………….oh dear, this is a tricky one. It has made me use my brain (ouch! that hurts) and think about what I’m doing instead of just mindlessly going with the flow like I usually do.
Favourite yarn to knit with
Probably HipKnits silk – it is so soft and silky (hmmm, funny, that) and feels delicious as you knit with it. It has a slight tendency to come apart (especially during casting on), but the end result is sooooooo worth it. The only improvement I can think of would be if it was available in a finer yarn.
Clover Bamboo – definitely a superior bamboo needle, beautifully smooth and warm to the touch. I also love my Denise interchangeables – it’s so handy to be able to add in a bit of extra cable as your knitting expands. I have only used Addi turbos once, for sock knitting, and they were pretty good, too. (Yes, OK that’s three favourites, but I’ve always had difficulty making decisions).
Worst thing you’ve ever knitted
A willie warmer (my own pattern). I made this when I was about 20 – my boyfriend of the time had to spend several weeks in hospital and I was very concerned that his willie would suffer from lack of attention. He was very embarrassed by it and refused to try it on when I gave it to him. The next time I went to visit, all the other men on the ward asked me to make willie warmers for them too, on condition that I measured them first! I seem to remember that it was made from pale blue acrylic DK yarn in moss stitch with the word “Spike” embroidered down the front…….too much information? Sorry.
Favourite knitting pattern
I don’t really have a favourite – can’t even think of anything I’ve knitted more than once. Patterns have to have some sort of pattern (cables or lace or texture) to keep me interested or be knitted in fabulous yarn.
Most valuable knitting technique
Short row shaping on shoulders, coupled with three-needle cast off = perfect shoulder seams (effect usually ruined by the bodge up under the arms or the crappy way I insert sleeves).
Best Knitting magazine or book
I like Interweave Knits, but their subscription dept stinks. As for books, my current favourite is “A gathering of lace”, as something to aspire to. I also want to read Elizabeth Zimmerman because I feel I need to shake off the boundaries imposed by commercial patterns and get more creative.
I’m with Kate on this one – I don’t like them. I’ve only joined one or two, and whilst I like the idea of a knit-a-long, I found that I don’t much like the reality. I would prefer a real-life knit-a-long, where we could all look at each others’ WIP and
get riotously drunk have meaningful discussions about techniques etc.
Favourite knitting blog
As listed on the right; also You Knit What, and many many others. I probably spend a good hour every day looking at knitting blogs (thinks……………I wonder if that’s connected to current slow progress).
Favourite knitwear designer
This is really hard……… I see lots of designs that I think are really excellent, but never knit them ’cause they wouldn’t suit me. I like things that look as though they have been “tailored” or at least been influenced by tailoring, and also things that are unusual in the way they are constructed, but I don’t really have a favourite designer.
Knitted item you wear the most
This was from Vogue Knitting Spring 2004. It was supposed to have been knitted in some Cherry Tree Hill yarn that I couldn’t get over here ( I even had trouble finding it on American websites) so I substituted Wendy Supreme cotton DK. Lucy is wearing it in this photo and it’s too big for her, but I wear it a lot and usually get compliments. It was interesting to knit and is very comfortable to wear. I want to try another one in SWTC Karaoke but it’ll have to join the queue.
Well, that’s yer lot. If you haven’t already done this and you want to have a go, consider youself tagged.