I’ve been tagged, meme’d, me-me-dee, whatever. I can’t believe that anyone would be interested in this, but apparently Emily is not too embarrassed to reveal the lack of stimulation in her life and has decided to pursue this line of questioning. Here goes.
Do you knit using the English or Continental Method? Continental. I learned the throwing style first, but decided to switch when I began using circular needles. You see, I used to support the right-hand needle in the fold where my thigh meets my hip, an improvised knitting belt really. But you can't do that with circulars, they just collapse. I made the change while working the Barbara Walker Learn to Knit Afghan Book—I would watch Elizabeth Zimmermann videos, hitting the rewind button over and over again to figure out how she was holding her fingers. Handy to know both methods for the color work I like to do.
How long ago did you learn to knit? I taught myself to knit 29 years ago when I was living in Glasgow, Scotland (a very brief sojourn) from a BBC book (take a look at the couple on the cover!). I knit all of three things in the intervening years. I became a knitter, however, in 1998.
Who taught you how? Moi meme. (Is that correct? I wanted to include this little Francophile play on words somewhere!) For those who don’t know French, and for those who do and realize that I’ve totally screwed up the language, this means: me.
What was your first FO? Giant scarf, knitted lengthwise with stocking stitch and purl welts. Out of European acrylic that has been washed so many times I couldn’t tell you and still feels great. Feral style, I began this as an afghan but it morphed into a scarf. Totally 70’s colors—thank god for the retro look. It’s long enough to do a dramatic triple-toss. Someday I'll write this up because, even after all this time (I mean, look at how threadbare the fringe has become!) people ask how to make it.
Favorite yarn? I love it all, all, all, I tell you. You might guess that I have a real fondness for Shetland jumperweight—and you’d be right. I think this dates from my first Fair Isle yoke cardigan, purchased in 1967 or so. Wish I still had it!
Favorite pattern you’ve knit so far? Oh dear. My favorite pattern is always the next one.
Favorite pattern source? My imagination. Of printed patterns? Most anything by Meg Swansen.
Favorite needles? Circular—but not Addi Turbos (I knit too loosely for these slick fellows).
Nicest thing you’ve ever knit: Always the most recently completed item.
Most hated project: Oh, I’m quick to abandon any project that falls into the even slightly irritating category. I’m totally into knitting pleasure, although I will persevere through sleeves to reach my goals.
Gig Harbor Retreat
Sheila, Katie, and Karen have all posted interesting summaries, much more informative than mine, of the Madrona Fiberarts Retreat. Take a look if you missed out on the real thing. And here's my new wheel, home safe and sound:
Preparing for the Party
I’m off to purchase food for the Dulaan Knit-In tomorrow! I might even clean the house up a bit. Don’t count on it. Those with dust allergies had better take a pill before showing up. Becca dropped off some great tweedy wool for the event. Thanks, dear--wish you could join us!
I'm feeling pretty chatty (how many cups of coffee was that, anyway?) but I'm going to leave my thoughts on color tools for tomorrow. When I found out I was going to have a daughter, my first thoughts were panicky: What would I have to say to her for so many hours together??? I would bore her to tears! And I feel that way about you, Dear Readers (although obviously you have more options than the tiny scrap of humanity I gave birth to, not so tiny anymore, but still she's stuck with me and you can just stop reading this at any time). At any rate, I need to keep something up my sleeve just in case!