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Q+A, Part One: My favourites

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Q+A, Part One: My favourites

Hi friends, I thought I'd pop in and answer a few of the questions that you asked me last week. Twenty-six questions is too many to do in one go, so stay tuned over the next week or so as I answer the rest of them! Today I thought I'd tackle all the questions about my favourites. Ella asks: Since we're on the topic of dyeing, what's your favourite colour? and Jill asks: What is your favourite color for this spring/summer season? red Ella's question is easy to answer: red! I try to use it as an accent colour throughout my home and wardrobe, and so it pops up fairly regularly in my crafting. As for my favourite colour of the season...is it cheating to choose a colour they're forecasting for Fall 2010? I think "Lagoon," a nice deep aquamarine, would work just as well this spring. Judi asks: What is your favourite item you have made and treasured the most? bigger-quilt My Jewel Box Quilt! I cut the pattern out of Canadian Living in 1995 (when I was still in high school) and finally started sewing nine years later. I finished it in January 2007, and I love it just as much now as I did then. It was a real labour of love. Charmaine asks: I wonder what your favorite sources are for turning would-be garbage into treasures? I love the Design*Sponge before-and-after stories, because they're a great way to train your eye to look for hidden potential, whether you're "shopping" at a thrift store, by the side of the road, or in your own home! saraht asks:  What is your favorite craft to make? booties It sounds silly, but: baby booties. They're small, they knit up quickly...and they're so cute! Lots of my friends are expecting right now, so I'm a bit of a baby-bootie factory at the moment. But I never get tired of seeing the tiny little shoes come together. stacia asks : What is your favorite crafted item that someone gave you? This year for my birthday, my sister gave me a wallet that she'd stitched herself. It's simple, and beautiful, and awesome, because somehow she managed to make something that has a bit of her own personality in it, and a bit of mine, too. I love it. Crafty62 asks : What is your preferred way to spend free time? I had a free afternoon last week, and somehow it ended up being almost perfect: fabric shopping, yarn shopping, card shopping, and then a couple of hours sitting outside in the sun, drinking a latte, eating biscotti and writing letters. With a little bit of knitting for dessert. I really like the Swedish idea of fika...but I don't think I could get away with spending all my time taking coffee breaks (sadly). Ingrid asks: What's your favourite yarn? kppmbooties I love Koigu Painter's Palette Premium Merino. It's easy to work with, the colours are wonderful (I love a good variegated yarn) and it knits up nicely – it shows off stitch patterns well and has a nice body to it. That's it up there, involved in some late-night baby bootie knitting. Margie asks: My question to you is what do you make to give away ... something quick, and that has been well received. Hm. That depends who it's for, and how much time I have. A set of fabric napkins makes a nice, quick housewarming gift – if you go for homespun with fringed edges, you don't even need to hem them! For a fast baby present (how do those nine months go by so quickly?!) a simple receiving blanket is nice: buy a metre of soft cotton and edge it with bias tape made from a cute print. It only takes a couple of hours to hand-stitch, and it's a lovely gift. And for a quick birthday/congrats/bon voyage/just because gift, nothing beats a made-by-you tote bag filled with good magazines, gourmet treats, or spa products. TerryF asks: What is the last creative project that you completed that made you burst at the seams with pride at your job well done? That's easy: fls My February Lady Sweater! (But you could have guessed that, right?) Thanks for reading along, everybody. I'm going to call it a day. Have a great night!
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