A Fortnight To Go

SeSaSoSwa Questionnaire

I stole this from Picperfic's blog.

1. What are your favourite colours and fibres?

I like anything but white, normally. As for fiber, it has to be natural and very soft. Of course, I loved working with cashmere best. But I also love Butterfly cotton, and bamboo, and merino... soft is key.

2. Anything that makes your toes curl? (fiber/color/other)

I have come to have an aversion to acrylic, not just because of my allergy to it but after working with all the beautiful yarns that I have had the fortune to use, acrylic is so scratchy and dry to me now. Although there are some beautiful blends... as for "other," I can't touch sandpaper or mustard or I will implode!

 3. Would you describe yourself as a beginner, intermediate or advanced knitter?

I would say advanced intermediate. I'm very good at what I can do, but there are a lot of skills I haven't taken the time to learn yet, and probably more I don't even know about yet. I'd love to take a master knitter course!

4. Do you have an online wishlist? (Amazon or other)

Nope, who am I going to share it with? Tacky.

5. Any new techniques you'd like to learn?

I think it would be fun to learn to dye and spin fibers. I don't know entrelac, I've never attempted multidirectional knitting, I don't think I've ever done short rows, but then I'm not a big sock knitter...

6. What is your favourite: Snack? Totally varies on my mood. Sometimes it might be something cold and sweet like Haagen-Dazs chocolate ice cream, but it would ultimately probably be Ruffles potato chips with Helluva Good French Onion Dip.

Book? Evergreen by Belva Plain 

Movie? Dirty Dancing or Grease, I think. I love lots of movies, but with those, I can recite most of the words.

Music?  I am unapologetically a big fan of pop music. My tastes are incredibly lame, but I like it because I can sing to it.

7. What are your favourite items to knit?

Baby sweaters, definitely.

8. Any patterns that are top of your queue?

Several baby sweaters I have the pattern and yarns for from Plymouth, yet another Booga Bag, a sweater for Rob,  My So-Called Scarf, ... and a number of things I'd like to make for myself should I become thin enough to wear them! 

9. Do you have any other hobbies?

Lots of hobbies, but my main one seems to be collecting new ones! I'm really into making the tutus and hair pretties for craft shows right now, I love to crochet, read, sing, scrapbook, bake, travel...sure I'm missing something!

10. Tell us about yourself. When did you first pick up your needles? Who/what encouraged you to start knitting? How would you describe your knitting style? Are you a process knitter or a product knitter, etc.

I taught myself to knit at the age of 26, from The Yarn Girls' Guide to Simple Knits, which is a bad way to learn, IMO. Another bad way: being in Guam with few knitting resources and no knitting needles, I had to use my husband's screwdrivers until my eBay purchases came in! Talk about frustration. I decided to learn because we were moving back to the States in winter, and I was expecting twin boys whom I wanted to be able to keep very warm with my creations.  Things didn't quite go as planned in that department, but now I knit , sort of, for one of them all the time. My style? I don't know, I now know that I knit the European way, even though that's not the way the book teaches. I just did it on my own. I'm 50/50 process/product: I love to stop and admire my work and the feel of the fabric I've created many times along the way, but nothing beats the satisfaction of having a beautiful completed piece!