cat's form and my responses are included here. Hence, the strikeout on the 11" foot. Seems my tape measure measures a bit bigger on a foot then the ruler! :) So, help a girl out and send your measurements to Cat too!

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


(note: questionnaire edited several times as I noticed errors in both information and typing, and as I remembered other things I wanted to say! last update: 10/3/2006; 1:13 PM Eastern)

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