Secret Pal 14 Questionnaire

Hello Secret Pal!

  1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely not like? I love natural fibres and blends of natural fibres. Wool, alpaca, angora, cashmere, silk, bamboo… my skin is a bit sensitive so I can’t deal with anything too itchy. I tend to knit lots of small projects because I buy single skeins of nice soft snuggly yarns. I don’t like acrylic and I’m not that big on cotton either. But I’m a big fan of handspun and hand-dyed fibres too, and I’m excited about some of the new fibres available these days (from seaweed, milk, soy, etc—it’s hard to find these in Australia).
  2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? Nothing at the moment (it’s rather a mess…) but a sewing-savvy friend is making me a needle roll. I just bought an interchangeable circular set but that has its own case.
  3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I’ve been knitting for just over three years. I decided I wanted to learn to knit and bought a book with lots of pictorial guides. My grandmother used to knit and she tried to teach me as a child but it never really caught on and I certainly had to learn everything from scratch three years ago. I guess my skill is beginner to intermediate—I’m good at some things but I haven’t tried other things at all. I’d like to try fair isle and stranded colourwork but haven’t got there yet, and I’m just starting with lace.
  4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? No, sorry.
  5. What’s your favorite scent? ‘Scent’-wise (as in perfumes and artificially scented things) I prefer the musky, the spicy and the fresh over the sweet and floral. As for natural scents there are so many—I find my sense of smell to be my strongest trigger for memory. I love the smell of sun on Gum trees, the smell after rain, flowers, chocolate, tasty food cooking, the sea…
  6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? Absolutely. I’m not so much into sweets but I quite like chocolate—usually dark (at least 60%). And I’m a sucker for cakes, cookies and desserts.
  7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I don’t have many other creative outlets, apart from all the cooking and baking I do. I wish I was more creative but don’t really have the time as I’m working on my PhD at the moment. I’d like to learn to spin though, and one day I want to try dyeing my own wool too. I have a violin but haven’t played it in a while now.
  8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) Yes to MP3s. Most of the music I like is Australian and I have a pretty eclectic mix but the stuff I like best is slower, folksy, soothing, and makes me happy, or is upbeat, alternative, and makes me want to dance. At the moment my favourite bands are Josh Pyke, The Cat Empire, The Fleet Foxes, Simon and Garfunkel, Lilly Allen, The Mamas and the Papas, and Powderfinger. I don’t like country or punk or metal. I quite like classical music too.
  9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand? I find it hard to choose favourites so I call many colours my favourite! Purples—all shades but particularly strong violets, blues (particularly duck-egg and royal blue), greens, chocolate brown, yellows… I also like most reds and pinks, and I really like colours that are new and can’t be found elsewhere. I’m not such a big fan of tans and light browns or oranges, mainly because I can’t wear them.
  10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? Just me and my husband. Would love pets but can’t, we are renting.
  11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? I love scarves but they have to be ultra-soft and non-itchy. Also definitely yes to hats and mittens, as it’s winter here at the moment! Ponchos? That would be a no… (does anyone still wear ponchos?)
  12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Oh that’s hard. My favourite things to knit at the moment are things for me that I really want—I’ve always been a bit of a fashionista/shopaholic and I’m still caught up in the novelty of being able to create things I want, instead of having to buy them! I quite like small projects (hats, scarves, socks, etc) because they go so quickly, and their small size means I can justify buying nicer yarn. But I’ve got a few sweaters on the drawing board at the moment and am looking forward to making those.
  13. What are you knitting right now? A pair of socks for my mother in law, an owls sweater, and swatches for another sweater.
  14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? I love them! Anything unique, handmade, pretty or quirky just makes my day, and makes me wish I was more creative myself. And I always feel blessed that someone went to all that trouble for me.
  15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Metal circulars for preference (but DPNs for knitting in the round). I find everything else too bendy. Even cheap aluminium is not so good. I recently discovered KnitPicks needles and am loving them, so much I bought the interchangeable kit! (Yes as you’ve noticed I can’t stop talking about it…)
  16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? No, haven’t been able to justify the cost yet.
  17. How old is your oldest UFO? None at the moment! I’m not counting projects I’m currently knitting as UFOs though, but all my current projects get knitted on every few days so I think that’s okay. My longest ever UFO was my first sweater that I think took about two years total to complete. That was partly a bad pattern, partly an inferior yarn, and partly taking on something too ambitious too soon. I think I’ve learnt my lesson. Also, our house is pretty small so I’m not allowed to work on more than a few projects at once, which means there’s less likelihood of UFOs.
  18. What is your favorite holiday? What winter holiday do you observe? By winter holidays I’m guessing this means holidays around Christmas? Which is in summer here. Rather a Northern-hemisphere-specific question, this. Hmph. There’s no real winter holidays in this hemisphere. I celebrate Christmas.
  19. Is there anything that you collect? Um, yarn? Vintage/retro clothing and jewellery as well I guess…but I don’t know if it counts as a collection if you’re using it, not pinning it into a book…
  20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I’m not subscribed to any knitting magazines (it’s way expensive to get overseas subscriptions in Australia) but I regularly buy knit.1 by Vogue Knitting, and I love reading Twist Collective online. I’m interested in other knitting magazines but it’s hard to find good ones in Australia. As far as books go I don’t have any specific titles but I’ve been thinking about getting a Stitch Dictionary/Reference of some sort, and maybe something about designing your own pieces—that’s something I’d like to get into. As I said above I just bought my dream needles. Yarn-wise I’m always up for new and interesting combinations (never tried Seasilk!) and stuff that’s ultra-squishy or really purrty.
  21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn? Fair isle/colourwork, designing knits to fit me properly, understanding how knitting is actually constructed (I’m used to just following a pattern and am often not sure what effect particular techniques might produce), spinning, dyeing.
  22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? Yes I am. My foot is 9″ in circumference and about 9.25″ from end to end.
  23. When is your birthday? The 9th of December.
  24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what’s your ID? Yes! Just look for nimloth.


3 Responses to “Secret Pal 14 Questionnaire”

  1. sissorlove Says:

    you have a secret pal! O_o have no idea what a ufo is…..

    • lacepetticoat Says:

      :D secret knitting code language! i’m doing a knitting swap, it should be awesome.

    • Secret Pal Says:

      Hello from your secret pal! I am on just on my way out to visit a certain knitting shop in …. actually, I’ll let it be a surprise when you see the postmark. Will be looking out for goodies for your first parcel though! More by email in a few days x

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