more questionnaire fun…

I can get quite addicted to these online questionnaires… maybe should set up a “meme” but I don’t want to hassle others. So, if you’re interested, why not cut and paste into your own blog or Email me if you don’t have a blog…?

This one is from Joan’s weblog (FugueStateKnits – link in the sidebar)

What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

Preferences: My all time favourite is Butterfly Super10 (known as Takhi Cotton Classic in the US) – best for me in terms of affordability, sheen and colour range. However, I’ve developed a love for Handmaiden silks (I know, not too original).

Detestable: Right now, Lang Opal. I am working with it and HATE it. I am also not fond of curlicue novelty yarns.

What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

Straight Needles (which I don’t use and haven’t for years. Will take any offers! :-D): a Toronto Public Library bookbag.

Circular Needles: a fancy sturdy shoebox (I have another one for notions. My mother works in a high-end shoestore…!)

How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

I learned to knit 25 years ago. Have been obsessive with it for the past 10 years or so. I would consider myself advanced in most regards. (perhaps, to paraphrase Joan, “pretentious advanced”.

Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

Didn’t know such a thing existed. I rarely shop on line.

What’s your favorite scent?

Vanilla; “bounce” laundry sheet smell (the regular)

Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

I have a salty tooth. When I have sweets, they are usually jelly beans/jujubes and other stuff like that. I also love Portuguese custard tarts. Not a big fan of chocolate, but don’t let me near the chip aisle in the supermarket!

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

I don’t spin (except when I’ve had one too many alcopops!). I do a bit of crochet, and have also done needlepoint tapestry and counted cross-stitch. My major alternate craft is mosaic with stained glass, tile, old plates, etc.

What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s?

I listen to a lot of greek music and classical on CBC radio. I like pretty much everything aside from rap, hip hop, opera and punk. My stereo is too antiquated for MP3s but my computer plays them. I also have an iPod nano.

What’s your favorite colour(s)?

This week, deep blues, periwinkle and purple. Last week, scarlet and orange. Next week… who knows?

Any colors you just can’t stand?

beige, yellowy-toned greens.

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

“married but not churched” for the past 3-odd years with JJ (not that they’ve been odd except where my behaviour is concerned). No kids and no desire to have kids. No pets. Just the yarn. I would perhaps have a bird but am too careless re. leaving windows open in the apartment.

Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

I wear scarves and hats for much of the year. Mittens: no. Ponchos: none too flattering for a 5’1″ individual, so no.

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

Depends on the day of the week. Overall, I really like knitting blankets, actually.

What are you knitting right now?

Finishing the Goddess tank from Stitch Diva at present (with the dreaded Lang Opal yarn). Also working on a log cabin using scraps and one-skeins from the stash. Next project after the Goddess is done: the Montego Bay scarf from IK Summer 07.

Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

Depends on what the gift is, doesn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

circular (I can’t see ever using straights again). Bamboo or AddiTurbo, depending upon the type of yarn.

Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

No. JJ helps out in a pinch!

How old is your oldest UFO?

1 year or so old.

What is your favorite holiday?

Any holiday that lets me stay home from work with pay and doesn’t involve seeing relatives
๐Ÿ˜‰

Is there anything that you collect?

Does yarn count? :-). I also collect items made from blue glass.

Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on?

If I had unlimited funds, I’d get every size of needle that Addi Turbo sells. Yarns: I’m intrigued by Hempathy, Needful Ceramic and cotton/linen blends but right now have a (necessary) yarn spending moratorium. Doing pretty well with pattern books right now – I just got Norah Gaughan’s Knitting Nature which I had coveted for some time.

What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

None. I buy them at the LYS. I am pretty consistent in buying IK. Other mags I only get if I see at least one “must make” pattern in it… i.e. about 1/2 to 1/3 of the time.

Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?

Lace. I’ll be starting my first lace project tomorrow if all goes well…

Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

I have knitted exactly one pair of socks. I have since divested myself of all sock yarn and sock sized needles, never to return. My foot size is 8 Cdn ladies/6 Cdn mens/37 european.

When is your birthday?

16 August (the day Elvis died, apparently, but a few years before that earth-shattering event).

Are you on Ravelry?

Yes – just got on last week. I’m KristinaB over there.

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