It’s Time! No-More-Humdrum Mitten Exchange 3

How long have you been knitting & how did you learn?  I taught myself to knit in college, then when I picked it up again in 2006 I learned to knit continental with the help of the videos on


Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?  I’d consider myself an intermediate knitter.  I am very comfortable with small but complicated projects.  Very few completed sweaters around here, though.


What are your favorite colors? Any you dislike?  Hmmm,  well obviously  l like pink and brown, and my favorites are red, blue, purple, and green.  To be honest, I love just about every color out there and would love to see something bright and cheerful.


Do you like Latvian type patterns? If so, what are your favorite patterns?  I do like Latvian and stranded patterns including norwegian 2-color mittens.  I purchased 2 books on Norwegian Patterns after round 2 to add to my library that already included Selbuvotter and Latvian Mittens.


Do you desire mittens for yourself, your “special someone else” or your child?  Mittens for me!

What is the measurement from your wrist to the tip of your longest finger? 7 inches


What is the circumference of your hand at it’s widest point? 3.5 inches on palm, 4.25 inches including base of thumb.


What other things do you enjoy knitting?  I love lace and have recently become more interested in sweater design and knitting.  I’m working my way to designing my own gansey and knitting a Fair Isle sweater as well.


What sort of needles do you enjoy working with? (straights vs circs, bamboo vs aluminum)  I primarily work with circular needles in aluminum or wooden needles.  I really am enjoying my Knitpicks Harmony needles, but wish the larger circulars came as fixed needles.  I find that I don’t enjoy the interchangeables as much.


What’s one project you’ve not yet tried but are dying to make?  A bohus sweater.  All those colors, yum!


What’s one yarn you’ve not yet tried but are dying to work with?  I’d like to try some Reynolds Whiskey.  I haven’t found a local source for it but I have heard that it’s a wonderful yarn to work with.


What other hobbies do you have? Do you spin? Sew? Garden? Cook?  I am learning to spin and saving up for a wheel.  I also quilt, scrapbook, and garden when I get the chance.


Besides yarn, do you collect anything?  Um, books?  No really, I do have a huge library and I end up giving a lot of the books that I won’t re-read to the public library for them to sell.  I would be really interested in any of the  Japanese pattern books like are sold at the Needlearts Bookshop.  I’ve got the 250 patterns one, but am on the lookout for more.


What kind of goodies do you enjoy? Sweets? Salty? Anything you hate or are allergic to?  I like chocolate, but am not addicted to the dark kind.  My favorite is white chocolate, especially those Lindt White Chocolate Truffles.  I’m not really a hard-candy eater (my parents never had to worry about me taking a lollipop from the doctor’s office- I  don’t like them).  I’m up for any surprise.


Do you have any kids? Pets?  No kids or pets.  I’m single and live with a roommate.


What is your favorite part of Winter?  I absolutely love the snow!  I love the chilly feeling in the air and the fact that I can dress in layers depending upon the day.  I love to snuggle up under a quilt with a good book.  Oh, and I am a big, big fan of eggnog and hot chocolate.


What is your least favorite part of Winter?  There are really no least favorite parts, as long as I get some snow.  I don’t really care for dry winters.


Ravelympics ’08

So Ravelympics 08 started on Friday.  While I was asleep when the opening ceremonies began, as soon as I woke up I began working on my first project.  I have 3 projects in the WIP Wrestling category.  They are:

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1.  My sister’s Tilted Duster.  The fronts and back were sewn together and the sleeves completed.  I started the skirt on Friday and hope to focus on and complete this project the first week of the Olympics.  It’s  a relatively simple pattern, but a little boring with the ribbing.  Luckily there are increases that I have to be on the lookout for, so that is what’s holding my interest for now.

2.  My Concentric Circles Pi Blanket.  That will be next week’s project.

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3.  If I manage to finish both of these, my last project will be my second my second Endpaper mitt.

So far, it’s been a lot of fun.