The musings of an obsessive knitter and stash collector

Monday, August 06, 2007

Secret Pal 11 Questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I don't like anything that tends to be too 'splitty', as long as the yarn is appropriate to the pattern/use of item I don't mind what the fibre is. I've never tried alpaca and I do like merino sock yarn!

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
Several mugs for my long straight needles, a carved wooden box for my DPN's and several sweet tubes for my circulars - far from ideal, I keep meaning to find a better system.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I've been knitting off and on since I was about 7 and I'm 40 plus now, I've returned to serious knitting in the last 3 years. I'd say I'm intermediate to advanced by now but I've never dared try doing steeks!

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
I have a wishlist at Amazon.

5. What's your favorite scent?
Fruit or spice scents, nothing flowery - flower scents make me sneeze.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Sadly I have a shockingly sweet tooth, I like most chocolate but I can't stand Hershey's, I'm rather partial to Jelly Belly Beans.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I crochet a little, make cards occasionally, I do counted cross stitch occasionally. I don't spin yet, I have an old spinning wheel that needs a drive belt and a few other bits befroe I start playing - I've bought Spin to Knit as a starting point.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Folk music mostly, but anything but disco/rap, I'm not into modern pop music much but I did like Franz Ferdinand, Pink Floyd, Queen, DIre Straits are in my collection too.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
I love purple, mostly I wear shades of purple/blue although I have been known to wear almost any colour except pale pink! I don't have much yellow or green.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I'm single and owned by a black cat called Hecate.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Anything but a poncho - I'd look like a marquee about to take off! Hats I like but I have a large head so have to be careful getting them to fit.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I like making socks, top down on DPN's, I just started knitting lace and love it but find it slow going, I try to always have some small project that I can knit on the bus.

13. What are you knitting right now?
Loads of WIP's but I'm mostly working on baby clothes for a colleague or two, several lace shawls and a sweater with a cable on it as the first step in learning to do arran better.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
I love it, I value other people's skill and expenditure of time highly.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I'm not keen on bamboo, I find them too bendy, I mostly use aluminium needles although I just discovered Surina DPN's and I'm feeling the love! I either knit on ultra short needles for small items or circular needles for long rows, I tend to try and knit sweaters in the round to the arm hole although that can make the project less portable.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
I have a swift but no winder.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
Ouch - 3 years I suspect as I always seem to have ancient items lurking. I did just frog something I started about 12 years ago though!

18. What is your favorite holiday?
Yule, I love giving presents (not that I don't like receiving them too), I'm not keen on hot weather so prefer winter holidays.

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Arklow china (not their hunting pictures), occasionally thimbles - my Mum passed her collection to me and I add to it infrequently. I suspect that my library shoudl count as a collection, I've started catalogueing it on at but as I have some 3000 books to add it's taking ages.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Socks that rock - I love that yarn, I'm always keen to try new sock yarns, I subscribe to Knitting Today, Simply Knitting and Knitting, I try to get my hands on Vogue Knitting and Interweave Knits whenever I can too but don't subscribe to them.

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

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes, size 7 UK, my feet are wide and my ankles/calves not slender so I tend to knit ankle socks!

23. When is your birthday?
9th July

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?
Yes, I'm there as knitobsession, I haven't had time to add much there yet and a lot of my knitting books don't seem to be in their catalogue yet.


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