Sunday, September 25, 2011

5,4,3,2,1 Things things about...

So Craftzine has this little series going where they ask for 1/2/3/4/5 specific things about various makers and shakers, and they're encouraging other blogs to get in on it as well. So I figured I'd indulge my narcissism a little.

One Project You Are Particularly Proud Of

1: Well, I've knit a lot of things that I like... but just to mix it up, I'll say the needle-felted squid beret I made for my sister a few years ago:

Squid Vicious 2

I don't even think she wears the darn thing... but it's pretty much the only thing I've needle felted (besides a slightly less impressive octopus hat, later.)

Two Mistakes You've Made in the Past

1: I did college all wrong. Flitted from school to school, changed majors, wasn't social enough... I graduated with a degree that I find really interesting but certainly don't use (psych.) I should've taken more time to figure out what I wanted to do before going to school, I think.

2: Quitting drinking. I know that sounds odd... but I quit drinking a few years ago because I was having some anxiety issues and as a result, my tolerance has tanked and I can't even have a drink with friends or wine with dinner anymore :-(

Three Things That Make Your Work Unique

1: I knit almost every hat on 16" size 7 needles.

2: I only make stuff that I want to wear. And then I DO wear it, which is bad form, since it ruins it and I can't use it for trunk shows or re-shoots. How terribly unprofessional!

3: I will tell you my dirty secret: I barely ever check gauge ahead of time. For most of my projects, it either doesn't matter much (shawls) or I've made the basic shape so many times with so many yarns and needles that I can just guess pretty effectively (hats). Now that I'm trying to make sweaters I actually have to be diligent about gauge and it's kind of a drag.

Four Tools You Love to Use

1: Addi Turbos. Yes yes.

2: Schoolhouse Press knitter's graph paper. It's specially proportioned to mimic stockinette stitch, so you get a more accurate image when you're mapping out colorwork.

3: Soft merino, kettle-dyed, worsted-weight yarns - Malabrigo and Madelinetosh come to mind.

4: Pilot Varsity pens. It drives my husband nuts, he hates using them, but I LOVE them. They're basically disposable fountain pens.

Five Inspirations

1: The internet. It sure has a lot of stuff on it.

2: Texture

3: Shape and form- specifically, making a particular shape in an unusual way.


4: Colors! And the combination thereof. I spend a lot of time tossing my stash around looking for combos I like. I also am sort of neurotic about putting things in rainbow order.

5: Totally overwrought magazine spreads.

Man, answering questions is kinda hard. Anyway, what are 5/4/3/2/1 (so..15) things about you? Leave me a link in the comments if you decide to answer them on your blog, so I can read 'em!


  1. A. love the blog name, b. I'm with you on the pen thing. My husband and I are both very particular with our pens even though we don't do much writing any more.

    My interview is here:

    I'm looking forward to reading more from both your blogs!

  2. This is a pretty cool little question / answer thingy-ma-jig-a-mee. I had a go myself and found it quite hard in parts. Thanks for passing it on. From what I have read it seems a few don't do gauge shit lol!
    Here's mine:

  3. Neat, I'mma check your guyses out right now!

  4. (That's some good English talkin' right there.)

  5. you should make more squid hats and sell them! love it.

  6. I would totally buy that squid hat. It's my favorite style of hat, my favorite color, and my favorite animal. You'd have at least one customer!

  7. Haha, thanks guys, but if I made these to sell they'd have to cost several hundred dollars- it takes a long time! (Probably less time if you're an experienced needlefelter but I'm definitely not)


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