Please ignore this unless you are my Dye-O-Rama buddy or are morbidly curious about esoteric aspects of my personality and life

By special request…
Specific to this swap:
Your favorite colors? black, purple, emerald green, royal blue
Preferred yarn weight (Fingering, Sport, DK, maybe even Worsted)? Fingering
Do you prefer solid or multicolored yarn? I like both. Heck, I even like semi-solids.
If your buddy is able to do so, would you like a variegated, self-striping, or self-patterning yarn?
Stripes rock, but I know they are a beast to do!
Would you be interested in a wool blend sock yarn (nylon, tencel, silk, acrylic, alpaca, etc.)?
Please no cotton or acrylic… I love silk and/or wool. And I’m perfectly ok with handwashing socks.
Imagine the perfect colorway. What would you name it? Funny, Scout already asked me this. Chaos, of course.
What was the biggest appeal to you for joining this dye-along? Goad me into expanding my creative endeavors – I haven’t dyed any yarn for ages! Plus the name is terribly clever.
General yarn/fiber questions:
Have you dyed yarn/fiber before? Yes
If so, what’s your favorite dye and method? One-shot acid dyes (with citric acid in them) seem to be the easiest to use. I’m still playing with methods, trying different things out. I hated Kool-Aid – way too stinky and the smell just won’t go away…
Do you spin? Nope, not even tempted.
Have you knit socks before? Oh, yes…
Do you use sock yarn for just socks or in other patterns too? I’ve knit a few baby sweaters from sock yarn, but am not pleased with any of the patterns I’ve tried so far.
What are some of your favorite yarns? Brooks Farm Four Play, Sundara superwash sock yarn, Schaefer Anne, Trekking
What yarn do you totally covet? Regia Silk and Brooks Farm Four Play
Favorite patterns? I just knit the One Skein Baby Bolero (with modifications) and would definitely do that again. The toe-up sock pattern I use (and just plug stitch patterns into) is a huge favorite. I fantasize about knitting Eris someday.
Any pattern you would love to make if money and time were no object? Some of the stunning, simple, and elegant lace shawls I see, out of silk and cashmere and whisper-soft wool.
Favorite kind of needles (brand, materials, straights or circs, etc)? Addi Turbos – I’m all about the speed, baby.
If you were a specific kind of yarn, which brand and kind of yarn would you be? I’d have some silk, because my name has some silk, so it’s perfect.

Nothing to do with knitting/yarn/fiber in any way but seemed kinda fun:
Do you have a favorite candy or mail-able snack? Food’s a bit tricky, since I’m gluten and lactose intolerant. I’m fond of Endangered Species dark chocolate bars, like the cocoa nibs and the blueberry.
What’s your favorite animal? My cat Chaos…
Do you have pets? What are their species/names/ages? Heh… Chaos, domestic feline, black shorthair, 2.5 years old
If you were a color what color would you be? It depends. I like black for its elegance and simplicity (really, if you have only black shoes and purses – life is simple). I like jewel tones of purple, green, and blue for their breath-taking intensity. That said, I could see being a funky black and hot pink or fuschia colorway.
Describe your favorite shirt (yours or someone else’s). Mine’s a black Eddie Bauer 3/4 sleeve pullover that has the perfect amount of waist shaping to be flattering but isn’t clingy.
What is your most inspiring image, flower, or object in nature? I’m a waterfall junkie. Love ’em. Also, I adore snowy egrets.
Tell me the best quote you’ve ever heard or read. “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of the same family grow up under the same roof.” – Richard Bach, Illusions
“Look inside yourself for the answers – you’re the only one who knows what’s best for you. Everybody else is only guessing.” – Charles de Lint, Trader
Do you have a wishlist? A formal one, like Amazon.com? Nope.
Anything else you’d like to share with the group today? I don’t watch TV. I love to read and listen to music. I’m addicted to soy mochas, no whipped. I am very sensitive to perfumes and scents and don’t do well with scented products.

If you survived through all of that, here’s a gratuitous, somewhat dyeing related cat picture.


“I’m trying to get set up to wind yarn here. Why are you bothering me with such trivialities?”