February 11, 2007

Secret Pal 10

Posted in Knitalongs at 4:33 pm by nephele

I heard back yesterday on my application to join the next Secret Pal exchange.  I’m in! So here is the obligatory questionaire post. Secret Pal and the curious, read on. All others, feel free to skip this post.

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Favorites? It varies but tweedy wools are always appreciated. I have no need for any 100% acrylic yarns but then it’s a rare bird that does.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I have several sizes of zippered mesh bags. They keep my needles reasonably neat and sorted.

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 knitting about 25 years now. I taught myself from books. I think it’s fair to  rate myself as advanced.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yeah, I have an Amazon list – I even remembered to remove the items I’ve purchased recently 😉

5. What’s your favorite scent?
Easy, fresh cut lemons.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Boy, do I! My favorite is simple dark chocolate, the darker the better maybe with some nuts or dried fruit mixed in but plain is great.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
These days I’m pretty much all about the knit. I have a couple of drop spindles and I’m itching to get my hands on a wheel – I wouldn’t be surprised if I bought one before the year is out. I’ve tried almost everything crafty at one time or another but other than a bit of drawing that’s pretty much it for current arts and crafts.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
MP3s? Yes, no problem. I also own an iPod but it has more books on it than songs. I vary a lot in my music tastes – this might not be a safe catagory to delve into unless it’s something lurking on my Amazon list.

9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand?
I like pretty much all colors. I can’t wear yellow, green, pastels or pale neutrals. My favorites to wear are darker oranges, reds and chocolate browns. Hot pink and fuschia make me happy as does neon bright apple green (the sole exception to the no green rule).

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I live alone. No pets currently (against rental rules – darn it), but I love animals.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Not so much with the hats unless it’s really cold. I’ve got poofy, curly hair that makes for some seriously funky hat-head. Scarves and mittens are great when it’s cold enough for them. I don’t really wear scarves as decoration, they need to be functional for me. I own a couple of small capelet, poncho type garments and I wear them without apology.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Umm, what isn’t? No really! I knit toys, sweaters, socks, bags, afghans, pillows and shawls in lace weight, fingering, dk, worsted, aran, bulky and chunky yarns. If I had to pick one sure-fire thing it’d probably be socks.

13. What are you knitting right now?
Heh, trick question, right? Check the name of the blog. The correct answering would be: everything.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Not a requirement but I certainly wouldn’t object.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Circs please – I’m an addi turbo girl. I do have Denises and Knit Picks options as well but I reach for the addis first.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Swift – yes, ball winder – not yet.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
Hmm, well I never did finish the first sweater I started, but then I don’t intend to either so that doesn’t really count. The oldest thing that I may yet finish is probably about six years or so (it’s an afghan so the size still works).

18. What is your favorite holiday?
Halloween. You get to dress up, eat candy and you aren’t obligated to deal with family if you don’t want to. Even as a kid, I liked it more than Christmas.

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Besides yarn? Not really. My family has tried several times to start me collecting something (we’re lazy gift givers) but I managed to dodge them everytime.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
The only subscription I currently have is to Vogue Knitting. I’ve got tons of needles even though I keep buying more I don’t think I really need any. I tend to buy any books I want pretty quickly so there’s not much there either. I am trying to get some of every type of sock yarn out there and I don’t have them all yet. There are a lot of boutique dyers whose yarns I covet but haven’t bought yet. A lot of them are on etsy and require Paypal. I’ve tried to stay away from using Paypal to put at least one curb on my magpie-like yarn acquistion.

21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?
Hmm, nothing comes to mind.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
That would be a resounding yes! Measurements are – Length: 9.25 inches, Circumference: 9 inches. I tend to make the leg/cuff short, no more than 5 inches on average.

23. When is your birthday?
July 25th.

And that’s that. I’ll try for a real post tomorrow. I might even have pictures of those felted flowers…

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