I mentioned a while back that I signed up for the Yarn Focus Challenge.Â The challenge provides one yarn purchase a month over the three month challenge.Â The purpose of this is to make you think about the yarn you’re about to purchase, rather than randomly buy yarn just because it’s pretty and soft.Â Not that there’s anything wrong with this method, but eventually the pretty and soft yarn starts to overrun your house and you’re not even sure what you can make with it.
Anyhoo… the challenge started on January 15th, and I made my monthly yarn purchase last Friday.Â I took a sock knitting class at Tempe Yarn and Fiber a couple of weeks ago.Â In the class we made a mini-sock.Â The yarn I bought is to make an adult pair of socks.Â I actually tried to teach myself socks on two circularsÂ a few years ago, and I even bought Koigu.Â But after making sock #1, I wasn’t impressed with the whole thing and never casted on for the second sock.Â This time I’m using dpns and I’m using Cascade Fixation, which was the yarn we used in class.Â Things are going much better for me with this yarn and I’m cruising through the first sock.Â No pictures yet.Â Sorry!
I’m also doing the Secret Pal portion of the YFC, and Rebekah asked us to answer some questions about ourselves.Â Here’s the Q&A…
What type of yarn do you knit with most often?
Even though I’ve been knitting for many years now, I still like to knit with yarn that has some forgiveness factor, such as Rowan Calmer.Â If it has a little “sproingness” to it, I feel like I have a better chance of the garment fitting.
Is there any type of yarn that you would love to try but haven’t yet, such as bamboo, banana fiber (seriously they make it – although I’ve yet to see it in person).
I’ve gotta say that I’m curious about the banana fiber, but if it’s coarse like hemp, then I’d have to pass.Â Now cashmere, there’s a yarn I’d love to try!
In your opinion what is a luxury yarn?
Again, cashmere.Â But, really, for me it’s anything I enjoy knitting with and feel comfy/cozy wearing.
Is there any type of yarn or fiber content you dislike or would prefer not to receive?
While I’m not a big fan of 100% cotton, wool, or acrylic, I don’t mind them if they’re blended with other fibers.
What type of garments do you most often knit?
Since I haven’t actually finished a lot of garments (see question below), I can’t really say that I’ve often knit one type of garment more than others.Â But my favorite garment I’ve knit so far is Nothin’ butÂ a T-shirt.Â I also love any sweaters that have cables.
What types of knitting books do you enjoy?
I love pattern books.Â I’m very much a process knitter, and the part I love the most is the planning stage.
What is a color you like but rarely or never buy yourself?
I like brighter colors (reds, purples, blues, greens, etc.), but I tend to buy neutrals because they seem more practical.
If you were pregnant and had to name your baby a fiber, what would her/his name be?Â
The first name would be Merino and the middle name would be Alpaca.
Do you spin?
What is one fiber you’ve never spun?
I haven’t been spinning for very long, so it’s easier to say which fibers I have spun, which are merino and alpaca.Â (See two questions above.)
If someone in your family or a best friend had to describe you in one word, what would it be?
Please tell us one odd thing about you.
Only one?Â Well, I just asked my hubby for some help with this one, and he said that I’m “psychotically (in a very high-pitched, shrieking manner)Â afraid of little baby bumblebees in the one in a million off-chance that I’m possibly, maybe, could be, slightly allergic to bee stings.”
What was your favorite cartoon when you were little.
Tom and Jerry.
Do you have animals? If so, please name them and tell us a little about them.
I have two cats.Â Their names are Mom Cat and Penny.
And last but not least, if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would move back to San Francisco in a heartbeat.