Knit it, Violet!
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Sunday, February 04, 2007
  Secret Pal 10 Survey
it seems like i always miss the sign ups for secret pals, but not this time! i'm super excited. i'm also sick right now, so hopefully my answers are coherent.

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I'm really anti yarn snobbery. I like knitting with wool. lamb's pride is a favorite. i like merinos. alpaca. silk. but i also do a lot of knitting for kids/babies/hand-washing-impaired, so i'm not opposed to acrylic and blends. i like plymouth encore for these purposes. i'm not a HUGE fan of novelty yarns but some are okay. (i prefer thick 'n thins to eyelash, for example)

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? i keep my straights and circulars in two wine bottle holders. dpns go in a pretty glass. maybe i'll post pictures one of these days.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? i taught myself how to knit about four years ago, using a tutorial i swiped from a martha stewart living. i had purple hair at the time so the irony amuses me. i would consider myself an adventurous intermediate knitter.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? i have an amazon wishlist. there's a button link to it in my sidebar.

5. What's your favorite scent? i like what i guess you would call "baking scents" vanilla, cinnamon, buttercream, "sugar" scents...i also like some fruity scents too. strawberry, pear, etc.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? i think all my teeth are sweet teeth! i love chocolate. reeses. i'm not a big fan of sour candies though.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? i sew a lot, make jewelry, and paint a little bit. i also do blockprinting, embroidery, and other crafts when i have time. I garden as much as an apartment dweller can. I spin very crappily on a drop spindle, and i recently acquired a wheel, so hopefully i'll be spinning successfully on that.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) i listen to a lot of different music, but mostly in the punk and indie genres. i have some of my favorite bands listed on my blogger profile. i can play mp3s.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? i like pink, purple, blue, black, and silver a lot. i used to pretend that i didn't like orange, but i love it with pink. yellow and brown aren't favorites, but combined with other colors, i like them.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? i live in an apartment with my boyfriend of almost five years. my parents live about half an hour south of us; they're separated. i have a younger brother (11) and an older brother (25). we don't have any pets living with us here, sadly, but at home with mom we have two dogs (a chihuahua, my baby, and a blue heeler), a cat, and a turtle. animal gifties would be appreciated, since i visit them as often as possible.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
i wear scarves, hats, and mittens often, especially to school where it gets chilly. i've never met a cute poncho, but if one exists i would wear it.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
what a hard question! socks, baby items, i've recently got the lace bug. i also like knitting quick hats. all different things. i guess i'd have to say gifts! i like knitting for others.

13. What are you knitting right now? a raglan sweater for the boy, socks for me, a noro scarf, and the swallowtail shawl (which is two rows away from finishing!)

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
i LOVE handmade gifts, but don't often receive them. i'm also cool with thrifted things (in decent condition, of course) especially vintage knitting booklets.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
i like straight aluminums for most knitting. i do like wool on bamboo though. circulars are good if the project doesn't fit comfortably on straights. and i've never used a plastic needle that didn't suck. (although i'm sure they exist!)

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
i do! they were a christmas gift from my boyfriend, along with a new sewing machine. (i know, i know, he's wonderful. he crochets, too.)

17. How old is your oldest UFO? only a few months. i did a cleaning sweep and frogged or finished all the older ones. although i think there is a rogue legwarmer half finished on the loose at my mom's house. we won't speak of that.

18. What is your favorite holiday? i always say halloween. but i love christmas and thanksgiving too. and i'm a totally sucker for "spring" themed things.

19. Is there anything that you collect? teapots! and teapot themed goodies. typewriters, too, but i don't really need any more of those! i also "collect" different teas. i have a whole cupboard full of different teas to suit my moods.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? that's another great question. the books are all on my amazon wishlist, so you can check there. i've never tried bamboo yarn, so that would be fun. no particular needles. i do want to get the fiber trends felted hedgehog pattern, but that's the only one i can think of off the top of my head. i have a subscription to Interweave Knits, but i also purchase vogue knitting, knit simple, and knit1 whenever they look good.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? steeks (am i brave enough?) and i'd like to knit a toe up sock, just to expand my horizons a bit.

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
yes. my feet are about 9.5" long, and the "cuff" part of my shin is about 9." most women's Medium patterns fit well. i wear a size 7 shoe.

23. When is your birthday? May 13.


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violet is a crafty girl with feminist values. knitting is her main squeeze, but she also flirts with sewing, embroidery, mosaics, jewelry making, block printing, and polymer clay. she's also been known to cook and garden. she loves a good thrift shop, teapots, and her boyfriend kellen.

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