Part One: Crafting
Do you knit, crochet, or both? I'm really a knitter, but have just taught myself to crochet, so that I can do some ammigurumi eventually!
What do you like to make? I'm primarily a lace and socks knitter, as I never suit tops! I do like knitting hats, scarves, mittens, toys, felted bags, felted random things.. allsorts really!
Do you have a favourite project? Probably socks!
Do you have a favourite type of fiber or brand of yarn? Alpaca! I just love all natural fibres to be honest.
Do you have a least favourite type of yarn? Acrylic.. I'm a self-confessed yarn snob! :p
Do you do any other crafts? Lots! Beading, card making, photography, spinning (a bit), dyeing (of course!), and I want to try metal smithing, candle making, soap making and flower arranging!! I'm also awaiting a kit so I can put my sewing skills to use, and hopefully my sewing will take on a proper, proffessional look - I'd love that!
Do you knit in public? Yeah!
If so where do you like knitting and what is your "portable" project? I knit on public transport, in waiting rooms, in the pub sometimes, and my portable project is usually a sock.
What do you carry your "portable" knitting in? Whatever's on my shoulder! Usually my trusty suede shoulder bag. I'm a bit anal, I like the suede bag the best because being suede, it sticks to my shoulder, whereas other materials slide off!
Are there any knitting gifts (book, toy, yarn, item, tool) that you have been lusting over? Last time I said no, then a week later thought of a million cool things. I'll have a look around and come back to this. OOOOOH thought of something - the dangly knitting needle earrings from Sassafras creations on etsy!! Ooh - I've just discovered the softness of the Malabrigo merino worsted.. *drooool* (If I think of anything else I'll add it!)
Part Two: Your Favourites
If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be (and why)? I'd be.. hmm that's a hard one. I'm going to go for Mirasol Miski. It's stunningly soft, beautiful rich colours, and of course it's all in favour of the Mirasol project, which i'm a bit involved with myself.
What is your favourite colour? Purple!!
What is your least favourite colour? Bright green and bright orange.
What scents/smells do you like? I love white musk and vanilla, but mildly, I don't like strong smells/perfumey smells at all!
What don’t you like? Strong perfume, strong smells - they give me a headache.
How do you like to pamper yourself? (bubble bath, hand creams, massage, manicure) I sit and do some knitting! I do use the knitter's helper natural hand balm which my previous swap partner got me. But I don't use anything like bubble bath or manicures.
What goodies to you like to eat? (chocolate, biscuits, sweets,crisps etc) Apple strudel, apple crumble, chocolate croissants, pizza! Nando's! Errr mostly really fattening things! Not into bars of chocolate.
Do you prefer tea or coffee while you knit? Tea! Hate coffee!
Any particular kind? Yes!! I'm really addicted to this instant tea from Whittards, it's elderflower and rasberry, and it's mostly sugar and stuff, but does have some black tea extract in it! It's really nice!
Do you listen to/watch anything while you knit? (TVshow-Along, movies, music, podcasts, audiobooks) I tend to listen to Radio 2, don't watch TV much at all (once a week for the Apprentice).
Part Three: About you, Living & Past-times
If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be (and why)? We've already answered this :p
Where do you live in the UK? (General idea not address) Lancashire and Manchester - and I LOVE both!
Have you always lived here, or did you grow up somewhere else? I'm a true lancashire lass and apart from uni, I've been here all my life!
What is your favourite place in the UK? Manchester and home!
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Italy. I go to Venice every year, and we absolutely love everything Italian. Love love love it!
What other hobbies do you have? Loads - photography, shooting, dancing, ice skating, going to the gym, golf, mountainbiking, skiing. A lot of these are things I do every so often with OH rather than on a regular basis. The regular ones are skiing, iceskating, swimming and golf, oh and the gym and sauna!
Part Four: The Theme
As part of this swap we are asking you to post (or link to) a picture or photograph you like. Your swap pal will use the photo as a basis for a themed item or parcel.It could be of a specific item, e.g. Jellybeans, an Alpaca, a rainbow or a scene e.g. sunset, beach, woodland or anything else you can think of! Please add a few words to explain why you have chosen the photo if you think this is appropriate.It could be a photo you have taken or a picture you have found on the internet.
A photo eh.. I could pick about 20, I don't even know where to start deciding. An animal? yarn? a colour? a landscape? me being silly? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Ok, here's my picture:
It's a woodland. This woodland is being advertised for sale, and I would *love* to buy it. I'd buy it and preserve it exactly how it is, and I'd encourage wildlife, and have bat and bird boxes, and stuff like that. I really hope this woodland doesn't get sold to developers - that really annoys me. There's plenty of room in the cities for regeneration, there are SO many unused buildings that we should be using and we're not. So that's why I've picked this picture - it represents my morals and ethics and is simply beautiful. Also I love bluebells, they remind me of wisteria which I really love too :)