Saturday, December 1, 2007

A new Meme

Time for another knitting meme, courtesy of Wife, Mom, Knitter. Thanks!

1. What are your favorite things to knit?

Socks, I think. In general, though, I prefer not to knit circularly and would rather just knit on two straights. So I don't really know why I am in love with socks now. Masochism, maybe.

2. What yarn/fiber do you like most?

I just recently began knitting with a wool/silk blend, and I am really liking it. Something about the sheen of the silk, and the way the yarn falls kind of heavily as you knit with it...ahhh, it's late, I am not explaining it well.

3. What needles do you tend to use (i.e. type/material)?

Well, metal dpns, that's what I prefer to knit socks on. So, in my current sock craze, that is what I tend to knit with right now. But I *prefer* to use two long metal straight needles. I knit with a needle tucked under one arm (just like my mom and sister, so I'm guessing that's where I learned it), and so that's the type of needle that is most comfortable for me.

4. Do you tend to knit more in one specific part of the year than others?

Yes. I seem to knit more in winter.

5. What style of knitting do you use?

I throw. With one needle under my arm...or as Wife, Mom, Knitter calls it, "pit knitting". Mmmm, that always sounds *so* attractive!

6. Do you consider yourself a “fast” knitter?

I don't. Some friends have called me fast. I think this is because using the "needle-under-the-arm" method can make some projects go fast, but unfortunately, this method doesn't work so well with dpns, and so I'm not a very fast sock knitter. It doesn't really matter so much to me whether I work fast or not when the project is for me or for family, because I really just enjoy the act of knitting. But if someone else is waiting on a project of mine, it bothers me to go slowly.

7. Who is your favorite knitting author(s)?
8. What is your favorite by said author(s)?

I don't know....I just don't think I'm all that into it. I like some books, but I'm not in love with any books or authors. I'm such an anti-intellectual when it comes to knitting!

9. How long ago did you learn to knit?

In the stone age, it seems like. I guess in reality it was 30 years ago. Well, if you ask my kids, or even me on trying days, that *was* the stone age.

10. How do you knit small in-the-round objects?

On dpn's. For hats, a circular and then to dpn's when decreasing.

11. What is the most useful technique you’ve learned so far?

Gosh, I can't think of one. I must be cranky tonight.

12. Do you prefer to knit fine gauge items, mid-range gauge items, or large gauge items, or do you like it all?

Small gauge. I think those nice neat small rows are so cute. For me, the more it looks like it was knit by a machine, the better. I'm warped that way. I don't really get into bulky knitting. Hah. Well, I just figured out why I like knitting socks so much.

13. How do you like to knit your sweaters?

Flat, on straights. I don't have any issues with seaming and so I'm never looking to eliminate it by using circ's. I'm boring, but predictable. The idea of a circularly-knit cardigan that is steeked to preserve the pattern of the colorwork, now *that's* something I could get jazzed about...that may be in my future.

Who do you wish to tag?

Nobody! I can't! Wife, Mom, Knitter tagged every knitter/blogger I know, LOL!
If anyone is reading this and has not yet done it, consider yourself tagged! Have fun!


JennM said...

Thank you, girlfriend, for responding! And I meant "pit knitter" in the nicest way! Debbie Stoller (founder of SnB herself) does that too! You are in good company!!!

KnelleyBelley said...

Pit knitter! Pit knitter! Maybe I should try that. I've been using long straights to knit a scarf and the needles keep going up my sleeve. I should anchor them in my pits.

Erin said...

I think I'd have to stop using dpns / circulars in order to pit knit. Or else take up yoga! :) It's actually a very historic knitting style (the things I learn in school), and very conducive to knitting while walking, which sounds dangerous to me, but good for those who can manage it.