Secret Pal 10 Questionnaire

Here is some info that will really only be of interest to my secret pal for SP 10. 🙂 If you want to read the whole thing, click the link.

For the record – I knit and crochet, though in the last year or so I have mainly been knitting, and the only crochet has been blankets.

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

I am a huge fan of merino in general. I especially like Malabrigo, as it combines two things I love in a yarn — softness and lovely variegation of color. I’m interested to test out bamboo and soy yarns, though. I don’t think there’s a fiber that I’ve particularly hated, but I’m not enjoying my experience with Noro Silk Garden, and I don’t plan to use it again.

No wait, that’s a lie. Sari silk. Very pretty, but extremely difficult to do anything with. So much so that I really don’t want to pick up the other skein and make the second curtain tieback for my bedroom windows.

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

My crochet hooks are in a small, wide-mouthed glass vase, and my knitting needles are in a ceramic jug. However, that storage solution is not so great for circs. I hope to someday make one of splityarn’s circular needlecases.

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

I have been knitting since December ’05, when I taught myself the basics using Teach Yourself Visually: Knitting. I think I would consider myself beginner/intermediate. I will soon embark upon my first sweater (Top Down Cardi v2.0, from Cosmicpluto Knits!), and will soon try socks (Yarn Harlot’s basic recipe from Knitting Rules!) again. I’ve started my first lace (Backyard Leaves, from Scarf Style), but it takes a lot of focus to follow and interpret the pattern, so that is slow going, since brain function is primarily devoted to school (as is my free time).

I have been crocheting for longer than that. My friend Jess taught me the basics in Fall 2002 or thereabouts. It was probably a year or so (maybe more) before I really got into it — right around the time when I started finding cool patterns online (thank you, CrochetMe!). I haven’t done anything particularly complicated with crocheting — I have mainly been doing blankets, and I have a couple of scarves. I do want to try one of the patterns from Amazing Crochet Lace, but I do’nt think that will happen anytime soon.

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

I have a Kaboodle page with some stuff I want on it. Feel free to send me that Coach tote. I also use Wists to track crafty things I want to make/remember.

5. What’s your favorite scent?

I like clean, non-floral scents. I have a lemon scented lotion that is amazing, and when I think to wear it I like Tommy Girl perfume.

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

Oh yes, yes I do. Dark chocolate. Best with nuts.

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

I do not spin and don’t have any real desire to do it. I occasionally play around with stamps and paper, but it’s nothing serious – more embellishment than anything else. Hobby time and storage space are maxed out right now.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s?

My computer can play MP3s, and I have an iPod. As for what I like, I find it easier to list bands than types of music: Nada Surf, early Elvis Costello, Ben Folds Five, XTC, They Might Be Giants, The Killers.

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

I adore saturated colors, especially when kettle dyed or variegated. I am generally drawn to reds, blues and greens. On the whole, I don’t care for pastels.

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

I’m a single gal living in the city. I don’t have pets, just roommates.

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

Yes, yes, yes and NO.

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

This is a tough question! I don’t know how well this answers it, but I really like working cables.

13. What are you knitting right now?

As I write this, I am working on Backyard Leaves and Lady Eleanor (both from Scarf Style), and once I buy some better needles, I will be working on my first ever sock. Once Lady E is done, I will move on to the sweater mentioned above. And lastly, I think I might purchase yarn for a secret (crochet) project soon.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

Of course I do! What a silly question.

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

I prefer circs, and I am really into bamboo. I have been using the Clover circs but found that they aren’t flexible enough for magic loop, so I am now in the market for something else, and I am going to start by trying out Knit Picks Options and Classic Circs.

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

Sadly, I do not. But I think I am going to start stalking Goodwill for tinkertoys.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

If you count the sari silk curtain tieback, around a year or so I think. If you don’t count that (because technically, it’s not started so it can’t be unfinished, it’s just that it’s the second of a pair), then it’s definitely the (non)Pashmina Cowl from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. It’s 2/3 finished and I’ve decided that it’s too big, but I am not yet ready to rip out the miles of stockinette.
18. What is your favorite holiday?

I think I’d say Thanksgiving – my whole extended family gets together.

19. Is there anything that you collect?

Well, here again the space constraints of urban apartment dwelling come into play. I have a small collection of posters from museums I’ve visited, but have run out of places to hang them. I have a small collection of coffee table books, but they basically just collect dust so I have stopped collecting them. So, the short answer is really “no.”

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

As I said earlier, I’m in the market for bamboo circs with a more flexible cable than Clovers. I would really like to make a Clapotis, but the yarns I have been looking at (the Lorna’s Laces called for, and Art Yarns Super Merino) are out of reach of my budget right now. Especially given what I spent last year on yarn for Lady E.

I have subscriptions to Interweave Knits and Crochet Today! (And as soon as it’s available, I will have a subscription to Interweave Crochet.)

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

I would really like to learn to knit continental — I think it’d speed me up a lot. That being said, I haven’t bothered honestly trying.

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

I hope to discover that I am a sock knitter, but we shall see. I wear a women’s size 10, which is apparently about 10″ from tip of my big toe to the end of my heel.

23. When is your birthday?

April 16. I’ll be 27 this year.

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