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Secret Pal 10 SP10

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I recently moved from Vermont to San Diego, so I’ve been enjoying soy silk, cotton blends, and even bamboo. The only yarns I don’t really like are synthetic yarns, svale by Dale of Norway, or crazy wild yarns that people use to make scarves with for the “new generation” of knitters.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I’m horrible with storing my needles and hooks. I have them throughout the house in my yarn bins. I think that is something I need to improve on, for sure.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I started knitting about 10 years ago. I had it in my mind that I wanted to crochet black lace pants and my neighbor Joan attempted to teach me. Finally she came out saying “you are not getting this – let’s try knitting instead.” I’ve been doing it ever sense. I would consider myself to be intermediate. There’s some advanced techniques that I can do and some beginner things that I can’t.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
I don’t have an Amazon wish list – although it would make a lot of sense. I love buying knitting books online.

5. What's your favorite scent?
I love lavender, green and white tea, floral scents, and while I don't like the smell of real oranges, I love orange scents for lotions and things

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I love Chewy Runts, Skittles, and Airheads.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I’m also a quilter. It’s not so much of a hobby at times it seems. I prefer to knit. I’ve made four quilts now – one king size, two baby size, and one table runner. They all came out very well, but it’s still a second from my passion for knitting. I don’t spin but admire anyone who can.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I have an eclectic taste in music. I love Dave Matthews, Jamie Foxx, Audioslave, Avant, Amel Larrieux, Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong, Sarah McLachlan, and Dido. Really it goes from R & B to Rock and Alternative. I am able to play MP3s.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
My color choices vary. I like rich, deep colors like burgundy and rust. I also like sage greens. Really there’s nothing that I can’t stand in colors. I love it all.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I’ve been with my boyfriend for over five years. We have two cats - Hannah (11 yr) & Scofield (1 yr)

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
I recently moved to San Diego, so I haven’t had as much use for scarves, hats, or mittens, but every so often when I’m cold. I do like them. I’m not a poncho person although I do like capelets.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I like to knit sweaters with minimal finishing. I’m trying to get into socks more now as well.

13. What are you knitting right now?
I’m working on Rusted Root and Marilyn’s Not So Shrunken Cardigan. Once Rusted Root is complete, I’ll be doing either the Textured Tunic or Turtleneck Tube Vest from Stephanie Japel’s Fitted Knits book and Sahara.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
I think handmade gifts are great!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I only use circular needles. Bamboo, aluminum, and plastic are all fine – but I think bamboo might be my least favorite.

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

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
My oldest UFO is about 2 weeks old – my Marilyn NSSC that I had to frog and restart again. I was hoping to have it finished by the end of March since I’m committed to a number of projects with knitalongs in April.

18. What is your favorite holiday?
I really like Thanksgiving. Great food, a relaxed atmosphere, and conversation focused.

19. Is there anything that you collect?
I collect knitting and quilting books. I can’t seem to get enough.

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 don’t have any knitting subscriptions, but that’d be great. I am trying the magic loop thing, so any circular needles that are 40” works for me. I have been thinking about getting Knitting Nature by Norah Gaughan and A Gathering of Lace by Meg Swansen.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
I want to learn to do socks using the magic loop technique. I have the book but haven’t tried it yet. I also want to be able to finish better. I love top down projects, but there’s some lovely patterns that I have to seam together and I usually steer clear since I just haven’t got that down to a science after all this time. I would like to learn how to incorporate crocheting into knitting more. After making Ms. Marigold and finishing the sleeves with a crochet hook – I’m feeling more determined to try.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
I have knit one pair of socks so far. I’d like to knit Baudelaire from I’m a size 9.

23. When is your birthday?
On December 7th I’ll be 33. Yikes!


Virtuous said...

I want to do a Secret Pal!!! Is it too late for me to join???

Great progress on your RR. I put my Marigold down for a little while and went Leapin Lizard crazy on my afghan!! LOL

Glad you had a wonderful Easter!

Virtuous said...

Oh! I also can't post on Sistah Friends either!! :o(
Necia needs to fix it!! Does she realize that we can't??

I just joined so I never had the chance to start an entry there.

It would be great to have secret pals over there too!

Robin said...

I enjoyed reading your questionnaire! Rusted Root looks great and I love the color!

Susan said...

I think that would be a great idea for Sistah Friends. First things first - we do need to be able to post on there again.

MrsPurls said...

Hey Lady!!! So glad you posted progress on the Rusted Root Sweater...I can't wait to start!! I'm looking for the right color!!! I agree with virtuous, Secret Pal sounds like fun!!! Keep up the progress!!