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Knitter’s Virtual Vacation Questionnaire

I am taking part in the Knitter’s Virtual Vacation Swap. I love to travel and spent my childhood traveling around the world. So this sounds like a great way to travel without leaving home.


1. If you could visit any state in the US, which would it be and why? I would love to visit Montana and Alaska. I would love to go back to Hawaii but since I have been there at least five times, it shouldn’t count.

2. If you could visit any country in the world, other than your own, which would it be and why? I would have to say China, Australia, and New Zealand. China because technically it is where I was born but I have never been to mainland China. Australia for the jungles and reefs. New Zealand for the rivers and mountains. Yes, I am a thrill seeker.

3. Have you ever driven across several states/providence/countries?
Yes. Supposedly, I have been across a good stretch of the US but I was very little and don’t remember it. But I have driven through most of Western Europe as a child. We were living there at the time. And I was lucky enough to drive the Pan-American highway from Panama to the US before it was shut due to the civil war in Nicaragua. That was fun and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

4. Have you ever visited someplace you consider exotic? Where was it? Midway Island. I was about 3 at the time but I remember the gooney birds and the beaches. The sand is nice and coarse. My glasses didn’t like being buried in it either. I liked to play in the sand.

5. What was your favorite “travel” vacation? Why?
That would be hard to say since I spent my childhood traveling. I thought everyone traveled on vacation.

6. Have you ever played tourist in your own home city/state (if international, country)? Explain. Yes, I play tourist all the time. My town is in a historic region and I like to go and wander just to wander. And the camera comes along with me because you never know what you will find or see.

7. Are you a museum visitor, beach comer or an amusement seeker? I love museums. I love the beach even though the sun doesn’t love me. I do not like amusement parks though I am a thrill seeker. I like to get my thrills by hiking, climbing, and kayaking out in nature.

8. What’s your favorite type of yarn? Sock yarn but I am also partial to lace yarn. But I love all yarns.

9. What’s your least favorite type of yarn? Anything scratchy and cotton.

10. What items do you like to knit/crochet? Mostly socks but I do have a sweater or two on the needles that need to be finished.

11. What do you pack, knit/crochet wise when you go on vacation? Sock knitting. Plus several extra skeins just in case. And extra needles and my tool kit. And plenty of books to read. And plenty of sunscreen and my iPod with plenty of podcasts.

12. What other crafts do you do/would like to do other than Knit/Crochet? I am a quilter who also appliqu├ęs. I also embroider, do needlepoint and cross stitch. My first love was embroidery and knitting since they are the first crafts I learned. I can sketch but I can’t paint. I used to do quite a bit of charcoal work while I was at university for fun.

13. Are you allergic to anything? (Yarn wise or treat wise) I am highly allergic to strawberries. My oldest nephew calls them poison berries for me. But that is okay because he will offer to take any treats to personally sample them. He always reports back to me on how they tasted.

14. What is your favorite color? Least Favorite? I love purples, reds, pinks, blues, greens. The only color I do not like is solid yellow. But some yellow is okay.

15. Sweet or Savory (Treat not personality)? I like savory but I also like sweet. and so does my nephew although his sister prefers sweet. Yes, they do not have any boundary issues when it comes to food. They have seen their daddy help himself to my dinner many a time. So don’t worry about that.

16. Anything else we are forgetting to ask that you think your partner desperately needs to know? Not that I can think of right now.

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Back Among the Living, I Think

Okay, classes are done. For the most part. The class from h**l as some one called it is done except for the retest. There were 13 of us in the class and 12 of us took the test together. (The other guy had already made arrangements to take the test this week since he had a work commitment the day we took the test.) Of the 12 of us who took the test, only one person passed with a 70. I was one of the lucky ones who scored high with a 60. Arrangements are being made for all of us to have a review followed by a different test. Our instructor is going to try and arrange for this to occur in the next two weeks. All of us passed everything else. But we have to pass an objective written test for certification. And we are not the first class to have problems with this test. We are the third. So we are all waiting to see what happens. We did joke last night that we would retake the class since we already had our presentations done and could reuse them. And yes, we are all prepared if necessary to retake the class. And yes, we can reuse our presentations. I actually have to expand mine out to a full 2 to 3 hour class and hopefully teach it in early fall.

And since classes are over, I now have more time to knit. And I really need to work on some socks to get them done. I really haven’t done much knitting the past week because of trying to get everything done for class. But my Monkey sock and I have been becoming really acquainted. As in, I have had to frog the same 6 rows over and over again. It really does help to pay attention to the pattern as I have discovered. Plus it doesn’t help that I am using dpns for this sock and it has been a long time since I have used dpns instead of circulars. But I am enjoying the dpns again. My dpns may have to come out of retirement.


And the garden is growing still. It is kind of fun to get up in the morning and look at how the carrot tops have changed. They are starting to look like carrot tops. Soon hopefully, there will be stuff eat out of the garden. And the farmer’s market is now open. I am going to try and go to one this afternoon. My town has one that is Wednesday afternoons and I know most of the people who operate booths at the market. So it really isn’t shopping but more like catching up on the gossip. And everyone knows that small towns breed gossip. If I go this afternoon, I will take the camera. The market is at a town park that used to be a farm.


But time to get back to knitting. Photos tomorrow or Friday of sock progress. And no, the goat is not mine. A friend who owns a farm brought it to a school fair. And he was cute but I can go and visit him when I want to so need to buy my own.


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