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May 24, 2005

SP5, this is for you!

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?
sort of, well, yes! i do prefer high quality and natural fibers basically because i feel that if i’m going to invest my time into making something, i’d rather want to work with the yarn that i love. then again, there are some nice novelty yarns there that i may try one day, depending on the project! bottom line is, i don’t like yarns you can find at walmart!

2. do you spin? crochet?
i don’t spin (though i’d like to one day), and i crochet minimally (ie, if a project requires a crocheted edge, i would then crochet!)

3. do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
i don’t like smoke. i don’t like strong perfume of any sort. i am allergic to pollen (not fun).

4. how long have you been knitting?
i learned how to knit in 96, but i only started knitting seriously a couple years ago.

5. do you have an amazon or other online wish list?
i have a wish list with amazon containing mostly knitting books!

6. what's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
hmm… as a victim of believing in quality life, i’m kind to my body (read: i like scents that are not synthetic). i’m very particular as to where i purchase my scented products from. i like lavender, floral scents from aveda, and the lovely shea butter (or anything) scents from l’occitane. (yes, i’m spoiled! my husband knows that).

7. do you have a sweet tooth?
actually, no. i don’t like chocolate, candies or even cakes (exception to crème brulee). i don’t snack. but, i’m an epicurean! i believe in good food.

8. what other crafts or do-it-yourself things do you like to do?
none, really! knitting is basically it!

9. what kind of music do you like? can your computer/stereo play mp3s?
not really into music, (you must think i’m whacked!!), actually, let me rephrase, i don’t like pop-music and i don’t really listen to music much. however, i like jazz, musicals and cello (big yo-yo ma fan). music to me is a very personal thing, it’s hard for me to categorize as to what kind i like. i know it when i hear it.

10. what's your favorite color? or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? any colors you just can't stand?
creamy white, the whole spectrum of whites (beige, ivory, taupe, soft grey (maybe a bit stretching here). i also like other colors, such as deep reds, soft yellows, olives, blues and pinks. i’m not too crazy with the teal or purple-ish. then again, it really depends on the project.

11. what is your family situation? do you have any pets?
a great loving husband and three wild calico cats.

12. what are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, i know)
depending on the day! all knitters want to have their own yarn shops so that was mine at some point! i’d love to have a job that allows me to travel all the time, to wear fabulous clothes and to take lots of vacations! but i think at the end i just want to be content to what i have, healthy and happy!

13. what is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
hmm… so far, anything rowan (i’m a rowan junkie). i like alpaca/wool blend a lot. i have not yet tried cashmere but i think i’d love that, too.

14. what fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
100% acrylic, nylon or synthetic froufrou sparkling fur yarn!! i’m not into itchy scratchy yarns either, doesn’t matter if it’s wool. come to think of it, i don’t like single ply wool yarns that felts too easily.

15. what is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
cotton yarns! i would love to make cotton tops for the summer. i have yet to do that! rowan calmer is my current fascination!

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

oh, so many! cardigans, sweaters (not tunic, though), summer tops. i recently started sock knitting! love that! sock yarns are so deliciously beautiful!

17. what are you knitting right now?
will be starting the sherbert (wave) skirt from ik spring, couple unfinished projects including a baby cardigan for a friend and a pair of socks for my dad.

18. what do you think about ponchos?
i can’t say i do. i’m quite petite so ponchos may make me to like a walking umbrella. then again, i can always make one to my liking.

19. do you prefer straight or circular needles?
both, depending on the project.

20. bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
i like bamboo needles, been dying to get some lantern moon needles (sp5, are you listening?!). i don’t like plastic, but i do like the denise interchangeables. i am neutral towards the aluminum ones

21. are you a sock knitter?

22. how did you learn to knit?
my mum taught me!

23. how old is your oldest ufo?
several months! i don’t like to keep a project hanging.

24. what is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
betty boop! she is so cute!

25. what is your favorite holiday?
christmas and i love it for santa claus, not for religious reasons!

26. is there anything that you collect?
not really. if you must, i love yarns (surprise!). actually, i am starting a collection of knitting magazines and books.

27. what knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
i have rowan and interweave.

28. any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
loop d loop by teva durham! i would love to have the tendances magazine, noro and jaeger! and i would love to get a classic pattern book jm08 from jaeger so i can work on highgate (inspired by sweetgeorgia)!


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Love your SP5 answers! Thanks also for your nice comments about my blog pictures.. I posted the first one just for yoU!

I just discovered your blog. So charming. Love the red socks!