Secret Pal 11 Questionnaire


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

I love to knit with blends - cashmere, merino, angora and silk blends. As with many others, I don't like acrylic as it is too rough on my hands and uncomfortable to wear, and I don't like any novelty yarns. If we have to talk actual names, I love the Rowan RYC range, and the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino range.

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

For my straights, I keep them in these ceramic cylinder vase type things that my SP10 got me.
My Denises are kept in its case, and my circulars are kept in a needle roll that I made.

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

I have been knitting for about 18 months now. I learnt mainly from books and websites. I think of myself as an intermediate knitter -I can cable, I can shape, seam, read charts and knit with dpns.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

Sure do! I have a wist, and an Amazon wish list

5. What's your favorite scent?

I love fruity fresh smells and my perfumes currently include things like Ralph Lauren Ralph, YSL Babydoll, Ralph Lauren Romance, Ralph Lauren Blue , and I also love DKNY Delicious and Britney's Curious...Other smells I love include the smell of fresh bread, and I love the creaminess of vanilla.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

Certainly! I love chocolates - especially chocolates with hazelnuts, I love truffles, and I love those japanese chewing gums, pocky, and hello pands! I love dark chocolate, but no white chocolate thanks!

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

I also sew - but not too often, and not particularly well.. ! I am also just learning to craft with polymer clay.

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

My current favourites include Snow Patrol, The Fray, Cold Play and Keane - that sort of music. My computer can play MP3s, but my car can only play normal CDs. And I have a Creative Zen Micro so I can play mp3s on that too.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?

I love all things cheerful - so pastels, and bright colours such as turquoise, fuschia, greens... I also love a lot of neutrals such as olives and grey.. Im not too big a fan of browns, oranges and yellows..

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

My partner lives 6 hours away and I have one brother, one sister (both younger) and my dad. No pets.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

I do! I love scarves and mittens .. Unfortunately, as much as i love hats and beanies, I look ridiculous in them .. and ponchos often swamp me :(

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

I like to knit sweaters and cardis - things that are functional and I can incorporate into my wardrobe easily.

13. What are you knitting right now?

I have just ordered yarn for Rowan's Lisette, Rowan's Rambling Rose, and Martin Storey's Julia sweater.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

I do - but they need to be animal and smoke free :)

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

I'm a straight knitter - and I prefer bamboos from size 3.25mm up , and aluminium or metal if they're smaller (I tend to break my bamboos and plastic ones otherwise!)

However, since buying my Denise set, I have been moving towards circulars!

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

Yes to the first, no to the swift.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

Norah Gaughan's Capecho. I can't bear to frog it. It's about 6 months old.

18. What is your favorite holiday?

I like adventure holidays where I get to do things and immerse myself in another culture. I trekked out to Everest Base Camp in Nepal in March-April of this year and had a blast. I'm planning my next adventure and it looks like it will be to Vietnam and China at the end of this year.

19. Is there anything that you collect?


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

I am dying to get my hands on some of the Kim Hargreaves patterns which are currently Kit-only but where I only want the pattern. Patterns such as Maggie, Carrie, Marigold, Bea, and Violet

Patterns - I would also love to get my hands on the pattern for knitted dress from Vogue SS07, and the Central Park Hoodie.

Books on my wishlist can be found at my amazon list

Needles - I would like some addi turbos - currently my circulars are bamboo and I'm not particularly fond of bamboo for circulars..

Yarns - I would like to try yarns not available here in Australia. Things knitpicks, some of the rowan range, cascade yarns, etc.

I don't currently have any magazine subscriptions but I do read and buy on a regular basis Phildar, Vogue Knitting and Interweave.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?

Not really, but there are some nice crochet patterns out there and I can't crochet at all.

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

I have knitted one pair thanks to my SP10!!

23. When is your birthday?

8th December

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?




4:34 AM, August 11, 2007

Thanks for posting your questionnaire. /sp11 hostess nic