Saturday, March 08, 2008

Coffee Swap! Oh MY!!!!

OK, So I found my dream swap...Coffee! My love, my passion, nectar of the soul. I have decided that I can never change jobs...ever. Why? Because we now have an espresso machine. Life really doesn't get any better than that. I could really have named this blog Memoirs of a Yarfee (yarn+coffee)-a-holic. In addition to the espresso machine at work, I also have a kindred spirit I work with whom I can talk to about the beauty and perfection of the blessed brew. Ahhhhh, I should go make me a pot....... Anyway, here is the questionnaire I need to answer for this swap:


1. What is your preference? Whole beans or ground?
Whole beans all the way baby, unless for espresso, then I grind at the store because my grinder does not grind fine enough.

2. What kind of coffees do you enjoy? A rich, bold roast; a light, fresh one, or something in between? Leaded or non?
Rich, bold and dark! Absolutely leaded.

3. If you were headed out right now to buy some coffee for the house, what would you be picking up?
A rich, wonderful dark french roast from a local coffee house that I frequent

4. Do you drink for caffeine, pleasure, or both? Pleasure, flavor, pure heaven

5. Do you enjoy flavored coffees? How about add-ins or flavored creamers? I add either carmel or dark chocolate and frothed whole or 2% milks. I have a Froth Au Lait and love it.

6. A large, lovely mug or a small, dainty cup?
I love the big cappuccino mugs

7. Describe your perfect cup - not JUST the coffee, but how you'd enjoy it!
My perfect cup of coffee is on weekend mornings or Sunday afternoon. Morning would be getting up, grind the beans and start a pot of coffee (who can;t resist the aromatic pleasure of coffee brewing), then I will get out my mug and carmel, put some milk in the frother and wait. When I put together my perfect cup of joe, I settle into my comfy reading chair, turn on some classical music and just chill. Sunday afternoon coffee is my son and I at our favorite coffee house with a caramel latte.

8. You're sitting down to enjoy a nice cup in the local coffee shop, knitting bag in hand, iPod all tuned up - or maybe you're there with a few friends for knit night! What treat do you pick up to enjoy with your coffee? A sweet, rich brownie, or something more healthy? How about a salty treat? What goes best with that great cup and company?
Biscotti, I love all kinds as long as it is NOT dipped in chocolate.


1. Do you knit or crochet?
Both, I also loom knit

2. What are your favorite types of yarns to work with?
Cotton, I love cotton yarn. I am also a yarn snob and love the European yarns. I just don;t like wools because I am allergic to it. Viscose is also wonderful.

3. What do you have on the needles (or hook!) right now?
I have been having shoulder problems so I did not do any knitting for the past year. I just picked them up again and I am making dishclohs and washcloths because I need more. Also, they are quick and easy to carry around in my bag.

4. What are your favorite colors in yarns? What about those that you'd never find in your stash?
Earthtones of all sorts. I also love soft colors like beautiful whites and pale pastels (for my granddaughter. Bright colors are alor of fun too like a lime green, purple or bright orange (ok so I did do a long dissertation here about orange, but what can I say.)I really want to get some soft aqua to play with (new bedroom color). The color you will never find in my stach is Bright greens, like kelly green or grass green etc.

5. What sort of needles or hooks do you enjoy using? Any you just detest?
I love bamboo needles and also acrylic. I am not a fan of the aluminum needles. For crochet hooks I love the bone hooks. I have not tried the wood hooks...yet. Sadly most of my hooks are the standard aluminum. For my looms, I prefer the handcrafted wood looms with synthetic pegs in a small guage.

6. Are there any particular notions you absolute do NOT need? Some of us swap a lot - are you sure that you have enough tape measures to last your lifetime? Enough stitch markers to mark every stitch of a 10 foot wide afghan?
Nope, because I am always losing them. If I kept a pair of scissors for a year I would faint.

7. You walk into the yarn shop and have exactly and only enough money to purchase 2 skeins of yarn in their 2 for 20 special they have going..The choices are a soft, thick cotton/viscose blend in your favorite colors, slightly variegated..a beautiful sock yarn that's just squishy and sproingy in your hands.. a soft, worsted weight wool like malabrigo.. and a lovely bamboo blend with colors to just die for. Which do you walk out the door with?
No contest, the cotton/viscose, but only 2? I would go straight to the coffee house and cry in my latte.


1. We're starting sign-ups on the first day of Spring - is it already truly Spring-like where you are?
It is during the week and then it still snows on the weekends

2. What's your favorite spring flower? Do you have one?
I love bulbs of any kind, especially crocus'. I also love Iris', but I would have to say my favorite spring flower is lilacs.

3. What do you most look forward to about springtime?
The new leaves on the trees and chirping of birds

4. They've predicted a gorgeous day tomorrow - Sunny and about 65 with a nice breeze - how do you spend your day?
Outside, painting my furniture

5. The day after, it's going to be cooler and pouring down rain - does that impact your mood? How do you spend that day? what helps cheer you up?
Make a pot of soup, rain calls for soup. I find the rain calming, it also makes me lazy. I would rather just curl up in a chair wth my yarn or a book.

Odds n Ends

1. Do you collect anything BESIDES yarn and needles?
Do dust bunnies count? I don;t really collect anything in particular.

2. Are you allergic to anything?
Strong fragrences. I get migraines. I stick with berry scents and lavendar.

3. Do you have pets?
I have 2 cats and a dog

4. Is this your first swap, or are you an old pro? What are the last 2 swaps you participated in?
First swap in a long while. Other swaps have been loom knitting swaps.

5. List 3 of your favorite blogs - craft related or not - and tell us why you love them.
Yarn Harlot - because I know I will never be able to knit like that. You Knit What? - sadly it is no more. I loved that blog. Other than that I really haven't had much time lately for reading other peoples blogs on a regular basis.

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