I've been running around like a one-armed paper hanger - I'll post about my wonderful trip very soon, I promise! :-) Meanwhile, it's time for the next round of Secret Pal, so I need to get my questionnaire
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I love any natural fiber - especially wool. I love Wool of the Andes, Jamieson
& Smith, Bartlett, Briggs and Little, Harrisville
, most small-mill yarns, and anything that Schoolhouse Press sells. I love knitting with pencil roving, too. I won't knit with anything acrylic (except for WoolEase
in an extreme pinch) or anything that looks like the pelt of Grover.2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
Since I got the Options set, I've been using that almost exclusively. For everything else, though, I have a 2-sided worm binder
from Bass Pro Shops; I have at least 40 pairs of circulars, crochet hooks, markers, tape measures, etc. in it.3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
My Grandma Benefiel
taught me when I was six, so I've been knitting for 37 years. I knit professionally
(for the KnitPicks
catalog, books, and knitting magazines), so I would have to say that I'm an advanced knitter. :-)4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
It's right here
5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)
I make a lot of my own bath products, but I love a good, straight-out vanilla.6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Dark Chocolate!! And Gummies
! I LOVE Jaffa
Cakes, but they're not available in the states.7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I spin, quilt, sew, make soap and lotions, crochet a bit, cross stitch, garden, and can food for the winter.8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I like nearly everything except rap and hip-hop.9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
I love maroon, dark blue, purples, dark reds...anything in the warm category. I don't like orange, yellow, gold, light green - I have nothing personal against those colors, but if I wear them next to my skin, people keep asking me if I'm going to be sick. :-)10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
a husband and 2 children. My boys are 17 and 14; the 17 year old leaves for college at the end of August, and the 14 year old starts high school next month. I have 2 dogs (a Mini-Dachsund
named Tick and an Airedale named Gracie) and 5 cats (Moe, Repo
, Rambo, Sparky and Itty
-Bitty).11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Yes, Yes, Yes, and NoNoNodeargodNO
.12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I love knitting sweaters, shawls, socks, and anything that catches my fancy at the moment13. What are you knitting right now?
I'm knitting a men's sweater in 1x1 rib for a book project, a test sweater for Schoolhouse Press, and 2 baby sweaters for showers next month.14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Yes!!!15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I don't use straights (except to hold spinning bobbins), and my favorite needles are my Options and my Inox
greys. I love my Holz
& Stein needles, too.16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Yes to both!17. How old is your oldest UFO?
About 3 years - I have several sweaters in progress that are in perpetual time-out.18. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas or Thanksgiving
- anytime family gets together19. Is there anything that you collect? Pre
-1960's cookbooks, vintage knitting patterns, stitch dictionaries
, roving and yarn!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 love Hazel Carter's lace patterns and Fiddlesticks
shawls. All of my magazine subscriptions
have lapsed, but I really like Vogue Knitting and Interweave Knits21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
I'd love to learn combination knitting22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
I love to knit socks! I wear a US 8-1/2.23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
12/1724. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?