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Sunday, August 05, 2007
  Secret Pal 11- Questionnaire
It's that time again; I'm so excited! My answers haven't changed much since last time around, but here's my fresh questionaire.
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Let me just come out and say that I am not a yarn snob. I think every yarn has it's purpose. That said, I like natural fibers, especially wool (Wool of the Andes and Lamb's Pride are favorites). I love alpaca and silk. I like trying new, fun yarns as well.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
My straights and circs are in wine bottle holders, my dpns are in a pretty glass.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I've been knitting for about 4 and a half years. I taught myself using pages ripped from a Martha Stewart Living. I'd say I'm an adventerous intermediate with advanced tendencies. ;)

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
The link to my amazon wishlist is in my sidebar.

5. What's your favorite scent?
I love baking scents like vanilla, clove, cinnamon, and "sugar" scents. I also like clean scents like "fresh cotton" types, and most floral scents in they're not too dizzying.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I have a wicked sweet tooth. I love chocolate. I'm not huge on sours, though.

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I sew, embroider, make jewelry, mosaic, block print, print gocco, make soap, play with polymer clay, paint, and occasionally put out a zine. I'm learning to spin.

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 70's and 90's punk, indie, and indiepop, and folkpunk. and cheesy 80's pop. a few of my favorite bands are listeded in my profile. and yes, I can play mp3s.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
I love pink, purple, blue, black...reds, greens. Brights and jewel tones. I don't really have a color I can't stand. Even if it's not my favorite color, chances are I can think of a good project to use it in.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I live in an apartment with my darling boyfriend (who crochets). My parents are separated and live 45 minutes south of me, as do my older brother (25) and younger brother (11). I can't have pets in my apt, but my chihuahua, cat, and turtle live with my mom.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
All of the above except ponchos. And I'm not really anti-poncho, I just haven't found one that tickled my fancy.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
socks, lace, anything cabled or fair isle. hats. I'm currently working on two sweaters. I like trying new things.

13. What are you knitting right now?
Two sweaters (one for kellen and one for a secret christmas present) and that's about it. I have a Mon Petit Chou hibernating. I usually have a pair of socks on the needles, too, but I just finished some.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Of course!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I like both straights and circs depending on the job. I usually use aluminum, but bamboo or other wooden ones are great too. I've never met a plastic needles I could stand, but they might exist...

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
yes, and yes. (Thanks, Kellen!)

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
Less than a year. I had a purging session not long ago.

18. What is your favorite holiday?
Halloween, but I really love Christmas because it involves knitting gifts! Thanksgiving is a favorite too. Anything with family and food.

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Teapots and tea! Knitting books, and things with bees, lately.

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 have a subscription to Interweave. I can't think of any needles or patterns I have my eye on. I've been eyeing the Felted Hedgehog from Fiber Trends and the Wicked Sweater from Zephyr Style. The books I want are on my wishlist.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Steeking. I'd like to get better at intarsia. I haven't knit a sock from the toe up, yet...

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes. I usually fit a women's M. My foot is about 9" long, about 8 1/2" at the instep and calf.

23. When is your birthday?
May 13th.

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?
I am. My name is Violet on there. go figure. ;)


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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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