This was originally posted in my Journal August 8, after browsing the Fiber RAOK ring. I decided to make it a permanent link, just 'cause I can (and I'm *bored* at work!)
So, without further ado, here are my Likes and Dislikes:
Likes & Loves
1. Loves - Clean, fluffy wool. Raw wool is ok, if it's colored wool; I prefer the white wool to be scoured. Handspun yarn is the best!, but Lorna's Laces, Cherry Tree Hill, and (surprisingly) Opal are also good. Bluster Bay shuttles - they are the best of the best, IMNSHO! Ditto for Alden Amos spinning wheels...but I won't go into raptures over them here. I'd run out of room!
2. Colors - Yes. *gg* Anything in the blue/green/burgundy families is wonderful, but when presented with rovings or yarns, multi-colored will win every time. I seem to be gravitating towards more natural colorways right now, instead of the wild bright ones, but that might change!
3. Texture - In knits, yes - I am an AS cable fan! Wovens, not so much so (unless I'm using handspun). Yarns - depends. I love the look of boucle yarn, or tail-spun kid mohair. It really depends on what look I'm going for in the finished item, and how it's going to be used.
4. Weight - Erm. I started out weaving, so I still haven't figured out standard knitting terminology. For knitting, I like - I guess it's DK or worsted weight for clothing, socks - sock weight. My handspun tends to run about 14 - 20 WPI when plied and washed (whatever *that* makes it!)
5. Yarn Favorites - This is a hard one, since I like to spin my own. But, when I just *have* to start a project (or it's using cotton) I'll buy the yarn. Lorna's Laces, Cherry Tree Hill, Wool Ease's Fisherman Yarn (great for the kid's sweaters - cheap and wears relatively well!)....I really like the cotton mill-ends I got from Webs a few years ago - it makes *great* dishtowels (woven -this stuff is *thin*)
1. Regular Wool Ease - the acrylic tends to ball up and fuzz on me.
2. Red Heart Yarn - it feels gross on my hands
3. Plastic Knitting needles - my stitches tend to stick
4. Yarn that sheds or that is too fragile to actually use.
Tools that I use
1. My Alden Amos Collection (TM) - I currently have 2 of his wheels, with a 3rd on order. Wonderful, wonderful wheels. I have a full collection of his spindles, and a squirrel-cage swift.
2. I use my Ashford Traveller for any outdoor spinning I might be doing, especially if water is in the forecast. It's a workhorse, but not very efficient.
3. Knitting needles - Thanks to Ebay, I have a pretty good selection. Mostly metal - love the Addi Turbos! Circs mostly, since I prefer to knit in the round. Wood needles are ok, unless they're the ebony ones, in which case they rock! - but sometimes my handspun tends to stick a bit.
4. Bluster Bay shuttles - I love the way these feel in my hands. They fit me better then the LeClerc or Harrisville shuttles do. They also look nicer, IMHO, then the mass-produced shuttles.
Tools I need but don't have
I'm a tool slut** (explanation below) *eg*, so there's not a whole lot on this list! But, there are a few:
1. Complete set of bamboo DPNs for socks, mittens, and gloves. I have some; most of my DPNs are metal and make my hands hurt.
2. Complete set of bamboo Circular needles. Ditto the above.
3. Sock patterns! I *love* hand knit socks, and want to get into some patterned ones.
4. Picker - If I'm dreaming, I might as well add this. I've got 6 pounds of Romney waiting to be carded, and a picker would sure speed things up! It's not a necessity, though, just a "if I won the lotto and paid everything off I'd get *this*" sort of thing.
5. Just thought of 1 thing I love that I really need more of: stitch markers. I had made a bunch of beaded ones, but they've been misplaced in the move. Must go to the bead store...
6. Oh, and I absolutly *adore* handmade kitchen stuff - potholders, dishtowels, washcloths..I find that handmade stuff gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside every time I see/use it.
**My late DH and I had an agreement - any time 1 of us wanted a big ticket item (ie, over $100), we had to give our spouse the same amount in cash. I made a killing....*g*. Steve was a firearm collector, a sword and knife collector, and a tool collector. That's how I ended up with 4 wheels, a huge loom, the shuttle collection.....the list goes on and on.
Thanks to Kae for starting this one!
I also ran across another one, so I'm adding it here as well. (2 for the price of 1, you might say!)
1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high-end/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
Definately a yarn snob. The only Lion Brand I like is the Fisherman's Aran, because it's wool..but it's not the best. Acryllic...ick. 'Nough said.
2. Do you spin? Crochet?
Spin, yes; crochet, no - can't wrap my brain around it. Also weave - that's what started the whole fiber addiction. (Stay away from looms, I'm telling ya - they suck you right in!)
3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
I'm allergic to smoke and some dusts. My son, however, is allergic to just about everything - he has asthma and is set off easily. The dogs seem to not trigger him, but I watch him like a hawk. (He's the main reason I got a Dyson vacuum.)
4. How long have you been knitting?
4 1/2 years now. Spinning for.....5 1/2, weaving for 8 or 9.
5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
No, it's too dangerous! Bookstores and fiber stores are a main weakness....not sure which is worse, actually!
6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
Plumera, or chocolate. Not together, though! *g*
7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
Ummm, yes. Chocolate. And cheesecake. Covered in chocolate. Hell, cover just about anything in chocolate and I'll probably scarf it down.
8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I've just started quilting, leather-working, making garb...I like soapmaking, but because of the kids I stick to melt and pour. Safer all the way around.
9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s?
MP3s - probably. Music......the entire RenRadio playlist. Ren Faire music, bagpipes, sea shanties, folk-type music are big hits here. (Yes, I am weird....so are my kids. They *beg* for the Corsairs or Pryates Royale CDs!)
10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer?
Favorite color - green. Palette - earth tones, or sea tones.
11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Widowed with 2 young kids (7 and 4). Pets...yes. 2 Pyrs, 1 Irish Wolfhound (told you I was weird!), 5 horses, 1 shetland pony, and 4 goldfish. (but no partridge in a pear tree - yet)
12. What yarn would you buy if you only had $20 and free reign in a yarn store?
Depends on what they had and what I currently was obsessed with making. Probably Cherry Tree Hill or Lorna's Laces, just because I love their colorways.
13. What is the one type of project that you fall for time and time again?
Oh, dear......knitting - cables, socks, or cutesy intarsia for the kids.
Weaving........shawls. Right now, though, I'm obsessing over dishtowels.
Spinning.....fluffy tail-spun mohair.
(Hey - it's only *1* project for each craft, right?)
This was interesting, and made me think. Thanks to whoever started this one - I can't remember to properly credit you.