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A Quiz About Gifting

With the holiday season right around the corner, it seems appropriate that NothingButKnit has shared a quiz about gifting… She always has the most interesting quizzes and, since it had been awhile since I did one, I thought it a perfect fit.

Now, let’s get to answering these questions!

1. Do you gift your handmade items?

I do! Most of the items I make are gifts, from the finger-less gloves I made for my sister (that she’s only just now getting to use) to the stuffed Baby Yoda’s (that continue to be mailed out) to a sweater for my mom (that I will finish even if it’s the death of me!) and the micro-preemie socks that I knit and donate… lots of gifts indeed!

In fact, I think there is only one item that I knit for myself, lol.

2. Do you have limits around who you gift to or what you gift?

Limits? Not really, now that I think about it. If someone asks if I can make something I’ve never tried before, I look at it as an opportunity to learn a new pattern, stitch, or skill.

3. What type of things do you like to make and gift?

I love to make micro-preemie socks and can have a pair finished and ready to go in just an afternoon! These are donated to a local NICU in fishbowl-sized batches, since a fishbowl was all I had to store them in, lol.

4. Have you received handmade items?

My mother used to crochet us hats and scarves and mittens and I wish that I still had some of those, but they would be too small for me to wear nowadays. Oh! And her oldest sister, my aunt, gifted me with a crocheted blanket that I use year-round.

5. Have you ever asked for a gift back?

I do not, mostly because the people that I gift items to already know about and want the item being made for them.

6. Do you gift handmade items for holidays?

Not as a general rule, but if something is finished close to the holidays then I will gift it.

Now, before you do anything else, may I suggest checking out NothingButKnit’s post and reading all of the fun and interesting answers she and others have shared!

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Socks: A Quiz (a response)

Nothing But Knit has shared another fun quiz and this time it’s all about socks! Join me for “Socks: A Quiz

Do you knit/crochet socks?
Yes, I knit micro-preemie socks, but haven’t managed an adult sock yet.

If yes, how long have you been making them? If no, why not?
I think it’s been about six months to a year? Maybe?

What is your preferred method? Top down, toe up? Which needles? Do you have a preferred heel type?
My preferred method is top down, with a turned heel, with the tiniest of needles!

Have you gifted socks? Were they worn, loved and appreciated?
I’m currently filling up a fish bowl with micro-preemie socks. When it’s full, they will be donated to a local NICU for use.

Could you make nothing but socks for the rest of your life and be happy?
Probably not. It’s too much fun learning how to knit different things!

One of the most addictive things about sock knitting is the amazing selection of fingering weight yarn that is available. What is your favorite yarn for socks? Do you prefer solid or multi-color yarn? Do you have a fiber preference?
I prefer multi-color, fingering weight yarn, yes. I think my favorite so far was Patons Kroy Socks in Gentry Grey. It’s a super fine, wool/nylon blend… SO SOFT!

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Knitting Quiz

Guess what? Yup, Nothing But Knit shared another fun quiz and I couldn’t resist joining in the fun… Here is the original post, if you also want to play.

  1. Share an image of a knitting pattern you love, but would probably never knit. There are a couple of nerdy patterns I’d love to make, but they are VERY intimidating.
  2. What is your favorite knitting technique? Um, I find that knitting rib stitch is very relaxing.
  3. Yarn: wool, alpaca, cotton, linen, help, silk, or acrylic? Wool or wool blend?
  4. Needles: wood, bamboo, metal, plastic, or casein? Some of my favorite needles are wood, but I’m also a fan of metal (bamboo, not so much)
  5. Would you go on a knitting vacation? Yes, in a heartbeat!
  6. Lace, fingering, sport, DK, worsted, or bulky? DK
  7. Do you eat while knitting? If so, what? Not really, no, I don’t want to get my yarn dirty.
  8. Speckled yarn: yes or no? Yes
  9. Favorite knitting slang word? Pretty sure Yarn Barf is my favorite, lol.
  10. Can you do anything else while knitting? I watch Netflix, hockey games, or hang out in party chat with my Destiny clan members while they play video games. 😛
  11. Favorite knitting pattern designer? Haven’t found a go-to designer.
  12. Favorite yarn brand? Don’t have one yet.
  13. Intentional felting: yes or no? I have no idea what this is, lol
  14. Who taught you to knit? A good friend was the first to teach me, while we were at a convention.
  15. What’s your next knit? I’ll be starting my mother’s sweater as soon as I’m done with the Alien Facehugger for a friend.