Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Punk Rock Gift Exchange Questionnaire

In which you learn more about me than you ever wanted to know...

1) How long have you been spinning/Knitting/Crocheting?
Both crocheting and knitting since I was very, very young. I’m a total nerd and I’m not putting the number of years, it depresses me too much.

2) Do you consider yourself a beginner, novice, or experienced Yarn Artist?
I would say intermediate. Some days maybe advanced intermediate, but I still have those days sometimes where I feel like I’m definitely back to being a beginner.

3) What type of fibers have you worked with?
All types, I prefer the basic wools and cottons, etc to eyelash-y, novelty stuff. As for what I use and buy the most it would definitely be like Cascade 220, Brown Sheep, Knitpicks stuff, sock yarn. Oooh, I also love to knit dishcloths and washcloths so I love the Lily and sugar and cream stuff too. It comes in like a gazillion colors and you can make something really cool and useful for $1.49.

4) What types are you dying to try?
Hmm. Well, I’ll try any sock yarn once, especially koigu, I’ve never tried it and I hear it has magical properties. I also love Knitpicks and have not puchased anything from the new fall line yet and it all looks pretty good to me.

5) Are you allergic to anything, (Fibers, Food, Smells that make you want to puke, etc.)?

6) Do you have any Disorders, ex: Diabetes?
Not at the moment. My job really, really sucks, does that qualify?

7) What is your Favorite Time/Style period, ex: Romatic, Grecian,Metal, Goth,etc?
Wow that’s a tough question. I really, really, really love black and white photography from any era. I’m just a big vintage photo person, not sure why. I really like art deco stuff, but then again I also always really love renaissance paintings and sculptures too. I also graduated high school in 1993 and I’m always nostalgic for that alternative/grunge era. I miss seeing jeans and flannel shirts being worn on the red carpet at awards ceremonies.

8) What fibers do you dislike?
Fun Fur!!!! Old crunchy acrylics like the kind people find from 20 years ago and give you. But believe it or not I find new, nice acrylics (plymouth encore, and lion brand wool-ease) absolutely a-ok.

9) Name some of your favorite Artist, Movie wise, Television if you watch it ex: I heart Keanu, some things cant be helped, and Rachel loves Mike Ness !?
I guess movie wise I like a lot of dark sarcastic stuff like the Coen Brothers and Woody Allen. I also tend to like a lot more serious (some would say depressing) movies like The Hours, Truly, Madly, Deeply, pretty dark, depressing stuff. I’m from jersey and I fly that freak flag high often much to the embarassment of my ex-New Yorker hubby. As for tv I have an unhealthy relationship with the Food Network, I know enough to work there I swear, I also love Amazing Race and omigod The Office (the American version) is like the funniest thing I ever, ever saw. Love it, love it, love it. And a lot of the Comedy Central stuff I love too.

10) Whos your favorite Character ex: Jack or Cpt Jack?
Cartman on South Park. Yep, I pretty much have the sense of humor of an 11 year old boy.


11) Do you prefer natural colored fibers, or handpainted/dyed fiber?
I’m really like if it’s yarn I’ll knit it honestly. That handpainted stuff gets pricey, as long as it’s not bright cheery colors all is well. I do prefer natural stuff over synthetics if I have a choice, but I can usually find something to knit with most stuff.

12) What are you favorite colors? Jewel tones (dark reds, purples especially) and earth tones like browns & greens. Of course black.

13) What colors do you dislike? Yellow. Bright pinks and pastels. Orange.

14) What projects are you currently working on? Just finished some kids hats for charity in pastels so I guess I’m contradicting myself... Been doing lots of scarves lately, and I always have a pair of socks going.

15) Do you have a wishlist? On Amazon and I used to have one on Knitpicks but I can’t find it lately for some reason.

16) Do you have any other favorite hobbies? Cooking is a big one. And eating out and talking about eating out. We’re major foodies in this house. Travel. Sudoku. Crosswords. Is tivo a hobby?

17) When your birthday? 3/20/75 Told you I’m old.

18) What is your favorite food, candy, scents that you love!! Etc.? Chocolate. Pasta. Carbs. Cookies. Brownies. I’m really into different teas a lot too lately. Not a big scent person really. Not a perfume/candle person at all.

19) Are you pierced at all? Any tattoos? Can you/would you wear jewelry that isn’t real? I wish I was pierced and tattoed but I’m a total corporate sell out on the job by day. Most of my jewelry is not real, love the costume stuff. My ears are pierced, that’s it.

20) What do you like Culturally, ex: Celtic, African, Devil Worshiping, Kidding!? 80's stuff. New Jersey stuff. I know that probably makes no sense. Like I mentioned before I love vintage black & white photos/postcards. Things that have to do with travel.

21) What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I have something I made for the straights. The circulars are in a freebie I got at Stitches last year which does the job for now. The dpns are in a ziploc bag. I know it’s pathetic.... They call to me in the night and haunt me...

22) What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I have an Ipod. Cd’s are good too. I’m just going to name a bunch of artists for this one-the Replacements, the Pixies, Weezer, Billy Bragg, Old Liz Phair (see name of blog), Bad Religion, The Ramones, Billy Holiday, The Clash, Bruce Springsteen (representing Jersey yo.), Beastie Boys, REM, Facetoface, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, NOFX, Operation Ivy, Sonic Youth, Johnny Cash, Moby, The Pogues, Ella Fitzgerald....

23) What's your favorite season and why? Fall because it gets cooler and I also love Sunday’s when my husband is parked in front of the tv to watch football and I cook and knit pretty much all day long.

24) What season do you abhor? Summer!!! I hate the heat and the partial nudity of others that is always inflicted on me unwillingly! Put some clothes on people!

25) How about Sports, any that you just cant get enough of or do they make you throw up in your mouth just a little? The husband loves the sports. I tolerate them. I like it when the hockey players fight. And the olympics were a lot of fun to watch this year. Yeah curling!!!!

26) What is your family situation Do you live alone? With the husband and the cat.

27) Do you have any pets? Allister the cat is 18 pounds and we pretty much do whatever he says...


28) Do you like handmade gifts? I think I probably would, I can’t think of any I’ve received lately come to think of it. Ooh, I like stitchmarkers though and I will use them.

29) What’s your favorite thing to make, knit/crochet or other craft wise? I really like knitting hats even though I don’t really wear them that much. I like to knit socks and wear them. And I like knitting the sweaters too...

30) Do you prefer straight or circular needles? I love both equally. They all make me so happy.

31) Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Both. I love them too.

32) Tell us how you learned to knit/crochet?Grandma taught me how to crochet first when I was 5. My godmother taught me to knit at about the same age. Told you-years and years...

33) Do you enjoy getting helpful hints from others or does it just piss you off? No I like hints. Criticism I can often do without but hints are nice...

34) How old is your oldest UFO? That would be the socks I'm working on now so only a couple of weeks old. I’m a get it done type of gal.

35) Is there anything that you collect? Yarn. Cookbooks. Photos/postcards.

36) Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? I really like what I’ve seen of the Fiber Trends patterns and I don’t own any of those at all. Sock yarn and Lily Sugar and Cream are usually easy, instant pick-me-ups.

37) What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have if any? Knitters and Interweave. I don’t think the Knitters is getting renewed though, a lot of the patterns really are crap.

38) Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? I could do better with my fair isle and intarsia. I can do them but not that well...

39) Do you enjoy knitting socks? How big are yer boats (feet)? Yes I enjoy socks. Unfortunately the feet are boats. I wear a size 10 shoe, when I knit socks for myself I usually go for 8 ½ inches around.

40) When is your birthday? (mm/dd) Still 3/20/75. See #17.

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