Knitted Purse Swap Questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I like natural fibers - 100% wool etc. I'm not a big fan of cotton (although for a purse it might not mattern much) or boucle.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? I have two needle rolls that were gifted to me by other secret pals.

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 4 years. I consider myself an intermediate. I can teach myself any new technique - it's just a matter of having the guts to try it. I'm still mastering socks and am planning on doing a toe-up sock soon.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes, you can search for it using my email 'beckysue33@hotmail.com'

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)
I like fruity scents, mango especially. I like sweatpea from Bath & Body Works too. I DO NOT LIKE cinnamon or a lot of those spice scents.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Yes, but I'm picky. The one thing I eat regularly is Cadbury's milk chocolate.

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

8. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
I love BLUE, orange, brown, pink...I like most colors in the right shade. I don't like pastels or really dark depressing colors - but no neon bright colors either.

9. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Married, no kids, no pets.

10. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I don't have a favorite item. I knit what I like at the time.

11. What are you knitting right now?
Socks and a hat.

12. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I use both straight and circ needles. I only like aluminum needles - no bamboo/wood needles for me.

13. Is there anything that you collect?
Well I buy a lot of books, so I guess I'm a bookworm.


Stash-A-Long 2007

I have been on a cleaning bug for the past couple of days. I've been clearing out clutter, organizing and the like. I finally organized my yarn into some sort of order and found it a permanent home in my house (I've been moving it around and playing with different storage options up until now.)

Looking at how much yarn I have (and I know it's not that bad compared to some), I decided to go ahead and join the Stash-A-Long. My problem is that I buy the yarn to make a certain project and then never seem to get around to making it...and then forgetting what I bought it for. So to kick off, here is what I have and below the photos are my goals for 2007.

Enough sock yarn to make 12 pairs of socks for me (so about 24+ skeins, with two skeins per pair)

This is just a bunch of multiple balls/skeins of various stuff I've picked up along the way.

The big guns! This is yarn I have 5 or more balls of and picked up for a specific project, including the Ribbi Cardi I've never gotten around to knitting.

What I want (hope) to achieve this year:

1. Use half the sock yarn by the end of 2007 and not buy anymore sock yarn this year at all. **Gifts from secret pals and the like do not count.

2. Knit Ribbi Cardi, Dizzy Mitts, and at least ONE more large project to get rid of one of these bags of yarn.

3. To use some of the odd balls of yarn to do one-skein or small projects. So my goal is to knit 10 small projects this year. Since in the second photo there are 17 bunchs of yarn, that should leave me with 7 of them.


Day 2 of 2007

Does everyone else have the same problem with writing '07' on everything? Lucky for me, I didn't take any checks as payment yesterday at work. Speaking of work, that is where the title for my last post came. I work at the Disney Store (for a few more days anyway) and I hear "to infinity & beyond" more often than I'd like from Mr. Buzz Lightyear [we have toys that talk when you push a button, and he's one of them.]

Polly posted a comment about why I would like to go to Finland. Well...I have a penpal there who I've been writing to since I was 15 (and I am now 29.) I just haven't had the chance to go yet and she has finally set a wedding date for this year so I'm going to meet her and attend her wedding.

As for knitting - I am working on my Sockret Pal's socks (so no photos) and this is my last knitting for someone else for a while. I have some projects I want to finish up and some socks to knit. I definitely have socks to knit since I signed up for (and now paid for) my Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Club. So on top of the bunch of Lorna's Laces I bought late last year, I will have enough sock yarn for a while. This is good considering I quit my job so I could do the internship and won't have any income for my yarn obsession.