A while ago (so long ago I barely remember doing it, actually) I signed up for the secret pal exchange Interweave put together in honor of Leigh Radford's book One Skein. I'm not much of a sweater knitter, so I'm in favor of anything that promotes little projects. Sweaters are not the pinnacle of skill or accomplishment.
Also, strangers sending me yarn? Nothing wrong with that.
My secret pal contacted me from a secret, anonymous email address, to ask me the not-so-secret questions that everyone is supposed to ask their pal.
1. Which yarn is most like your personality (you can be specific or general with your answer- brand, type, color, fiber, whatever)?
Can I be roving, or is that cheating? A merino-tussah blend, empowered to become many different yarns? Or maybe I only like to think I'm roving when I 'm actually predictable old Cascade 220.
2. What is your favorite color yarn to knit/crochet with?
Right now, teal. Averaged over time, red.
3. Have you ever used variegated, or magic, yarns?
Yes, and twice on Tuesdays.
4. Do you tend to favor certain fibers when choosing yarns?
Animal fibers, mainly. Wool, alpaca, mohair. I hardly use cotton at all. I do have a weird fondness for tencel, though.
5. Do you prefer to work with center-pull or traditionally wound balls of yarn?
I don't trust the center-pull balls you buy at a store. I end up re-winding 80% of my yarn on my winder, regardless of the put-up it's sold in. Then I pull almost everything from the center, except laceweight. That's just asking for trouble.
6. Have you ever worked with organic yarns or are you interested in trying them?
It's not the first thing I look for in a yarn, but I consider it a plus in most cases.
7. How many and what projects have you made in the last year?
I... oh... umm... that I remember right now: 6-10 pairs of socks, 2 pairs of gloves, over a dozen felted bags, 2 fishtail lace scarves, a 3/4 sleeve shrug, 2 pairs of slippers, at least 4 hats, most of a sweater for Shannon's Spin to Knit, a mohair diamond lace stole, most of a sweater for myself (now waiting to be frogged), a lot of swatches that were curiously never intended for projects, and I just finished a sweater for Stefanie's book.
On the needles now: a Gothic Leaf Stole, a glove from Folk Knitting in Estonia (which is taking a time out because it's much too small for my relatively little hands), and two socks.
8. Will you be knitting any gifts this year?
9. What is your favorite one skein project?
Gloves, I think. Most of my lace projects have been really cool and only taken one skein, but that's not quite fair if it's a 1400 yard skein.
10. How much yarn do you have in your stash and how do you store it?
It has a small room of its own. I picked this apartment partially because it had a perfectly sized little yarn room.
11. Do you have a yarn in your stash that you love so much you can never use it or part with it?
Yes. I wasn't going to explain at all, but it's Mothers' Day, right? It's the yarn from my mom's chenille scarf. I've already knit it at least twice, and I can't imagine ever knitting it again. Every time I knit it up, it just stretched and stretched to ridiculous proportions. And I would rip it out and knit it again at a smaller gauge. The last time she gave it to me to redo, I ripped it and soaked it, and didn't have a chance to knit it for her again. It's not really a question of loving the yarn for itself, because it's a blue and green handpainted chenille that I would never even have picked up, but she loved it enough that she kept asking me to reknit it.
12. Do you knit less or differently in the summer?
Only because I don't have central air.
13. Do you belong to any knitting groups (online or offline)?
I'm a member of Stitch n' Bitch Cleveland (West Side)