Okay, here we go with the secret pal Q&A.
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely not like?
I love natural materials, be it wool, silk, linen, cotton. I’m a sucker for tweed and variegated yarns of any kind. I don’t particularily go for glitzy, fuzzy, slick novelty stuff, tape yarn or squeaky polyacryl.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I have my circular needles ordered by size in zip-lock bags stored in a ring binder. My dpns and hooks reside in a little case originally intended for cosmetic stuff.
3. How long have you been knitting? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I’ve been knitting practically all my life. I cannot remember when I learned, maybe when I was 7 or 8? That would add up to nearly 20 years a knitter now, wow.
As for skill levels, I don’t believe in any of these labels. If you can knit and purl you can do anything, assuming you are motivated and don’t shy from a bit of research and good old trial and error. Other people might consider me an advanced knitter, looking at my projects.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes, it’s at amazon.de.
5. What’s your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
I like vanilla, light flowery scents, green tea, lavender if it’s not too heavy.
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Guilty as charged 😉 I do love M&M’s Peanut Butter. Mean thing is, they are not distributed in Germany, or Europe for that matter. How do I know? Well, I wrote a letter to Mars Inc, of course. As for the rest, well, keep an eye on your gummy bear stash, or it’s gone faster than you can blink 😉 And did you say you’ve got dark chocolate anywhere?!
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I do cross stitch from time to time, got into spinning some time ago and of course am hooked now and on the odd occasion that the muse strikes I even grab a crochet hook and do some crochet. I’m not of a crocheter, though.
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I like the singer/songwriter kind of music. Take Tori Amos or Jack Johnson for an example. On the other hand I can appreciate a good Garth Brooks album or some well done rock. On the readio I usually listen to my favourite classical station. I can play MP3s and even own a little iPod Shuffle.
9. What’s your favorite color? Or–do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can’t stand?
I am a “cool summer” girl. That means everything I wear has to have a blueish undertone, from cool pinks and reds, purples, to all kinds of blues, turquoise and a few rare green tones. I really can’t pull off any yellow, orange and most the natural earthy colours. You so don’t want to see me in olive green or anything like that, I swear.
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Married, no kids, no pets. Or do the dust bunnies count?! 😉
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Yes to the first three items. Not sure about the ponchos. I haven’t had one since I was a little kid.
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I love knitting lace shawls. They are so rewarding, beautiful and size doesn’t matter. Socks are a good thing, too.
13. What are you knitting right now?
More than one pair of socks, a lace shawl, a summer raglan t-shirt for me and there is still an unfished Rogue waiting to get done. I probably forgot something or other here.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
I certainly do.
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Thumbs up for circs. They are a fabulous invention. I choose material according to the yarn and the project I’m working on. Slippery yarn and Addi Turbos are a nightmarish combination, in my experience.
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Nope. But I’ve got a niddy-noddy and a nostepinne.
17. How did you learn to knit?
My non-knitting grandma taught me, because I was getting on her nerves while being ill or spending holidays with her – I can’t really remember anymore. Thing I know is, though, I had never seen this grandma knit anything in my whole life but she obviously knew how to do it, since she managed to teach me. My paternal grandma was – and still is – always whipping up some knitted thingie, only, she didn’t have the patience to teach anyone. She would drive you nuts with the fast speech and the funky explanations 😉
18. How old is your oldest UFO?
Oh well, there is still this bouclé sweater, waiting for some sleeves. Is it 2 years old, or going on 3? I really can’t tell.
19. What is your favorite holiday?
Every holiday is a good holiday, as long as it’s getting me a day off from work 😉
20. Is there anything that you collect?
I’m not a collector per se, but I do have an little assortment of drop spindles accumulated by now. And does yarn count? Oh, and what about the knitting and handcrafts books taking up shelf after shelf? Yeah, well, you know how it is…
21. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I’ve got Interweave Knits and Spin-Off. I would dearly love to get my hands on a skein of Koigu sock yarn or some Cherry Tree Hill sock or lace weight yarn.
22. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?
I learn as I go along. Projects are chosen for their appeal not the technique used or the skill level given. I’ve only taken one knitting class in my life so far and that was because I wanted to meet the infamous Horst Schultz in real life.
23. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes, yes, yes! And can I say yes? My shoe size is a european size 42 (28 cm long). My feet are a bit on the narrow side considering the size but I usually can’t wear short row heels. They are too tight across the span.
24. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)