Sunday, January 08, 2006

Secret Pal 7 Questions!!! Here we go!!!

Hello Pal! Thank you for the e card!

I am now posting my questions for you! I cannot wait to see how things go as I really think this one is going to be the best!

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand?

I am a totally yarn snob. I am apologetic for it, but I personally prefer funky, handmade yarns, far from anything sold in stores. I love slubby, nubby, handspun yarns, the thicker the better....and nothing furry!! Mohair/angra is ok, but nothing that looks like they had to slay a Muppet to make it!

2. Do you spin? Crochet?

I am a new spinner. I just got a wheel a few months ago, but time was at such a premium recently I had to put it away....I do look forward to making yarn soon though!
I recently learned to crochet, but I am not really a big fan. I want to truly master knitting and spinning first.

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

Well, I tend to use really big needles, liek I own two sets smaller then 10 and that is 10 and a pair of 9's. I have yet to actually knit on them! I use really big needles a lot, the bigger the better. 11, 13, 15, 19 are my favorites, so as you may understand, I have no needle holders big enough, so I stuff them all in a drawer or a knitting bag.

4. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

I will say I am intermediate. While I can follow patterns and intricate stuff to be advanced, but I don't care to do that kind of stuff for now. Mainly I hate to follow intricate patterns because I dont have the time and I like to be able to pick it up when stressed and not stress over the design (if ya know what I mean). Right know the process of knitting is my relaxation, mastering things I have practiced and learned, while not having to focus too heavily on a pattern, but just meditate on my motions, or so I think of it as!

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

Yes I do! I posted it on the right side in a link, but my lists are insane! I am scattered by interests of many things and my short term attn span makes me involoved in many things or study many things and hope back and forth, so I have a ton of crazy stuff on my lists!

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)

Oh, and again, I am a total snob here, I really like Prada perfume. I like citusy scents, but my skin is kind of sensitive, so I ask for no body or bath products. While I love them, they make me dry and itchy! As for the perfume, well Parada and one Chanel are the only I wear, as many others give me headaches, so if I have a rich pal, hey, I love Prada, but kidding!!! I ask for nothing in the perfume or body product way, but thanks for asking, lol!!!

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

I do, but I am on a diet! I just recently joined a brand new Gold's Gym here in town (shoot as of today it is being inspected!), so instead of candy, can you take that money you would have spent on me for it and buy canned goods to be donated, or if you already have candy, donate that! (that killed me to write, but I feel better knowing I will lose weight for it!)

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

Gah, I currently own all the Sublime Stitching patterns. I embroider a lot! I make jewlery, stitch markers...I love to learn new craft stuff, especially since I am working on getting my own website up and running selling my handmade creations. I make soaps, lip balms...I try to keep everything as organic as possible and natural as possible.

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 an iPod. 40 gig of memory and I have 30 gig left to fill! I love many types of music. Everything from Opera, to rap to you name it. Seriously, I am open to everything except HATE music. Even in foreign languages! I keep an open mind about a lot. Personally, I am tech unsaavy, so no idea what mp3 means. You can make me a cd if you have cool music you love that you think I should hear....I am always open to it. My car and both puters play cds! and I can use itunes, that is about as much as I know!

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?

I cannot stand sickly pastels or neons, or overly bright primary colors.
I love earthy tones, deep greens, blues, ambers and so on....I love fall shades, shoot we were married in the fall so our pictures would look great and I could carry a beautiful fall colored themed bouqet! SO I guess autumn colors are my favorite pallet!

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

I am married to a great guy, D, who I love so much it is sickening, makes me sick too! We have a 5 year old girl, Juju, who is a true girly girl, like her momma can sometimes be. We also have 2 cats (both abandoned by folks, but now in our loving home! The one was almost starved to death when she found me outside one day in November) We also have one mini hampster, and 5 huge fish!

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

Humm, I wear mittens and scarves...hats too, but ponchos not really. Though I do love me some HUGE shawls! Triangle shawls, plain and oversized, no fancy lace or stuff...nice to cuddle into! I do have big hands though, really long palms and fingers, then again I am 5'10", with size 11 narrow feet, but with big cankles (yeah nasty calf ankles, I look like a cabbage patch kid and am overly sensitive about them! So there...)

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?

Yummy yummy one of a kind handmade yarns. I love them soft and funky and nubbly and handmade thick! I like them to be at least 120 yards or more so I can make something. One of the things that bugs me about handmades is how short they are. You can barely make on tiny project with them and they one of a kind, so you cannot get more. So I always try to get at least 120 yards....I am not really digging too many mass production yarns right now, I have been supporting the small time handspinning folks who are trying to make a living doing the thing they love!

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

the synthetic stuff, you know the type, you touch it and your body yells NOOOOOO, because it feels so, well, icky!

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?

Handmade yarns....and big needles!

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

Baby blankets and scarves, I make scarves for everyone I know, all kinds, but lately I have been experimenting with big needles and large yarns for a shawl/pashmina type with funky stitch combinations.

17. What are you knitting right now?

a HUGE scarf. I mean hug...the yarn is 1 WPI and the needles are 19's, but they are feeling too small, so I may pull it and go up higher on the needles.....I am mixing up the stitches garter, drop, purl...I want it to look like it was made by many different folks over years of wear. I know, i have such an artistic vision for my fiber, but it will probably look like shite!

18. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

Of course!!! Anything someone puts their heart into or hands into to make for me, well that is the best gift of all, reguardless of what it even may be, the idea they MADE it for me means more then I can ever say...

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

Sad to say, I have never used circulars....maybe one day, but not just yet!

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

Bamboo, sarina, sandal, birch...I love wood needles, soemthing so natural and real about using them....plastic and aluminum just never feel right to me. I loke the idea of knitting with wood...maybe now I should start grunting and dancing around the fire!!!

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

I wish! One day I will break down and buy one, just I never think about it when I have the free cash, or I never have the free cash when I think about it or see it! Figures, huh? That is Murphy for ya!

22. How did you learn to knit?

I am totally self taught. I recently asked my mom to teach me a few things, but I learned by seeing soemone doing it, I boguht the stuff and applied what I had spied a stranger doing...that is it. I cannot read how to do it, tried and broke down in tears because I struggle with stuff like that, I need to see it and reading it (even with a 3.8 gpa) cannot make me understand it...I am a dork, I know..

23. How old is your oldest UFO?

I don't have any. I HAVE to finish one before going on to the next. I have no idea how these gals can run multi projects. Well I guess I can because I can read and do a gazillion things at one time, BUT with craft projects I have to finish one before starting the next, or else I know none will ever get done. With school work, I have to have a TV on, be doing three things at once whle my daughter bugs me in order to get work done. But I cannot stand to have unfinished projects, so in order to reward myself with a new item, I must finish the one I am on!

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?

I love animals, the sillier the better, but really I am an animal lover.

25. What is your favorite holiday?

This is hard...I love Christmas and Thanksgiving because my whole HUGE family is able to get together and be a family. I do love the day my dauther was born, so I suppose that truly is my favorite holiday (all be it a personal one for us!)

26. Is there anything that you collect?

I love vintage stuff. By vintage I mean the 1950's and earlier....I collect antiques based on my town or college (Centenary College in NJ) I love the sillyness of the 50's, the rugged beauty of necessity of the 40's, the 20-30's sheer elegance in Deco...I love vintage bar items, you know the chic stuff that made the 50's the icons that they are now...that kind of stuff, and I go earlier as well, 1800's and earlier and earlier....I guess I just love old stuff, but the mid 60's on really offer me nothing, esp the 70's, 80's, GAH I lived through those, I don;t want to go back! I also collect designer stuff (vintage and recent pieces, Jimmy Choo's, Coach, LV...I look to collect pieces...I look at it like I am a not so kip version of Carrie from Sex and the City. I really do look to designers for pieces to add to my collections and such)

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

None, as of now. I am not trying to get any because I have too much going on and know they would be neglected, sadly...

28. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on?

Not really. I have quite a few I just never get the time to do them, or I try to create my own funky stuff....
I know I will use them as they are in my library, but just not now. I am having a good time kind of making up my own ones as I go...though I do have a few patterns I would not mind owning in the side bar on the right, but they are not dying to have stuff!

29. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?

Not as of least none I can think of, but then again if I need to learn them, how would I know what to ask for! LOL!!!

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

Not right now, if my mom had her way I would, but for now I just KNOW I don't have the patience for it. My feet, I am size 11 narrow with HUGE ankles.

31. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)

My birthday is February 28th, 1974....Yeah I will be 32 soon and I am ok with idea why folks freak out about their age, but then again no one ever believes me when I tell them my age...they swear I am lying to them and being a full time college student doesn't help convince them either!

There you go pal...Hope I didn't bore you, but I am rather long winded! I look forward to hearing from you I said I love the card!



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