1. What is/are your favourite yarn/s to knit with? What fibres do you absolutely *not* like?
With all those beautiful yarns around, can you say that a yarn is a favourite? I love silky yarns, and merino, sockyarn, and and….so much.
But: I don’t like very thick or itchy yarn. And I don’t like most synthetics. Besides I have enough angora on the moment. To be honest: no mohair. My skin doesn’t like it. I am not especially interested in most selfstriping yarn from Opal, Regia, etc. And I have one strong dislike: all yarn that looks like Rowan’s Kid Silk Haze.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
My needles are stored in beautiful hand made (needle) cases and pouches that my one skein secret pal and secret pal 10 gave to me. I keep my on the road sock in a little handmade bag, also a gift from my secret pal. The rest of my knitting work is in a basket near my place of the couch. My stash collection lies on shelves in my knitting (book)case and I have 3 boxes with irregular yarnstuff.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
Now, I knit for almost three years. I learned it in school long, long ago. In the seventies I knitted a lot (but, then, who didn’t?). I will always be a beginner, because I have this fundamental uncertainty about my knitting performances.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Especially made: my Amazon UK list and my USA list.
Adjoining it I have a wishlist at the Loopy Ewe where you at least can see what kind of yarn and colours I favour.
5. What’s your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)
Lemon, orange, cinnamon, lavender, thyme and rosemary. I love a scent, which the French call vétiver, it’s fresh, a bit spicy and if you want a colour: green.
Or, the real perfume thing: Paloma Picasso, Rush 2 by Gucci and Coco by Chanel
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
No,no, I’d rather not have sweets, sugar is poison for me. Besides, I’m an eternal dieter. Age comes with changes and since a while I have to cope with the love for deep, dark chocolate. But most of all I love soaps and candles.
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
No, knitting is enough for me. No spinning either. I have hand dyed a while ago and that is something I like.
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Opera, other classical music, French singers and jazz (Davis, Coltrane, Mingus, my partner is an aficionado, so we have everything). I have an iPod and I love podcasts.
9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand?
I love beautiful, warm and deep colours (purple or burgundy) like a glass of red wine or berries in the forest. Cool colours like blue, turquoise like the Greek sea. Powdery colours and what I call, dirty colours like taupe. I even like whites, off whites, milky, pearly whites in soft and luxurous yarn. And sunny yellows or lemon yellow. I don’t like brownish colours, but I do like golden colours. My eyes can’t work anymore with real dark greys and black. Pity. My very favourite, special colour is green. Green like a forest in the summer or a flowery meadow in spring. In short: I love every colour except brown. But there are browns….:-)
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I live with my husband, no kids, no pets anymore.
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
No hats, no ponchos. I love scarves, gloves (especially without fingers), mitts and mittens.
12. What is/are your favourite item/s to knit?
My favourite thing = The Sock. I love it. Then: mitts.
And I see a new thing coming: cardigans. The patterns I love and want to make are often cardigans. You can see all my favourites in Ravelry.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Yes, please, very.
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Short sharp needles for socks (hiya hiya), bamboo or metal. I have been learning to knit on circulars and I love it. Since then, I prefer what’s needed to get the job easily done.
Update: I happen to looooove knitting with circs! After an experiment with Prym needles I bought Addi turbo’s. Wow! That made a difference. Now I also bought a Knit Picks Options Set and some Harmony needles. They look like fun! They knit like heaven!
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Yes, I own a yarn winder and a small swift. And I think these are awefully handy things!
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
About one year.
18. What is your favourite holiday?
Does one have to choose? Well, o.k. Easter, because of ‘spring is in the air’.
19. Is there anything that you collect?
Nothing except patterns, preferably digital. And yarn maybe? Buttons, definitely buttons. Mother of pearl, f.e.
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
You can of course check my Loopy Ewe wishlist. What I would love to try is yarn made from milk: Kolláge Creamy. My Finnish pal Heidi gave me silkwool by a Finnish brand and I love it: Wetterhoff. But to be honest: I just love presents, so you can make me glad with everything.
I have had but one magazine subscription and it’s Dutch: Handwerken zonder Grenzen. I subscribed to Interweave Knits in winter 2006. This spring I subscribed to Piecework. I love Vogue Knitting and Marie Claire Idées.
21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?
I keep on learning everything. Love lace, cables and gansey. I’m not the faire isle type / colourwork / Norwegian knitting. I did a course and I even didn’t finish it. No.
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes, yes! European size 38,5.
23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what’s your ID?
Yes! I’m in as yvonnep. Of course.