I have never joined a swap before. I have never bought yarn for someone else and sent it off in order to receive something else sight unseen. It sounds scary to me, and then to top it off I have heard various horror stories about what people received or perhaps they received nothing at all from a swap partner. Part of the reasoning is that I feel that I might BE the bad swap partner. What if what I send is not good enough? I don’t like that thought at all.
Then when I read about Hush Hush Handspun Hootinany I realized this was a swap I could get behind! The deal is that we send 4oz. spun fiber and 4 oz. roving to our partner. This sounds right up my alley so I jumped on board with very little hesitation.
Now I need to blog a questionnaire about myself for the person who will be sending to me. Here goes nothing!
1. How long have you been spinning? What skill level do you consider yourself?
I have been spinning for about 8 months now. It came easy to me. I would consider myself intermediate to advanced in basic spinning, but have not tried techniques such as long draw or any type of art yarns.
2. What kinds of yarn do you create (singles/2-ply/3-ply/art yarn)?
I’ve done some singles. Most of what I spin is 2-ply sock yarn. I have done quite a bit of navajo plying as well, since I think it is downright enjoyable. I have never spun art yarn nor have I done traditional 3 ply. I’ve never knit socks with my sock yarn either!
3. What do you spin with (spindle/wheel/both)?
I have a majacraft rose. I invested in her after buying a second hand ashford kiwi and falling in love with spinning. (And spinning fell in love with me!) I do not have my own spindle, and had never used one prior to purchasing my wheel. I did learn to spindle spin for a public speaking demonstration, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
4. What are your favorite fibers to spin with? Anything you don’t like?
I like merino and merino blends very much. Spinning with silk is like a dream. I love slippery fibers and tend not to like the rougher wools very much. I also do not particularly like BFL. I cannot tell you why, and I know you will all think I am strange, but I have just not had the best of luck with it. This could, in part, be that I received low quality BFL or poorly prepared BFL, but at this point I might have a mind set against it.
5. Who are your favorite crack dealers fiber sources (etsy or otherwise)?
I have gotten most of my fiber from The Loopy Ewe but am perfectly willing to try something new.
6. What kind of fiber do you want to try?
I’ve always wanted to try some non blended silk or bamboo. I have also not tried many different wools other than merino, coopworth, and BFL.
7. Is there any techniques you would like to learn?
I’ve not done a traditional 3 ply yet, and I would like to get better with my laceweight.
8. Do you dye fiber? If not, would you like to learn?
I have done some koolaid dyeing and have ambitions to dye my own fiber but they have not yet been realized.
9. Do you have fiber prep tools (and like to use them) or would you prefer ready to spin fiber?
I have a pair of hand cards which have never been used. I just purchased them for some angora I was given. I cannot say if I will enjoy the process or not but I do believe I would prefer prepared fiber.
10. What do you do with your handspun? What projects have you completed?
Is it OK to say none here? Well that might not be entirely true. I did complete a pair of socks for my daughter out of my second handspun ever. I also completed a print o’the wave shawl out of my third handspun. I’d really like to make socks and lace out of handspun but have not done so yet.
11. Are you in need of any spinning gadgets (WPI Gauge, threading hook, etc)?
Heck yeah, I don’t have anything like that!
12. What colors “fall into your shopping basket”? Any colors you just can’t stand?
I love color! I want to be thinking out of the box on this one. I do not have colors which I do not like so I am safe with someone picking for me!
13. What is on your wheel/spindle right now?
I have 8 oz Blue Moon Fiber Arts merino in Ravenscroft colorway. I am completely in love with this fiber. It is prepared so nicely and drafts like a dream. I wanted something very subtle for socks for my dear friend Nick and this just seemed to work perfectly. The added advantage is that there will be enough for 2 pair!
14. What other crafts/hobbies do you have?
Well knitting of course, which is a bigger obsession for me than spinning. I enjoy reading and listening to audio books. I’d like to travel one day but for now my travels are kept within a small radius of my home. I love cooking Mediterranean food. I enjoy biking in the warmer weather. Why do I now feel like I am filling out a personal add?
15. Other than crafts, what are you passionate about?
I love to learn about different cultures. I tend to lean toward crunchy hippie gal who dreams of her own organic gardens even though I don’t appear it on the outside.
16. Do you have an online wishlist?
I have a Loopy Ewe wish list.
17. Is there anything that you collect?
Besides stash? Not so much.
18. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What magazine subscriptions do you have?
I have an interweave knits subscription. I am jonesing for both “A Gathering of Lace” and “Victorian Lace Today.” I work with only bamboo or wood needles. I would someday like the be in the presence of both Wollmeise and Numma Numma yarn. Me and thousands of others I suppose!
19. When is your birthday?
20. What book or movie character do you most resemble in personality?
Did you see Julia Roberts in Runaway Bride? Totally me!
21. What is the climate like where you live around this time (need to know for careful shipments of anything meltable)?
Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot!
22. Tell us one weird fact about yourself!
Didn’t I just do that with the Runaway Bride comment? OK OK, let’s try something else. I love process cooking. For instance, I make my own yogurt and whole wheat bread. Next on the list to learn is cheese. You will never see my home lacking in homemade yogurt. It just never happens. Or how about the fact that I do not like ice cream? That usually gets me some stares.
Candy: I like dark chocolate. I really don’t like many other candies.
Food: I love hummus, tabbouleh, genuine falafel, lebnah, there are few middle eastern and Mediterranean foods I don’t like. I actually can’t think of any. I am also crazy for kraft 3 cheese mac and cheese, and I am not sure why. They must put something addicting in that stuff!
Drink: Well, I drink a lot of water, distilled water. I have always thought that water is the best tasting drink out there. Barring that I might have some nice dark coffee in various flavors or jasmine green tea. Also wine, I do like a nice glass of wine every once in awhile.
Movie(s): Well, I love independent and artsy films. My latests favorites are “Once” and “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.”
TV Show(s): There hasn’t been much that has captured my attention lately. I loved “Heroes” but the hiatus has been too long. “Lost” has lost me, much to my chagrin. I have been watching “Dr. Who” in dvd lately.
Book(s): One of my all time favorite books was Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal Dreams.”
Guilty Pleasure(s): Fine dark chocolates. Also cheese. I am crazy over fine cheese.