Thursday, September 15, 2005


First, now that I know that my Secret Pal 5 Pal got her final package, I can say that it was knitting dentist Aimee. And I owe a huge thanks to Melissa, who sent me such lovely gifties, and who, randomly, is also a Massachusetts girl like me! Thanks Melissa!

Update: As of this morning, my secret sock pal has also recieved her socks--very impressive, USPS, less than a week to get to.....Norway! My pal was Helene, and you should really go look at her blog--she is an amazing knitter (I was so intimidated at the thought of knitting for her!), and does traditional Viking crafts as well! (Plus she blogs in English as well as Norwegian.)

And, with apologies to my new Secret Pal 6 Pal for not posting it sooner, here's an updated version of the SP questionnaire:

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 & strength.

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 love the Warm Vanilla Sugar line at Bath & Bodyworks, and anything citrus-scented, esp. grapefruit, is yummy.

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?
Right now I am absolutely obsessed with fall colors--spiced orange, blackberry, moss greens, deep reds. Yay fall! Not loving yellow, or super-bright colors.

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.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Just me and the Bay.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
To finish a goddamn sweater for MYSELF!!! (still.) 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. And cotton makes my hands hurt. Man, am I fussy.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
Socks! And cables.

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?
Cozy, from Knitty; the other half of a pair of Broadripples; and a mysterious sweater.

18. What do you think about ponchos?
Over. So sayeth Manolo.

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?
3.5 years and counting! Hate you To Dye For!

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

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.

29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another??
Not really...maybe the Almost Argyle socks from KnitPicks?

30. What are your foot measurements, and what kind of socks do you like?
I like all the socks! But I am too lazy to go measure my foot right now...if you really want to knit me a pair of socks let me know and I'll send the measurements!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good news - your socks are finished and freshly washed!!

Bad news - They are SATURATED and need a day or two to dry before I can safely pack them up.

Cant wait to send them off to you.

Have a great day,
Your Sockpal

9/15/2005 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Cordelia said...

#7. Amen. Although I think I once read a SP questionnaire where the person did _not_ have a sweet tooth. For me, that's kind of like meeting someone who doesn't like chocolate. Not "prefers something else" but "doesn't like."
#9. Snorting so as to not laugh out loud at the final aside.
#14. I hate mohair too. Why does everyone love it so?
#24. What do you like about wombats? besides the name...

9/15/2005 11:21 AM  
Blogger jodi said...

my college roommate didn't like chocolate. it was kinda good (i got all the chocolate) and kinda weird (i like to commiserate over chocolate!!!).

a, we loooove the decemberists over here. and i hate mohair too. actually, reading that makes me glad i never passed on that extra wool i had to you...i'm fairly certain i haven't used it because it's mohair. i made owen a scarf a few years back and it sheds everywhere...

when we were flying back from the UK in august, the in-flight entertainment included a nature show about people in australia who fostered abandoned baby wombats. the human wombat mama had to carry her wombat in a little pouch and had to feed her little milk bottles. you should think about that if the academic career gets boring. i can see you being a wombat mama.

9/19/2005 10:11 PM  

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