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Knitters’ Coffeeswap Three

They’ve closed the sign ups, so my apologies if this is the first you’re seeing this, but here are my answers to the Knitters’ Coffeeswap Three questions:

1. Whole bean or ground?

I can do either.

2. Fully-loaded or decaf?

Caffeine please.

3. Regular or flavored?

That’s a tough one… I like flavors when they’re well done. I don’t like them when they’re really artificial or cheap tasting.

4. How do you drink your coffee?

I mix it up. I can do black, a little sugar, or a little sugar and some soy creamer.

5. Favorite coffee ever?

Honestly…. I always thought Denny’s had really good coffee…

6. Are you fussy about your coffee or will any old bean do?

I’m a little fussy, but not overly fussy. I do like to support fair trade, organic, etc., etc.

7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee?

Salt bagels, biscotti, ginger snaps, other cookies, other pastries

8. Anything else about your coffee preferences?

I like rich and dark, but not necessarily bitter.

9. Yarn/fiber you love?

I like cotton quite a bit (the Blue Sky Alpaca’s is sooooo soft!), but I also like playing with some of the newer yarns out there. I try to be eco friendly and do my part, so things like sustainable, natural, recycled, and organic are always good. I like to try new/weird yarns. I haven’t tried corn or soy silk yet, banana was super weird though.
I’m also interested in linen.

10. Yarn/fiber you hate?

I don’t use animal fibers, this includes silk.

11. What’s on your needles?

Drunken Argyle…. FOREVERRRRRRRRR

12. Favorite colors?

Brown, black, eggplant, periwinkle and dusty-pinky-lavender

13. Allergies?

Not really, but I suppose this is where I should mention the whole vegan thing. For this swap, please consider me vegan, I’m not perfectly so in my daily life, but I try. So no animal fiber yarn please, no pastries or mixes with eggs or milk or whey in them and no treats with gelatin. I am happy to answer any questions about products and point out brands and sites that cater towards vegans.

14. Anything you really love, really don’t like, or just need to get off your chest?

I really like stationary and hand printed/letterpress items. And deep sea creatures. I’m also on Ravelry. I do a lot of crafts and probably should make more time for myself and spend less time on the computer 😉

If you want more ideas you can see my previous swap answers in the top right sidebar.

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Posted by on October 9, 2007 in questionnaires and gift lists, swap

 

Vegan Pal 2 Questionnaire

1) What is/are your craft(s), & how long have you been doing it/them?

I knit, weave, sew, bead, garden, cook, embroider, cross stitch, latch hook, and generally enjoy crafts of all types.

  • I’ve been knitting (on and off) since ’97, but just started again in earnest around ’04. I’m good with double points, I’ve done socks and sweaters, and I’m working on some intarsia, but I’m not out there writing crazy patters like Euny, so I’d say I fall into the intermediate category.
  • I’ve been weaving for just under a year. So far I’ve only made shawls. Definitely a beginner.
  • I sewed a lot in junior high and high school, but then I bought a lemon of a sewing machine and didn’t sew until getting a new machine for Christmas this year. I’m really excited to be picking it back up.
  • I just learned to do beadwork a little over a year ago and really only make stitch markers.
  • When I say gardening, I really mean house plants. I’ve had some since going away to undergrad, but it’s moving in with Shawn that has pushed me over the edge to near green house status. (Which I love.) A guess of 50 house plants would be undershooting. I want to grow heirloom tomatoes.
  • I learned to embroider in high school when my mom gave me an old pair of my dad’s jeans that he stopped wearing once they got a hole and she decided to sew butterfly wings around the place she tried to mend it. I loved it and had her teach me how and embroidered two pairs of those jeans to the hilt. I’ve done some cute t-shirts more recently.
  • I learned to cross stitch in elementary school and again have picked it up and put it down over the years. I especially want to get back into cross stitching, but am having trouble finding cool patterns. I’m not interested in the traditional fare, but I’m also not interested in the subversive cross stitch, oo look, we use curse words, kind of stuff. I like Miss Wooly’s patterns, but would also like to find something more complicated. If I get really ambitious I’m going to look into making my own, I think there’s free software for that. If so, I’m doing this album cover for Shawn. Anyone who wants to be my hero and make that into a chart and tell me how much of which colors I need to buy, feel free.
  • I did a latch hook bunny rug in elementary school but lost the whole thing before I finished it. Nostalgia made me start on a fleece latch hook more recently. It’s pretty fun, but pretty tacky.

2) Are you a vegan, vegetarian, veg-curious, veg-friendly or other?

I’m vegetarian with vegan tendencies.

3) Is this your first swap, or have you done previous swaps before? What makes a swap enjoyable for you?

I have done a few swaps before. I love sharing treats with each other that we might not have gotten ourselves otherwise.

4) What is/are your favorite color(s)? Do you particularly dislike any color(s)?

I wear a lot of brown and black. Then I mix in some pale blues or pale pinks. I don’t do electric colors. I’m more neutrals. I also like deep eggplant and lavender.

5) Do you have any allergies (such as pets, foods, fibers or cigarette smoke)?

Don’t love cigarette smoke, but I’m not allergic to anything besides dust and mold.

6) Do you have any companion animals? If so, name(s) and type(s)?

Shawn and I have a little menagerie – Parker Pug is 4, Mashti Pug is just 6 months old, and B Kitty is 2. We’re also frequently visited by Thomas the frog/toad who likes to say hi to Mashti through the backyard sliding glass door, and Thomas the ancient Egyptian evil god/scarab, who likes to visit throughout the house, including the bathroom, the guest bedroom, and under my pillow at night when the lights are out, where he likes to pretend to be B and scratch at my hand. Why yes, I did scream and jump out of the bed.

7) Do you collect anything?

I actually collect super bouncy balls. Like the ones from quarter machines.

8) Do you have a favorite vegan food, snack or dish? If no fav that’s vegan (for those who aren’t vegan),  what’s your favorite food? (Hopefully your pal can find a vegan version!)

Tofutti fudge pops! (but those aren’t mailable.) which reminds me that one time ever I had this awesome huge tofutti chipwhich kind of thing. One of my brother’s friends had brought them to our house. I have no idea where she got them and I’ve never seen them since. Mailable foods… I like sour, sweet, and salty, but not spicy or fruity. I also love loose leaf tea, but again, not fruity. In the autumn theme – hot coco and vegan marshmallows!

9) What are some of your favorite/least favorite tastes/flavors? (e.g. sweet, salty, chocolate, crunchy, smooth, tart, sour, spicy, thai, whatever – Help your pal get a feel for what kind of recipes you might like and/or never ever make.)

I like most things pretty well. But not spicy! Or something that requires an oven – I don’t have one right now. I do have a toaster oven though.

10) What tools/supplies/accessories for your craft(s) are you wishing you had but don’t? Also, what do you have TOO many of? (basically a wish and anti-wish list)

I can’t find my Chibi or yarn needles anywhere, so any cute little holder and some more needles would be cool. I have all the knitting needles I need. Ooo, I could also use more super strong magnets to glue to my tiles. ETA – My dog ate my row counter and I broke my retractable measuring tape, so those would be good things too.

11) Are you on Ravelry? What’s
your handle?

Yep! Ellie

12) Is there anything else you would like your pal to know about you?

Feel free to check out my other questionnaires for more info. They’re linked in the upper right hand sidebar.

13) What scents do you  like/dislike?

I like food scents: banana bread, pumpkin pie, coconut, chocolate, cookie, cake, yum. I don’t like fruity or floral.

14) Do you prefer fall or Halloween or some other autumn theme?

I prefer autumn.

15) Just for fun – tell your
favorite Halloween or autumn related memory.

When I wrote this question I swear I had a specific story in mind I was going to tell, but I’m blanking. I grew up in the northeast though and I always loved pulling out the light weight jackets and watching the leaves change colors.

 

 

Secret Pal 11 Questionnaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

I like cotton quite a bit, but I also like playing with some of the newer yarns out there. I try to be eco friendly and do my part, so things like sustainable, natural, recycled, and organic are
always good. I like to try new/weird yarns. I haven’t tried corn yet. I’m interested in linen. I’ve also been eying up this butter bamboo for a shirt or vest. I don’t use animal fibers, this includes silk.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?

I have a nice set of needle holders – the cloth roll kind – one each for straights, double points, and circulars.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?

I’ve been knitting (on and off) since ’97, but just started again in earnest around ’04. I’m good with double points, I’ve done socks and sweaters, and I’m working on some intarsia, but I’m not out there writing crazy patters like Euny, so I’d say intermediate.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

Yep, right here.

5. What’s your favorite scent?

I like food scents: banana bread, pumpkin pie, coconut, chocolate, cookie, cake, yum.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?

Definitely have a sweet tooth, I like dark chocolate (especially with fruit or nuts in it) and gummy candies (without gelatin).

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?

I don’t spin, but I do tons of other things. I weave, sew, bead, garden, cook, embroider, cross stitch, latch hook, and generally enjoy crafts of all types. I especially want to get back into cross stitching, but am having trouble finding cool patterns. I’m not interested in the traditional fare, but I’m also not interested in the subversive cross stitch, oo look, we use curse words, kind of stuff. I like Miss Wooly’s patterns, but would also like to find something more complicated. If I get really ambitious I’m going to look into making my own, I think there’s free software for that. If so, I’m doing this album cover for Shawn. Anyone who wants to be my hero and make that into a chart and tell me how much of which colors I need to buy, feel free.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

I don’t really listen to much music on my own these days. I listen to podcasts and audiobooks mostly. But if you have something awesome you want to share, I can play MP3s.

9. What’s your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can’t stand?

I wear a lot of brown and black. Then I mix in some pale blues or pale pinks. I don’t do electric colors. I’m more neutrals. I also like deep eggplant and lavender.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

Shawn and I have a little menagerie – Parker Pug is 4, Mashti Pug is just 6 months old, and B Kitty is 2. We’re also frequently visited by Thomas the frog/toad who likes to say hi to Mashti through the backyard sliding glass door, and Thomas the ancient Egyptian evil god/scarab, who likes to visit throughout the house, including the bathroom, the guest bedroom, and under my pillow at night when the lights are out, where he likes to pretend to be B and scratch at my hand. Why yes, I did scream and jump out of the bed.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?

Not so much.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

I like things that are simple and that I can work on without requiring too much attention, stuff that is easy to pack up and take places and start and stop and pick up again. I like to make myself cardigans.

13. What are you knitting right now?

Drunken Argyle for my dad. The opposite of everything I just said above. But I really wanted to make that pattern. And I need to get cracking on it! I promised I’d have it done by this Christmas. (Which would be 2 years after I started it – life got the better of me for a while…)

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?

Yes! I especially like small letterpress items.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

I make just about everything on circulars from my Denise kit, unless it’s for something particularly narrow, like a scarf, or if it requires double points. I haven’t learned the magic circle yet, but I kinda like double points. I really like having the project hang out in the middle of the circulars, it’s much easier on your hands and wrists than straights for a bulky project. In terms of gifts though, I have the Denise kit, so I don’t need any circulars size 5 or above.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?

No, but I covet them!

17. How old is your oldest UFO?

Let’s not count my afghan from ’97, because I’ve fully abandoned that, so we’ll say Drunken Argyle.

18. What is your favorite holiday?

Thanksgiving. I get to be with my family for a long dinner, our favorite shows (Doctor Who and Star Trek), dessert, coffee and lots of conversation. Plus, my mom makes the whole spread vegan (excluding the turkey for her and Dad). It’s so nice to have such a food centered holiday totally revamped to be full of delicious things for me. I love my family!

19. Is there anything that you collect?

I actually collect super bouncy balls. Like the ones from quarter machines.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

Any of the books in my amazon wish list. Yarns I linked to in the first question. Needles, I’m set. Patterns: “Ram’s Horn Jacket” from Knitting Nature, Sweet Mary Jane, Sizzle. I subscribe to Craft and Adorn. Edited to add – I can’t find my Chibi or yarn needles anywhere, so any cute little holder and some more needles would be cool too. ETA2 – My dog ate my row counter and I broke my retractable measuring tape, so those would be good things too.

21. Are there any new techniques you’d like to learn?

Duplicate stitching, magic circle for socks, woodworking. 🙂

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?

Nope. Size 10/11 womens.

23. When is your birthday?

July 13th.

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what’s your ID?

Yep! Ellie

 

Swap-a-holic

First and most importantly – The Red Scarf Project is starting early this year and has an earlier deadline, so grab your needles or hook and your red yarn and get cracking on a gender neutral scarf for a well deserving youngster! (Next year maybe I’ll be up for weaving one!)

And now, my questionnaire for the Knit One Tea Too swap.

1) Do you like loose tea or bags, or both – something you want to try?

I prefer loose leaf, but definitely use bags when I’m in a rush.

2) What is your favorite kind of tea (Brand, flavor, variety, etc)?

My all time favorite brand is Chocolate Bar NYC. I love all of their flavors except for Cool Aid. My favorite flavors/varieties in general are Irish Breakfast Tea, Chai, and mint.

3) Favorite color in regards to tea or one you would like to try? (black, green, red, and white) (keeping in mind that this is how this swap is set up).

Black is my favorite. I don’t like fruity teas.

4) Would you say you were a tea pot kind of person or just a hot water heater kind?

I’m usually only making tea for myself, so for my morning tea that I take to work I heat the water in a kettle on the stove and use reusable tea bags with my loose leaf tea. If I’m making tea to have at home I have a cute little flower shaped tea strainer thing (kind of like this one). When I have company I use my tea set.

5) What tea accessories would you like but have never purchases for yourself?

A little dish specially for holding your used tea bags or spoons. More cloth tea bags.

6) How do you prefer to be pampered? (examples: mani/pedi, bubble bath, yummy treat, etc).

Yes.

7) If you were a kind of yarn what would you be and why?

Cotton – Soft, versatile, and utilitarian.

8) If you had to knit/crochet baby booties, a fun fur scarf, or a fair isle sweater, which would you choose and why?

A fun fur scarf, mindless knitting that I can do while watching a movie and shows progress fast. Plus, while most fun fur is in fact atrocious, there are exceptions. (But please don’t buy me fun fur.)

9) What other event would make you skip a tea party? (A garden party? A book club meeting? A yoga class? Opening night for a new action thriller? etc?)

Nothing like that, it would have to be something that a good friend or family member needed me for. Or maybe a game night. I do like card games and board games, and I do have a hard time getting a group together to play with me. I have no idea if there is such a thing as a tea themed card or board game, but if there is, that would be awesome!

10) What treat would you consider essential at your tea party? (Sweet? Salty? Scones? Those petite pastry trays with a couple of all sorts of things? Little crust less sandwiches?)

If I’m throwing it, I try to at least have some cookies. If I’m paying for it, it better have a full three tier tray with scones, tea sandwiches, and pastries.

11) When buying yarn for a project how do you choose – do you buy the one called for or do you substitute?

I usually substitute, unless I think it’s something that’s really stretching my skill level, or happens to already be for a yarn I like or have.

12) What do you carry your knitting/crocheting in when on the go?

One of my 8 trillion bags, with my little pencil case I use for row counters, stitch markers, scissors, needles, etc. But don’t let the 8 trillion fool you. I’m always eying up knitting bags. Especially those kind of boxy shaped ones with a handle at one end and a hole for your yarn to go through. Those things are cool! I love organizing things and specialized items. I mostly just have tote bags right now.

13) Favorite movie to watch while knitting/crocheting?

David Attenborough documentaries.

14) Are you a traditional tea cup kind of person or a mug type of person? Do you care if they match?

On my own at home – definitely a mug person. Out at a fancy tea shop – I definitely want my fancy tea cup. I prefer coordinating to matching.

15) Favorite childhood birthday party?

I remember having clowns at a party when I was very young. They were doing a bit about not being able to get a coat on. I went inside to get my coat and showed them how to do it. This demonstrates much of the core of who I am, overly literal, very serious, and earnestly helpful. And a little dense sometimes. 🙂

16) Favorite type of scone and jam?

That’s tough. Plain is good, as are many flavors, blueberry, pumpkin, almond, chocolate, cinnamon …. Yum scones … My favorite jam is raspberry. I also like cherry, blackberry, and boysenberry.

17) If you use candles, what is your favorite scent?

I like food scents: banana bread, pumpkin pie, coconut, chocolate, cookie, cake, yum.

18) If you could choose 3 people to have ‘tea’ with, who would they be and why? (famous or not, living or dead).

I think it would have to be my family, nice and cozy, friendly and familiar.

19) You’ve been invited to a tea party, what ‘props’ will you wear (formal or casual)?

Casual for sure, no props.

20) Any allergies/preferences you have or are willing to admit to?

For this swap, please consider me vegan, I’m not perfectly so in my daily life, but I try. So no animal fiber yarn please, no pastries or mixes with eggs or milk in them and no treats with gelatin. I am happy to answer any questions about products and point out brands and sites that cater towards vegans. Honestly I’ve been slipping a little in my pastry consumption, and I’d like to get back on track. I love to cook, and I’m about to have some more time to do so, so I’m looking forward to having more home cooked and healthier meals and treats.

21) Anything we missed that you want your pal to know?

I really like stationary and hand printed/letterpress items. And deep sea creatures. I think tea shops should be Victorian and floral, but don’t much care for that style in my own home. I prefer the etsy vibe. I’m also on Ravelry. I try to be eco friendly and do my part, so sustainable and organic is always good. I like to try new/weird yarns. I haven’t tried corn yet. I’m interested in linen. I’ve also been eying up this butter bamboo for a shirt like one of the ones on that tea set link above.

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2007 in questionnaires and gift lists, swap

 

Shopping Guide v2.0

My birthday is next week and I’ve gotten requests for a wishlist. If you are one of those people, here you go. I’ve also linked to it in the top right corner so you don’t have to dig. If you are not one of those people, consider this my gift buying guide. Feel free to steal liberally and add to your own wish lists.

 

Ellie’s Holiday Shopping Guide

I’ve gotten many requests for a Christmas Wishlist. If you are one of those people, here you go. If you are not one of those people, consider this my gift buying guide. Feel free to steal liberally and add to your own wish lists.

 
 

New swap!

I’ve just joined a new swap and I want to encourage others to sign up too. It’s called Vegan Pal, but you don’t have to be vegan to join. All the swap items do need to be vegan though.

From the swap blog:

“One need not be vegan to participate!! We’re actually hoping that some of you aren’t! There are many reasons for this, but the main two are: there aren’t that many vegans out there and we want to share vegan products with those of you who are interested and open-minded enough to try something new. Also, there seem to be many knitters who are allergic to animal fibers, and this should be great fun for you all too!”

Here are my answers to the questionnaire (select the category “questionnaires and gift lists” for similar ‘about me’ stuff):

1.) What is your craft, & how long have you been doing it?

I’m a knitter and miscellaneous crafter. I learned to knit in 1997, but then kind of dropped it for a few years and picked it back up 2003/4 and did nothing but reverse garter stitch (Is that even a term? It was all purling) scarves (for pay) for a year before branching out. So basically really only about 2 years. But technically almost 10.

Likewise, I learned to cross stitch when I was very young, picked it back up in high school along with embroidery, beaded bracelets on looms, and knotted friendship bracelets, forgot about it for a while and picked embroidery back up a few months ago. I have GOBS of embroidery floss.

I’ve also been playing around with beads for a few months and have grand schemes to sew myself a dress (I sewed a lot in junior high and high school). This dress actually.

2.) Are you a vegan, vegetarian, veg-curious, veg-friendly or other?

I’m a former vegan, current vegetarian with strong vegan leanings. I try to only buy vegan groceries and vegan yarns, but I’ll have the occasional bit of cheese or ice cream or whatever if I’m out at a restaurant. I don’t drink milk or eat eggs, but I won’t necessarily turn down a brownie kind of sums it up.

3.) What is your favorite color(s)? Do you particularly dislike a color(s)?

I’m currently doing a lot with brown. Which is taking over from my black obsession which still lingers a bit. As far as colors go, I would say that the purpose makes a big difference. I would never wear something that was a pastel or a bright garish color, I go for neutrals in that regard, but house decorations or jewelry or office supplies are a completely different story. I love my neon pink translucent clip board.

4.) Do you have any allergies (such as pets, foods or cigarette smoke)?

I certainly don’t like the smell of cigarettes, but my only allergy is dust and maybe mold, so nothing that would affect a swap.

5.) Do you have any companion animals? If so, names and types?

I have a calico kitty named B. She’s a terror, but I love her.

6.) Do you collect anything?

I collect those rubber bouncy balls from quarter machines.

7.) Do you have a favorite vegan food, snack or dish? If no fav that’s vegan (for those who aren’t vegan), what’s your favorite food? (Hopefully your pal can find a vegan version!)

Tofutti fudge pops! (but those aren’t mailable.) which reminds me that one time ever I had this awesome huge tofutti chipwhich kind of thing. One of my brother’s friends had brought them to our house. I have no idea where she got them and I’ve never seen them since.

Mailable foods… I like sour, sweet, and salty, but not spicy or fruity. I also love loose leaf tea, but again, not fruity.

8.) What tools/supplies/accessories for your craft(s) are you wishing you had but don’t? Also, what do you have TOO many of? (basically a wish and anti-wish list)

A ball winder and a swift! (but I realize that’s above the price range of this swap.) I also really need a memory wire cutter, but I think those are pricey and hard to find too. (Found one for cheap last night)

So… Instead I will say that I’m open to whatever fun crafty supplies you can think of and will just list off what I don’t need instead.

I do NOT need any knitting needles or crotchet hooks, I’ve got complete sets, in fancy wrap holders, along with scissors, chibi, sewing needles, stitchmarkers, gauge checkers, and tape measurers. I’ve also got more bags than anyone really needs. (Which, of course, won’t stop me from buying more…)

I also do NOT need embroidery floss, needles, hoops, or patterns designed by Sublime Stitching (except the cassette tape, I could totally use the cassette tape.) (Thanks cg!)

I’ll update this section once I get my new weaving book. I might be in the market for something from that. Yeah, weaving seems super fun. If there are cheap smaller looms or other weaving supplies, that would rock.

Oh, and I would love to make something with some of those more atypical fibers – banana, corn, bamboo, etc…

9.) What type of handmade item would tickle your fancy? What don’t you like? (Keep in mind this swap is open to all types of crafters.)

I live in Austin, so I don’t need anything to keep me warm, and I don’t wear scarves. I LOVE stationary and hand printed/pressed items if anyone is crafty in that style. Otherwise I suppose I like fun little cute and/or useful things.

10.) Is there anything else you would like your pal to know about you?

Some of my big loves lately are deep sea life, book history, and new library technologies. Yeah, I’m a big geek/nerd.