Friday, September 16, 2005


Secret Pal

I know two posts in two days - what's come over me?

Well I joined up to do the Secret Pal 6 a while ago & yesterday I had first contact from my SP (hi SP), so to make things a bit easier for them I thought I would post my answers to the SP questionnaire:

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
I must admit I am a bit of a yarn snob. I definitely prefer natural fibers and quality yarns.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
I don't spin, I can crochet but I much prefer knitting!

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
Not that I know of, but I really don't like the smell of smoke.

4. How long have you been knitting?
I've been knitting for around 5 years, since just before my eldest niece was born. My first project was a jumper for her when she was born.

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

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
I prefer floral scents.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
YES! I try to keep it under control though.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
As I said I can crochet, I've also dabbled in cross stitch & cake decorating. At the moment I'm doing a bit of sewing, beading & dying.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Fairly eclectic, I like bands from The White Stripes to Mettalica to The Offsprint to ABBA, Queen, The Doors, U2 & pretty much everything in between. I'm not a big fan of boy bands, rap, R&B or Brittney Spears kind of pop. I can do MP3.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
I usually gravitate towards Black, Blues (esp periwinkle blue) & Reds (deep Burgundy & wine red), though lately I have found myself being attracted to greens (esp sage), pinks (victoria or rose pink) & browns.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Live with my fiancee - currently no pets, not enough room!

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
I'd love to be able to semi-retire at 35 & as with almost all knitter's run my own knitting related business (as you can see I'm working on it!).

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
Can't say I've found my ultimate yarn yet, though Alpaca is pretty close.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Novelties, ribbon & anything scratchy or stiff.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
Knitting in general, though I have tried lace & felting.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Things I can wear, usually card's or tops.

17. What are you knitting right now?
I am currently knitting: Socks, a tunic, a lacy top & a scarf.

18. What do you think about ponchos?
I am a poncho free zone!

19. Straight or circular needles?
I use straights at the moment, I have a couple of pairs of circs that I used for making Sophie bags.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I use aluminum at the moment, with a few pairs of plastic. I have some bamboo's but haven't used them to date.

21. Are you a sock knitter?
Yep, though I'm yet to make a pair for myself.

22. How did you learn to knit?
My Mum attempted to teach me when I was little without much luck. When I returned to knitting I taught myself from the internet mostly.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
Knit wise no very old, just a couple of months, crochet wise years! I have a Queen Anne's Lace tablecloth that I was making & probably will never finish, it's just too big & I've lost interest now.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
Don't really have one, sorry.

25. What is your favorite holiday?
Easter I think, 'cause it means I get chocolate, also my birthday is usually around Easter so I get a double bonus of presents & chocolate! (Terrible aren't I).

26. Is there anything that you collect?
Knitting patterns mostly, there's just so much to knit & so little time.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I currently only have a subscription to Interweave, I did have a Vogue Knitting subscription last year but I was very disappointed with it & they stuffed me around with my last issue - I wouldn't recommend them to anyone.

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
Not books as such but I love! Love! Love! Phildar patterns!

29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another??
I'd love to make Butterfly by Jane Ellison but my list of things I have to make is so long already...

30. What are your foot measurements, and what kind of socks do you like?
My foot is approx 23cm long & 23cm circumference (is it normal for both measurements to be the same?). Not fussy as to the kind, any would do if you're so inclined.

I hope this helps.
Hi Katie, I'm glad you posted the questionnaire! I don't think you are a yarn snob, you are just particular. You are an excellent knitter, considering you have only been knitting for 5 years, I am very impressed. What a great goal, I think creative people only work at 'real' jobs to support their habits.
Have a great weekend, hope there is lots of time for knitting.
Your Secret Pal
Just wanted to announce the 4th anniversary of Hand Knits for Young Moderns - a website filled with scans from vintage knitting pattern books - thank you!
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