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Secret Pal 10 Questionaire Answers that proves I should live in a bubble

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

Let’s start with the DO NOT like’s , most of them are due to allergies *sniff* wool (any type and any percentage, I’ve tried them all and I’m still allergic!), angora, cashmere, alpaca, fun fur and most novelty yarns (I’m okay with ribbon and recycled sari). Now you’re probably thinking what the heck does this girl use with her pointy sticks!! I prefer yarns of the vegetable family: bamboo, soysilk, hemp, cotton, linen, tencel, modal and all in this list blended in various ways together. I love silk! I’m not too fond of mineral yarns, but I can handle really soft acrylics and if there are blended with the magic list of vegetable family and silk love!

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

I store my straights in a wonderful cloth needle holder my m-in-law helped me make, circs in their respected cases ( i am now the proud owner of knitpick’s interchange options circ set and denise set!) rest of the normal circs go in yarn storage container and my hooks (yep, I’m bicraftual) are in a small plastic storage tub that I keep all my knit and crochet paraphernalia stuff in.

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 knitted since….oh November 2006. I’m between beginner and intermediate, more leaning towards intermediate. I learn from the awesome Christa Giles in her beginner’s knitting class at Urban Yarns. My mom tried to teach me for years but no success till I finally took a knitting class because I wanted to be knit and combine crochet and knit. I have been crocheting on and off since I was four or so and my skill level for crochet is definitely a rusty (been in a knitting frenzy) advanced.

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

I have a amazon wish list that is knit and crochet books and the other one is just plain ole’ books. It’s a good way to remember which books I really want to buy next.

5. What’s your favorite scent?

mmm mint, grapefruit, vanilla, green tea and mint! Due to allergies, I have to avoid any citrusy smell that has lemongrass and/or citronella but I love oranges, grapefruit and lemon scents.

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

CANDY!!!! I have a bit of a sweet tooth 😀 I love gummy worms (especially the orange and green ones), cinnamon hearts, coke bottles, big feet, swedish berries, hot lips and sours. Oh and dark chocolate, can’t do milk products so milk chocolate is out.

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

I’m a very simple crafter it’s crochet, knitting and the occasional beading. I like to do do-it-yourself stuff, but never really get around to doing it. I don’t spin but maybe one day I’ll try once I get my hands on some soysilk roving and a drop spindle!!

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

I love music and my taste varies drastically, the only music I don’t like is most country, gangsta rap and a lot of the pop top 40 stuff. Here’s a small list of favourites:

  • tori amos
  • delirum
  • fiona apple
  • enya
  • lily allen
  • muse
  • radiohead
  • david usher
  • moist
  • sarah mclachlan
  • loreena mckennitt
  • portishead
  • billie holiday
  • ella fitzgerald
  • big bad voodoo daddies
  • ani difranco
  • coldplay
  • evanescence
  • jewel
  • vanessa carlton
  • great big sea
  • wierd al and this list could go on forever and ever….

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

My favourite colours are blues, greens, reds, purples, blacks, greys, and browns. I’m not fond of orange, yellows, most pinks (I don’t mind a tad bit of pink here and there) and neons.

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

I live with my partner, Mr. S and my daughter who is known mostly as mini-me who is 12 years old. I’m applying for a guide dog and hoping that I will be getting one in the next year or so and we have 50 fish.

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

I wear hats, scarves and mitts (I prefer gloves, white canes and mitts don’t really go well together). I tried ponchos but I don’t find them faltering for my body type.

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

I love knitting lace, it’s one of my new skills. I also like making hats, washclothes, bags and I love the idea of making sweaters, which I will be tackling soon. Currently I’m learning how to knit socks with 2 circs because dpns and I don’t get along at this point in time.

13. What are you knitting right now?

A few things, a soysilk bejeweled scarf, legwarmers for my sis-in-law, fat-bottom bag and a cabled hat in DK weight soysilk)

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

Yes please!!

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

I prefer bamboo for straights and metal for circs. I might have to try Addi naturals one of these days I may never want to knit with metal again, but then I could be wrong. I don’t prefer circs over straights or visa versa because I find that it depends on the project and yarn which is better.

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

I just purchased a yarn winder!! Go me. Now my goal is to either make or own a swift to go with it.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

Eep. I just did a clean out of my yarn storage bins and I find a UFO that was from Jan/Feb 2006 and it’s because the pattern confuse me it’s a crocheted shrug made out of these cute granny squares for mini-me I’ll have wing the construction because the instructions make sense till I have the project in my hand then I lose what I thought made perfect sense. Oh well.

18. What is your favorite holiday(s)?

I love Samhain (Halloween), Winter Solstice and Beltaine

19. Is there anything that you collect?

Books!! I’m a huge bibliophile, I mostly read sci-fi and fantasy but I dabble in a bit of everything if it interests me. I also collect crystals.

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

My magazine subs are Interweave Knits, Knit 1 and Crochet (I only got this one because I was ordering mags through my daughter for her school fundraising, I’m not really liking it much I prefer Interweave Crochet and Crochet Today!)

I have been oogling Amy Singer’s No Sheep for You. but it’s not out yet and I’ve been drooling over Rogue and Eris. I worried that both the girl from auntie patterns are a bit too hard for me and haven’t purchased them till I’m ready to rise to the challenge. I’m a sucker for celtic knots and cabling so easier patterns like them are a must to practice. As for yarns, that I haven’t worked with but I want to try is Suss Love or any other suss yarn in the magical list of vegetable fibers!

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

I’m learning how to make socks on two circs and working on cables. Other things I want to learn is intarsia and fair isle.

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

I’m hoping to become a sock knitter. Foot measurements darn I lost my measuring tape!! More bright coloured measuring tapes might be a good thing for me!! My feet are woman’s size 7 and my feet are a little bit chubby.

23. When is your birthday?

June 13th!!! Yep you got it I’m a twin. I love being dual-natured, you get a few different types of friends for the price of one 😀 I agree that Gemini’s will hospitalized more due to boredom than overload.


One Response

  1. My birthday is three days after yours!

    Just blog reading – and checking to make sure you posted your questionnaire on time.

    Your SP10 Hostess!

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