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Missing Left Sock Beast
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Coyote Musings
Coyote handsome
his coat the same brown
as the dust from which he rises


What is the sound of one hand slapping Schroedinger's cat?


The Quantum Duck goes "quark, quark."

September 2010
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Missing Left Sock Beast [userpic]

I've signed up for the Knitters/Crocheters Secret Pal 5 (info here), and they suggest filling out the mini-questionnaire behind the cut to make life easier for whoever my "pal" ends up being.

I'm cross-posting this here and at clickhits.modblog.com

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?

Although not particularly a yarn snob as such (I'll use, for example, Lion Brand Wool Ease), I generally prefer natural fibers. I won't use Red Hart or Homespun under any circumstances.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?

No, although I'd like to learn, and sort of.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)

Moderate smoke and cat allergies, some seasonal, but other than that nothing that I know of.

4. How long have you been knitting?

Since 1999. Six years - whew! Longer than I thought.

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

Yes, here.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)

Peppermint, or other mints. Following that, citrus scents such as orange or lemon verbena.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?


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

I've started designing book pages (not scrapbooking, but just designing arty book pages), I write poetry, I've tried to teach myself to quilt but don't have a machine to sew straight seams with (the actual quilting I'm willing to do by hand, but not the piecework). I can and have cross-stitched in the past, but it's something that I'm more likely to end up UFOing than not.

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

There's precious little I don't like, but my collection tends toward pop and rock (Duran Duran, Maroon 5, Sugar Ray, Dave Matthews Band, MatchboxTwenty, Aerosmith, Santana, Sting) and I'm seriously out of touch with what's new on the music scene. I listen to a lot of classical, as well (Beethoven, Bach, Debussy...Chopin is a particular favorite). Yes, my computer plays MP3s, and I have an almost-full iRiver MP3 player as well.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?

My absolute favorite color is green, tending toward green-blue. The "Earth" pallette also appeals to me (Browns, Greys, Greens). I'm really, really not fond of colors that don't occur in nature, and I'm not over-fond of oranges (although warm rusts do sometimes appeal to me) or yellows.

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

There is only me, sir. I have two rats.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)

Someday, I want to be a teacher.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?

Mm. So far, Kureyon and Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted - but I don't have a lot of comparison, either.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I have not yet met an acrylic that I particularly cared for - which isn't to say I couldn't have my mind changed.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?

I don't currently have any, other than finishing the five or six UFOs cluttering up my apartment.

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

Lace items, providing that the lace pattern is sufficiently interesting. Once I finish the five or six UFOs cluttering up my apartment, I'm planning on starting a phase of shawl and stolemaking, I think.

17. What are you knitting right now?

Nothing, I'm at work.

Okay, seriously. The Tablecloth of Doom, a DNA scarf, a short-row scarf, the Lil' devil pants from SNBN, the Irish Hiking Scarf, and I'm pretty sure I have something else on needles but darned if I can think of what.

18. What do you think about ponchos?

I prefer shawls. I don't like things that confine my arms.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

It depends on the project.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

Bamboo or other wood. I break the tips of plastic needles, and find aluminum much too slick.

21. Are you a sock knitter?


22. How did you learn to knit?

I taught myself from a book, with a little help from my mother when I got confused.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?

Not very...probably the DNA scarf, and it's about six months old.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?

My favorite animated character is Stitch, of Lilo and Stitch, followed closely by Marvin the Martian. My favorite animal, as you may guess from the user name, is the coyote, and I like owls even if they are bad omens.

25. What is your favorite holiday?


26. Is there anything that you collect?

Checking my closet, I'd have to say that I collect yarn. and DVDs and books.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

I used to have one to Interweave, but I let it lapse.

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?

Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls, though it's not on my amazon wish list.