Monday, 8 September 2008

Ravelry Rubberneckers Swap Questionnaire

*Waves to Melissa from the Rubberneckers*

What form of fibre manipulation do you prefer?  Knitting.  Me and the crochet are passing acquaintances but I don't have time to get good at it.  Oh, and I spin, because I can't resist the fluffiness, and wow, I can MAKE YARN, which gives me the warm fuzzies.

What fibres do you prefer?  All of them.  I guess I probably am a fibre snob in that I don't own any pure acrylic these days, but I have nothing against it and consider man-made fibres to be helpful in certain blends.  Otherwise there's pretty much no fibre I wouldn't be overjoyed to receive, although I have a crush on camelids (llamas, alpacas etc) and angora bunnies.

What colours do you prefer?  All of them, although my liking for yellow can be variable so I always cite that as one to avoid.  I'm not all that keen on muddy green/brown/orange colours either (olive, mustard, khaki etc) though warm browns are fine.

Are you allergic to any fibers, perfumes, drugs, or food?  Not really, unless you come round and actually rub a cat in my face (so the cat having hugged the yarn is fine).  I find scratchy wools, mohair and angora mildly uncomfortable to wear immediately next to my skin, but I wouldn't call it an allergy, and would happily knit/spin/wear those fibres as accessories or as garments with a layer underneath.

Do you have a wishlist? If yes, where can it be found?  No.  It's a shame you can't see my shopping cart full of Socks That Rock at Blue Moon Fiber Arts though!

Do you have a blog? Where?  Yep.  You're reading it.

Is there anything else you collect (other than yarn)?  This is going to sound weird, but field guides (birds, wildlife, plants, rocks etc) - these are my favourite things to bring back from holidays, but I also love ones for places I've never been.  I also love guide books and find it fascinating to read really old or foreign guides to my own city, London, and see how similar/different a tourist's view is to my own life here.  I also find vintage knitting patterns/magazines highly entertaining in terms of photography/fashion/wording, although I haven't knit from one.  Non-books: I immensely enjoy adding to my stash of beads, ribbons, card stock, stickers and other craft supplies - not that I get round to doing much jewellery or card making, but when I do get the urge, I like to be ready!  Also sparkly stitch markers, cool postcards or badges, geeky science toys... all these things make me happy.

Any books, yarn, patterns, or needles that are out there that you are dying to get your hands on?  Call me a cheap date, but I'd love to try some KnitPicks yarn, because I hear good things but they don't ship internationally.  I'd also love to give dyeing a go, so undyed yarn and dye would be fab, especially Kool Aid because you can get the expensive dyes here, but not that, and I'd rather start off cheap and non-toxic!  Sock yarn is probably the most likely to get used - I like other weights too and am a sucker for laceweight, but have never actually made anything from my laceweight stash yet as I'm too scared.

Edibles?  Yes please!  Although (takes deep breath and finds somewhere to hide) I don't like Hershey's chocolate.  I've tried to like it, honestly I have, but to me, that's not what chocolate tastes like and it's icky. Naturally I defend anybody else's right to eat it, as long as I don't have to.  Oh, and assuming, dear swap partner, you're not in the UK, there are some Customs rules to be borne in mind although they generally don't cause a problem.  You can see what's restricted by country of origin here.

1 comment:

Kate said...

Get yourself on over to http://www.knitpicks.com/ and pick something darling out!

There ARE ways around the "No International Shipping" dilemma

Set up a USA address for these type of purchases with http://www.bongous.com
it's best of course if you have multiple things to consolidate. Hope that info helps sometime:)