Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Yarn Forward Challenge Questionnaire

What type of yarn do you knit with most often?
Lately it seems to be wool
Is there any type of yarn that you would love to try but haven't yet, such as bamboo, banana fiber (seriously they make it - although I've yet to see it in person).
Bamboo is interesting
In your opinion what is a luxury yarn?
Is there any type of yarn or fiber content you dislike or would prefer not to receive?
Banana or that other new one made from shrimp shells
What type of garments do you most often knit?
What types of knitting books do you enjoy?
What is a color you like but rarely or never buy yourself?
If you were pregnant and had to name your baby a fiber, what would her/his name be?
Hm this is tough.....Al Paca
Do you spin?
What is one fiber you've never spun?
If someone in your family or a best friend had to describe you in one word, what would it be?
Please tell us one odd thing about you.
Only one? I arrange my paper money alphabetically according to Mint letter
What was your favorite cartoon when you were little.
Do you have animals? If so, please name them and tell us a little about them.
No, son has some fish
And last but not least, if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Either Paris or Alaska

Monday, January 29, 2007

Colorswap Questionnaire

Color Swap Survey
In order to help your partner learn more about you, please post this survey and your answers to your blog:

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?
After more than 40 years of knitting I have become somewhat of a snob. I do use Lionbrand Woolease and a few others if they are a blend and recommend RedHeart to people I teach to knit and crochet for their scarves and afghans.
2. Do you spin? Crochet?
I do not spin, seems interesting but I just don't have that kind of time currently, maybe later....I crochet alot, not as much as knitting but I do crochet.
3. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I would have to honestly say I do everything, but spin or weave, I haven't tatted in many years, though.
4. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
Lately I seem to be loving Rowan and Noro
5. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I can't think of any
6. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
That is not easy to answer,....perhaps socks, since I am doing so many...perhaps Dale of Norway
7. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I love anything with cables, Aran knitting, color stranding
8. What are you knitting right now?
This is an embarrassingly long list......Eliz 1 from Tudor Roses,Wicked from the Sexy Knitters,Foxie from Dale of Norway,2 pairs of Fetching Mitts,Lliam from WendyKnits,Hidcote Shawl,Bejeweled Scarf,Hat designed by DH,Nantucket Jacket,Mermaid by Hanne,socks,socks,Hats and Mitts from We call them pirates and maybe a dozen other WIPs and the things that go along with all those KALs
9. Are you a sock knitter?
Yes as of late
10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Are there any colors you hate?
I am not a pastel person, I love earth tones and deep jewel tones...I love willowy greens, purples
11. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes I do but I don't remember right now....
12. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
I am not allergic to but truly can't tolerate smoke
13. Do you have any religious prohibitions or restrictions?
14. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
I have recently discovered I like cookie scents, vanilla, gingerbread,,,etc
15. Do you burn candles?
Not often
16. Do you have a sweet or salt tooth?
I would say yes absolutley...
17. Do you drink coffee, tea or cocoa?
Yes, yes and rarely but yes
18. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I have just celebrated my fifth anniversary of being married to a wonderful man, we have two sons, the older is 22 and finishing his Masters(yes he skipped a few grades) and the younger is newly 17 and finishing HS(yes he started early).They are the coolest people I know. My 22 year old has blessed us for the past 2 years with a GF who is adorable...he allows us to be part of their relationship and it is an honor. The three"children" spend many hours laughing together and what could be better than that? Son has some fish
19. What are some of your favorite things?
Hot cermic mugs of coffee that warm your hands, my sons' dimples, my DH forearms...ok ok,I collect Eiffel Towers, we were engaged there, Disney World(been more than 20 times),interesting lug work on bike frames, odd pens,
20. Is there anything that you collect?
OOps seemed to have answered some of that already, also old english Bikes, Raleighs
21. What is your favorite holiday?
Valentines's Day, I love the reds and purples, I love the heart shape and I love love...
22. What is your birthday? (You don't have to tell the year)
February 16

Monday, January 22, 2007

Knitted Purse Swap Questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I am using primarily natural fibers...I am not opposed to a little mix with synthetic, sometimes for childrens things you need it, or socks with some nylon

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I have a tall needle basket from Peterborough Baskets but it doesn't hold them all, the others are in ziplocs with WIPs

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I hate to admit I have been knitting for almost 40 years, almost since kiddygarden days..I stopped during teen years and started again right after. I had an aunt who essentially forced me learn,LOL and a DGM who was an inspiration...I would definitely say I am advanced

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yes, unfortunately, I change it weekly thouhg, LOL

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.) Vanilla, gingerbread, lemon...gosh I guess one could say cookie scents, LOL

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Hmmm...sometimes a girl just has to have chocolate but generally a little Hershey kiss will do

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I do not spin, I am afraid to get started in something else, but everything else,after knitting my favorite would be sewing, quilting, crocheting,scrapbooking,carpentry in the top five

8. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? I am not a pink person..I love willowy greens, purples and sometimes I just go orange, my skis, boots and jacket are all orange..easier to find me if I go down

9. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?No terrific husband , two amazing sons, 22 year old finishing his masters, 17 year old finishing high school older DS has a fantastic GF

10. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? I am a cabler, I love Arans, but adore colorwork, you can see over there >> I am involved in many KALs, many too many...

11. What are you knitting right now? Eliz fro Tudor Roses, Hidcote Shawl, two pairs of socks, Fox from Dale, hat DH designed, hat and mitts for We Call Them Pirates, Nantucket Jacket, Ballerina from Hanne , Wicked, A Fair Isle Tote, A Carpet Bag,,,those are some of he WIPs...hopefully by end of Feb most if not all of those will be done...

12. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? I am on a cicular kick, love different surfaces for different yarns but seemed to be enjoying the options line from KnitPicks

13. Is there anything that you collect?looks like I collect KALS, LOL, bikes, yes, old English bikes, like Raleighs, Fenton glass, Eiffel Towers,depression glass,older knitting magazines...

Monday, January 15, 2007

Weekly Update

So some of my blog KAL have switched o new blogger but it won't switch me yet so I cannot post new topics on those KALs....hope it works out soon.
So this week I am tired, I have worked a lot and still have one exra shift this week. Hopefully I will get knitting time, but our weather is finally taking a winter turn so I may be busy at work. Anyways..
By the end of this week or next week's update, I will have a hat, two pairs of Fetching, two socks(from different pairs), the sleeves more progree of Lliam and more progress on Hidcote. Ambitious? Absolutely!! DOable? We shall see

Here are some pics,
Inside of two color Fetching for DS
Beginning of hat for DH designed by same
First sock for Vintage Sock KAL

If there is more I will update sooner..

Monday, January 08, 2007

Weekly Update

OK, I am not posting about all WIPs just the one giving me grief namely the Hidcote Shawl. I have frogged 7 times, misread the chart because it is black and white and there is color coding on the charts. But I am finally getting it. Slow and steady wins the race afterall. OK quick pics then off to check on the younger son who is sick, came home sick from school, not holding anything down which is a problem as he has medical issues.
Anyways here are the photos so far of the shawl....

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year

Here it is 2007, I started my Bejeweled Scarf at midnight, which was difficult as I was at work and slammed. Hopefully this year will bring many finished WIPs as well as several new projects. I have joined many KALs and am looking forward to the camraderie..I will try to blog weekly here and update with progress pictures.
The tradition at this time is to make resolutions, I have a few personal ones,,,but I will take this time to reflect on my good fortunes. I am married to a wonderful man who supports my knitting without hesitation and often redesigns what I have offered to knit, I have two amazing sons who are growing up far too quickly, who knew that the beautiful little boys I could carry on my back while searching for yarn for their latest sweaters just yesterday would so quickly be the men of today ready to graduate college at 22 with a master's degree and a newly turned 17 year old with a college acceptance note sitting top his bookcase? It went so fast yet I swear I can remember every blessed minute. I remember every sweater, I especially remeber first son being upset that second son was wearing a handme down sweater as it was being saved for his children, this comment from a 9 year old already understanding the importance of knitted objects. Things change but not, I used to adore listening to their giggles while playing games or over the baby monitor, today there are many times I would like to stay home from work to sit and listen to their deep laughs while playing games together. I am in awe and grateful for the relationship they share with one another , their stepdad and dad, me. I am privileged to be allowed to observe and learn from them. My oldest son has blessed us with the opportunity to be part of his now long time relationship with a lovely young woman. She, too, makes him and his brother laugh and in turn is always welcome as a part of our family.
So while I hope to complete WIPs and OTNs this year, if I don't I know it will be because there was a day or two I took the opportunity to just sit and listen to my family giggle.
Wishes of health, happiness, peace, love and laughter to one and all.