SP4 Questionnaire

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high- a nd/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you? – Confessed yarn snob. Though I can appreciate an interesting novelty yarn (I’ve been known to buy synthetic/natural fibre mixes).

2. Do you spin? Crochet? – Want to spin, haven’t managed to get a drop spindle yet and yes I crochet.

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

4. How long have you been knitting? 3-4 years

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

6. What’s your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) – Lavender, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, citrus

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? – YES!

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? – Sew, make cards, beading, cooking (love making jams, chutneys), embroidery, felting, bookbinding.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) – Hmmm I like a lot of different stuff, everything from Stevie Wonder, Linda Ronstadt, most 80’s, Lyle Lovett, Holly Golightly, Portishead, Joss Stone as a sample. Yes my computer can play MP3’s.

10. What’s your favorite color? Or–do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? I tend to gravitate towards pinks, reds, black, browns, olive green.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? – Defacto relationship and I have a pussy cat.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know) – more international travel, buy a house, internal peace 🙂

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? – Rowan Kidsilk Haze and Big Wool. Noro. Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora. I also love yarns with interesting textures (Colinette).

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? – Acrylic, nylon, most synthetics, unless they are an accent. Itchy wool 🙂

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? – Kidsilk Haze. Sock yarn.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? – Don’t mind. Though I do like to intersperse garment knitting with toy and accessory knitting. I love quick gratification to keep me motivated. I do get bored easily.

17. What are you knitting right now? – Too many things. See this post.

18. What do you think about ponchos? – Don’t mind them, have knit a few.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? – Both, depending on what I’m knitting. Not a complete circular knitter, still a novice, but recently converted a pattern to circular.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? – It was bamboo only, but then tried some Addi’s and they are quick! Most my needles are bamboo (Brittany, Clover and Crystal Palace), with a bit of plastic and aluminum chucked in.

21. Are you a sock knitter? – I’ve knit one sock…but would like to knit more.

22. How did you learn to knit? – My friend Emma taught me. Just as The Wool Shack was being born.

23. How old is your oldest UFO? – Ummm 3-4 years

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? – I love cats.

25. What is your favorite holiday? —

26. Is there anything that you collect? – Yarn 🙂  Love a good vintage find (fabric, buttons, books).

Vintage finds!

Vintage_books_1 On a recent trip to visit my outlaws (actually they’re not, I just like the insinuation)in Swan View (a 40min drive from our place) we stopped in at Guildford on the way. They have a good scattering of secondhand stores. In particular there’s a book store that’s always worth a fossick.

Vintage_embroidery I had my first find for 2005. A 1972 Australian Women’s Weekly biscuit and slice cookbook. Has ALL the classics like vanilla slice, brandy snaps and meringues and macaroons galore. Classic, I tell ya. I particularly love the front cover photography, they call these biscuits Lunchbox Cookies, I wonder if it’s because they look like you spewed up your lunch? Don’t they remind you of those plastic spews you can buy. Not that I’d know anything about that 😉

I also SCORED an English craft magazine called Pins and Needles. I can’t find a year on it but it looks like it’s from the 50’s. Some fabulous emboridery patterns that were iron-on. I’m a little too scared to try ironing them, but I might give it a go. It has a few cute knitted and crochet items (as well as knitted vests and knickers for women…)

Yes, it does drape

Linen_drape_top_0105 I recently finished a top in Rowan’s discontinued Linen Drape in colourway Bleached. (Excuse the dark, out of focus, self portrait.) I used a pattern from a library book, it was a generic sweater book. The top was supposed to have 3/4 length sleeves, however I knew my guage was out and was satisfied when I put it on that if I did a crochet edge that no sleeves would be required (YES, I couldn’t be stuffed doing sleeves).

I have a sleeve phobia. They’re deceptive little buggars and always end up taking my way longer than I expect. Overall I’m "happy" with the top. Usually I have a fairly good sense of style/fit when buying clothes for myself (well, I think I do, if I don’t, friends now’s your time to speak up). However I didn’t think about the DRAPE part of Linen Drape. So it does drape, over my ample bossom. Which is ok, but not fantastic. It’s an "hhhmmm, I’ll wear it", not a "whoo hooo, how great is this knit". Hopefully once Rosy is finished she’ll be a whoo hoo.

I nearly forgot to mention. I also converted this pattern to circular knitting. The first garment I’ve ever knitted circular and first pattern I’ve converted to circular. Overall it was nice to knit and also no horrible side seams. I didn’t think the pattern suited a three needle bind off on the shoulders as the shaping was very minimal and it would have been too tricky for me to bother with. I did a false side seam as my Vogue Knitting manual advised and it’s come out pretty good. You drop a stitch where the side seam should be and then crochet hook it up (with a combo of 1 stitch then 2 stitches at a time).


Alison tagged me. (Secretly I hoped she would. I saw Cari had tagged her and was hopefully waiting). Thanks Alison 🙂

I live with a man who has a HUGE music collection. Mainly indie music. He has a thing for girl bands which I think is cute (I haven’t told him that and he doesn’t read this, so he tells me). I’ve always been shy about music. It’s one of those things that I think defines us. For instance when I was on RSVP and dating (that’s how we met) and was reading profiles the first things I’d look for are what they read and listen too. I discounted sooo many men for writing Jimmy Barnes, Cold Chisel or ACDC were they’re favourite band. I had a preconcieved idea of what they would be like. I suppose I could have missed out on some gems. But when Chris contacted me I looked at his music list and didn’t even know most of the bands. I took this to be interesting. He is!

Enough stalling…

1. Total amount of music files on yoru computer?

On my work computer, about 3,000 files.

2. CD you last bought?

Joss Stone, The Soul Sessions.

3. What is the song you last listened to before reading this message?

Malente – We Came to Party.

4. 5 songs you often listen to, or which mean a lot to you?

  • All Cried Out – Alison Moyet (classic 80’s tragic)
  • Cry Me a River – Acapelicans
  • Master Blaster – Stevie Wonder
  • If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
  • Short Skirt/Long Jacket – Cake

5. Who are you going to pass this on to and why?

This is tricky, not a lot of my friends have blogs either, but here goes:

  • Emma, ’cause she has a blog and she’s one of my best mates AND she needs a distraction from being tired and having sore nipples,
  • Anthony*, good way to get to know him better,
  • Jena, she was my SP2 and it seems we have a lot in common, again a way to get to know her better.

* I guess I’m not "friends" with Anthony but acquaintances. I saw him speak at a Perth Blog Nite and thought he was interesting and started reading his blog and leaving comments. He’s a foodie and we’ve agreed that we’ll meet up for a meal sometime this year.


Preserved and baked

Candied_peelIt seems I have a preserving fetish. I don’t particularly like eating candied peel but I’ve always wanted to make some. I did recently, the recipe took me on a five day journey. Was it worth it? I’m not sure, but Chris loves it.

Apricot_clove_jamAs it is apricot season thought I’d make some more jam. So apricot and clove was born. Delicious.

Jam_drops_cookedI also have a baking fetish, I’m not a huge cake lover but I love scones, biscuits (particularly home baked) and cupcake type things. After making the apricot jam I decided it would be sacrilegious not to make jam drop biscuits. They don’t look too special, but they were yummy.

As I’ve mentioned previously I want to master the cupcake, we have an IV meetup in a week so I may give it another bash.

Saltpig_flask Continuing with food. See my new salt pig. Isn’t she lovely! M generously gave me the pig for Christmas. A huge surprise and I love her. She’s quite happy next to my tin flask.