Thursday, May 26, 2005

Boring, unless you're my Secret Pal

Hooo boy I have been a bad little blogger lately. Seriously, after all that time sitting at my computer trying to finish the diss, I have wanted nothing more than to be OUT of the office and AWAY from the computer. Which is not conducive to blogging. Also, I was waiting to have some non-boring progress shots of the Regency Defense Shrug to show, but they will have to wait for tomorrow, because I just got an email from my brand-new Secret Pal, reminding me to post my Secret Pal Questionnaire. So here it is!

(Haven't signed up for SP5 yet? You've got until 5/29!)

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
I am indeed a bit of a snob. Not, like, a total snobby-snob-only-use-rowan brand-snob (Knitpicks? Elann? Bring it on!), but an all-natural-fibers snob (for the most part—see my recent love affair with the 25% acrylic Calmer). For sock yarns I don’t mind a little unnatural mixed in, for stretch.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
Smoke makes me sneezy and cranky, heavy perfumes make me headachy.

4. How long have you been knitting?
Since 2002

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yep—one at Amazon and one at (both lists are general wishes, not secret-pal oriented necessarily).

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

I prefer more subtle scents for bath/body type product—the Warm Vanilla Sugar line at Bath & Bodyworks is really the only scented stuff I use, and not that often at that.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?

Does this question even need to be asked?

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

I am trying to kick my sewing into gear—but beyond that, I try not to develop more hobbies because I barely have enough time for this one!

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

Yes, my computer can play mp3s. I don’t know how to reliably describe my musical tastes generically—pop, but not top-40 radio pop. Post-White Stripes rock & roll-y pop, brit pop, alt country pop. Austin City Limits Festival pop. That sort of thing. Lately, The Shins, Franz Ferdinand, Beck, Belle& Sebastian, the Decemberists, The Postal Service. (Apparently if it’s on one of the O.C. compilations, I’ll like it. I’m such a moody teenage boy.)

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 really can’t stand most yellows, and I don’t tend to have a lot of use for bright red or blue. Overall I tend to prefer more muted colors—think Rowan or Debbie Bliss palettes—with the occasional pop of vibrant pink, apple green, or orange.

Generally, I tend not to like variegated yarns all that much, except for in small things like socks, and even then, I prefer the colors to be pretty close to each other. The Dissertation Socks are a good example.

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

My family is me and one bratty but adorable dog.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)

To finish a goddamn sweater for MYSELF!!! And wear it on a nature cruise to Alaska.

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

Koigu, Calmer and Debbie Bliss’s Alpaca Silk have been recent favorites. To no one’s surprise, really.

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

Mohair. HATE YOU MOHAIR. And it’s not a fiber so much as a weight, but laceweight and I don’t have a lot of use for each other. Also novelty yarns and I don’t really get along so well.

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

Socks! And knitted toys.

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

Hmm. Socks and Shedir have been my favorite knits of late.

17. What are you knitting right now?

The Regency Defense Shrug and Via Diagonale.

18. What do you think about ponchos?

So on the fence. Let’s just say that I didn’t take Manolo’s pledge, but I didn’t knit myself one either. But now it’s moot because it is summer, and shrugs, shrugs, shrugs are the new ponchos. And for the record I on the shrug bandwagon.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

Circs. But it depends on the project a little.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

Depends on the project. Most of my needles are bamboo, but sometimes you want the speed of aluminum. However I hate metal dpns with a deathly hatred.

22. How did you learn to knit?

My mom and my aunt taught me.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?

3 years and counting! Hate you To Dye For!

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

I’m not really into animated characters, although I do have a soft spot for classic pooh and Hobbes. Favorite animal? You want me to pick one? When there are koalas and dik-diks and manatees and aardvarks and chipmunks and armadillos and the Asiatic Raccoon Dog in the world? Generally speaking if it is a mammal I am fond of it. Except for naked mole rats, which give me the willies.

25. What is your favorite holiday?

Christmas, hands-down.

26. Is there anything that you collect?

No. And yet my house is so full of crap. Whyyyyy?

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

Interweave Knits.

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?

They’re on the wishlists.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

got it! Thanks!!!!

5/26/2005 10:26 PM  
Anonymous Cordelia said...

I agree with you about acrylics; p'raps I should take a look at the Calmer. :-) Those are some fun animals! I have to go look up the Asiatic Racoon Dog now.

5/27/2005 1:54 PM  

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