Friday, March 11, 2005

Friday Morning Tag

This was interesting for me to complete as it forced me to think through a few things I hadn't given much consideration.

Do you knit using the English or Continental Method? I learned to knit using a modified English method. In reality, I've never seen anyone knit quite as I do. And then I read Annie Modesitt's book Confessions of a Knitting Heretic and discovered that I am actually mostly knitting in a Combined Method. Isn't it nice to be able to put a name to something? And to be able to tell people, "No, it's really works out for me, the way I knit. Look at the product, not the process!" And then I decided to teach myself traditional English and Continental so I could strand for fair isle. Confused? You bet I am.

How long ago did you learn to knit? My left-handed mama tried to teach me from the time I was about 8. She had little patience and being exceedingly left-dominant, hadn't the ability to see from my perspective to try to help me understand. I finally got the hang of it when I was 32, but only knit for a short while until I learned how to crochet. Something about the increased speed of production with crocheting caused me to put down my knitting for over 18 years. In November 2003, I spied a pair of handmade socks knit with Fortissima Colori. I was so entranced with the striping that I immediately went out and bought needles, pattern and yarn. I have not crocheted since.

Who taught you how? I taught myself, using some now-long-forgotten book.

What was your first FO? The first thing I made when I first learned to knit was a raglan top-down sweater for dh. No half-stepping for me! He still has it, but it's way too small. Prolly was back when I made it, too, but he was too kind to say so. In November 2003 my first FO was that pair of socks which still grace feet in this house.

Favorite yarn? Alpaca. Without question, alpaca. And in the #2 spot, Baby Cashmerino from Debbie Bliss. #3 would be Koigu. And then everything else soft and wooly. But not mohair. I have a real problem with mohair. Haven't yet found one soft enough to wrap around my neck without feeling as though I could scratch myself to death. I love the look, but the feel...I itch just thinking about it.

Favorite pattern you’ve knit so far? Anything socks, anything with cables. I love cables!

Favorite pattern source? No one source in particular. But Melissa Leapman's patterns seem to keep spinning off my needles, so perhaps...

Favorite needles? Circular—Addis in every size, and Brittany dpns.

Nicest thing you’ve ever knit: The alpaca Natalyas. No, the Baby Cashmerino layette set. No, the Natura pullover. No, the Koigu wristers. No.....

Most hated project: Can't remember b/c as soon as it becomes apparent that there's hate involved...even the tiniest bit of distaste for a pattern or yarn or combination thereof, off the needles it slips, into the frog pond. And often the yarn quickly finds a new home with someone who will love it. Not enough room to keep cantankerous yarn hanging around!

And this meme ends here because I think I may very well be the last knitblogger on the planet to have received it. Of course, I didn't have a blog until just a few weeks ago....but even so! Hrrrrumph.


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