Tuesday, 20 May 2008

UK Swap Round 2

After a few 'difficult' swap experiences I have got over myself and signed up for more! This one is for UK participants only and is still open for signup - here if you are in the UK and interested in joining in. This swap is themed - you provide your unknown Spoiler with an image which sums you up and they have to base their swap package on the image.....wonder what the heck I'm going to choose!

Answers to the swap questionnaire then:-
Part One: Crafting
Do you knit, crochet, or both? - Both
What do you like to make? - Sweaters, Jackets, Cardigans mostly.
Do you have a favourite project? I am always super-critical of everything I make so no completed project is a particular favourite. I love my Rogue Cardigan though as it is currently not quite finished!
Do you have a favourite type of fiber or brand of yarn? I am a die-hard wool fan.
Do you have a least favourite type of yarn? I don't like novelty yarns but only because I can't find anything I want to make with them! I also hate self-striping sock yarns with a passion!
Do you do any other crafts? I can do lots but rarely get the time to indulge, my other crafts include painting, drawing, tapestry, embroidery, sewing (clothes and soft-furnishings), dyeing and anything else that's practical.
Do you knit in public? You must be joking! When do I ever have the time to sit down anywhere in public?
If so where do you like knitting and what is your "portable" project? I take a pair of socks to knit when we go on holiday but they rarely get touched!
What do you carry your "portable" knitting in? A plastic bag - the shame of it!!!
Are there any knitting gifts (book, toy, yarn, item, tool) that you have been lusting over? Not exactly lusting over this one but I am searching for a Hairpin Lace gadget that doesn't cost the earth, point me in the right direction if you know where to find one!

Part Two: Your Favourites
What is your favourite colour? Blue
What is your least favourite colour? Orange
What scents/smells do you like? Citrus, Tomatoes, Freshly Mown Grass
What don’t you like? Anything floral.
How do you like to pamper yourself? (bubble bath, hand creams, massage, manicure) What's pampering? I am a sucker for hand cream but I'm afraid it has to be Natural and free from Parabens or I won't use it.
What goodies to you like to eat? (chocolate, biscuits, sweets,crisps etc) Yes all of those, as much as possible. No seriously I love dark chocolate (No Nuts) the best.
Do you prefer tea or coffee while you knit? Either so long as I don't have to get up and make it!
Any particular kind? I drink plain Yorkshire Tea, the coffee tends to come from the Taylors of Harrogate range but I have been known to experiment with funny flavoured coffees, especially in Starbucks.
Do you listen to/watch anything while you knit?
I almost always watch TV whilst I'm knitting - CSI, House, Bones, Lost, Criminal Minds, Dalziel & Pascoe, Inspector Lynley - most Crime/Thriller type shows. I also watch Coronation Street whilst I am eating my tea!

Part Three: About you, Living & Past-times
If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be (and why)?
OK I would be a slightly overweight handspun yarn, spun from organic or recycled fibre and with unusual eclectic items woven in to the yarn. P.S. I would hate knitting with something like this....
Where do you live in the UK? (General idea not address)
I live in the North West of England. I am not a WAG or a Footballer's Wife but there are an awful lot of them round here!
Have you always lived here, or did you grow up somewhere else?
I was born and bred in Yorkshire and did not leave until I was 23 when I went to Newcastle. I have also lived in Surrey, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire and Wiltshire before coming to rest in my current village.
What is your favourite place in the UK?
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
What other hobbies do you have?
Gardening and Reading take up almost all the spare time I have.

Part Four: The Theme
This is a view of the inside of the Alhambra Palace. I chose it for the following reasons - I REALLY want to go there, the colours are fabulous, I love architecture and geometric patterns, the Islamic geometric patterns on the tiles and walls in the Palace are amazing, the gardens are also meant to be inspirational and some day I would like to have enough time to create something in the garden rather than just dig up weeds!

Final Part:Any allergies/preferences (fiber-wise or treat-wise)?
NO NUTS - I'm not allergic I just can't stand them (apart from Coconut which I'm not sure is even a proper nut....)