Nicole over at Sitting Still was kind enough to interview me for her old skool meme. I’ve actually been reading her blog for quite awhile, but nearly never comment. Google reader, my great new love, makes me a very lazy commenter these days.
1) Your “About” page states that you are not a cat sweatshirt person. What kind of sweatshirt person are you?
Hmmm…I am not a sweatshirt person in general. From childhood, I have always under dressed for the weather. When I was six or seven I nearly froze to death walking to school in a snowstorm wearing a dress. (I always wore a dress in early elementary school. If you wore a dress, you got to be the mom when you played house. If you wore pants, you had to be the baby. Since, even then, I liked to boss people, I always wore a dress.) On our trip to Point Reyes last weekend I wore shorts and a t-shirt, while Evan and Rob wore long pants and long sleeves. Evan brought along a sweatshirt thing because he knew I would be cold, but wouldn’t bring my own coat. He’s good that way. Sooo, I guess I would say that I’m an Evan’s sweatshirt sort of person.
2) You knit. A LOT. My goodness, my fingers are tired just looking at your project list. What advice would you give to someone (ahem, me) who has never knitted but is curious about it?
Probably the easiest way to learn is to find a knitter willing to teach you. From what I know, most knitters love teaching other people to knit. We’re sort of like drug addicts in that way. If you don’t know anyone that knits, there is a good website with lots of videos called knitting help. My other piece of advice would be to start on a small project other than a scarf. Scarves, unless they have a fun pattern, are soooo boring to knit. It’s the same thing over and over again and they take forever. I keep offering to knit for friends and they always want a scarf. Bah. Another thing to do is to find a local yarn store. They are often full of people that are willing to answer beginner questions (if they aren’t…find another yarn store), they often offer classes, and host informal knitting gatherings, where you can meet more people that can help you with your knitting.
One of the things I like most about knitting is that is an activity that is very portable. You can knit while you wait at the doctors office, on a car trip, or wherever. Plus I probably watch way too much television, so as long as I am knitting while I watch I’m doing something somewhat productive. The other thing about knitting is that you are making a one-of-a-kind item. I really love giving gifts to people. For the people in my life, it is an opportunity for me to make something for them that they know I put a lot of time and care into and it is a unique item just for them. This is why I do so much knitting for other people. I find it very relaxing as well and a nice contrast to the sciency things I think about all day.
3) You say that you are a scientist. Would you call yourself a “geek”? Why or why not?
I wouldn’t call myself a geek, but I just called my husband (he’s visiting a friend in Texas for the weekend) and he tells me that I am a geek. We’ll see if I actually pick him up at the airport tomorrow.
4) Name five ‘luxury’ items that you could not live without.
My DVR, sock yarn, ice cream, my wedding/engagement rings, a library card. What’s that you say? A library card isn’t a luxury item? Well, if things continue to go the way they have been going, it soon will be.
5) Thong, bikini, brief, girdle, commando, or other? Explain.
I have been a bikini wearer since childhood. In kindergarten, I actually brought my days of the week Garfield bikini underpants for show and tell (the whole package, I didn’t show underpants I was actually wearing). My mom had really horrible morning sickness around this time, so she had a neighbor take me to school in the morning. She was often mortified with what I was wearing when she came to pick me up at the end of the day like my pink bathing suit with a red skirt from my cheerleader Halloween costume, brown knee socks and about a bazillion barrettes in my hair. That is how I got away with bring my underpants to school.
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