Tuesday, April 10, 2007

100 Things About Me

  1. I live in a small town in the Southeastern United States.
  2. The nearest yarn store is ninety miles away.
  3. I have been married for nearly 12 years.
  4. I have a six year old son and a three year old daughter.
  5. I am a stay-at-home mom.
  6. I am a former business woman and college business instructor.
  7. I have an MBA.
  8. I spent 36 years looking for a hobby before I discovered yarn. (Well, maybe not quite 36, but you get the idea.)
  9. Knitting and crocheting meet my need for creativity and achievement.
  10. And I like being able to give handmade gifts.
  11. I taught myself to crochet in the summer of 2005.
  12. I learned to crochet primarily from the Internet and from Crocheting for Dummies.
  13. I taught myself to knit in the winter and spring of 2006.
  14. I learned to knit primarily from Knitting for Dummies and from The Art of Knitting DVD.
  15. I also referred often to Maran’s Illustrated Knitting and Crocheting. The photographs were very helpful.
  16. Then I found the videos on knittinghelp.com.
  17. I have had some knitting instruction, but I have had no crochet instruction.
  18. With crocheting, I dove in and made a scarf right away.
  19. With knitting, I swatched for months before I attempted to knit anything.
  20. My first knitted FO was a Mason-Dixon Ballband Dishcloth.
  21. I was inspired to finally make something after months of swatching thanks to the Mason-Dixon Knitting book. I looked through it over and over again.
  22. My first crochet projects were primarily from Lion Brand patterns and yarns.
  23. I crocheted many, many things in Homespun before I learned it doesn’t hold up well to machine drying.
  24. When I first started crocheting, I was addicted to Crochetville.
  25. I learned a lot from Crochetville.
  26. However, after several catty comments were made in response to one of my posts, I lost interest.
  27. I have an account at the Knitter’s Review Forum, but so far, I’ve never posted.
  28. After I began knitting, I learned to appreciate quality yarn, and more specifically, wool.
  29. Right now, my favorite yarn is Mission Falls 1824 Wool.
  30. A close second is Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Hand Dyes.
  31. I love Blue Sky Dyed Cotton too.
  32. I do not like textured yarns or novelty yarns.
  33. I am currently knitting mitered squares using 1824 wool.
  34. I was inspired by Cara to knit miters.
  35. I LOVE knitting miters.
  36. I am also knitting my first sock using Cascade 220 and the “Starter Stockinette” pattern from Knit Socks!.
  37. Before I completed my first dishcloth, I attempted to knit a sock on two size 1 circulars using fingering weight yarn.
  38. I gave up pretty quickly.
  39. Another WIP I have had going for some months is the Hello Yarn Irish Hiking Scarf, which I am knitting in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran.
  40. I love the scraf, and I get lots of compliments on it, but I don’t think I’ll be knitting many scarves. It takes too long.
  41. I am also crocheting a rippled baby blanket using Blue Sky Dyed Cotton.
  42. I’m using the Soft Waves pattern from 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns.
  43. This will be my third rippled baby blanket.
  44. I really enjoy rippling.
  45. I subscribe to the following magazines: Interweave Knits, Knit Simple, and Crochet Today.
  46. I have signed up to be a charter subscriber to Interweave Crochet.
  47. I rarely buy Vogue Knitting.
  48. I usually buy the BHG and Family Circle crochet and knitting mags.
  49. I have already accumulated quite a library of crochet and knitting books and magazines.
  50. I love books in general. The only disadvantage of my new fiber hobbies is that they have taken away from my reading time.
  51. My husband may be able to come up with other disadvantages such as financial ones.
  52. So far, my best online yarn ordering experience has been with KPixie.
  53. I also had a very good experience with The Loopy Ewe.
  54. I order online a lot since I live so far away from a yarn store.
  55. Therefore, I have my own swift and ball winder.
  56. My favorite yarn stores so far are: Main Street Yarns, Creative Yarns, and Knitch. (This gives you a clue as to which state I live in.)
  57. Thus far in my knitting experience, I have not gotten on well with circular needles. I much prefer DPNs.
  58. This is perhaps due to the quality of the circular needles I have used. In my next attempt, I will use Addis.
  59. After knitting two ballband dishcloths for my first two projects, I proceeded to knit a hat in the round on DPNs.
  60. I have since knitted four more hats and one Fetching mit.
  61. The mit is too short for my long fingers, and I ended up with a hole in the thumb area. I know I picked up the correct number of stitches!
  62. I knit this hat to learn cabling.
  63. It turned out newborn size. I have NO IDEA what happened.
  64. My favorite straight needles are Clover Takumi bamboo. (I don’t own any Lantern Moon straights…yet.)
  65. My favorite DPNs are my Lantern Moon size 7s.
  66. I also like Brittany Birch DPNs.
  67. I use Brittany Birch cable needles. I’m too risk averse to cable without a cable needle. In fact, I LIKE using the cable needle.
  68. I have yet to find the perfect knitting bag.
  69. I currently use a nylon tote bag with my husband’s bank's logo on it.
  70. I also have a small fabric bag for my sock.
  71. I cannot begin to count how many projects I have begun and frogged in the past year since I have been knitting.
  72. I am a perfectionist. Therefore, I am a very slow knitter.
  73. I think crochet is much easier than knitting, especially as it is much easier to fix mistakes.
  74. When I get frustrated knitting, I often go back to crocheting.
  75. But most of the time, I do one or the other as the mood strikes.
  76. I am willing to crochet with yarns I wouldn’t consider knitting with.
  77. I have crocheted several baby blankets using Bernat Softee Chunky, and they turned out very well. (One MUST be able to machine wash and dry a baby blanket.)
  78. I also like to crochet using Peaches and Crème cotton...
  79. ...and Wool Ease Thick and Quick.
  80. However, I hate knitting with Wool Ease (worsted weight). Go figure.
  81. For a long time, I didn’t really know anyone else locally who knitted or crocheted, but last fall, I made friends with a more experienced knitter (AL), and it has been a great blessing.
  82. AL is actually the local knitting instructor. GREAT blessing.
  83. Most of my friends (non-knitters) think I’m a little different, but they seem to love me anyway.
  84. There are a handful of us in our area who knit, and we meet once a month at a local coffee shop for a “knit-in.”
  85. AL and I seem to be the only “hard core” knitters in our group.
  86. My husband and I went to NYC for our anniversary in September 2005, a few months after I started crocheting. I went to Purl, and I didn’t buy a thing! I didn’t know enough about yarn yet to know what to buy.
  87. Since I began my fiber hobbies, I am much more drawn to color. I’ve started incorporating more color both into my wardrobe and in my home decor.
  88. I like to read knitting blogs, but I rarely comment.
  89. This is probably because, up until now, I did not have a blog.
  90. My stash is pretty modest based on what I usually see and read about in the blogs.
  91. I tend to buy yarn for specific projects.
  92. Sometimes my plans change. For instance, I originally bought the yarn I’m using for the Irish Hiking Scarf to make a baby jacket.
  93. I decided not to make the baby jacket because it is in garter stitch, and I have decided that I do not like garter stitch.
  94. I would, however, like to try log cabin knitting.
  95. At this point, I have no interest in intarsia or enterlac. There are too many simpler beautiful things to knit.
  96. I need to knit things that I can pick up and put down rather easily since I have two small children.
  97. I have yet to felt anything.
  98. I used to hate casting on because I used the knitted cast on.
  99. Then AL taught me the long tail cast on. That was a happy day for me.
  100. AL says that I am the neatest knitter she knows. (Remember what I said about being slow?)