I maybe, just maaaaybe, signed up for another swap a day after SP11…
What can I say, these things are so fun! Bring on the questionnaires! Bring on the Good Mail!!!
Knit 1 Tea 2 Color Swap Questionnaire
1. Do you like loose tea or bags, or both – something you want to try?
I like both, but use bags most often out of sheer laziness.
2. What is your favorite kind of tea (Brand, flavor, variety, etc)?
My favorite tea is black and organic, though I haven’t found “the one” yet. Lately I’ve been drinking Choice‘s English Breakfast in mornings, and an very enamoured with their Earl Grey with Lavender, it’s heavenly and relaxing.
3. Favorite color in regards to tea or one you would like to try? (black, green, red, and white) (keeping in mind that this is how this swap is set up).
Ooh, how to choose? It’s down to black or red… Black, because it’s what I drink primarily, and daily. Red, because it seems so intriguing. O Secret K1,T2 pal, I leave the choice to you!
4. Would you say you were a tea pot kind of person or just a hot water heater kind?
Expediency is key to my caffeine habits, so I’m most often a kettle-and-mug person. But with good company, it’s the tea pot, of course!
5. What tea accessories would you like but have never purchases for yourself?
A tea pot. I’ve inherited many, from a hand-potted “woman” one to myriad Brown Betties, and been gifted with a lovely Japanese glass set for loose-leaf teas, but I don’t think I’ve ever bought my own!
I have also always wanted one of those tea-strainer-on-a-spoon-handle thingies; they seem like they’d make using loose-leaf tea easier, even when bleary-eyed.
6. How do you prefer to be pampered? (examples: mani/pedi, bubble bath, yummy treat, etc).
Treats. Lovely organic chocolate for pure indulgence, a Chai latte and a good book for soothing quiet time, or a fun walk out with friends for ice cream. Though a back rub is never turned down!
7. If you were a kind of yarn what would you be and why?
I think I’d be a very soft, tweedy handspun. Natural, but still a bit luxurious. Not showy, but still special with an extra boost of personal creativity.
8. If you had to knit/crochet baby booties, a fun fur scarf, or a fair isle sweater, which would you choose and why?
I’d knit the Fair Isle, because of it’s connection to the knitting tradition, its challenge, and it’s practicality.
9. What other event would make you skip a tea party? (A garden party? A book club meeting? A yoga class? Opening night for a new action thriller? etc?)
Not much! Yoga classes can be skipped, and hopefully things like knit-night would coincide with the tea party :) A renaissance faire, or camp-out with friends, may cause me to miss the party, but hopefully I can arrange my affairs so that I may attend everything I’d like!
10. What treat would you consider essential at your tea party? (Sweet? Salty? Scones? Those petite pastry trays with a couple of all sorts of things? Little crust less sandwiches?)
Fine tea, fresh-baked breads, sweet fruits, shortbread cookies, a hint of chocolate, and witty conversation.
11. When buying yarn for a project how do you choose – do you buy the one called for or do you substitute?
I substitute all the time. Often for budget reasons, but most often to suit my fancy.
12. What do you carry your knitting/crocheting in when on the go?
My purse or satchel, with the yarn in a “protective” ziploc. I’ve never been a handbag girl, so I can’t justify the cost of designer knitting bags, and I never seem to get around to knitting/felting something of my own (though I really should…).
13. Favorite movie to watch while knitting/crocheting?
I love the old fantasy movies, Labyrinth and The Last Unicorn and the like, and will watch them over and over. But I am awfully fond of silly romance movies (e.g. Bridget Jones’ Diary) and knitting!
14. Are you a traditional tea cup kind of person or a mug type of person? Do you care if they match?
I am a XL-mug person by habit, though my cherished ones are hand-mand by independent potters.
Were I to take the time to leisurely drink tea by the cup, the saucers would match the cups, and each cup would symbolically match the drinker. When I was little, at my Grandma’s house I’d always have the lilly-of-the-valley set, my brother, the clover (no flowers, therefore masculine), and my sister, the roses.
15. Favorite childhood birthday party?
Once a friend had a party with horseback riding along a country trail. It was all I could have dreamt of, except I couldn’t wear a party dress to it. This probably tells a lot about me.
16. Favorite type of scone and jam?
Freshly-baked, light and fluffy, with melting butter and blackcurrant jam.
17. If you use candles, what is your favorite scent?
Clove, or vanilla.
18. If you could choose 3 people to have ‘tea’ with, who would they be and why? (famous or not, living or dead).
I’m terrible at this sort of question. Who indeed? Don’t ask me to party-plan for the entirely of history; someone is bound to be overlooked and become upset, and I’m sure two guests will be mis-seated beside each other, and will start throwing biscuits.
19. You’ve been invited to a tea party, what ‘props’ will you wear (formal or casual)?
That depends entirely on the party. Should I wear an Edwardian walking skirt and bring my parasol, or should I just slip on a comfy cardigan and pop on over in jeans?
20. Any allergies/preferences you have or are willing to admit to?
Allergic to most “environmental” allergens (smoke, pollen, pets), though I’m quite tolerant to pets (especially since I spin). No very strong perfumes, please (light, natural scents are great though!).
21. Anything we missed that you want your pal to know?
See the SP11 questionnaire for more details!