Saturday, August 30, 2008

No More Humdrum Mittens Swap Three

They’re Back!

After a wonderful mitten swap this past Winter/Spring, I’ve signed up for No More Humdrum Mittens Swap Three. And, I’ve enticed another local knitting pal, Norwegian-knitter-extraordinaire Vilde to join too. It may be dueling Selbu mittens at SnB soon! So, two posts in two days, I don't expect to keep this up, but here are my answers to the mitten questionnaire.

How long have you been knitting & how did you learn?
Five and a half dog years. That sounds way better than how many years since I was ten or eleven. What I remember is that we learned to knit a garter stitch square at school for a class afghan project. I learned to knit, forgot, and learned again a time or two or three. About every five years or so, I'd decide I wanted to knit something, knit it, then leave knitting alone for a while. I bought a copy of Knitting Without Tears about twenty years ago, and that was my main source of instruction for a long time. Since finding my way back to knitting, I've taken lots of classes and a couple of trips to Stitches, but most things I figure out on my own.

Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I think I'll have to say advanced. I consider myself a collector of knitting techniques, though I've rarely knit entire projects with most of them.

What are your favorite colors? Any you dislike?
Like: Purples, Blues, and Greens. Also, natural sheepy Grays, Browns, and Black. Dislike: Hunter Orange and Lemon Yellow. I like rich colors (even if they are light) better than pale pastels.

Do you like Latvian type patterns? If so, what are your favorite patterns?
Oh yes! I finally got a copy of Lizbeth Upitis’ Latvian Mittens book and though I haven't knit any, I love the motifs and color combinations. No favorites.

Do you desire mittens for yourself, your "special someone else" or your child?
For myself, please.

What is the measurement from your wrist to the tip of your longest finger?
7-1/2"

What is the circumference of your hand at it's widest point?
7-5/8"

What other things do you enjoy knitting?
Lace and socks.

What sort of needles do you enjoy working with? (straights vs circs, bamboo vs aluminum) Addi Lace circulars. Also, in my comprehensive needle collection are regular Addis and KnitPicks Options and the occasional Harmony.

What’s one project you’ve not yet tried but are dying to make?
Still have entrelac on my list of things to try that I haven't gotten around to yet.

What’s one yarn you’ve not yet tried but are dying to work with?
I’m a little curious to try CTH Possum Sock and Louet Mooi (bamboo, bison, and cashmere, what’s not to like?)

What other hobbies do you have? Do you spin? Sew? Garden? Cook?
Spinning, brand new weaver, not enough gardening (you should see the weeds this year), a little cooking, occasional beading.

Besides yarn, do you collect anything?
You mean like my new hobby of collecting looms?

What kind of goodies do you enjoy? Sweets? Salty? Anything you hate or are allergic to?
Dark Chocolate. I'm allergic to walnuts and cashews.

Do you have any kids? Pets?
Evil step-monster to four. It’s OK, they’re grown. Three cats who do like me! (local knitting friends will know why this is amusing)

What is your favorite part of Winter?
Clear skies and bare lacy tree branches.

What is your least favorite part of Winter?
Freezing drizzle.