Secret Pal #10 (revisited)

I am going to join this Secret Pal # 10 and the rules say that you have to answer the questionaire and have the answers posted on your blog, so here goes:

#1. What is your favorite yarn to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *NOT* like? I like all yarns that are natural fibers. I have been using some bamboo Tofutsies lately that I like, a lot, or at least since I got the yarn vomit cleaned up. I don’t like the novelty yarns very much and absolutely abhor one type of moda dea yarn that has tinsel running through it that I used to make a scarf for my sister.

#2. What do you store your needles/hooks in? I store my knitpicks in the case they came in. My straight single points are in the top tray of my stash box and my crochet hooks are in my large knitting bag. DH has said that he will make me a needle case with leather on the outside…we’ll see.

#3. How long have you been knitting and where did you learn? Do you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I have been knitting off and on for 30 years. I learned in junior high home ec class and would consider that I am an advanced beginner. I am game to try anything as long as it contains knits or purls and working some of the things I have lately, and successfully, yo, ssk, ssks…etc..

#4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? I do have an Amazon wish list that actually has some knitting books on it and can be found at spoons34595@mypacks.net on amazon.

#5. What’s your favorite scent? I love the scent of English Lavender and vanilla, but my favorite perfume is an Irish perfume called Inis. It’s clean and crisp.

#6. Do you have a sweet tooth? What’s your favorite candy? A little bit of a sweet tooth. Chocolate of course, but DARK chocolate. LOL

#7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I like to sew, plan for building our house and decorate. I do spin, although I haven’t since we have been on the truck. I own a wheel and will again when our house is built.

#8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3’s (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)? I like all kinds of music. We listen to country, western, christian, Celtic, Irish, jazz, swing, 40’s, but not hard rock and especially not headbanging music.

#9. What’s your favorite color? Any color that you just can’t stand? I am partial to greens that are on the dark end of the scale and like colors that complement the greens, like browns, blues, some pale yellows. I really don’t like orange and virulent purples.

#10 What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? I am happily married to the love of my life. We own a small trucking company (1 truck and my husband drives) that we lease to a larger company. We are on the road all the time, but have Internet access most of the time and enjoy what we do. We have a Parsons Jack Russell terrier and a DS that travel with us.

#11 Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or poncho’s? I do wear scarves, hat, and mittens, but have never, and I mean never, seen the point of a poncho. I mean really….

#13 What is/are your favorite item(s) to knit? I am really liking the sock thing. I also like knitting dishcloths because they are quick and easy. They also allow you to try out different stitches and practice for a while and then be done.

#14 What are you knitting right now? I am working on a.) pair of socks made from Tofutsies yarn. They are being done Toe up on two #2 circular needles for this months Six Socks KAL. Love this style. b.) a scarf for my ds c.) a couple of dishcloths and d.) a pair of socks for my ds

#15 Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, plastic, aluminum? I have become very partial to Knit Picks options. I use them for everything because they come in so many sizes and lengths. I do have various sizes of bamboo straights and finally gave my aluminum straights to my niece.

#16 Do you have a yarn winder or a swift? I recently used a 40% off coupon to order a ball winder, but the only swift that I have is my husbands two arms, although he plans to remedy that and make me one modeled after the ones that we saw at Stitches West.

#17. How old is your oldest UFO? I have a blanket that I am working on for my ds that is several months old that is being done in crochet. The other things that I have are only a few weeks old.

#18. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas used to be my favorite holiday, but things in our family have changed so much lately that it is not the holiday that I remember. It has become stressful instead of peaceful. I do like Thanksgiving because we get to spend it with my parents and don’t have the stresses that are there when we do Christmas.

#19. Is there anything you collect? I have a rather large collection of Boyd’s Bears that is going to be liquidated when we get our container moved and I can get to the boxes. I collect Red Wing pottery, yellow ware bowls and advertising items, and crockery or pottery that is unique.

#20. Any books, yarn, needles or patterns out there that you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I would like to have some of the Austermann Step yarn in one of the natural colorways to make a pair of socks out of. I also really want the Mason Dixon Knitting book because of all of the great reviews I have read and from looking at the book. I am really spoiled and bad about just ordering what I want, although I am going to stop that so that I can give my dh something to have on my list for him to purchase. I have not subscribed to any of the knitting mags because I haven’t decided which one of the magazines I like the best.

#21. Are there any techniques that you would like to learn? I want to learn Fair Isle and steeking….but only after I get proficient at the socks that I have started to work on. Steeking scares me to death. I work so hard to get the fabric of whatever it is done so that it looks nice and then I cut into it?

#22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? I am learning to knit socks, but I have yet to take my foot measurements. I wear a size 8 shoes, and usually wear women’s medium socks.

#23. When is your birthday? My birthday is July 8th.

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