I’ve been tagged for a meme by Marguerite! I told her this was like getting chosen head cheerleader or getting to sit at the cool kid’s table at school (neither of which EVER happened to me in high school)! So here goes (although please don’t ask me what “meme” means):
What is your all time favorite yarn to knit with?
No contest – Dale Baby Ull. It’s 100% wool and so soft that you can wear it next to your skin. Great for babies and adults. And machine washable, although I don’t.
Your favorite needles?
Addi Turbo circulars – you just can’t have too many pairs, although they’re getting kind of pricey. I also love my Bernat straights. I have two sets, 7″ and 14″ that my husband bought me the first year we were married. Like the marriage, they’re still going strong at 33 years and I use them all the time. The nicest gift he’s ever bought me.
The worst thing you’ve ever knit or crocheted?
This might sound a little arrogant, but I’ve never made anything I didn’t love. Part of that is because I am not afraid to cut my losses and frog! Closest I’ve come? The very first sweater I ever knit – a cardigan in a hideous kelly green (what WAS I thinking?). I don’t think I ever finished it, but I honed my continental knitting skills on it, so it served me well.
Your most favorite knit or crochet pattern? (maybe you don’t like wearing it…but it was the most fun to knit)
My Alice Starmore Flying Geese Gansey. Out of Dale Baby Ull, of course. I loved every minute of knitting this, as I do most Starmore patterns.
Most valuable knitting technique?
Do knit and purl count? I don’t know what else to pick. I can’t think of a single technique that I would choose over any other. They all work together.
Best knit book or magazine?
Once again, Alice Starmore is right up there with “Aran Knitting”. I’ve seen it go for a bundle on eBay, but I wouldn’t sell mine for any price. But I also have to choose “Knitting Without Tears” by Elizabeth Zimmerman. It was the first knitting book I ever bought (I have a first edition!). More than anything else, it taught me to be fearless about knitting and never to be afraid to try something. It taught me that knitting should be fun!
Your favorite knit-a-long?
Uh, don’t have one yet.
Your favorite knitblogs? I’m going to rephrase this one into the three knitbloggers I’d most like to have over for coffee.
Tops is Marguerite at Stitches of Violet. She seems like the kind of person I could happily spend the afternoon with – knitting, talking about our granddaughters and just having a great time. I think we are kindred souls.
Lorette – the Knitting Doctor. We’ve actually met and she is as articulate and fun as her blog. And she’s a doctor! How cool is that? I’m in awe of anyone that smart and dedicated who also knits.
Li at Life’s a Stitch. We’ve also met and had a great time. She’s the first knitblogger I actually met in person and she did not turn out to be an axe murderess as all my friends warned (You’re going to meet someone you met on the internet????). Pretty darn good knitter too.
Your favorite knitwear designer?
Alice Starmore. I find her patterns very knittable and wearable as well. The patterns are clear and are obviously written by some who actually knits! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her and have taken her Fair Isle knitting class (but not actually knit a Fair Isle sweater – I can’t get gauge. Man, that woman knits tightly!). So far I have made 6 of her designs, but unfortunately some were given away before my picture-taking, blogging days.
The knit item you wear the most? (how about a picture of it!)
I going to choose two. One is my Starmore Flying Geese gansey (out of Dale Baby Ull, of course) and my Norwegian sweater. This Norwegian sweater was knit without a pattern, using Elizabeth Zimmerman’s guidelines. I used fingering weight Alpaca! It was a rousing success and gave me an enormous confidence in my abilitiy to improvise and it is a wonderful, wonderful sweater to wear. It was also the first sweater I ever steeked and cut – on fingering weight alpaca. EZ said it was ok.
Memes, I believe, are a little like a pyramid scheme. There’s so many people at the top, but by the time it has trickled down to me, everyone’s done it. So rather than tag anyone, I will encourage anyone reading this who has not done it to have a go and let me know in comments so I can check it out.
And . . . I am officially on vacation as of today. Woo hoo! We fly out Sunday to my parents’ house in Missouri for Thanksgiving. Don’t know if I’ll blog or not. They have internet, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to download pictures. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go figure out what knitting to pack. Everyone knows that’s a lot more crucial than clothing. What to put in the carry on vs. the checked luggage. Are all my scissors and otherwise sharp things out of my carryon? Do I have enough projects???? Are there any yarn stores nearby in case I run out? The list goes on and on!