Rachel tagged me for this knitting meme, thanks! 🙂
What is your all time favorite yarn to knit with?
I like several yarns so this is a little hard, but . . . . I really love KFI Cashmerino, which is discontinued now but it’s supposed to be the same as Debbie Bliss Cashmerino. It’s so soft. Also, I like Frog Tree alpaca and couldn’t forget about it. And since I like knitting socks so much I also am including sock yarn on its own – Fortissima Colori wears really well and just gets softer and softer. I’ve also used Brown Sheep’s NatureSpun for winter socks and it is very warm and soft.
Your favorite needles?
Denise, without a doubt – I really like the pointed tips and flexible cords. For socks, I like Brittany 5" dpns and my old aluminum dpns, depending on the yarn.
The worst thing you’ve ever knit?
The first sweater that I ever made myself. I have a picture on a disc somewhere but not sure where right now. It was a summer sweater knit out of Berroco SoftTwist in a very dark purple. The sleeves were supposed to be split at the outer end of the shoulders which wasn’t flattering. On top of that, I made it way too big for myself. Also the items I’ve tried to felt but that has more to do with the felting process than the knitting. **Oh, added later – the Waving Lace socks from IK. I understand the wonder that a gauge swatch is in most cases but I should have dismissed it in the case of the Waving Lace socks and trusted my own sock experience. The gauge told me I needed a US# 1 needle and nobody could get that sock past their heel once I’d turned the heel – shoulda trusted my US# 2 instinct, knowing how tight I knit.
Your most favorite knit pattern (maybe you don’t like wearing it, but it was the most fun to knit)?
Tivoli is a favorite. I’d like to make another one with the picot option in the new Picovoli. When I do that though, I won’t use cotton – that’s the main reason I wear this rarely.
Most valuable knitting technique?
Picking up stitches this way, per Grumperina. I just tried it out this week on some socks I’m knitting and it’s really great. It keeps the stitches very neat. Also, the three needle bind off but I have changed it a little
out of laziness and only use 2 needles.
Best knit book or magazine?
Book – Vogue Reference Book and Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick. Magazine – Interweave Knits. There are always so many patterns that I want to knit out of IK. As luck would have it, most of the patterns are timeless so I’ll get to them eventually!
Your favorite knit-a-long?
The only knit-a-longs that I’ve actually participated in are the Sockapaloozas but I had fun in them.
Your favorite knitblogs? First of all, I really like all of the blogs on my reading list (and those on my Bloglines roll that just haven’t made it to my blog). But these are a few favorites: Knitting Iris – I always look forward to all of the pictures along with stories. Knit and Tonic – The stories are great and patterns, too. Pixiestikz – Great knitting and blogging. Marnie Talks -Beautiful patterns and pictures. Grumperina – Great writing and pictures, plus very helpful tips.
Your favorite knitwear designer?
Fellow bloggers that happen to design are my favorite – Stefanie, Kathy, Marnie and Wendy have all created patterns that I have either already knit or are in my immediate waiting list. Professional designers would probably be Evelyn Waugh and Teva Durham.
Who to tag?
Well, I think that I’ll tag Siri, Heather, the Pink Mimosa and Liz. When you see this, Nancy, I’d love to read your answers to this too but I know you’re still winding down from your trip. 🙂