Thursday, May 11, 2006

One Skein Secret Pal

I have signed up for the secret pal exchange based on the One Skein book, so I need to post my answers to the questions. Last summer I did Secret Pal 5 and it was lots of fun. I signed up for this exchange because it takes a lot of the "did I send enough?" "is it the right kind of stuff to send?" uncertainty out of it. A skein and a letter in June, a skein and a letter in July, a finished product (made from one skein) with a letter in August. Seems pretty simple.

And now, onto the questions: I realize that all of these aren't answered. 14 questions is a lot of question answering. But I'll keep coming back to this post until its complete.
  1. Which yarn is most like your personality (you can be specific or general with your answer- brand, type, color, fiber, whatever)?

  2. What is your favorite color yarn to knit with?
  3. Definitely yarns on the red-purple-blue end of the spectrum.
  4. Have you ever used variegated, or magic, yarns?
  5. Yes, and I love them. Koigu, Lorna's Laces, self-striping sock yarn, I am easily entertained by changing yarn colors.
  6. Do you tend to favor certain fibers when choosing yarns?
  7. I tend towards some amount of wool content, and I find softness to be an important attribute (i.e. alpaca and angora). Surprisingly, I don't think that I've ever used yarn with silk in it.
  8. Do you prefer to work with center-pull or traditionally wound balls of yarn?
  9. Center-pull all the way baby. I have a swift from Dragonfly Turnings and a standard blue ballwinder and a nostepinne. I have no interest in traditionally wound balls of yarn.
  10. Have you ever worked with organic yarns or are you interested in trying them?
  11. I swatched the organic cotton from elann, but in general, I have very little interest in organic yarn. I like supporting small businesses, cottage industries and the like, but organiz seems unnecessary to be a good yarn, so I don't really look for it.
  12. How many and what projects have you made in the last year?

  13. Will you be knitting any gifts this year?
  14. absolutely. I love knitting gifts, and people keep having babies, so I keep making the baby booties from Last Minute Knitted Gifts using Lorna's Laces Angel yarn. Other than that, its mostly Xmas gifts for my mom, dad and sister, thought I always have ideas for gifts that I don't get to.
  15. What is your favorite one skein project?
  16. From the book? Well, I've made the petal bib and I'm working on the bath mat, but what I really want to make in the future are the tank top, cabled footies and well, I like pretty much everything in the book. Other kinds of projects with one skein of yarn? Well, hats and mittens and socks are all fun to make, and if the skein is big enough, just about anything could be made with just one
  17. How much yarn do you have in your stash and how do you store it?
  18. It isn't polite to ask a lady her age, so why ask a knitter about her stash? Well, actually, I don't know how much yarn I have, but I am switching rooms in the next few weeks, so I will do a bit of stash-inventory then. I store it in baskety-bins on a shelf and ziplock bags and plastic shoebox size boxes and on those wire "crate"-type snap together shelves. Pretty much wherever it won't get in the way.
  19. Do you have a yarn in your stash that you love so much you can never use it or part with it?
  20. That would be a NO. Yarn is for knitting. Even if it won't be knit for a long time. Its a processing and reconciliation backlog. My imagination is a faster knitter than I am.
  21. Do you knit less or differently in the summer?
  22. Not currently. I try to have a balance between physical and mental stimulation. When I was in school (primarily brain work) I would knit lots, and then in the summer I would be actually working, so I would read more. I didn't need the physical stimulation before. Now, I work as a project manager, in an office, so I have more of a drive to knit year-round. And in the summer, I can knit on the porch, which is nice. Rambling enough for you?
  23. Do you belong to any knitting groups (online or offline)?
  24. I am a member of the Windy City Knitting Guild, knit with friends in the evenings (shoutout to Lacey and Anne) and I read Livejournal Knitting regularly (though I don't post)

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