Sunday, October 19, 2008


I feel so very stupid. I am so excited about the Amazing Autumn Coffee Swap and looking so forward to getting my secret partner's name and I totally FORGOT to put my questionnaire answers on my blog. DUH!!! Anyway here they are. AND thank-you Anne Marie for reminding me or I would still la laing around having forgotten to do it.


About Your Yarn Passion

1. Do you knit, crochet, or do both? When did you first learn?I mainly knit. I do crochet granny squares but basically that is it. I would like to make some Amigurmi toys and I even have one book called Amigurumi World but it involves shaping so I think I may end up sticking to my knitting which I really enjoy. I learned to knit when I was a young girl in school decades ago and I learned to crochet in my early twenties.

2. Do you like using a particular type of needle or hook? (wood, metal, straight, circular) Is there something you've been wanting to try, or a particular size you always seem to be short on?
I use Denise needles mainly having given up on the long straights. I still have them but hardly if ever use them anymore. I like Addi Turbo Lace but I would love to get the Knit Picks Options as those Addi's are sooooo expensive to buy individually. I do have two of them a 3.25, I think, and a 3.75mm both with long cords. I like the bamboo DPNs as the yarn doesn't slide off the needle as easily and would love to have a couple of those sets as I tend to knit two socks at once on my DPNs. I do have one pair of Knit Picks Harmony in a size 2.25mm.

3. What kind of projects do you enjoy making? Any types you just haven't ever gotten into as much as others?
I love to knit socks. I have started knitting shawls and am working on the MS4 KAL but due to other projects for swaps with time constraints am still only half through clue #1. Knitting from a graph is also new for me especially this big of a project. I am also working on the TLL Mystery sock KAL and it is a chart also but with a cable so I guess I am really learning now. I am just starting clue #2 the leg using the cabled chart. I also like to knit bags and totes and toys and whimsies. I am hoping to due the Debbie Abrahams Mystery Blanket KAL starting in Jan. I like to knit with beads. I don't knit many sweater for fear they would never fit and I would have to knit one big enough to fit an elephant (I am conscious of my weight you can tell). I do knit hats, scarves and baby stuff as needed.

4. What's on your needles\hook right now? What's your oldest UFO (unfinished object)?
In addition, to what is on my needles above I also have my Clapotis Shawl about 45% completed, my Cavendish shawl wrap using Noro Silk Garden and I think I will restart my 10,ooo bead shawl now that I learned how to put beads on using a crochet hook and NOT stringing them. I also plan to knit the Puppy Love Sweater and leggings for my Solara as one of her Christmas gifts but I need to decide on the yarn first. I have a photo somewhere on my blog of one of my oldest UFO and it is a FUG!!!! It probably will never be completed and I have no idea what ever possessed me to knit it and in those unmatching colors except maybe the Woolman when he was alive who sold me the yarn convinced me it was lovely.

5. If you were going on vacation tomorrow, what project(s) would travel with you?
One of my shawls and socks. I always take socks to knit when I go away but I haven't been away in at least three or four years.

6. What are your favorite types of yarns? Any you're allergic too, or just hate working with? Anything in particular you've been dying to try?
I would love to have some STR sock weight yarn and Jitterbug which I have never tried. I can't believe in my last swap I received Tilli Thomas, something I was lusting over and I love my scarf I knit with it. What wonderful yarn that is. I love the yarns from Material Whirled although I don't know what I would knit with it. I would actually love to spin some like that BUT, alas, still don't have a spinning wheel.

I love sock and lace weight yarns, alpaca, cashmere, wool for felting and not for felting. I ABHOR PHENTEX especially that stuff which was used in the 70's to knit slippers that never die. I guess it would knit good scrubbers but it is ucky to even touch. I do use eyelash as trims and there is a time and place for acrylic. I have become a yarn snob but I still remember where I came from. LOL

7. What sort of colors do you love in yarns? Brights? Pastels? More muted colors? Variegated? Are there any you can't stand?
PINK is an all time favorite of mine. I also like reds, purples, blues and some greens, black, white and even a bit a grey. I do not care for oranges, yellow and olive, drab greens, browns unless it is a really good variegation with PINK. I basically don't care for those autumn colors which makes it difficult to knit for someone who really likes those colors.

Your Coffee Passion

1. Do you prefer caffeinated or not?
Caffeinated for me. I drink the "D" stuff when there isn't anything else or that is all someone has to serve. I keep the "D" stuff for when I have company and that is all they can drink.

2. Whole bean or ground? For what type of pot or press?
Being I have a grinder either is fine as I can grind beans if that is what is sent. I have a drip for one person and a large pot for when company comes. I used to have a French Press and am thinking of getting one again. I do have a portable one cup press from Starbucks I received in a swap and I love it.

3. What types of roasts do you enjoy? Are you more the light and lively or dark and robust type?
I like a bold roast BUT I drink other roasts.

4. How do you 'take' your coffee? Creamers? Sweetener? Other add ins? I like some honey in my coffee and I use Splenda and whitener. When I get flavored Splenda I use that only I haven't seen it here yet so I am dependent on it being sent to me still. I also occasionally put flavored whiteners in my coffee.

5. That first morning cup - is it about the taste, or the caffeine?
For me it is the taste.

6. Do you enjoy going out to coffee shops like Starbucks? What are some of your favorites?
Most definitely. I go to Chapters a book shop which has a Starbucks in it to knit the first Wed of the month and it is a highlight of the month. I also go to the Second Cup which has some good coffee and to Tim Horton's which also has delic coffee.

7. You've just made the perfect cup of coffee - is it in a thick mug, or a thinner cup? Where would you sit to drink it?
A big mug. If it is warm outside then out in my back yard with my knitting. If is not nice out then on the couch with the TV on and my knitting with me. A lot of mornings it is by my computer.

8. You're enjoying that perfect cup, and have a magic cabinet in your kitchen - when you open it, magically, your favorite treats will appear to enjoy alongside the coffee - what are they? Are they sweet? Crunchy? Soft and flaky?All about
That would depend on my mood at the time. In the morning I enjoy biscotti with my coffee. In the evening at knitting it can be something sweet and gooey. When I out for dinner and having dessert it could be cheese cake. AND at Tim Horton's it usually is an apple fritter.


1. Do you have other hobbies like spinning or scrapbooking?
I took a spinning class BUT still don't have a spinning wheel and I can't seem to get the hang of using a spindle. I sew, quilt, read watch TV, love to cook and bake and now that I have a garden again I will get to play in the dirt. I used to do needlepoint and have started a cross stitch but I am not sure my eyes are up to that but now that I am in my new place all my crafts are easily accessible and I look forward to playing with them if I can stop knitting and get off the computer.

2. Do you collect anything?
My major collections include yarn, fabric, knitting, cooking and sewing magazines and books and accessories. I have only one magazine subscription to Chatalaine which was a gift. I have cat, angel and fairy items but no longer have a place for them since I no longer have a plate rail to display them.

3. What is your favorite part of Autumn?
The changing of the colors of the leaves and I love to go to my friends place when the fireplace is lit.

4. What sort of scents do you enjoy? Any difference in what you like for your house versus what you like for your body?
My favorite scents are Karma by Lush and the Body Shop Sandalwood oil. I also love Jean Nate After Bath Splash which I have been using for years and again depend on others getting for me since it is NOT available here. I used to get it for myself but since I haven't been away I am unable to now. I have way to many candles to need any more and sometimes I wonder if I will ever get to use them all.

5. Are you allergic to anything?
Wasps but I doubt anyone will send me them especially at this time of the year. LOL I totally dislike anything with black licorice (fennel and anise included) flavor. I hear it is an acquired taste. It is a taste I haven't acquired.

6. Are you on Ravelry? What's your ID?
Yes I am on Ravelry. I am pennala. My perfect day would be sleeping in which I usually do since I sleep so poorly, get up have my coffee, knit sew, read, play in the garden, on the computer and read. Oh and play with my feline furchild Solara. I guess you have figured out I have no family.

7. How would you spend an ideal fall afternoon/day?
I would do some shopping at my LYS. Then when I got home I would play in my yard and garden. When I finally came inside and if I had a fireplace I would light it and sit in front of it knitting with my coffee but since I don't have one I would just sit on my couch knitting in front of the TV.

PHEW!!!!! I finished it. AND it is a good thing I re-read it as I left one fo the questions out. If my secret partner needs to know anything else or clarify anything please feel free to ask.

Solara has a new hiding spot. I found this trolley with the garbage in my complex. Someone was tossing it and I thought it would be a good plant stand to put in front of my window with plants on it. It hasn't made it that far yet as I don't have any plants and Miss Solara likes to eat them. So right now it is a catchall. Guess who discovered my Ruby Tulips BLACK felted bag (no handle or flowers on it yet) and decided it would be a good place to sleep?

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