Monday, January 29, 2007

Sock Power

I knit socks in public all the time. At coffee shops, on the bus, on the T, occasionally while walking down the street... I get lots of weird looks and occasional questions and once in a while I meet another knitter who is nice enough to chat with me. When Lucia talked about Sock Power I knew I had to get a friend to snap a picture. This one happened to be in Starbucks, and the telltale muggles are in the background.

Yeah, I look kind silly. It was very cold and I was wearing two pairs of pants! (I don't know why that's an excuse, but I'm using it anyway.)

I also finished a pair of socks last night for my Secret Cupid, but I won't show those until they're gifted in a couple of weeks.

Another order of business is my questionnaire for the YFC Secret Pal.

What type of yarn do you knit with most often?

Sock yarn!

Is there any type of yarn that you would love to try but haven't yet, such as bamboo, banana fiber?

Hemp yarn. I've made the necklaces and such with the twine when I was younger, but I'd love to try some of the hemp yarn made for knitting.

In your opinion what is a luxury yarn?

Anything that the knitter really loves. For me it would be yummy soft hand dyed sock yarn.

Is there any type of yarn or fiber content you dislike or would prefer not to receive?

I would prefer no silk. I'm also not a big fan of novelty yarns and/or acrylic.

What type of garments do you most often knit?


What types of knitting books do you enjoy?

I love sock books, but I have quite a few. I recently got one of the Noro books and it's really neat too.

What is a color you like but rarely or never buy yourself?

None really. My favorites are blue and purple and that's what I usually buy.

If you were pregnant and had to name your baby a fiber, what would her/his name be?

Hmm... maybe Moorit for a boy and Angelina for a girl.

Do you spin?

Yep, I have a Kromski Symphony wheel.

What is one fiber you've never spun?

Some of the "weirder" wool breeds, soy silk, silk latte.

If someone in your family or a best friend had to describe you in one word, what would it be?


Please tell us one odd thing about you.

Oh, there are so many... Well, I have a spreadsheet cataloging my yarn - lots of people think that's odd.

What was your favorite cartoon when you were little.

I didn't watch cartoons, although later I like Animaniacs and Fairly Odd Parents.

Do you have animals? If so, please name them and tell us a little about them.

I have two cats (Pantalaimon and Kirjava) and an assortment of fish. Pan and Java are brother and sister tabby cats that are turning 5 in February. I adopted them about 1 1/2 years ago from a woman who had to get rid of them due to her baby being allergic, and they're great kitties. Pan is fairly normal and Java is a little snuggly cat, and also afraid of strangers. She likes to cling to me

The fish are in two tanks, one freshwater and one saltwater.

And last but not least, if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Seattle! That's where I'm from and I miss it a lot.

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Blogger Lucia said...

Hey, you look great, and so do the socks! Purple and green, yum. I love blue too.

What's weird about having a spreadsheet cataloguing your yarn? I don't have one, but probably should. (Hey, what's this? I don't remember it.)

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

Great answers!

2:47 PM  
Blogger Allena said...

love your socks and sock power. go you knitting in public. i would too but with my kids i don't get out too much for social reasons that is. if i could knit while grocery shopping i would!

3:16 PM  
Blogger Sachi said...

That's wonderful.

I missed Seattle too. But now that I'm back in Port Orchard, I have only been there once since getting home. What's up with that???? I need to get back on my game. ;-)

4:01 PM  
Blogger knittinmom said...

Nice socks! Hee hee!

5:08 PM  
Blogger String Bean said...

Oi! I have some soy silk/cashmere fiber. Do you want me to send you some along with your socks?

I'm not sure why I said Oi. I am wearing two pairs of pants.

10:17 PM  

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Sock Yarn

    A quest to use sock yarns:

    Yarns I've had:
    * means I really liked it

    4-ply Soft
    A Piece of Vermont*
    Artyarns Supermerino*
    Austermann Step
    BMFA Sock Candy*
    Black Bunny Fibers*
    Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport
    Chinese Mystery sock yarn
    Claudia's Handpaints
    Conjoined Creations Flat Feet
    Crystal Palace Maizy
    CTH Supersock
    Dicentra Designs
    Dorchester Farms
    Fearless Fibers
    Gloss (KP)
    Interlacements Beibi Seda
    Interlacements Tiny Toes
    Interlacements Toasty Toes
    Jarbo Raggi
    Jojoland Melody
    Kona Superwash
    KP Essential
    KP Merino
    KP Palette
    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock*
    Macek Designs
    Magic Stripes
    Mega Boots Stretch
    Nature's Palette
    Noro Kureyon Sock
    Panda Cotton
    Paton's Kroy*
    Peru DK
    Peruvian Quechua
    Regia Bamboo*
    Regia Cotton
    Regia Strato*
    Ruby Sapphire
    Socks That Rock*
    Star (Classic Elite)
    Stitch Jones
    Sunshine Yarns*
    Three Fates Cauldron Sock*
    Wool Ease
    Yarn Pirate*

    In Progress:

    Perchance to Knit
    Yarns in the stash:

    All Things Heather
    Ancient Threads
    Apple Laine
    Araucania Ranco
    Artyarns Ultramerino
    Autumn House Farm
    Baby Ull
    Ball and Skein
    Baywood Yarns
    Bearfoot (Mountain Colors)
    Briar Rose Fibers
    Brooklyn Handspun
    Cavyshops Handpaint
    C*eye*ber Fiber
    Cervinia Calzetteria
    CTH Superglitz
    Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks
    Chewy Spaghetti
    Classic Elite Alpaca Sox
    Colinette Cadenza
    Colinette Jitterbug
    Country Classic Yarn for Sox
    Crash Into Ewe
    Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop
    Curious Yarns
    Done Roving
    Dream in Color
    Duet (A Swell Yarn Shop)
    Dye Dreams
    Ellen's Half Pint Farm
    End of the World Farm
    Fashion Trend Sportivo
    The Fiber Denn
    Fleece Artist
    The Flock Bransonas
    French Hill Farm
    Froehlich Blauband
    Gjestal Silja
    Great Adirondack Soxie
    Greenwood Fiberworks
    Jaeger Matchmaker
    Jarbo Mini Raggi
    Jawoll Cotton
    Just Our Yarn
    Knit Purl Natural Collection
    Kona Superwash
    KP Dancing
    KP Essential Tweed
    Lime & Violet
    Lisa Souza
    Louet Gems Pearl
    Mama Llama
    Merlin the Cat
    Meilenweit Cotton
    Meilenweit Trend
    Mind's Eye Merino/Tencel
    Mirasol Hacho
    Misty Mountain Farm
    The Natural Dye Studio
    Neighborhood Fiber Company
    Over the Rainbow Twinkletoes
    Pigeon Roof Studios
    Pine Woods
    Posh Yarn Lucia
    Prism Saki
    Pucker Brush Farm
    Regia Surf
    Reynolds Swizzle
    Reynolds Soft Sea Wool
    Rio De La Plata
    Royale Hare
    Roz Houseknecht
    Schaefer Anne
    Scout's Swag
    Sheep Shop Wensleydale
    Shelridge Farm
    Sockenwolle Unipo
    Spirit Trail Fiberworks
    Spunky Eclectic
    Steinbach Wolle Sockenwolle
    Sundara Yarn
    Tess Designer Yarns
    The Unique Sheep
    Universal Ditto
    Valley Yarns Franklin
    vanCalcar Acres
    White Oak Studio tvyarn
    Wisdom Yarns Marathon
    Wool in the Woods
    The Woolen Rabbit
    Yarn Botanika Radiance
    Ysolda Yarn
    Zen Yarn Garden

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