I was going to make pasta for dinner last night (this one) and promised the boys as much. Then I realised I hadn’t put the sunflower seeds to soak. So I informed them we’d be having noodles instead. ‘NOT NOODLES! NOOOOOO’ was what I got in return, from a prone position on the sitting room floor. To be fair to him, he was tired, it had been a long day, and I was still talking about dinner instead of us actually eating it. BUT! After a truckload of persuasion and hugs and eating a noodle like those dogs did in the Aristocrats movie, he ended up finishing the plate! Apparently noodles are in now, specifically Yakisoba. It was a super recipe. Not sure my photo looks like much, but they were licky, sticky, saucy, big, fat, noodly goodness.
I am done with Sweet Bunting! And have new yarn! I saw this new Stylecraft Tweedy on the Cherry Heart video podcast (is that not a vlog then?). I’m always on the lookout for any new yarns from non-animal fibres to try. I’m not a fan of acrylic, but the 26% cotton (that’s over a quarter, don’t you know!) pushed me over the edge. I ordered two balls to experiment with, and they arrived in the usual great little bags that Stylecraft send their stuff out in. They are perfect project bags for the exact amount of yarn you buy! I’m thinking thick welly socks for these? What do you think? Any better suggestions? I am all ears. Mad to cast on.
Onto the Knitterview! These are a bunch of questions that the Irish Knitter bloggers dreamt up, and we’re doing it old skool, chain style. Nadia at Cottage Notebook went first. I’m second, and I’m passing the lot onto Jenny then. Follow the trail, readers! Discover new craft blogs and get to know the ones you already follow a bit better!
What was the first thing you remember knitting?
I used to knit for my Barbie dolls, and my mother bought me a patterns pamphlet by Patons in Roches Stores so their garments would have a bit more structure. I was delighted! I knit my Barbie a “lightweight” t-shirt to wear at the beach (it was thick as an Aran jumper).
What’s your favourite fibre?
Give me a few years of experimenting some more before I figure out what replaces wool and alpaca for me. Right now bamboo for drapey things, and cotton-acrylic mixes for springy things. But this is a cautious answer.
Knitting achievements unlocked?
Figuring out the BSJ’s ‘mark the stitch’ meaning last month.
What makes you buy yarn?
Recommendations from blogs or forums on Ravelry. That’s why Berocco Comfort Sock arrived in my post box an hour ago! :O
How do you count your stitches?
2×2. I do not understand this 5 stitch thing that other people are describing.
What colour is your stash?
Green. It should be grey. I’m working on it.
What yarny blogs do you follow?
Big list of them over there on my sidebar —->>>>
What’s your favourite knitting book?
Knitters’ Almanac by EZ. Look, you can read bits of it for free! It reads like a Laura Ingalls novel, with bits of knitting patterns thrown in here and there. Plus I love the idea of one project each month of the year. I’d love to do a year-long KAL from it. Tell me if you want to do that too!
Who is your favourite designer?
I like looking at 100% Rain and Tin Can Knits, but haven’t knit much from them yet.
Knit in the round or knit flat? Favourite needles?
In the round. Symfonie.
Favourite finished object?
I’m working on making new favourites. Two years ago, when I decided to stop using animal fibres, I decluttered my wardrobe of those knits. Before then, I would have said my Stripe Study in Hedgehog Fibres, or Paper Dolls in Brown Sheep Fingering. I gave both of those to ladies very dear to me, who still wear them, so that’s good.
Most embarrassing FO?
I made OH a jumper about ten years ago, but got bored of the yoke, so it had a scoop neck and made him look like a drag queen. I acknowledge this now, but at the time I told him he was ‘being fussy’.
Why do you knit/ what does knitting mean to you?
I’m preparing myself for the power and social status it will bring post-apocalypse, when people will be wrapping themselves in god-knows-what to keep warm, but I’ll be sporting a handspun, seamless top-down that uses EZ’s percentage system.
Now head off to Jenny for the next in the Knitterview chain! —->>>>