SP 12 question

SP 12 Questions catch up

With all the Ravelympics knitting and the beginning of school, I have gotten WAY behind in answering the weekly Secret Pal questions, so I’ll take a few minutes to get back up to speed.

Secret Pal 12 Question #6

What is your favorite type of project to take along on holiday/vacation?

If you’d like to share a story…Tell us about a time that you packed too much knitting or were stranded without knitting.

Hmmmm, I like to take several small projects like hats, socks, mittens and maybe some finishing work that I’ve been putting off. I haven’t ever been stranded without knitting; if I didn’t have a project, I would go find a local yarn store and acquire one.

Secret Pal 12 Question #7

What is (are) your favorite place(s) to knit? and What supplies (besides yarn & needles) make the setting perfect for knitting?

One of my favorite places to knit is waiting rooms. It seems that I spend way too much time in waiting rooms for appointments and I really do not want to read People magazine or any of the way stupid publications that are supposed to be for women….. Of course I love to knit in bed and when I combine knitting and listening to a good audiobook – life could not be better!!

Secret Pal 12 Question #8

What is your favorite supper for a hot summer evening?

Watermelon. I’ll buy a big seedless watermelon and take 10-15 minutes to cut it into chunks and then we’ll all sit around and eat it out of a big rectangular casserole dish. If somebody else wants more than that, they can have a PB&J or cheese sandwich or something….but I just eat watermelon. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

Secret Pal 12 Question #9

In many communities, “the fair” is a great place to visit and spend time with your family. It’s also where many have entered one product or another (jams, cakes, even knitting)…

Have you ever entered your knitting (or anything else) in the fair?Would you ever consider it?

I used to love to go the the Plymouth State Fair in New Hampshire where I grew up. The location was really beautiful and the buildings were old but not rickety. I saw my first (and only) demolition derby there, and of course there were horse pulls and tractor pulls, and fried dough and carnival rides. I remember seeing the sewing awards and jams and jellies, but I have no memory of knitted things.

I’ve been to the state fair here in Huntsville, but I found it kind of unpleasant. It’s held at the old airport so it’s incredibly hot (all that sun reflected back from the black asphalt) and no shade anyplace. The buildings are 1960’s/70’s era and so lack any kind of attractiveness except for their air conditioning. Ugh.

I would enter my knitting into something like that but it has never occurred to me to do so. I think it might’ve been more important before the Internet, especially as a platform for displaying knitting excellence. Now with the Web and Ravelry especially, there’s a world wide knitting community that is very encouraging and inspiring.

Secret Pal 12 Question #10

Which Olympic event would best describe your knitting/knitting style?

This is a tough question – perhaps the decathalon because I have so many different projects going at any one time! Or perhaps one of the distance events – I just hang in there until I get it done. My dear friend Meg has said to me often that knitting isn’t a race and that’s been very helpful advice, especially when I’m considering attempting some kind of large project. Perhaps the most relevant kind of analogy with my knitting and the Olympics for me is the ongoing training aspect and the commitment to excellence.

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Secret Pal Question #4

The “perfect sized” stash was a tough question for many of you to answer. Maybe these stash related questions will be easier:

1) What yarn (that you don’t have/haven’t used) would make your stash”complete”?

2) What yarn do you never want to be without?

Hmmmmmm. I’ve been engaging in *much* stash enhancement lately, so there’s really not a whole lot on my wish list. Probably some Wollmeise or a Philosopher’s Wool kit; I just got the PW book and I am seriously drooling over it. Now that my grey matter is starting to wake up, a few others are occurring to me: Satakeili, some of this stuff from Riihivilla , Classic Elite’s Bam Boo and I want to try some z-twist yarns for a gansey to see what the difference is from s-twist ( Wendy for example ). I’m still making/designing mittens so fingering weight wool is great for those and I’m starting to make sweaters (I should have my HEAD EXAMINED!!!) and wool is too warm for here so that’s where the Bam Boo comes in.

Yarn that I never ever wanna be without is cashmere or a cashmere blend. There’s something so incredibly delicious about it that now that I’ve got it I never wanna be without it; I take it our and fondle it from time to time.. I know I have expensive tastes but life’s too darn short to knit with crappy yarn.

SP 12 Question #3

 I’m tryna catch up…..
What would you consider the perfect amount of stash?

This is an exceedingly hard question for me!  Probably enough to fill several rooms…..with sweaters’ and sweaters’ worth of wonderful yarns…especially cashmere.  So that if I wanted to go in there and start on an Alice Starmore or a Kaffe Fassett sweater I could do it easily without going to the LYS or online.  And beautifully colored things too….kind of like my LYS I think.  I would be a terrible LYS owner though – I wouldn’t want to sell any of it!

Secret Pal Question 2

As a kid, what did you look forward to most about summer vacation/break/holiday?
Had to be the weather.  I LOVE hot weather – love it love it love it! Where I grew up, it was 9 months of winter and 3 months of poor ice fishing, and we went to school right up thru the 3rd week of June.  And the lake would STILL be cold.

For me, there’s just something about the bright sunshine, the big green leaves on the trees or a warm summer rain….simply fabulous.