Punk Rock Gift Exchange Questionnare

26 02 2007

Here we go…

1. How long have you been knitting/crocheting/spinning?

Knitting – 6 years/crocheting -20 years (not much crocheting now…)/ spinning – 6 years (1 year with my Lendrum)

2. Do you consider yourself a beginner, novice or experienced yarn artist?

I’m definitely an experienced artist…

3. What fibers (materials) have you knit/crochet with?

Various wools, alpaca, llama, silk, cotton (washcloths anyone?), buffalo, medical grade tubing (from insulin pump ), “recycled” plastic grocery bags.

4. What are your favorite yarns?

I don’t particularly have a favorite, although novelty yarns give me a headache (fun fur and the likes)

5. What fibers are you dying to try?

Cashmere (I still have a “ton” of silk/cashmere blend to spin up), qiviut, angora, soysilk (I still have a skein of homespun that needs to be detangled and the twist set)

6. Do you prefer solid, self striping, or handpainted yarns?

Handpainted, then solids, then self striping

7. What fibers do you dislike?

Cotton and mohair, eyelash, fun fur

8. What are your favorite colors?

Pink, blues, pastels, black, dark reds, forest green, browns

9. What are your least favorite colors?

Purple, fluorescent colors, khaki colors, olive drab- these can be favorites under certain circumstances…

10. How did you learn to knit/crochet/spin?

Knit- self taught from a booklet purchased at a department store/ crochet – Mom taught me/ Spinning- self taught after reading info on the Spin Off magazine web site (drop spindle from the Belweather)

11. What projects are you currently working on?

 Socks, Arwen cardi, various other UFOs (see reference to cashmere above)

12. How old is your oldest UFO? What is it? Will it ever be finished?

10 years. There are a couple of afghans that I started about the same time and got thrown into a box and forgotten. The baby afghan will probably get frogged or just thrown out, the striped one might get finished if I can get out to the garage and pull it out of the box.

13. What is the most heartbreaking project that you ever frogged?

A cabled pullover that I started to knit for the Husband. I realized about three skeins into the front that I didn’t have enough yarn to finish (it definitely pays to swatch before starting…).

14. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

Circulars work best for me, with the exception of DPNs for socks (still want to learn to knit socks on circs though)

15. Do you own a swift and/or a winder?

I’ve got this really neat Nostepenne (sp?) that was hand turned by Mike at the Calvert Country Market in Prince Frederick

16. Where do you keep your needles?

Wherever the toddler can’t get them. I find them on high shelves in her bedroom, hidden in my drawers, in bags and boxes that have been out in my garage for the past 4 years…

17. Do you enjoy helpful hints about your knitting or does it just piss you off?

 Love hints, anything to help!

18. What techniques are you still a virgin in (lace, cables, ect.) and are you interested in trying them?

 Socks on circs whether it’s two needles or the “magic loop”, and I’m definitely interested. Also, I’m wanting to figure out the Anna Karenina socks (two socks on DPN)

19. What knitting magazines do you subscribe to?

Interweave Knits (do online freebies count? Like Knitty and Anti-Craft?)

20. Are there any books, needles, yarn, patterns that you are dying to get your hands on?

Books- Domiknitrix: Whip Your Knitting Into Shape by Jennifer Stafford, any of Nancy Bush’s books (socks!!!), Wendy Knits by Wendy Johnson; needles- I’d love to get my hands on some Celtic Swan DPNs, Lantern moon DPNs, and more Addi turbos!

21. Do you enjoy knitting socks? How big are your feet?

Yes!!! I enjoy knitting socks. I wear a womens US 9 ½

22. Do you have a wish list?

Not at the moment

23. What are your non-knitting, crochet, spinning hobbies?

Gardening, sewing, beadwork (used to work in a bead shop in SLC), baking, weaving (total noob here, no loom yet)

24. How do you feel about sports?

Not a fanatic for the pros, used to follow college football and some hockey and soccer. I know more about various sports than the Husband though…

25. What is your favorite season? Least favorite season? Why?

Fave is autumn – the colors, cooling temps, holidays…

Least fave is spring – rain, soggy ground, tons of dirt to clean out of the house from muddy dogs…
26. What is your favorite holiday?

 Halloween (Samhain) and Christmas (Yule)

27. Do you like handmade gifts?

I ❤ handmade gifts!!!

28. Do you wear jewelry that isn’t real?

All jewelry is real, some just costs more…

29. What are your favorite foods? Scents that you love?

Chocolate, peanut butter, cheese, coffee, cookies, Japanese (I hated not being able to eat sushi while pregnant). Spicy, fruity scents.

30. What is your family situation? Do you live alone?

Married with two beautiful little girls.

31. Do you have any pets?

Do I have pets??? One cat and three dogs, not to mention the 75 gallon freshwater aquarium in the bedroom.

32. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3’s?

A little bit of everything (not so much rap and R&B) medieval (ie. Qntal, Medieval Babes, Dead Can Dance, Corvus Corax, Blackmore’s Night), 80’s Modern (Depeche Mode, Oingo Boingo, the Cure), anything off the Dancing Ferret catalogue and the likes (Voltaire, Cruxshadows, Ego Likeness, etc.). Yup. The ‘puter plays MP3s. We’ve also got a Zune to download stuff to…

33. What are your favorite movies? TV shows? Actors?

Fave movies- the “Harry Potter” series, LOTR, “Pirates of the Caribbean” (1 and 2, 3 when it gets released…), campy horror (“Slither” anyone? Shaun of the Dead, Dead and Breakfast, Rocky Horror Picture Show, etc.). TV shows- I don’t watch any TV. What I do like are BBC series on DVD (MI-5 — Spooks outsids of the States, Coupling, Are you being served, Mr. Bean, etc.) Actors- Johnny Depp, Jack Davenport, Hugh Grant, Hugh Laurie, Miranda Richards (see a pattern here?)…

34. What do you collect?

Nothing really, unless you count yarn. I did collect dolls, but I currently do not have any room for them

35. What do you do in real life — besides knit and blog?

I’m a homemaker, looking at starting a home business making diaper and knitting bags and accessories.

36. When is your birthday? Is it a national holiday or just another day?

The birthday is July 7th, it’s just another day close to a national holiday( Most of the family is born close to Independence Day)…

37. Do you have any allergies, medical conditions or disorders that your pal should be aware of (ie. diabetes, food/pet allergies, ect.)?

 I’m a type 1 diabetic, allergic to bananas, hazelnuts, melons, North American porcupine dander (learned this from working in the bead shop).

38. Are there any scents, phobias, or sensory thing (ie, the way certain objects feel) that your pal should be aware of?

Strong floral scents make me physically ill. I like lavender in small quantities. Musks also make me ill.

39. What is the most difficult thing that you have ever knit/crochet?

Um…The first sweater I ever made. I just dove in and made a cabled cardi which got felted about a year later when the Husband decided it needed to be washed…WOOL DOES NOT MIX WITH THE WASHING MACHINE unless it‘s superwash…

40. What is your personal style? Is there a time period/fashion movement that you take your cues from?

Um…Modern hippy? Medieval? Otherworld fairy? A little of this, a little of that. Mostly jeans and tees, but I also have corsets, a wool cloak, a sari and a patchwork spinner dress in the closet.

41. Anything else that you would like to say?

Nope. Not right now…




2 responses

26 02 2007

I LOVE corsets, too! And what a great answer for the jewelry questions….

26 02 2007

Heck. I used to make most of the stuff I wear. “reality” is subjective.

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