Monday, April 4

Knitting, like drugs, requires a lot of paraphenalia

Unfortunately, my photo hoster is being difficult and stubborn today. I was going to post some picture of my, to quote Napoleon Dynamite, "flippin' sweet," newly-acquired knitting accoutrements, but I will simply have to detail them in writing. I picked up five skeins of Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora for this top. I also got...(drumroll)...MY VERY FIRST PAIR OF ADDIS! I don't think I need to express any further feelings about this purchase that haven't already been effectively conveyed by my use of all capital letters. (I don't whip out the all caps for just anything. Or the exclamation point for that matter).

The rest of my purchases will do a bit better without pictures, since they are all items to enliven my bookshelves. I got:
Nicky Epstein's Knitting on the Edge
Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns
(I'm so completely thrilled with both of these books; I have no idea how I will decide which delicious patterns to try first. The hard decisions a knitter must make, eh?)
Nancie Wiseman's The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques
and, finally, Rebecca #29, which also excites me to no end. Of course, I will have to make the stylish cache-couer that seems to be the current darling of many online knitters, but I'm also stoked to make this (as long as I can find the necessary yarn for it):

(I am referring to the second picture, the deep-V-neck, exactly-the-type-of-cardigan-I've-been-wanting cardigan. The halter top is darling, too, and kind of Roman Holiday-esque, but, unfortunately, I'm afraid one must also have Audrey Hepburn's bust to pull off such a sweater.)

So, on a totally different note, I am taking part in the Knittyboard's SP4, (Secret Pal gift exchange) and because I thought they may be of interest, I've decided to post some of my questionnaire answers here. A little peek into the mind of Cara. By no means should anyone feel compelled to read my ramblings. Call me Blabby Blatherson, but sometimes I cram far more detail into my speech and writing than is normally advisable or acceptable in polite society. All have received warning.

1. What is your current skill level (beginner/adv. beginner/intermediate etc. etc): Well, I’ve only been knitting since September, but I consider myself a fast learner, who likes to learn new techniques and, if I do so say myself, picks them up pretty quickly and easily. In other words, I wouldn’t really balk at the idea of complicated or “advanced” knitting but rather, would relish the challenge. (On the other hand, my spiderweb capelet would laugh if it ever read this.)
2. What are your favorite fiber colors? I like colors that are deep, bright, and bold, especially purples, greens (and greeny-blues), reds, and pinks. I think I tend to like colors with food names, you know, eggplant, pomegranate, pumpkin, chocolate…or maybe I just like eating.
3. Are there any fiber colors you absolutely do NOT like? If so which? I run screaming from any shade of yellow (just because I look hideous in yellow and tend to knit mainly for myself). Washed-out pastels make me want to sit in a corner, rocking and muttering to myself (muted colors are good; I’m talkin’ baby-type pastels or any colors that suggest a country, cutesy “use me to paint roosters and garlands on a decorative shelf” vibe). And don’t’ get me started on bright florescents.
4. What are your favorite fibers? Mmmm…let’s see. I love natural fibers, the softer, the better (I have a cheek-rubbing test I do for softness). I also like playing around with (natural) textures, so fuzzy, furry, boucle, variegated—all these are good. I’m a little bit of a yarn snob, I guess (though I can’t REALLY afford to be. Details, schmetails), but I certainly don’t hate acrylic or acrylic-blends, as long as they are soft and cuddly. And of course, cashmere, but really, I only know what it’s like to knit with cashmere from my knitting daydreams.
5. Do you have any unwelcome fibers (stuff you just don't need more of or like?) Seeing fun fur causes me to make a sound similar to the sound I think you’d make if you ever tried to swallow fun fur. I also tend to gag involuntarily at the thought of chenille, eyelash, or trellis yarn, and anything plastic-y or scratchy. Yarns that wave their tentacles at you, like scary, alien life forms, kind of frighten me.
6. What is your Dream Yarn? I’m dying to knit something with Rowan, especially the big plushy, cozy ones. I’ve fondled them lovingly at my LYS several times, but have never had any in my hot little hands.
7. How do you feel about novelty fibers (both the yarns and the items made with them)? How do I feel about the plague? How do I feel about eating glass?
8. What is the next thing you want to learn (techniques etc.) on the needles? Gosh, there are so many things I’d love to try. I have my first cabling project waiting in the wings (Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers from SnBN). I’d love to try intarsia. I also want to steek something. Mostly just because I like the word steek.
9. What item(s) do you knit the most? I’m a pretty selfish knitter. I see garments I like and think, “I’d love to have that for myself.” This is not to say that I don’t or wouldn’t make things for other people. I tend to like funky, unique, stylish, and fitted items—no oversized sweaters or shapeless, ugly patterns for me. I like having small items around to keep me busy while working on larger stuff. I’m not a big knitted-purse kinda gal, but I’ll do stuff like scarves, hats, armwarmers, etc.

FAVORITES: Who/What is your favorite...
Chocolate: A better question would be, “Say, Cara, is there any chocolate you don’t like?” To which I would answer, white chocolate, Hershey’s chocolate, or chocolate loaded down with crap (by which I mostly mean dried fruit, which has absolutely no business living in chocolate). Maybe, though, my all-time favorite chocolate thing is chocolate covered cherries. *Salivating*
Muppet: Statler and Waldorf (the guys who sit in the balcony, haranguing everyone)
Flower: Gerbera daisy or tulip
Ice Cream flavor: Again, I can’t pick just one. Ben and Jerry’s Oatmeal Cookie Chunk and Cherry Garcia. And Mocha Chocolate Chunk (or the nearest approximation of it). My favorite ice creams ever come from a local joint where I grew up (Cincinnati area) called Graeter’s. If you’re not from around there, you probably don’t know about it. Unless you heard Oprah calling it one of the best kinds of ice cream she’d ever tasted. (Yup, that’s true.)
Fragrance: I have this coconut-lime body spray that I really like, but for the most part, I’m not really a fragrance kind of gal.
Shoes to wear: Red (I have a weird thing for red shoes. I have at least six pairs. More accurately, I really just have a thing for shoes. And I would take funky over function any day. Though I do appreciate the comfort of a simple pair of flip flops, you would probably never catch me hoofin’ it in a pair of athletic sneakers. Aesthetic sneakers, maybe.) (Whoa, that was a big parenthetical…)
Type of garden: Herb
Animal: I like giraffes. And ligers.
Beverage: Red wine. Or chocolate milk. (What does that say about me?)

RORSCHACH ETC: [In case the numbering wasn't a give-away, I skipped some.]
19. If you were candy would you be sweet, sour, or cinnamon? Cinnamon. Definitely cinnamon.
20. If you were a fruit which would you be? For some reason, this question is giving me the most trouble. Ok, um…tomato.
21. Are you a Java Junkie? I mean, I like coffee (cream, no sugar please), but I don’t get my coffee intravenously or anything.
22. Your birthday, in case it falls during the swap and your SP wants to send you a card: September 19.
23. Do you have a personal mantra? Not really. And especially not if it’s ever been slapped onto a poster and sold in ‘Successories’ or a little kiosk in the mall.
24. How do you really feel about socks? I like wearing them, especially weird ones and stripey ones, but I’ve never knit one. I’m kind of opposed to the idea of knitting socks, even though I have no basis for it.
25. What is your shoe size? I come in at a 10 or 11.
26. What kind of music (and/or which artists) do you listen to when you are happy? I really like jazz and funk. The Amelie soundtrack is a great mood enhancer—I love love it. Other things I listen to when I’m feeling upbeat: Beck—Midnight Vultures; Nellie McKay—Get Away From Me; Blood, Sweat and Tears; Weezer. My musical tastes are somewhat eclectic.
27. Rate yourself on a girly/fruh fruh factor from 1 - 10: Personality-wise, I’m probably about a 4, although I must admit to having my girly moments. For example, I really love fashion and getting all dolled up for special occasions. And I think my answer to the chocolate question speaks for itself.
28. What languages do you speak (besides English)? I kind of speak German and a little French. I can read German, French and Italian pretty well (as a side effect of my grad work). I also spent a semester in Budapest while in college, so I know how to tell a Hungarian that I’m hungry.
29. If you could have any "super power" which would it be? Maybe the ability to retain everything I’ve ever read, heard, or learned. Like, super-intelligence. Yeah, that’s kind of a nerdy, academic superpower, I know. OK, since we’re dealing in the realm of pure fantasy here, then I choose telekinesis. Or maybe mind control. Or maybe just a killer bod. Literally.
30. You're given $10,000 for travelling. Where do you go and why? Paris. I’ve developed this obsession with my idealized image of Parisian living (which is kind of a conflation of French movies and what I’ve read about the turn of the century in Montmartre). I want to live in a cute little apartment there, with a terrace and vintage décor, learning the language better, traipsing to the market every day for cheese and baguettes that I would carry away in my little basket, enjoying espresso at sidewalk cafes and people-watching, going to museums, and blowing all the rest of my money on weekend train rides to the French seaside for nude sunbathing.


Blogger ttbookjunkie said...

Hi Cara-
I have found photobucket to work everytime for me, you might want to give them a look for a new photo host or flickr which is good but photobucket is so much easier and faster to use.


9:58 PM, April 05, 2005  
Anonymous Wendy said...

watch out for that cotton angora...I love it, I do, but if you are worried about getting angora bits stuck in your eyebrows or between your teeth, make sure you can pull your top up from the bottom instead of the other way around! I learned the hard way with a turtleneck poncho thing.

10:02 PM, April 05, 2005  
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