Yes, its time for another mitten exchange...lol...I hope Deb never gets tired of hosting these, because I love doing them and she is just an excellent swap hostess. I especially like the fact that this swap still uses a blog for staying in touch. I love Ravelry, don't get me wrong (like everyone else I probably spend to much time there!) but I don't like communicating through forums. I still like blogs for that. So anyway, here are my question and answers...really haven't changed much since I first started doing these ;) And if you are interested, you might still have time to join in...I believe sign ups are open until tomorrow (January 15th), just hurry over the No More Hum-Drum Mitten Swap 4 blog, here.
How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Since I was 12, about 37 years now - almost 38, because I turn 50 in a few days ;) I learned when my Granny decided she would like to learn (she also learned to play guitar that year!) and she took me along. We took lessons that were offered at the local school – I was the youngest and she was the oldest in the class! So I always joke that I learned to knit with my grandma, and it is a very special memory for me especially now that her health and memory are failing.
Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? Intermediate
What are your favorite colors? Any you dislike? I don’t think I have a favorite, I like them all at various times and places! My latest winter coat is dark charcoal grey with black trim or a fairly dark forest type green with brown trim.
Do you like Latvian type patterns? If so, what are your favorite patterns? I do admire and have knit the Fiddlehead Mitten now (I believe that is a Latvian style
Do you desire mittens for yourself, your "special someone else" or your child? For me please ;)
What is the measurement from your wrist to the tip of your longest finger? 8 inches and I like a fairly long cuff
What is the circumference of your hand at it's widest point?Around my palm is nearly 8 inches ~ maybe 7 3/4?
What other things do you enjoy knitting? Socks and lace
What sort of needles do you enjoy working with?
Circulars – I rarely use straights. I like bamboo, love my Addi turbos, too. But my very favorite needles are my Denise interchangeables.
What’s one project you’ve not yet tried but are dying to make? Still thinking about starting and completing a sweater - but that was my goal in the last mitten swap, too ;) I know that I could knit one, I have the skills. But I get bored so easily that I don’t usually take on larger projects. I will one day though.
What’s one yarn you’ve not yet tried but are dying to work with? One of the Noro Sock Yarns
What other hobbies do you have? Do you spin? Sew? Garden? Cook?Yes, I spin. Raise my own sheep for the wool ;) I also am an avid gardener.
Besides yarn, do you collect anything?Fiber! I’m not sure which “stash” is bigger, fiber or yarn! I also love patterns
What kind of goodies do you enjoy? Sweets? Salty? Anything you hate or are allergic to Yes….LOL, I mean I just love goodies. My very favorite goody, though, is coffee. I am a coffee junkie. No allergies.
Do you have any kids? Pets? I have three grown children and my husband and I recently became legal guardians of our foster son – a fifteen year old boy. So we are not empty nesters! Our pets are all of the outdoors variety…approximately thirty sheep; a half dozen chickens and two very special barn cats. No indoors pets though.
What is your favorite part of Winter? I just plain love winter! I love that there are no bugs and I can use wool (my favorite fiber) to its best advantage. We have record amounts of snowfall this winter and I am really enjoying it (unless I need to be out driving in it!)
What is your least favorite part of Winter? When we don't have snow..
(Above are the goodies I received from Amy in the last mitten swap...see why this is so much fun?!?)