We received our One Skein secret pal assignments today — here are my answers to the questionnaire, in case you’re interested…or in case you’re my pal. Hello, pal!
- Which yarn is most like your personality? Sari silk. It’s handspun, it’s composed of a billion different colors and strands, all with their own individual thing going on, yet melded together into one gorgeous ball of fluff. Not to imply that I’m a bit of fluff…oh never mind. You know what I mean.
- What is your favorite color yarn to knit/crochet with? I am a sucker for greens, particularly chartreuse-y and olive-y greens. As a matter of fact, I recently collected a bunch of oddballs, single skeins, etc in this color range from the stash and am knitting a Fair Isle-ish/Bohus knitting-ish cardi out of it. I also have a full bag of lettuce-y Tahki Donegal Tweed waiting to become Rogue. (The variant with the tree, from the Livejournal Advanced Knitting community). I also love greens paired with purple…see this? I dyed that, and Jillian spun it. Good example. I recently broke down and bought boucle and bulky in Lettuce Violet…it wants to be a cardigan yoke, I know it does.
- Have you ever used variegated, or magic, yarns? Variegated, yes, particularly handpainted. Magic, no…when I think magic yarn, I think socks, and I’m not really a sock-y person, knitting wise.
- Do you tend to favor certain fibers when choosing yarns? Wool, wool, wool, wool, wool, wool, wool, please. Merino and Corriedale, in particular. Alpaca blended in if I’m feeling saucy. Almost never anything synthetic. (Tencel and other mix-ins don’t count. Rarely do I like angelina or shiny things, but I did just buy some Noro Aurora, so there goes that taboo. Hey, it was grey, purple and green, my favorites!)
- Do you prefer to work with center-pull or traditionally wound balls of yarn? Depends. Do I have to wind them? I have a ball winder but no swift at the moment, so I usually resort to wound balls.
- Have you ever worked with organic yarns or are you interested in trying them? Yes, and yes. Particularly cool blends, like wool/hemp.
- How many and what projects have you made in the last year? Counting book-related projects? Oh gosh, who knows? A lot.
- Will you be knitting any gifts this year? Probably. But I’m also of the opinion it’s time to knit something for myself for the first time in forever.
- What is your favorite one skein project? Hats. I’m a total Hat Person. Matter of fact, I’d never knitted a scarf until last year, and that was for the first Knitgrrl book!
- How much yarn do you have in your stash and how do you store it? No idea, but it’sÂ locked in an old, 5-ft-tall heavy metal 1940s filing cabinet, as well as various baskets, IKEA hanging shelves and everywhere it can be safely stowed away from the cat. Who, inevitably, finds a loose ball somewhere and drags it to other locations in the house. He once took a ball all the way from the basement to the second floor, winding it around furniture along the way.
- Do you have a yarn in your stash that you love so much you can never use it or part with it? I can be pretty sentimental about tiny bits of handspun I’ve done that I really like, but I’m usually pretty open to parting with it if the project is right.
- Do you knit less or differently in the summer? Not a bit — I knit just as much, and all the same stuff, i.e. wool.
- Do you belong to any knitting groups (online or offline)? Yes! Advanced Knit on Livejournal, the TNNA Designers group, Knit Publish and Knit Design, SnB groups in Boston, Chicago & Cleveland, Knitty’s mailing lists, Knitter’s Review forums…I think that’s all!