Oh my word, only one blog post under my belt and Hilda (Yarn in a Barn) hits me with a curve ball. This nice notice appears in my Facebook feed that I need to respond and upon my inquiry into having to write only my second blog post (I was planning only to write over the weekends) Hilda’s response is that this nomination from her is very intentional. Liebster Award (have a quick look at the post by Lorraine Reguly – Liebster Award at your fingertips, thanks to Auntie Google) is to assist new bloggers like your’s truly to increase traffic to our blogs – Thanks Hilda you are one of my Crochet mentors, you already know how much I love your other blog A Broom for my Brain, now through your initiative I quickly need to learn more about this Blogging thing that crossed my path.
Let’s see how this goes – One is never to old to learn something new – as Ouma Ina (Granny) used to say.
Hilda nominated me for a Liebster Award please go and visit her two blogs Yarn in a Barn and A Broom for my Brain now I have to answer Hilda’s questions. Here it goes:
What is the name of your favourite yarn and why is it your favourite?
I do love Vinnis I have worked with the cotton Vinnis Nikkem (strong and durable) and bamboo Vinnis Serina (shiney and lush) and am hooked. Vinnis also has 178 gorgeous colours to choose from. I do work a lot with Elle Pure Gold, unlike the 100% natural Vinnis, Elle Pure Gold is an acrylic yarn, I love the softness and “squishiness” of it, and it is also a wee bit more affordable since, this girl like BIG projects. A bit more about my BIG projects later.
What is your favourite type of project (clothes, rugs, afghans, etc)?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE blankets (afghans) the bigger the better, the endless rows allows for endless hours of happy hooky. Last year I did this ripple blanket for my room with Elle Pure Gold Chunky with 70 balls of 100g ea (10 balls ea of the 7 colours) and I used the ripple from Lucy of Attic24.
Drama Queen loves Mommy’s blanket here only halfway finished – August 2013
Is your yarn stash well organised or all over the place?
I am very blessed with a handy husband. Last year he spoiled me with my very own sewing/craft room. My yarn stash is organised by make of yarn and weight, i.e. baskets of DK, Chunky etc.
Vinnis has pride of place, next to the crochet top I got married in 13 years ago – Gosh how time flies
Is there enough yarn in your stash to make an entire blanket from?
I am an impulsive yarn buyer, if it catches my eye I need to have it. Because I do not buy with a specific project in mind I tend to buy loads of the same yarn in different colours that catches my fancy, I must confess that I have sent my local suppliers into an “almost meltdown” because from time to time I want a specific colour . Drama Queen’s huge star blanket being an excellent example. She wanted green and white I had loads of sparkly white but the green was on back order for ages and I only finished it 3 weeks after her birthday (a very late birthday prezzie).
I made sure that DQ will be able to cover all my grand babies one day in the very far future.
What is your favourite hook brand and why?
I do not have a favourite brand as such but I LOVE the soft comfort of the softgrip hooks from Knitpro and since we are a camping family my Lite Hooks from Crazy Daisy Crochet Hooks works very well next to the fire at night. I also use aluminium hooks from time to time.
What is my happy colour?
I like to work with bright colours Teal, Pinks, Green and Blue, when I want to develop a specific idea I like to grab a cream yarn, the calmness of the cream allows my thoughts to run through the ideas I have without being interrupted by colours.
How many WIPs do you have right now?
I am busy with a WIP workout, a big stripey as you go blanket for Hubby, and cream and pink stripy flowers (tulips) combined with african flowers for myself. I finished a couple of handbags recently (now the sewing of the linings still qualify these as WIPs). I avoid sewing as much as I can, but not as much as doing filing, taxes or ironing YUCK.
Where is your favourite hooky place?
My hooky goes everywhere with me. In the car, to the bank, waiting at school, on our holiday travels, everywhere. I have my favourite kick-out chair in the lounge and there is always at least two WIPs next to it. Then I also like to sit on my bed (you know the times when you want to have head space, I always run to my bed for my head space hooky).
What two words best describe you?
Need I say more? Maybe I should revisit this post every year and see how these two words changes.
What do you think will be remembered about you when you are gone?
Ouch, this is a hard one Hilda! I hope my Hubby and DQ will remember how much I love them, why do we do what we do if it is not for our loved ones? My friends will remember the hooky girl, who loved to cook good food as quickly as possible to get back to my hooky, because for the past 20 years I always had some hooky project on each vacation, visit, Braai (BBQ in South Africa), everywhere we went. Most of my girlfriends received a Anneke (Crochet in Paternoster) twisty neck warmer in Vinnis this year. Thanks Anneke.
Now I need to nominate a few fellow blog gals, I love following blogs as you can see from my favourites list, and I nominate:
Crazy Daisy Crochet Hooks
Make Me Some Happy
Aan die Haak
Sol Y Sombra
Now what am I going to ask from Hester, Louise, Elsa (Lowveld Neighbour), Ansie and Madeleine?
- Who taught you to crochet/knit?
- What do you enjoy most working from a pattern, diagram or do your own thing?
- What is your favourite crochet stitch patter, i.e. basket weave, shells etc?
- Who is your favourite designers?
- What do you like to crochet?
- Who inspires you?
- What is your favourite quote?
- Where do you crochet?
- Who do you crochet with?
- What other crafts do you enjoy?
And now the baton is passed on.
Thank you Hilda, this nomination from you opened my eyes to a whole new world, blogging here I come.
Good night, sleep tight and sweet dreams