Earlier this year I joined a local group of knitting bloggers. The initial meeting was impromptu as I had not heard of them, but during Barbara's visit in July our Sunday gathering coincided with a meeting of the bloggers at Knit/Purl. The meeting turned out to be a lot of fun, raucous and silly, so I joined them.
I'm now part of the East Side contingent: folks who live on the side of town that has the more seedy, gritty reputation but has as well some of the great old homes that Portland is known for. The Silicon Forest portion does not raise its head on the East Side. McMansions only dot the fringe areas. A few geologic features (Mt Tabor, Rocky Butte, Alameda Ridge, Powell Butte) as well as a few manmade features (Ladd's Addition, Laurelhurst) interrupt the grid. You won't find strip malls or big box stores here. We're the funky, hippy, blue collar poets sipping organically grown coffee or brewing our own beer.
In the next few weeks you'll be seeing a series of interviews. These are fellow bloggers from the City of Roses who will as well be interviewing. It's our way of getting to know each other and perhaps you will too. Each of us will be asking three questions. Today I'll start by answering my three questions.
Q: When did you learn to knit? Did someone teach you or did you teach yourself?
A: I learned to knit in late high school. My mother tried to teach me to knit but I ended up teaching myself to knit. She knitted continental and I couldn't get the hang of it. I learned the throwing method instead.
Q: If you were sent into exile, which 5 knitting books would you take?
A: Right off the bat I would take Barbara Walker's Treasuries 1 & 2. I use those a LOT. I would then take Ann Budd's Handy Book of Patterns and Sharon Miller's Heirloom Knitting. Last of all I would take my mother's copy of Mary Thomas' Knitting Book as that links me to her and would give me inspiration in my time of captivity.
Q: Describe the most unusual/notable occurrence that happened while you were knitting.
A: No one incident really stands out as unusual or notable. I get looks and a few comments but I haven't really had a particular incident happen. For a general event though I think that would be going to New York City to go sing at Carnegie Hall with some of my fellow singers in "Sing For the Cure". During that time I was working on a cardigan sweater for the Knitting Olympics. The trip occurred right in the middle of the Olympics. I got a lot of knitting done on the flights and during rehearsals. A lot of the vibe in that went into the sweater so despite its flaws, it's a special sweater for me.