09 October 2007

chemically induced knitting

I am ending this year (of swaps) with Knittymama's Coffee Swap III. It's so addicting and so very time consuming to be involved in swaps. My first swap was Knittymama's Coffee Swap II, so it seems fitting to me to end on the same caffeine-jazzed note. My answers to the coffee swap questions (honestly, they are cut-and-pasted from the last coffee swap with only a few minor adjustments):

  1. Whole bean or ground? Whole bean. I have a fully-equipped coffee corner in the kitchen which makes this possible.

  2. Fully loaded or decaf? Are you kidding? Fully loaded of course (otherwise what's the point?). Caffeine is my "drug of choice".

  3. Regular or flavored? Regular. Why change a thing?

  4. How do you drink your coffee? Hot and straight up (black), with a curl of the lip if you try to move my mug before the first cup is done. My coffee and I have a morning thing.

  5. Favorite coffee ever? One year a student in my classroom brought back from his family vacation in Guatemala a one pound bag of locally grown coffee--it was rich with a bit of a nutty aftertaste. I coveted it and yet, being only a pound, was gone all too quickly.

  6. Are you fussy about your coffee? (Fussy? See number 4.) I don't like bitter coffee or the super dark roasted.

  7. Favorite treats to have with your coffee? Homemade banana bread (with walnuts, of course) smeared with low-fat cream cheese. Oh, I can taste it already. Fresh bread just out of the oven with melted fresh butter on top and sometimes a dab of honey. If you are going to go "bad", go with style.

  8. Anything else about your coffee preference? Hum...can't think of anything.

  9. Yarn/fiber you love? Wool, cashmere, silk, qiviut, angora, alpaca...well, all the wonderful natural fibers.

  10. Yarn/fiber you hate? Hate is such a strong word, but it quite fits here: acrylics, man-made-oil-synthetic-based products, and those novelty yarns.

  11. What's on your needles? Socks (on two circulars), wristlets in baby alpaca, baby cardigan for my neighbor.

  12. Favorite colors? Blues, greens, browns, dark purples, dark reds. No pastels, no pinks, no bright oranges, no neons.

  13. Allergies? No, only to things that bloom *sigh* (my garden, my lemon trees, etc.) but it doesn't stop me.

  14. Anything you really love, really don't like, or just need to get off your chest? In the order of chocolate (just in case you want to know), no dark chocolate. Please, no dried fruit (it's a texture thing). As far as knitting, I carry my knitting in baskets--oh, I use canvas bags, but they are inside the baskets. Absolutely love knitting with rosewood and birch needles. Bamboo are ok but manufacturer's quality is not consistent. I support fair trade and women's cooperatives for products when possible.


Angie said...

Hi Laurie
if im right it was you who left a message on my blog?
if so great to meet you and thanks for stopping by.
this is all new to me and im loving it!!
great blog you have hopefully mine will grow and be just as interesting as yours
have a good day

Kati said...

Thanks for stopping by my Blog - I appreciate the welcome to the Coffee Swap. Really looking forward to getting to know everyone. I love blog reading~

Have a good week!

Kim said...

Thanks for the welcome to the swap!

I agree about decaf...bring on the caffeine!! LOL!

~*~Knitting Up A Storm~*~ said...

Ha ha ha-- it's a balance of knitting (or once in a while writing)and procrastinating! Things get done when they need too! lol! I guess it's senioritis, i've never procrastinated as much as this year. :) Oi.

The cool thing about my cousin is that I probably have only met her once when I was ten years younger!

~*~Knitting Up A Storm~*~ said...

coffee swap... sounds amazing!

Cold weather has finally reached me!! I am soo happy!

Tia said...

Hey, you! Lucky girl!!! I just need your email address, and you can go shopping. Can you send it to me?

Pearls Mother said...

Hi Laurie,
thanks for visiting my blog, it's great to meet new knitting friends.
I'm looking forward to receiving my "swap pal" and thendoing some shopping.
I'm on Ravelry, also as PearlsMother.

Knittymama said...

So glad you're back for another swap! :-)

Carmell said...

wow... i don't think i have a relationship with coffee as you do!!

i read your profile and i feel the same. i'll talk to ANYONE after spending a day with little people. my husband doesn't understand why i'm still talking 12 at night.

that jacket pattern is from Knitting for Two

mummymakesphotos said...

Hi thanks for the welcome, I likewise copied and pasted my answers from the last round, few edits here and there, but my likes and dislikes don't much change!

Enjoying this round already!

Happy swapping


Heather said...

To answer your question from the COffee Swap blog. I do knit alone. I haven't been to my lys for a knit-n-sit yet. I am on raverly and there is a kniting group in my area that just started. But we are having problems getting together.

Janice said...

I only have one requirement of coffee....... it wakes me up so I can shower with out drowning. Gawd forbid I should shave my legs, it would be a suicide!!

Cybèle said...

Hi Laurie, I'm probably being dim but can't find your email address anywhere and just wanted to reply to a comment you left on my blog!

The stove is oil - my partner lives out in the sticks, too far away to be on gas. You can get AGAs on gas and even electricity. The new one he's going to have is going to be bigger (this is a 2 oven model, he'll have 4 ovens plus an extra warming plate) and is black. I'd lived with an AGA before, years ago when I worked as an aupair, but had forgotten how nice they were till I met my partner a few years back - it's always warm and cosy, but it's got seemingly unlimited uses! I love it...

Looking forward to doing the coffee swap - it's my first ever swap and I'm childishly excited ;-)

Mary Mary said...

Thanks for the coffee swap welcome! I did bring yarn and a learn to knit socks book with me to Greece....and then found out that I had only inherited 3 size 2 dpns
:( I did have a lovely read about knitting socks though and I've cast on for a "class sock."