Oops! I suppose as the host and main organizer of the UK Swap, it would sortakinda be a good idea actually do mine! Oh and if there is anyone from the swap visiting — they questionnaires are due on Monday January 28th! Warning: “home” or “Canada” refers to Vancouver, BC, Canada … where I was born, raised, and until recently, lived.

Part One: Crafting

Do you knit, crochet, or both?
Knit. Only. But I would looove to learn to crochet to “embellish” my knitted items!

What do you like to make? Do you have a favourite project?
I’m terrible with big projects, or things that take too long. I don’t think I could handle a sweater, too many stitches, or socks because I’d get Second Sock Syndrome. I don’t often make the same thing twice either! I liked my hat, my hot water bottle cosy, felt clogs, toys.

Do you have a favourite type of fiber or brand of yarn?
I love organic/dyed cotton by Blue Sky Alpacas. I love alpaca, llama, and anything squishy. I recently learned about a yarn here called Artegano Aran that I like too. I’ve never seen it before!

Do you have a least favourite type of yarn?
I don’t knit socks so I prefer an aran/DK weight instead of a sock or lace weight. I’m not a big wool fan, or anything scratchy or itchy.

Do you do any other crafts?
I sew and make jewellery (earrings mainly). I would love to learn to quilt.

What knitting do you bring ‘on the go’?
Something easy with a simple stitch that can be picked up/put down.

What do you carry your ‘on the go’ knitting in? Do you want something new?
Either my backpack in the other pouch from everything or the “laptop area” if it isn’t full… or my storage area for OTN projects are in my Grandma’s old knitting tote. It’s a long over the should bag and the opening snaps open/close with some sort of bendy metal rod things. It’s great and I get to feel close to my nanny when I use it.

Are there any knitting gifts (book, toy, yarn, item, tool) that you have been lusting over?
I’ve heard of some “Learn to Crochet” DVDs, but I’ve never seen them. I like the Aran and Cables stitch dictionary by Interweave Press and I’m considering buying it soon.

Part Two: Your Favourites

What is your favourite colour? What is your least favourite colour?
Favourite is blue. Nearly all shades — not really pastel/baby. But navy, royal, sea, sky, all those blues I love. I don’t really have a “least favourite” but I prefer jewel colours and “colds” rather than “warms” (blood or ruby red is the exception)… so not so much orange/yellow. I really like purple now… totally growing on me! I’m knitting myself a blanket made of a variety of purple yarns. I just bought 2 hanks of Artesano Aran in purple. Yum. I still need a few more hanks to reach the yardage required for a blanket.

What scents/smells do you like? What don’t you like?
I like orange and red smells. You know, mandarin, satsuma, fruit punch, strawberry, cranberry.

How do you like to pamper yourself? (bubble bath, hand creams, massage, manicure)
I prefer a nice warm shower (with a good stream), and make my BF give me a massage (he always wants one in return). I really just like to sit down in my pyjamas with a good book and a cup of tea. Mmm pyjama bottoms and tea. I love to read! Book recommendations or sharing books is welcome (second hand is fine as long as they’re in a good condition).

What goodies to you like to treat your tummy with? (chocolate, biscuits, truffles, etc.)
Cookies! (aka biscuits in the Queens English). I love McVities… we only get the digestives and chocolate covered ones, and occasionally hobnobs in Canada… we don’t seem to get as many varieties. I certainly can’t find the light digestives in Canada. I also love a gooood cuppa black tea! Yum… and tea toys.. hehe I’ve been eying those little counter-top things for your spoon when you’re done with it, they are adorable!

Do you prefer tea or coffee while you knit? Any particular kind? Favourite mug/cup?
Tea. I’m an English Breakfast/Orange Pekoe kinda girl. I like good sized mugs (grande if you’re a Starbucks go-er), I have a number of Pooh Bear mugs that I really like, and a few “travel” genre mugs from different places I’ve been.

Do you listen to/watch anything while you knit? (TVshow-Along, movies, music, podcasts)
I like to watch re-runs of TV shows on DVD. Complicated I know, but I love CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (original Las Vegas one) and since I’ve seen every episode numerous times (except for the new season of course) I can easily watch my knitting and listen to the TV and glance up at my favourite parts. I have it so memorized that the episode can play in my head. I’ve started doing this with Gilmore Girls and I want the new Sex and the City shoebox to do it too!

Part Three: Living & Past-times

Where do you live in the UK?
Currently in Greater London (Potters Bar), but in March we’re moving home to Manchester.

Have you always lived here, or did you grow up somewhere else?
I’m a Canadian born and raised (Vancouver, British Columbia), I moved to England to live with my boyfriend after we were long-distance for 2.5 years.

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would love to visit the ENTIRE world! I want to go travelling all around Europe, across Canada and the USA, and then to a variety of other locations such as Egypt, China, Israel, Japan again, Thailand…. etc.

If you couldn’t go to a knitting group, what other kind of gathering would you go to? (book club, tea party, yoga class, jewelery class, etc.)
Tea party all the way! Back in Vancouver my favourite place to go is high tea at The Secret Garden Teahouse. It’s absolutely delicious and

What’s your style? (elegant, traditional, glamourous, girly, natural, sporty, outgoing, etc.)
Hmm I’d say traditional in my mannerisms and ideas and organised in my general lifestyle. I like to be prepared and it helps me stay calm to plan ahead. In terms of my clothing style… comfort all the way.

Final Part:

Any allergies/preferences (fiber-wise or treat-wise)?
I’m a vegetarian, but that shouldn’t be a big deal — I’m not vegan, I still eat dairy.

Anything we missed that you’d like your partner to know?
Definitely email me if you have any questions!! I totally want to get to know you a bit better, even if I can’t find out who you are until you reveal yourself with the arrival of my package.

I have a cat back at home. His name is Henry. I also have a chinchilla, his name is Chico.