Tuesday, August 23, 2005

knitty sp extracurricular questionnaire

i'm bored--big surprise--so i'll just answer these questions from the knitty
sp5 blog. what the hey.

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high-end/natural fibers)? Do you avoid
Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you? i wouldn't say snobby.
i'm fairly poor so i use what is available to me, but i'd rather use
knitpicks. i like to use lionbrand/stuff i can find at joanns for gifts if i'm
not sure if the recipient will be diligent about handwash items. i realize
that everyone is not as anal about laundry as i am. i would never spend over
100 dollars on yarn for one item. i could never afford it.

2. Do you spin? Crochet? i learned to crochet in the sixth grade. i like it
occasionally b/c it goes fast, but i don't like the way crocheted fabric looks
as much as knit.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.) i have all
the allergies in the world. no fiber allergies, except that alpaca and angora
(fluffy fibers) make me sneeze. but then, doesn't everything?

4. How long have you been knitting? i picked it up post-college, soooo--4
years or so?

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? i do now! it's here

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) i like coffee
and christmas-y spice candles. i don't do scented bath products. i heart dove
soap, tide laundry detergent, and downy fabric softener. the original kinds.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? yes, but i try not to overindulge. i really
like chocolate/peanut butter combos. and chocolate nutty combos. and i eat a
lot of twizzlers in order to avoid eating too much chocolate.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? i sew a lot
of my own clothes, and i want to learn to quilt.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your
buddy wants to make you a CD) i have a mac powerbook--itunes is the greatest.
i like pretty much all kinds of music: for a sample, check out my blogger

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette
you prefer? my fave colors are blue and green, but i've really been getting
into purple lately. i wear too much black and gray in the winter, and my
closet is overflowing with red and white items. i've been trying to branch

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? i've lived with my
college roommate for 5 years now. that length of time is terrifying for a
commitment-phobe like me, even if it is only friends. i have 2 cats, Wyatt and

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know) well, i
would say reversing the increasingly right-wing state-of-mind we seem to be
stuck in, but i guess realistically my new dream is to escape to canada. oh
and universal health care for all.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? i just discovered kidsilk
haze. it's wonderful. but mostly i like wool and wool blends, especially sock

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? i've had bad experiences with
100% cotton, and splitty yarns--like microspun--are maddening. i also don't
care for novelty ladder yarns

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? socks, of course. and i'm
really into making shawls at the moment. even though i don't wear them. i'm
trying to dedicate myself enough to complete sweaters, instead of knitting half
a sweater and then deciding i don't like it and using the yarn to make socks or
other accessories. i want to make something argyle.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? i love making my own winter
accessories--coordinating hat, scarf, mitten sets. i have a black wool coat
and a white puffy jacket, so i usually end up making two sets each winter.

17. What are you knitting right now? river stole in ksh, amble socks in
woolease. i'll leave out the 5,000 ufos for now.

18. What do you think about ponchos? i made one. i never wore it. i don't
think i'm a poncho kind of gal, but i'd make one for a gift if i thought the
person would really like it.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? circs all the way, and dpns

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? i heart my denise set. non-denise, i prefer
bamboo. not as slide-y.

21. Are you a sock knitter? uh, yeah. i like self-striping ok when i want a
relaxing project, but i mostly like texture patterns on solid yarn. i don't
really get the big deal about lornas laces. but i do like koigu.

22. How did you learn to knit? from a book i bought at joanns. it had
terrible instructions. i knit through the back loop all the time for several
months before i realized i was doing it wrong.

23. How old is your oldest UFO? oh lordy. i have stuff lying around from last
winter at least. probably longer.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? i
loved the animaniacs. i wish they would come out on dvd. i also love wallace
and gromit, and the simpsons, and futurama. oh and king of the hill and family
guy. i just like cartoons.

25. What is your favorite holiday? uhh, memorial/labor day? people always
have bbqs. i'm always down for a good bbq.

26. Is there anything that you collect? dust? i'm not the cleanest. i hoard
shoes and clothing like there's no tomorrow, but i don't think that counts as a

27. Any projects you want to make but haven't gotten there yet? fair-isle
mittens, the entrelac stole from scarf style, the color on color scarf from the
same (yeah like that's ever gonna happen), a cabled hoodie like mariah, analise
from rowan 38, knee socks...i could go on forever.


  1. i should say that i hate smelly things. i like coffee, vanilla, and christmasy-spice scented candles, but i don't wear perfume or smelly body lotion. it gives me migraines.

    i'm also addicted to coffee, especially flavored varieties like hazelnut and vanilla.

  2. i know, i lamely keep thinking of other things, but how else is my sp6 pal gonna find out?

    i would like to try eucalan wool wash, as long as it doesn't smell too fragrant.

    my default amazon wishlist is empty. click on the categories on the right-hand side.

    i realized i didn't answer one of the questions. my favorite animals are cats. i have two. i adore them.



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