MDC Yarn Swap

Helen’s Yarn Package all unwrapped.

And wrapped up in tissue.

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Secret Pal Questionnaire

What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely not like?

My favorites are merino and baby alpaca.  I love single-ply bulky yarns for baby blankets & for felting.  I also really like mirasol hacho which is totally at the other end of the spectrum, I think it’s a 7 ply (?) dk weight merino which I love for leg & arm warmers.  I don’t use synthetics at all and haven’t ventured much into blends. Bright cottons for some summer knitting would be nice too~ purple, teal, mustard.

What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

I have a very ugly, not very sturdy clear vinyl zip bag that my options needles came in.  Everything is crammed in there.

How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

I’ve been knitting 2 years.  I taught myself with some help from online tutorials & a couple of books.  I guess I’m in between beginner & intermediate.  I don’t really use patterns, but just kind of try to work things out in my head before I start in on them.  I don’t do anything super complicated, and I like simple projects.  Baby longies, blankets, hats, scarves, legwarmers & fingerless mitts.

Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

etsy

also an amazon list

What’s your favorite scent?

Vanilla

Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

I totally have a sweet tooth.  I like plain organic milk chocolate. Caramels, homemade marshmallows.

What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?

I’ve hand carded some wool and tried spinning with a drop spindle, but quickly got frustrated.  I do believe it was partially the type of wool I was trying with~ Icelandic?  I think I’ll probably try again in the future with a wheel, but have lots of other things on my plate right now.  I sew & occasionally do some papercrafts, but right now I’m mostly focusing on knitting because it travels well and I can do it without lugging out lots of paraphenalia.

What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

I like funky girl bands, and 90’s music.  Yes, I can play MP3s.

What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand?

My favorite colors are combos of reds/pinks/oranges.  Also blue/greens/teals. Purples.  And I like really faint natural pastels (baby pink, sage green, light blue, tan)  when used in combination & when the fiber is special.  I like straight black, but don’t like grey/black/white combos right now.

What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I’ve been married 14 years this year, have 5 kids and  a hamster.

Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

I rarely wear scarves, occasionally wear beanie or beret type hats, would wear mittens or gloves if I had them, and I don’t wear ponchos, but my daughter does and loves them. (Size 4T-5T)

What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

leg/arm warmers, baby blankets, felted bowls & bags

What are you knitting right now?

Baby longies, leg warmers, felted bowls 🙂

Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

I LOVE them

Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

Circs.  I like the addi turbos I’ve used the best, though I’m not a stickler about it, and bamboo is fine.  I’ve not tried plastic.

Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

No

How old is your oldest UFO?

A couple of weeks.  Normally if I haven’t finished something in a month, off it comes.  I really like short projects, things I can finish in a handfull of sittings, otherwise I get bored with it and move on to something else.  I guess I’m an immediate gratification kind of girl.

What is your favorite holiday? What winter holiday do you observe?

We celebrate the seasons, so pagan-themed, though we celebrate winter on Christmas Day instead of the Solstice.  My favorite holiday….I really like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas & my birthday.  So basically October through January!

Is there anything that you collect?

Not really, I’m pretty minimalistic & clutter bums me out.

Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

I like knitting books with an emphasis on toys & small scale projects.  I don’t have any knitting books, so no need to worry about buying me something I already have.  I have to say I don’t like old fashioned 70’s style books in black & white. The 100purewool 3 ply worsted looks like it comes in some fun color combos.  I’d like something bulky & feltable so I can make hotmitts.  No patterns that I know of, and I don’t have any knitting magazine subscriptions.

Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?

Hmmmm, I guess not right now.  Cables don’t currently interest me.  Like I said, I keep it pretty simple, ribbing excites me, LOL.

Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

Not yet.  I’d like to try though! Oh, maybe a sock pattern for some of those 9″ circs?  If there is a pattern for a dk weight sock, maybe on a size 4 needle, I may be able to swing something like that.  I don’t think I’m quite ready to delve into anything too tiny & I don’t like magic loop.  I wear an 8.5 or 39.

When is your birthday?

1/14

Are you on Ravelry? If so, what’s your ID?

I’m rajahkat on Ravelry, and I’m not on knitpicks.


Birthday Fun

Yesterday was birthday #32 for me!  And I have to honestly say I think it was the best one I’ve ever had. 🙂  Chris made me breakfast in bed & spoiled me rotten with beautifully wrapped gifts & lovely food.  He baked a white chocolate raspberry cake from scratch & picked out a new platform bed & gorgeous linens.  I’m really looking forward to my 2 week “lying in” when the new babe comes.  He picked out 3 skeins of awesome yarn from Imperial Stock Ranch too, and bought me 6 new circs.  And the kids made a huge banner with their art kits & they were all bathed with clean hair & brushed teeth on the same day!  Seriously folks, I know those of you with more than the average 2 kids know what a joy this can be.

The children

And some of my gifts.

Baby Things

I think I currently have 3 separate pairs of longies OTN and for some reason just don’t want to finish them.  Combine that with the 12 newborn cloth diapers I need to finish and I feel like I’m drowning in things that need to get done.  Did I mention I’m quickly approaching 37 weeks pregnant?  Oh lordy, why don’t I have a crafty mother or mother in law near by?The Newborn Longies~ Knit on Size 6 12in circs.  I LOVE these things!

Last Minute Baby Blanket in the softest baby alpaca ever!  Unfortunately this stuff was spendy and I still need two more hanks to finish it up.  I love the colors in this yarn though, and the camera really doesn’t do it justice.

More longies, these are on size 8 circs, 16in for the body & 12in for the legs.  These are super quick, IMO, so why oh why don’t I want to finish them?!?

Again on 8s, I loved the color combo of these two yarns, a spicy selection of mustard & paprika!