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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Knit Geek Questionaire Meme

I saw this on a friends post in KH forums, and decided to add it to my blog as a get to know me.

1. What's your worst habit relating to your knitting?

Too many projects in the queue. But who doesn't?

2. In what specific ways does your knitting make you a better person?

It helps me become friends with more people than I would ordinarily get to meet in every day life. It also provides a creative outlet, so I feel more balanced since I always work with numbers.

3. How might you or your life be different if you were suddenly unable to knit?

I would be sad that it was taken away from me.

4. If money were no object, what one yarn, and what one tool or gadget would you run out and buy first?

Maybe a spinning wheel so that I could learn to spin.

5. What knitting technique or project type are you most afraid of (if any)? What, specifically, do you fear will happen when you try it?

I don't fear anything in knitting. Real life is much scarier than knitting techniques. :)

6. Who is/are your knitting hero(es), and why?

Don't have one.

7. Do you consider knitting, for you personally, a mostly social activity, or a mostly solitary activity?

Both. I do it when I wake up in the morning before everyone else (I am one of those morning people...ugh.). I also love to do it with friends.

8. Is there a particular regional tradition in knitting that you feel strongly drawn toward (e.g., Fair Isle, Scandinavian, Celtic, Orenburg lace)? Any theories as to why it calls to you?

Fair Isle and Aran. Maybe that Scots Irish blood that I have.

9. If you were a yarn, which yarn would you be?

Merino superwash. Pleasingly soft, practical, low maintenance, fun to work with.

10. Some statistics: (a) How many years have passed since you FIRST learned to knit? About 4 years. (b) How many total years have you been actively, regularly knitting (i.e., they don't have to have been in a row)? 4 years. (c) how many people have you taught to knit? At least 6 different class instructors, all in various techniques. I taught myself from books how to knit and purl. (d) Roughly what percentage of your FOs do you give away (to anyone besides yourself, i.e., including your immediate family) 50%. Yeah, I am selfish that way. :) But I don't tend to produce too much, since I do alot of big projects like sweaters.

11. How often do you KIP (knit in public)? i.e., once a week, once a month, etc. Where do you do it? Whenever I have to wait for an appointment, or wait in a car, and at SnBs.

12. If a genie granted you one hour to stitch-n-bitch with any one knitter, living or dead, who would you choose and why? Maybe Elizabeth Zimmerman.

13. What aspect or task in knitting makes you most impatient? Fine lace. Too finicky.

14. What is it about knitting that never lets you get bored with it? The design, the structure. The way things come together in 3 dimensions. Also, all the new yarns that are improved with technology or new materials.

15. Describe how and where you most often do your knitting - where do you sit, what is going on around you, what tools do you use and how are they (dis)organized? I usually knit in bed or on the couch. TV is on. Most of my yarn is organized in baskets or storage containers in a hobby room or next to the couch.

16. Which one person is the recipient of more of your knitting than any other? No one person wins out in my family.

17. What's the oddest thing about your knitting, or yourself as a knitter?

My very first project that I completed was a child's sweater. I love taking on challenges. Plain stockinette or garter bores me to death. I need more difficult things to keep me interested in the project.

The oddest thing about knitting (in general) to me is how some people, especially other women, have disdain for it. I just don't understand why scrapbooking (or fill in the blank with any hobby) is considered acceptable, but sewing or knitting is not worthwhile. Misinterpretation of what feminism should be about in my opinion. But that is just my opinion, so no throwing stones, thank you.

18. What do you see yourself knitting - if anything - twenty years from now?

I dont know, my own designs I guess.

19. If you were stranded on a deserted island and could have only ONE SKEIN of yarn, which yarn would it be and what would you do with it?

I honestly don't know.

20. If you were allowed to own only one knitting-related book, which would it be? (you'd be free to browse others, but you couldn't keep them)

Sensational Knitted Socks

21. Is knitting the new yoga? Why or why not?

I really don't like this phrase. Because I do both, and although if done right, they can both lead to clearing your thoughts and opening up of your mind to creativity, it is not the same to me. And, as my husband said, it makes both knitting and yoga sound like cheap fads. Maybe that is what really bothers me about it. :)

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