Sunday, June 18, 2006

Knit Sock Kit Swap Questionnaire

I'm never going to get that name right. But it doesn't matter! I have my Pal, and I'm going to visit her blog and learn more about her. Big shout out of Thank You! to Bev and Scout who are the hostesses with the mostesses for all their hard work organizing this cool swap. Here are my answers to the questionnaire: The Questionnaire: What are your favorite colors? Cobalt blue, sagey greens, bright variegated colors Are you a new sock knitter? Yes, but I LOVE it! How long have you been knitting socks? Five minutes, just kidding. Less than a month, I think. I have two finished socks (not the same pair). Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn? For sock yarn, probably multi-colored What fibers do you prefer in sock yarn? So far I've tried only superwash wool, but I have some merino waiting to be knit. Merino is yummy! Where do you usually knit socks? On my couch or my bed, but anywhere I have a minute to knit. How do you usually carry/store small projects? In the smallest tote bag I have--a leopard spotted one like my Bengal cat. What are your favorite sock knitting patterns? I've tried two so far--Sally Melville's simple sock pattern and Grumperina's Jaywalkers. I've been downloading any cute free patterns I saw. I want to try lace socks. What are your favorite sock knitting techniques? So far, just top down with DPNs. What new techniques would you like to try? 2socks, 2circs, Magic Loop, toe up, whatever else anyone wants to teach me! Do you prefer circulars or dpns for sock knitting? As I mentioned above, I've tried DPNs but want to learn with circs too. What are some of your favorite yarns? Handmaiden, Malabrigo, Mama-E's, and my newest love Fiddlesticks What yarn do you totally covet? My angelic OSSP gave me my coveted Sea Silk, so my new yearning would have to be hand-dyed sock yarn or lace yarn or Handmaiden's 4ply silk/cashmere yarn. Oh, and how could I forget? Koigu sock yarn. Yummmm. Decadent, I know. Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object? One I just found was Handmaiden's Silk/Cashmere anklets. But honestly I'm so new at this that I'd welcome any and all suggestions. Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)? For sock knitting, I've used only Crystal Palace bamboo which has worked well. I'm itching for Addi Turbos in tiny sizes. Open to suggestions from a more experienced sock knitter! If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be? I'd love to fancy myself something gorgeous and exotic, but more realistically I'm a multicolored sock yarn--soft, but stronger than it looks, just try breaking it with your fingers ;) Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack? The only candy I won't eat is black licorice or that yukky lavender stuff. LOVE dark chocolate. What’s your favorite animal? cats and dogs Do you have pets? cats and dogs, hmmm, is there a pattern here? What are their species/names/ages? A thirteen-year old Yorkie named Gino who thinks he's a cat. An eight-year old black American shorthaired male cat named Velvet who thinks he's a human, or a dog, or whatever will score him food. And two one-year old male Bengal cats who think they are God's gift to everyone. And they are. If you were a color what color would you be? Something blue, like the sea, that changes with my mood. Describe your favorite shirt (yours or someone else’s).. A plain t-shirt that fits and isn't stained, dirty or too wrinkled--usually black. What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature? That question is way too hard to narrow down! Lately, I am most taken with the place where the sky and land meet (isn't always horizon). Like the contrast of vivid green trees against a cloudless blue sky. Awesome. Tell me the best quote you’ve ever heard or read. Another toughie! The one that comes to mind is "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.” I love that one. Do you have a wishlist? I have a million, but one that's actually organized in one place? Check out Amazon. Anything else you’d like to share with the group today? Just a huge thank you to Bev and Scout for dreaming this up. It's a great challenge for me to (yikes, scary) design and make a bag (or to try to follow a pattern to make a bag).

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