Thursday, August 16, 2007

SP11 contest, etc.

Abnormally for a Thursday night, I'm at home - hence why you're seeing me before Sunday. That fibery update will still wait till then, as there's nothing new to report.

My attendance at SnB tonight was already in question when Erin swung an arm over Houston today and dropped several inches of rain, but feeling under the weather (and not just under the precipitation) sealed the deal. Still not 100%, but I can't sleep too much or I won't sleep tonight.

So instead, I'm going to respond to the Yarn Yenta's SP11 contest. I already accomplished the first part (yay me) with my questionnaire. Now I'm answering these:

1. What is the one knitting accessory you could not live without?

This sounds like a duh, but: my measuring tape. Instead of a roll-up job or a sewing one, I carry around a compact, quarter-inch-wide Stanley 10-foot metal tape. Never stretches, never catches, quite useful for stuff like shawls and blankets.

2. If you're heading on vacation, do you take knitting with you?

If so, how much and what type of project? Oh, definitely. I usually take 2-3 projects, depending on what I've got going - a shawl or blanket, if it doesn't take up too much space, and almost always a dishcloth. I'll probably have a traveling sock at some point too.

3. Where have you travelled to that you'd consider your favorite spot?

Edinburgh, Scotland. There wasn't anything I didn't love about Edinburgh: the touristy-historic stuff, the amazing restaurants, the scenery (landscapes AND men in kilts), the underlying warmth...and of course, the people - I found most Scots as friendly as most Texans (which is to say, very), and I felt very much at home there. And it's much easier to get a sense of how old the world is when you're not in the US.

I rang in 2002 on the Prince's Street in Edinburgh with my best friend and my ex. Thousands of people speaking dozens of languages...a true teeming throng...and I can honestly say I've rarely felt safer, and never enjoyed a midnight more. I can't wait to do it again someday. :)

4. What is your favorite knitting book at the moment? Do you own it?

I love what No Sheep For You is doing for allergic crafters like me, and how it's introducing everyone to all the amazing sheep-free fibers out there. I don't yet own it because while the patterns are beautiful, I'd only make the Tuscany Shawl. I'd still like to have it at some point for the rest of the advice within.

5. Do you listen to podcasts? Which is your favorite(s)?

I listen to a few podcasts and have tried a few more. CraftyPod is great, though I don't usually listen all the way through in one sitting because it gives me ideas and gets me thinking about other things... :) I always go back to finish it, though!

My favorite is Cast On; I really like Brenda's stories and the guest essays are absolutely spectacular.

And it's not knitting-related, but NPR posts podcasts of selected This I Believe essays. I highly recommend this one; they're usually 5-6 minutes and often really uplifting, thought-provoking, etc.

See y'all this weekend!


Sharon said...

Susan, I loved Edinburgh too. I had been in London for about a month, and then took the train to Edinburgh. When I got off at Waverly Station, I was blown away by those gorgeous men in kilts, with ruddy cheeks, and good teeth! Oh, you've brought back memories. Hope you don't get drenched.

Plum Texan said...

Nah, I float. :)

Memories indeed. On the New Year in question, I remember a minute-long glimpse of a particularly lovely young man - mid-twenties (like me at the time), blue tartan, heavy natural-colored cabled sweater, hiking boots, lovely legs, and a handsome, scruffy face. And all the young gents at a ceilidh, wearing kilts with their t-shirts.

Wranglers are good too, but they just don't cut quite the same profile, tee hee.

Cindy said...

Hi there! I was just skimming through some of my fellow SP 11'ers blogs and saw that you are in Houston. So am I. I have a friend from here in town that is also participating. Fun to see the Bayou City represented! My blog is Have fun with the swap! Cindy

Plum Texan said...

Hi Cindy - thanks for stopping by! It's nice to make connections through SP. I'm going to go visit you too. :)

Cindy said...

Hello again! After I saw your comment on my blog, I clicked your profile to see if I could find your email address. I didn't find that, but saw that you are a writer/editor here in Houston. So is my husband! My email is Feel free to email me if you want- it sounds like we have a lot in common! Cindy