What is your all-time favorite yarn to knit with?
I tend to be kind of a purist with things. I make most of our foods from scratch; even occasionally do my own canning. Halloween costumes? Always homemade. Probably comes from reading Little House on the Prairie one too many times. So when it comes to yarns I am such a yarn snob…I prefer 100% cotton, wool, whatever. Cannot stand Acrylic, or any of its fake cousins.
The worst thing you've ever knit?
The shapely tank in Cotton Ease. I know, great pattern, and lots of folks love that yarn. It made me look shapely…like I was shaped out of mashed potatoes. Probably not the best thing to try to knit while my daughter was having (very minor) surgery. Bad knitting karma.
Your most favorite knit pattern? (maybe you don't like wearing it, but it was the most fun to knit.)
I have never actually knitted a pattern without changing it substantially. Keeping that in mind, it is probably the Anouk I did in Paton’s Grace. For once I kept the shape mostly the same, but did a totally different design. Girl #2 wore this SO much last year. I have now decorated her room with it:
Most valuable knitting technique?
Short row shaping. I am all about toe up socks.
Best knit book or magazine?
I tend to like books of stitch patterns, Like Nicky Epstein’s “Knitting on the Edge” series, rather than pattern books. Interweave press is always a good bet.
Your favorite knitblogs?
Oh, I cannot just one favorite! You are all just so snappy….I only wish I had more time to keep up with them.
Your favorite knit-along?
Socktoberfest! (Thanks Lolly!)
Your favorite knitwear designer?
Right now I am coveting several things by Bonne Marie Burn. I’m sure I’ll have a new fave by next week. I get restless easily.
The knit item you wear the most? (how about a picture of it?)
I designed this last fall after I found out this yarn does not felt very well. It is Manos del Uraguay. Sorry for the sludgy photos...rain today!
Oh, and for Self Portrait Tuesday, me in the hat:
So I looked pooped? Well, since this month is about identity, this is me after a day of cleaning, and NOT strangling my sugar-high children post Halloween.