Monday, November 07, 2005

A few (hundred) of my favorite things...

The lovely and talented Black Olive tagged me for the favorites meme and I've got to say this was kind of a hard one for me. In all honesty, I have a very difficult time picking favorites in anything (maybe cause I'm a Libra?) but I'll give it a shot.

What is your all time favorite yarn to knit with?
Right now I am having a torrid love affair with Rowan Felted Tweed - love working with it and love the fabric it is producing for Salina. My other favorites include just anything containing cashmere. Sigh. That Handmaiden 100% Cashmere I used for this scarf was...um...FABULOUS.


Your favorite needles?
Hmmmm...I'd honestly have to say I don't have favorite needles at this particular point in time. Isn't that horrible?? I don't even own a pair of Addis - *collective gasp*. I know, I know.

The worst thing you've ever knit?
The worst thing I ever knit was a variegated acrylic checkboard giant turtleneck sweater. I actually never finished it - pieces of it are still filling the closet. And by giant turtleneck - I don't mean the sweater itself was big - I mean the actual turtleneck was big enough to make a whole other sweater. Honestly...I'm 5'2 - what was I thinking??

Your most favorite knit pattern? (maybe you don't like wearing it...but it was the most fun to knit)
I like knitting things that have a little interest, a little fun. Clapotis was fun - I loved dropping the stitches. And anything lacy but not too complicated like Orangina is right up my alley too - I like watching the pattern emerge. Cables are always good to add a little interest to a project.

Most valuable knitting technique?
That would be proper finishing techniques. I used to rush through the finishing on a sweater just to have it done and many times I ended up unhappy with a project because of sloppy finishing. I have learned my lesson. I now give finishing the time it deserves and if a project needs to be blocked then it gets blocked. No more impatience.

Best knit book or magazine?
I like to keep Vogue Knitting handy when I'm working on something that I may need reference material for. As far as patterns go, some of my favorites books are Handknit Holiday (wasn't expecting there to be so much in it quite honestly), Rowan Vintage Knits, Knitting for Two. And of course magazines like Interweave Knits always have something worth checking out.

Your favorite knitblogs?
I read a lot of knit blogs but I do have a few favs. In no particular order:
1. Anna - an extremely talented designer/knitter who is constantly posting new projects and techniques. Anna was one of my first knit blog "friends" and she is an absolute gem.

2. Fluffa's projects are always stylish and beautifully finished. And her photography is wonderful.

3. Sweet Georgia has some of the best photography that I've seen. I only recently happened upon her site and was very impressed with her projects and pictures.

Other sites that I check out almost daily are:
Domesticat, Knit and Tonic (so funny!), Knitting on an Island, Lolly (sweetest girl ever), Mustaa Villaa, NOthin But Knit, PassioKnit, Streets and Yos. I'm going to stop there - I could go on and on quite honestly.

Your favorite knitwear designer?
I'm a big fan of Kim Hargreaves for stylish, wearable designs. Alice Starmore's Fisherman Sweaters are incredible and intricate - like works of art quite honestly. And, of course, there are several budding knitwear designers right up in my favorites - Anna does lovely and very creative work and Wendy has some great designs as well.

The knit item you wear the most? (how about a picture of it!)
While these are not the most attractive thing I have ever knit, they do get a LOT of wear cause they're so soft and warm! They're my Fleece Artist mellow yellow socks.

8 Comments:

Blogger Terhi said...

Oh! Thank you for mentioning my blog, I'm really flattered! :-) I love Felted Tweed too, and I've been wanting to make Salina for awhile now. It's nice to see your progress with it.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous janine said...

Ditto on the mention :-)I still love those socks of yours they look so comfy

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Siow Chin said...

Hee, hee, so true about the thing about a Libra. I'm one too and had a hard time picking the favourites.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Aw *blush* you are the sweetest! ;) Thanks for the mention!

Torrid love affair with Felted Tweed, huh? I think I may have to check this out!

Have a good one, doll! ;)

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Becky said...

Those fleece artist socks look incredibly soft and comfy. No wonder you wear them so often!

P.S. Thanks for such a kind mention. Wow! :-)

2:47 AM  
Blogger jacqueline said...

those fleece artist socks are absolutely delicious. they looks so comfy and warm. i can immediately tell why they are your favourites.

i'm also a huge fan of both kim hargreaves and of anna.

1:59 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Thank you thank you from me too! Sorry I'm so late on the commenting front--desperately behind in blogreading lately. Can I say how insanely jealous I am of your cashmere scarf? It looks so rich and gorgeous. And I still love how well Otis matches your socks!

7:12 PM  
Blogger Amelia said...

That handmaiden cashmere looks divine. (guess what I have just searched for on Google?). I agree that Anna's blog is lovely as is Becky's.

12:36 PM  

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