21: Do you knit gifts for friends and family for the holidays or birthdays?
I do. In fact, that takes up most of my knitting time.
It’s a pretty stressful endeavour and I can see why a lot of knitters don’t do it – there’s a whole group for ‘selfish knitters’ on Ravelry, for example. Knitting for someone you like or love means you have to make something that looks perfect, or near enough. Knitting for someone else means hours and hours of work without any guarantee that the person will like that piece of soul you’re giving them. So basically I don’t knit for anyone unless it’s my choice to do so; if someone asks, I’m likely to say no.
I suppose that makes me a bit of a selfish knitter but for the people who ask for knitted socks like I can chuck them out in an hour really need to think about how much care and work goes into something handmade!
22: Have you ever stricken someone off your to-knit-for list because they didn’t appreciate/take care of your last knitted gift to them?
No, not exactly. But there are people I pre-emptively won’t knit for. See above.
23: If you had the supplies (and patience) for it, what project would you start today?
This is the Iona dress which I think is absolutely beautiful. It’s elegant and would take just about forever to knit but I really want to do it. One day, man. One day.
Aside from that I would really love to knit a jumper (sweater for you American folks) made entirely of malabrigo. It would be so squishy and I would be the cuddliest person in the whole wide world. Why yes, I do love malabrigo just a little too much.
24: Have you ever made your own pattern or dyed your own yarn? How did it turn out?
I haven’t done either – yet. I have plans to do both. Watch this space.
25: Do you have a knitting book or a place where you keep patterns, ideas, size measurements? Post a picture of it!
Um. Ever heard of Ravelry?
Seriously though. I have a lot of knitting books but I don’t use them much at all. I have only used one paper pattern the whole time I’ve been knitting. 99% of my patterns come from Ravelry and that’s where I’ve spent most of my knitting life, too, honing my skills by reading about other people’s troubles and interests. I love that website. It took me a while to get used to it but it’s much easier to carry around than a folder full of patterns and such!
That said, in case of apocalypse I really need to set up a folder of patterns and suchlike one day. A real life paper-based folder. Radical, I know.
When the world looks like that, I wanna be able to barter my way into the new flourishing trade economy with my mad skillz. Which, by the way, is why I intend to learn to spin my own yarn in the new year. No one can accuse me of not thinking ahead!