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I am so swapping again.

The last No HumDrum Mitten Swap was so amazing, I’m doing it again. Woo hoo! yay! Plus, knitting outrageous mittens for other people is right up my alley. I’m thinking of hand-spinning this time. I’m totally all about hand spinning. I might not do super involved color-work though. I have an idea in my head for a slightly Latvian inspired cuff, with handspun, Navajo plied yarn (Think Noro stripes, here.) for the main body of the hand. Perhaps with a fair isle or intarsia motif at the back of the hand.

But before I get ahead of myself, here is my Questionnaire:

How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? I’ve been knitting since I was a girl. My mom taught me. However, I’ve only been seriously knitting for the past 6 years.
Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I’m right there in intermediate. A happy medium.
What are your favorite colors? Any you dislike? I like all colors. Really, I do. My current favorites include light to medium pink combined with a warm chocolate brown or charcoal/black. I lean more towards saturated colors on the whole, and I also like monochromatic colorways. (As in multiple tones of all green, or pink, etc.) You can feel free to go crazy with colors if that sort of thing appeals to you!
Do you like Latvian type patterns? If so, what are your favorite patterns? I sure do! Here are some I love:

You’re not bound to these colors or patterns. These are just ideas to help you see things that appeal to me. If it’s too overwhelming just stop looking and pick something you’d like!

Patterns I love:

Hilja’s Mittens (these belong to me, but I love both the pattern and the colors):

Latvian Mittens 

Embellished Mittens (although I prefer mine with thumbs!) 

Hello Yarn Mittens (Love both design and color choice) 

I love thrums 

Totally cute, vine embellished

Mitered Mittens – I love the colors and pattern

Cabled Mitten/Fingerless Mitts – i like the cables & buttons

Color Combos I love

More Hilja’s (these time, not mine!)

Neutrals and Pink 

Blues 

Chocolate Thrums 

Purple Green Noro

Blue Grey Noro

Foresty Noro

Parcheesi 

Tango 

Do you desire mittens for yourself, your “special someone else” or your child? Me! My kids grow too fast.

What is the measurement from your wrist to the tip of your longest finger? 7 3/4 inches, from my wrist crease to my longest finger.

What is the circumference of your hand at it’s widest point? Edit: I went temporarily insane and have no idea where I came up with the original measurement. The widest part of my hand (across the pad of my hand, just below fingers) is 6 1/4″. The actual widest part of my hand (at my bottom thumb joint) is 7″. Just thought I’d update that, since my original measurement was an INCH too large. Ahem.

What other things do you enjoy knitting? Socks, I’m a crazy sock knitter. I also love spinning

What sort of needles do you enjoy working with? I nearly always work with circular needles, and I’m pretty much an Options only kind of girl. I do have their Harmony needles as well. I’ve been Jonseing for their Harmony cable needles, but don’t have them yet.

What’s one project you’ve not yet tried but are dying to make? I don’t know. I’m kind of in a “Must knit socks!” phase right now.

What’s one yarn you’ve not yet tried but are dying to work with? This is going to sound crazy, but I’ve been wanting to do a project with my own EB yarn dyed. I’ve swatched the natural yarn here, but haven’t worked with it yet. Besides that, I crave indie dyed sock yarns, and noro sock yarn. Trekking, too. Oh, and Bearfoot, and ArtYarns. (I’m pretty sure that’s more than one.)

What other hobbies do you have? Do you spin? Sew? Garden? Cook? I spin, dye yarn, cook, bake, and brew.

Besides yarn, do you collect anything? Nope. Although I think I’m going to have to start a dangly earring collection.

What kind of goodies do you enjoy? Sweets? Salty? Anything you hate or are allergic to? I’m a firm believer in dessert and coffee being the two major, and most important food groups. I love imported milk chocolate!

Do you have any kids? Pets? I have three kids, twin 3 1/2 year old girls and a two year old son. No pets, unless kids count.

What is your favorite part of Winter? Snow in December
What is your least favorite part of Winter? The extremely cold temps and grey days we have from January through the end of February. Ugh! Freaking winter! I’m totally a spring, summer and fall kind of girl.

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Brand New, Shiny Blog

I’ve been meaning to start a personal blog forever. So here it is. I’m starting this one up especially for my No More HumDrum Mittens exchange pal. That way I won’t need to post my questionaire to the Yarn Love blog. If you just so happen to me my Mitten Pal, then you can check me out over at www.bungalowmum.blogspot.com. It’s more related to my yarn business, but there’s lots of info about me there as it’s been around significantly longer. Yay!

No More HumDrum Mittens Exchange Questionnaire

 Btw, I really like the name of this swap! It’s great!

How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? My mom taught me how to knit and purl as a child. However, I disliked it and only took it up again when I was pregnant with our first babies. That was a little over 4 years ago. I’ve knit constantly since then, and now I have a yarn dyeing business.

Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I’m somewhere between intermediate and advanced. I still feel like there are a lot of techniques out there that I’d like to try, but I have quite a few under my belt.

What are your favorite colors? Any you dislike? Well, I really don’t have a favorite color. However, my winter coat is bright fuchsia. I mean, this sucker is really bright. It’s a knee length down coat that is bright fuchsia. So if my pal would include perhaps an accent of fuchsia in the mittens, that would be awesome! I’m considering knitting my hat with a main color of chocolate brown or black and an accent of fuchsia to match. I really do adore color, and don’t be afraid of bright.

Do you like Latvian type patterns? If so, what are your favorite patterns? I do love Latvian type patterns, here are some that I found that I like. (I’m open to more patterns, too.)  http://www.liis.lv/cimdi/frame1.htm 

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Do you desire mittens for yourself, your “special someone else” or your child? For me!

What other things do you enjoy knitting? Socks and sweaters, hats and mittens. I’m up for about anything, really.

What sort of needles do you enjoy working with? (straights vs circs, bamboo vs aluminum) I’m a die hard nickel plated circular needle girl. I have a complete options set, a bunch of Addi turbos, and now just a few Harmony needles. I love the pretty colors of the Harmony needles, although they do slow me up a bit.

What’s one project you’ve not yet tried but are dying to make? Felted clogs. I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

What’s one yarn you’ve not yet tried but are dying to work with? Cashmere…and most other indie dyers. I love indie dyed yarns. I did just purchase some Alpaca Sox yarn which I’m really very curious about, but I haven’t had time to cast on, yet.

What other hobbies do you have? Do you spin? Sew? Garden? Cook? I love to cook, I do sew, but not nearly as much as I used to. I spin fairly frequently, and I own two spinning wheels. The vast majority of my time is spent watching my kids, dyeing yarn, and knitting.

Besides yarn, do you collect anything? Not really….unless you count dessert. But I really don’t collect that, I consume it.

What kind of goodies do you enjoy? Sweets? Salty? Anything you hate or are allergic to? I love sweets like no other. Especially chocolate. I don’t have any food allergies, but I don’t prefer most fish or shellfish. But I doubt you’d mail me fish, anyway.

Do you have any kids? Pets? I have three toddlers. My oldest are three year old twins (both girls) and we also have a son who’s nearly 2 years old.

What is your favorite part of Winter? Snow! I love snow. I love how pretty it looks and building snowmen and sledding. I even like to shovel.

What is your least favorite part of Winter? How cold it gets here. -20 is not uncommon. Plus, I live at the edge of town and the wind sucks. I also hate trudging to the mailbox through the snow. It’s cold and it makes a mess in my house….but pretty yarn comes in the mail…and i love how the snow looks on the ground. I guess I’m picky.

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