I recently joined the knit mitt kit swap, which involves make a homemade project bag for a mitten knitter, along with sending the supplies to make a pair of mittens. I’ve only made one pair of mittens, and they were a disaster, so I thought it would be fun to have an excuse to try again. Plus, the last swap like this (knit sock kit swap) inspired me to actually use my sewing machine.
Here’s my questionnaire for my pal to look at.
You allergic to any fibers?
What are your favorite colors?
I have been really drawn to contrasting color combinations lately, like turquoise with orange or lime green with pink. In contrast to this, I also like heathery grays, blues, reds, purples, or rich warm colors like rust, maize, olive, eggplant. Pretty much I like color.
Are you a new mitt knitter? How long have you been knitting mittens?
As I mentioned earlier, I knit one pair of mittens and they were a diaster. However, since then I’ve knit a ton of socks. They can’t be more complex than socks, right?
Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn?
What fibers do you prefer in mitten yarn?
Something with nice stitch definition or something with a hazy of fuzz (not fun fur, more like angora or mohair).
Where do you usually knit mittens?
The one pair I knit was in front of the television. I also knit a bunch in the car, or on airplanes (when they don’t take away my needles.
How do you usually carry/store small projects?
My sock kit pal knit me an awesome little felted bag that I use. I also throw small projects in my purse or just carry them in my hands to the car.
What are your favorite mitten patterns?
The one pattern I’ve used is the smitten pattern from patternworks. I didn’t have the yarn the pattern called for, and used something really different so the gauge was horrible off, hence the weird mittens.
What are your favorite mitten knitting techniques?
What new techniques would you like to try?
I’ve been dying to try two color knitting, but having gotten the gumption to do so yet. (edited to add: I just signed up for a fair isle bag class that starts today!)
What are your favorite needles for knitting mittens?
Whatever the pattern calls for. I either use addis or bamboo needles, depending on the project. If the needles have a good point, so much the better.
What are some of your favorite yarns?
Yarn that is soft and color rich. I’ve been buying mostly sock yarn these days, and thus have been enjoying STR, mountain colors (their bearfoot yarn has the haze I mentioned), trekking. I just knit a baby hat out of some debbie bliss cashmaerino aran yarn and it was yummy.
What yarn do you totally covet?
See above. Also, I love alpaca yarn. LOVE it.
Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object?
After I finish my current WIP, m y next major project is to make a shawl. My awesome Sockret pal sent me the flowerbasket shawl pattern, so I am planning to knit that once I’ve found a good yarn to use.
Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)?
See needles mentioned above.
If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be?
Something squishy and nice.
Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack?
Licorice, caramel, chocolate, probably not all together in one candy though.
What’s your favorite animal?
I say cats, but I also love fish and anything related to insects (bees, dragonflies, ladybugs, etc…).
Would you prefer super warm mittens or something more like fingerless mitts?
Living in SF, I probably don’t need super warm mittens, but feel free to send a pattern than inspires you.
If you were a color what color would you be?
What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature?
The sight of those first spring bulbs popping out of the ground.
Do you have a wishlist?
Anything else you’d like to share with the group today?
Sorry for being so slow to post this.