Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Questionnaire for Ravelry Summer of Love Swap

Do you knit or crochet?
For our purposes here, let's just say I crochet. (I have knit something in my lifetime but it may be another half century before I venture to knit again.)

How long have you been at your craft?
Half a century give or take a decade or so. (I learned when I was 5 but I guess I've only actively crocheted for about 6 years in all that time.)

Do you spin? What type of spinning?
Not the kind of spinning you're talking about!

What are your favorite yarns/fibers?
I haven't had enough experience with enough yarns to say! I'm kind of new to yarn snobbery. I hate to admit this, but I'm most used to "plain wrap" yarn like good ol' Red Heart acrylic. That doesn't necessarily mean I like it all that much. I just haven't ventured into the exotics too much yet.

What are your least favorite yarns/fibers?
Wool, cobweb mohair and bedspread cotton. (Actually, I really like wool but I'm allergic to it. Whenever I break down and use it, I regret it.)

What are your favorite colors?
Depends on what I'm making. I love heather-y colors. My personal palette is Spring/Autumn line, so black and white are out. But most of my crocheting is for others, so I can get excited about any color.

What are your least favorite colors?
In general, non-colors like neutrals, black, white, beige (but see below re the 200 squares.) I'm not fond of maroon.

Are there any yarns/brands that you are dying to work with but never have?
See "favorite yarns" question, above. I've also got a crochet project in mind (a toy, actually) that calls for colorful self-striping sock yarn.

What is/are your favorite types of projects to knit/crochet?
Wearable stuff for babies and children and scarves/hats for BFFs (I make BFFs too easily to have just one) and toys.

What are you currently working on?
A puffy poncho for a child; a purse for a child and booties. Lots and lots of booties.

Anything you plan to work on this summer?
Cotton booties and caps for babies on life support in the hospital and cotton wash cloths.
(NOTE: I have plenty of cotton and acrylic yarn for these projects. I don't need any more.)

I'm also in the 200 squares group on Ravelry and we're crocheting 200 squares. I haven't got the yarn for it yet, but I'm leaning toward earth tones (brown, camel) plus aqua, cornflower and navy blues as accents in Vanna's Choice yarn. I don't think there's a dye lot so I can get the yarn piecemeal. (Hint)

Then there are the triplets for whom I'm making lacy ponchos (see Ravelry queue). I think I'm going to use the fuschia fuzzy acrylic I have in my stash for those.

What is your favorite FO? (Post a pic if you would like.)
The baby cap pictured above. Also see my flickr photostream.

What is your oldest UFO?
A pair of baby booties for a the kid for whom I'm making the poncho. She has a little sister now.

Are there any techniques that you want to learn?
Yes. There's a way to do something that looks like Fair Isle in crochet using the afghan/Tunisian stitch. I'd like to do that. I'd also like to do free-form crocheting but I'm giving myself a few years to learn that. And I'll ignore my allergy to wool because I really want to learn to felt.

Are you on Ravlery? What's your ID?
Yes. Myownigloo

Are you a sock knitter?
No. I am a sock (ahem) crocheter.

What are your foot measurements?
Size 8.5 shoe

Do you collect anything?
Besides dust? I'd like to collect interesting egg cups, but I only have two plain ones right now.

I like penguins, but don't want any that aren't practical (IOW, no stuffed animals or knickknacks). Anything penguin themed that isn't Christmasy but can be used for something (ice cream scoop, pencil sharpener, pens, mouse pads, stud earring, etc.), I'm all over it!

Ditto ladybugs.

Ditto jellyfish.

Do you have a yarn winder and/or swift?
No, neither. I live in a very small apartment. OTOH, I could certainly use a swift if it folds up flat and goes into a closet.

Do you love sweets? What are your favorites?
I hate all sweets except those start with the letters C-h and end with the letters L-A-T-E. Oh, and tiramisu and Napoleons and coffee ice cream and of course pecan pie. Then there's Red Vines and Goobers and M&Ms and Snickers... (See allergies below).

What are your favorite scents?
Truly natural fragrances are okay. Rosewater, lavendar, sandalwood, essential oils, etc. No perfumes, please (allergies and asthma).

Where do you keep your needles/hooks?
I have a roll-up case that I ordered from eBay but I haven't received it yet to see whether it will be sufficient. I also keep an assortment of totes and little bags for supplies in a bin under my bed and throw them away when they wear out. And I'm hard on them, so I'm always in the market for a cute project tote.

Do you have a wishlist (Amazon, Etsy, etc?)
Not that it's all that relevant here, but: Amazon.

Even better: DaWanda and Etsy, too!

Having a birthday this summer?
Nope. I just had it on May 16. But I like unbirthday presents just fine and my wedding anniversary is June 25.

Are you allergic to anything?
Allergic to perfume-y stuff like sachets, soaps, perfumes, candles, but unscented are okay. Wool and I don't always get along, but the softer alpacas and mohairs, etc., are OK. And truth be told --

(I'm having a hard time typing this. The little devil on my shoulder is fighting with the little angel.)

-- I am pre-diabetic.

(I can't believe I said that!)

(Ouch! Don't hit me!)

No sweets for me, eh?

Suggested alternatives to sweets:
coffee beans
herbal teas
spices and meat rubs (I like to cook)
wasabi peas
lime-chili peanuts and cashews from Trader Joe's
Teeccino (I like all flavors)
dark chocolate with 72% cocoa (in very small quantities)

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