Recession Special Swap Questions

These are the Swap questions for the Ravelry Recession Special Swap.

1. Do you knit or crochet, or both? How long have you been at the craft?
I knit constantly, but have no real interest in crocheting, just knitting.

2. Do you spin?
No, although it would be fun to learn someday.

3. What yarns/fibers are your favorites?
My favorites yarns are:
Soft – I hate scratchy!
DK, fingering, or laceweight.
Natural animal fibers, such as merino, alpaca, other four legged creatures. Or, luxury fibers like cashmere and silk, innovative fibers like linen, and bamboo.

4. What yarns/fibers do you not like?
I confess to yarn snobbery.
I don’t like synthetic fibers, acrylic, etc., or anything that might be characterized as a “novelty” yarn, and anything made of ribbon, festooned with metallic thread, decorated with glitter, or otherwise tarted up.
I hate chunky yarns and scratchy yarns and yarns that give you shivers like fingernails on a blackboard.

5. What yarns/fibers would you like to try but haven’t?
The yarns I haven’t tried tend to be ones that don’t fit in with a recession swap! So, if you have a buffalo, llama, or quivit in the backyard, you could surprise me!

6. What are your favorite colors? Colors that you don’t like?
I’m starting to feel like the world’s pickiest swapee, but here goes:
Colors I absolutely never use/wear/look good in:
black — white — navy — royal blue — kelly green — magenta
grey — baby blue or baby pink — neon colors — harsh colors.

Colors I really like:
medium dark forest green
deep teal
periwinkle lavender
most shades of brown
rich yellow-y cream
aubergine
generally, I like orange, red, yellow, greens, violets, brown, deep cream, taupe, and burgundy.

7. What are your favorite types of projects to knit/crochet?
I’m currently infatuated with lace. I’m also trying to finish a pile of UFOs, with some success. And, I have several not-yet-started sweaters. Plus, I aspire to actually finish a pair of socks!

8. What are you currently working on?
Todos Scarf, Secret Garden Shawl, a silk scarf of my own pattern, an “Assmat” for the Ravelry Kitty Toy Swap, and a pair of socks for my daughter.

9. What is your favorite FO? (Please post a picture if you have one.)
It will be the Secret Garden Shawl, just as soon as I finish it!

10. Are there any techniques that you want to learn?
I would like to know how to work with different colors. Not the geometric fair isle, but the modular and intarsia and the glorious Kaffe Fasset knits. I books on these subjects, but haven’t been able to figure it out yet.

11. Do you have a yarn winder and/or swift?
No, but they sound useful.

12. How do you store your needles/hooks?
I have a lovely silk case that kind of works. I’m trying to design one that works even better!

13. Do you collect anything?
Um, besides Koigu rainbow yarn? And laceweight yarn? I collect smooth, non-snagging baskets for yarn holding, glass paperweights, pottery, handmade soaps, hooks to hang things on, and gimcracks in general.

14. Do you like sweets?
No. I have to monitor my blood sugar, so I try to avoid sweets.

15. What are your favorite scents?
earthy, patchouli, unexpected scents, I actually love perfume!

16. Are you having a birthday during this swap?
My birthday is September 13.

17. Do you have any online wish lists? (Amazon, Loopy Ewe, etc.) Please include a link for your pal.
I will start such a list and then come back and post a link.

18. What is your living situation (Are you married? Do you have kids, pets, or both?)
I have been married for 27 years, and we have two “kids” ages 22 and 25. We have 2 dogs that we like, and 3 cats that we love.

19. Are you allergic to anything?
No.

20. Is there anything else that you would like your pal to know?
Two things.
First, I don’t join swaps for the yarn, but as a fun way to get to know other knitters, and the “making friends” part means more to me than the yarn.
Secondly, (and I realize this contradicts what I just said) I really appreciate in advance any bit of “spoiling” right now. It’s kind of a rough patch for me, because I’m a month into a year-long medical treatment with difficult side-effects, and I also have to find a new job by the end of the year. I’m generally staying cheerful and positive. But, I must admit that, even though I don’t join swaps to get things (I hardly have room for the yarn I already have!) , at this moment a few little surprises wouldn’t go amiss!

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