Knitter's Survey

Allison posted this on Facebook, but since I haven't blogged in a bit and my blog is connected to my Facebook I am just going to post it here.

How long have you been knitting? Technically since 1998, but I didn't start doing it hardcore until around 2003.

How did you learn to knit? Who taught you? I taught myself from a horrible booklet that contained lots of bad 80's sweaters.

Have you ever taught someone else to knit? I used to keep a tally of how many people I have taught to knit, but I got lazy in the early hundreds. If I had to guess I would say that I have taught about 200 people to knit.

What is your favorite project to knit? Hats. I love to knit them and I love to wear them.

What is your favorite fiber (cotton, wool, etc)? I have always been pretty partial to cottons, especially Blue Sky organic and Manos del Uruguay cotton stria.

What is your favorite yarn company? This is a tough one since I have several favorites depending on my mood and the season. Right now I am really into Noro sock yarns, but not for socks.

What colors do you like to work with? I tend to gravitate toward reds and oranges, but I am trying to move into a blue and green zone.

What needle size do you use most? US5 is my favorite size for most things.

Circulars or DPNs? DPNs for small circumferences and circulars for everything else.

Wood, bamboo, metal or plastic? Wood or Addi turbos. I love my turbos!!!

What tools are in your project bag? Stitch markers, scissors, measuring tape, point protectors, crochet hooks, safety pins, darning needles, a needle reference, corks from wine bottles, and a Virgin Mary pin.

What's on the needles right now? A pair of vintage socks, a lace shawl, and a cabled sideways hat (though it is MIA)

Do you knit mostly for yourself or others? About 50-50.

What's your favorite knitting book (pattern or otherwise)? I love Going Straight by Woolly Wormhead.

What is the weirdest thing you have ever knitted? I guess the Immaculate Heart of Mary or the tampons I knitted and crocheted for the tampon tree that never happened.

What is your dream project? I am not sure, but it is a sculptural project that is bigger than me. I'll let you know when I know.

What's your favorite finished object? My Abalone hat, I wear it all of the time. I also really like my chevron scarf made from two colorways of Mountain Colors' Bearfoot.

Do you listen to or read anything while knitting? I don't like to read while knitting because I have to stop to turn the pages, but I usually listen to music, NPR, or watch TV while knitting.

Have you ever sold something you knitted? I have done several commissioned jobs and I've sold a few non-commissioned items.

Have you done any of the following - spinning, dyeing, needle felting, hot water felting? All of the above. I love dyeing and spinning in the summertime when I am not in the mood to knit.

What is the maximum number of colors you have used in one project? I have no clue, but at least seven.

What other crafts are you into? I also like to crochet, sew, restore vintage furniture, and blend batts for spinning.

What have you learned from your knitting? I have learned not to get frustrated when I have to rip a project back and I've also learned to trust my measurements.

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