SP11 contest #2

1. What is the one knitting accessory you could not live without?
I actually don’t use very many ‘accessories’. I’d probably be most out-of-luck without a good darning needle — most everything else can be cobbled together from other stuff, like or scrap-yarn stitch-markers, or post-its on charts, but you just can’t cobble up a good darning needle. (Trust me: a paperclip does not work very well. Ask me how I know.)

2. If you’re heading on vacation, do you take knitting with you? If so, how much and what type of project?
Of course I take knitting with me! What would I do while travelling? I probably bring more than I need to, but f many simpler projects. Socks are now almost essential.

3. Where have you travelled to that you’d consider your favorite spot?
I don’t think I’ve found my favourite spot yet. The balcony facing the ocean in Cancun was particularly good for knitting, but I also love walking through the lush forests of the Bruce Peninsula. I dream of the British Isles.

4. What is your favorite knitting book at the moment? Do you own it?
Again, I don’t think I’ve found my ‘favourite’ yet: I love Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s Knitting Rules for its combination of good advice and humour (which I own); I’ve borrowed Debbie New’s Unexpected Knitting from the local library and it was tremendously inspiring for showing the boundaries (limitless!) of knitting; but I haven’t even got any EZ or other ‘big names’ yet!

5. Do you listen to podcasts? Which is your favorite(s)?

Not yet. Recommend one to me?

6. If you could only knit with 1 color for the rest of your life, what color would that be?
Does ‘natural’ count? I think if I were barred from knitting with all other dyed colours, I would just want to see the inherent natural beauty of the yarn, unbleached and unmodified. (If it had to be a dyed colour, I could probably knit a lovely wine-red for many years without being bored!)

7. If you were far into a project and then noticed a mistake near the beginning what would you do?
Agonize for a long time, try to live with it, realize I can’t, try to cobble a cheapskate quick-fix, realize I can’t, then spot-rip all the way down to fix the mistakes and set myself three hours of picking up stitches with a crochet hook…. (Again, ask me how I know!)

8. Where is the most unusual spot you’ve ever knit?
After reading blogs, answers like “on the TTC with twenty other knitters” or “in line for the Harry Potter movie” just don’t sound very unusual… but I will, if given the chance, knit just about anywhere!

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