Am I A Knit-Geek?
[from Got Gauge]
The Knit-Geek Questionnaire (unrelated to any swaps or secret pal exchanges)
- What's your worst habit relating to your knitting? I get bored too easily and so I have too many half-finished projects.
- In what specific ways does your knitting make you a better person? It calms me down so I'm not bouncing off the walls as much, and gives me a creative outlet which is very therapeutic.
- How might you or your life be different if you were suddenly unable to knit? I am always afraid of this, and I know it might happen one day since I have such bad joint problems. I probably would take up reading more seriously and end up spending more time alone, reading is not as social as knitting can be.
- If money were no object, what one yarn, and what one tool or gadget would you run out and buy first? I pretty much buy what I want, in moderation. If I didn't have a budget I would buy more 100% cashmere and fewer cashmere blends!
- What knitting technique or project type are you most afraid of (if any)? What, specifically, do you fear will happen when you try it? This is going to sound ridiculous but I'm not afraid of anything and I've tried pretty much everything . . .
- Who is/are your knitting hero(es), and why? Elizabeth Zimmerman. Her books totally changed knitting for me.
- Do you consider knitting, for you personally, a mostly social activity, or a mostly solitary activity? It's both, because I work full-time helping other knitters, but I do my personal knitting mostly alone.
- Is there a particular regional tradition in knitting that you feel strongly drawn toward (e.g., Fair Isle, Scandinavian, Celtic, Orenburg lace)? Any theories as to why it calls to you? Nope. I prefer to knit projects that will get lots of wear, that look like they might have come from fashion designers. I tend towards stockinette with classic lines and interesting details, not all-over designs.
- If you were a yarn, which yarn would you be? This is hard. I would like to say I'd be cashmere because it's the best and what I most love, but I always think of it as having a "princess" personality, which is totally not me. Maybe I can be Koigu: Hard-wearing, always there for you, and with enough variety to work in lots of different projects and situations. =)
- Some statistics:
- (a) How many years have passed since you FIRST learned to knit? I was 7. . . so almost 20 years. (wow)
- (b) How many total years have you been actively, regularly knitting (i.e., they don't have to have been in a row)? About 10.
- (c) how many people have you taught to knit? I haven't counted, but it's part of my day job so LOTS.
How often do you KIP (knit in public)? i.e., once a week, once a month, etc. Where do you do it? Almost every day, always on the bus and the subway or if I'm in line for a long time.
If a genie granted you one hour to stitch-n-bitch with any one knitter, living or dead, who would you choose and why? This is also hard! Maybe I'll play it safe and say EZ again.
What aspect or task in knitting makes you most impatient? I hate weaving in ends and sewing on buttons.
What is it about knitting that never lets you get bored with it? THE YARN. I am definitely a process knitter, not a product knitter. If I wanted a sweater I would go out and buy one. I just LOVE yarn.
Describe how and where you most often do your knitting - where do you sit, what is going on around you, what tools do you use and how are they (dis)organized? I'm usually on the couch or the bed in front of the TV. My tools are all over the place, mostly near my computer.
Which one person is the recipient of more of your knitting than any other? ME!
What's the oddest thing about your knitting, or yourself as a knitter? I hold the yarn very strangely, with almost no tesion. I hold the yarn in my left hand but "wrap" the stitches instead of "picking" them.
What do you see yourself knitting - if anything - twenty years from now? Anything I feel like! Probably the same sorts of things as now, but in whatever the new styles are.
If you were stranded on a deserted island and could have only ONE SKEIN of yarn, which yarn would it be and what would you do with it? Yuck. I don't like this question. I guess it would have to be a ball of Koigu, and I would knit it into lacy patterns or cabled patterns, then unravel it and re-knit it until it fell apart. Then I would go and braid some grass into a long strand so I could knit it, or go insane (no, braiding grass to knit with wouldn't be insane enough).
If you were allowed to own only one knitting-related book, which would it be? (you'd be free to browse others, but you couldn't keep them) Vogue's Ultimate Guide. It has a little bit of everything in it.
Is knitting the new yoga? Why or why not? Who cares? It's fun.
What important thing are you trying to put off doing whenever you knit? I don't use knitting as procrastination, although I do get sucked into it and end up spending all day knitting instead of running errands.
And #23 which should have been here: Are you a Knit-Geek? Of course!
- (d) Roughly what percentage of your FOs do you give away (to anyone besides yourself, i.e., including your immediate family) Probably about 30%.
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