A knitting meme! I was stupidly excited to be tagged. It made me feel like one of the cool kids.1. What is your all-time favorite yarn to knit with?
Well, although I own tons of it, and I totally agree with Chrissy
that it's the "Budweiser of yarns," it's not
Wool-Ease. I loved knitting with Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk, though it didn't frog too well. Also, I received a ball of Filatura di Crosa Zara as an RAK, and that is like heaven. So soft.2. Favorite needles?
Well, almost always circular ones. Even if I'm knitting back and forth, I usually use circs. (As far as I'm concerned, the raison d'etre
of dpns is i-cord.) For some projects, you just can't beat the Addis. I also have many 40" inch Inox circulars of which I am very fond. But I like the warmth and organic feel of bamboo needles, too, to put it as cheesily as possible.3. What's the worst thing you ever knit?
Lord, where to begin? I went through a novelty yarn fluffy scarf phase. Is that bad enough?4. Favorite knit pattern? The most fun to knit?
Hard to say. I knit a lot of things that are basics -- basic raglan sweater, basic socks, etc. The Log Cabin socks that I am working on now are really fun. Elizabeth Zimmerman's "yoke sweater by the percentages" from Knitting Without Tears
is a favorite.5. Most valuable knitting technique?
The combination of toe-up
, short-row toes
and heels, and the Magic Loop
(knitting on one long circ) makes socks really, really fun to knit. Cabling without a cable needle
has made me love cables.6. Best knit book or magazine?
My favorite knitting magazine is definitely Interweave Knits
. I love to look at the "Staff Projects." It's fun to see how different designers interpret a garment, even if I wouldn't want to knit that particular project. As far as knitting books go, I can't possibly pick one. I love Elizabeth Zimmerman (don't we all?). Nancie Wiseman's Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques
is really helpful with a part of the process that I find trying. Maggie Righetti's Knitting in Plain English
is an often overlooked, very valuable resource. For browsing/eye candy/inspiration, Weekend Knitting
and Handknit Holidays
by Melanie Falick.7. Favorite knitalong?
I'm really new to this KAL thing, but I love it! I can't really participate in an SnB (it's hard for me to go out in the evenings), so for me KALs and blogging are my only opportunity to knit with others. I have to give Lolly her props. Socktoberfest
rocks.8. Favorite knitblogs?
Well, I read all the Usual Suspects (Yarn Harlot
, blue blog
, Knit and Tonic
). At risk of sounding like a total suck-up, I have to say Carolyn's blog
is my favorite. Her projects really have inspired me to try new (usually harder!) things. Check out Anna's My Fashionable Life
; she doesn't post very often, but when she does, it's amazing. Since I love to travel, and can't really, I like to do it virtually through blogstalking: international favorites are Carola's Sheep and No City
from Iceland and Serendipity
from Melbourne, Australia. Chris's bits of knits
always puts a smile on my face.9. Favorite knitwear designer?
Hmmm. I haven't ever knitted one of her designs, but I like the look of Jo Sharp's stuff. Also Norah Gaughan.10. The knit item that you wear the most?
Most of the stuff that I have made was either made for someone else, or I ended up giving it away. I have been wearing this sweater a lot lately. But I am sure that it will be displaced in my affection when I finish this
. My Vineyard socks have been getting a lot of use too. Minty
: you are tagged!
Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes for G and the nice comments about the Log Cabin socks! I hope to be posting the finished pair soon!