Greetings, Knit One, Tea Too Color Swap participants! I'm looking forward to sipping and swapping (or is the it other way 'round?), thanks to swap organizers Devonshire, Mary, and Channon (signups open through August 15).
For starters, here's my questionnaire responses:
Do you like loose tea or bags, or both – something you want to try?
It depends on time and resources available. Loose tea is preferable when I have the time and accouterments. Bag or sachet tea is fine when I don't – and I often don't.
What is your favorite kind of tea (Brand, flavor, variety, etc)?
Harney & Sons sencha or oolong neat – no mix-ins, spices, sweeteners, milk, or lemon.
Favorite color in regards to tea or one you would like to try? (black, green, red, and white) (keeping in mind that this is how this swap is set up).
Would you say you were a tea pot kind of person or just a hot water heater kind?
Teapot, circumstances permitting.
What tea accessories would you like but have never purchases for yourself?
An individual tea press. Or cheerful dishtowels – so useful to have and one can never have too many.
How do you prefer to be pampered? (examples: mani/pedi, bubble bath, yummy treat, etc).
Nibbles, because I'd be concerned the tea might absorb soap odors.
If you were a kind of yarn what would you be and why?
Um, much as I love sock yarn, I've never aspired to be yarn.
If you had to knit/crochet baby booties, a fun fur scarf, or a fair isle sweater, which would you choose and why?
Baby booties, because they're the happiest.
What other event would make you skip a tea party? (A garden party? A book club meeting? A yoga class? Opening night for a new action thriller? etc?)
A family obligation. Maybe a bicycle tour.
What treat would you consider essential at your tea party? (Sweet? Salty? Scones? Those petite pastry trays with a couple of all sorts of things? Little crust less sandwiches?)
It depends on the kind of tea party (I'm becoming monotonous, nuh?). A plate of madeleines or wafer-thin Fujiya tea cookies for a simple party, dim sum or smoked salmon sandwiches for a party offering more substantial fare.
When buying yarn for a project how do you choose - do you buy the one called for or do you substitute?
Both, although the more challenging the project, the more likely I am to buy the specified yarn.
What do you carry your knitting/crocheting in when on the go?
A zip bag. It's a rather sad triumph of utility over esthetics.
Favorite movie to watch while knitting/crocheting?
Prithee, something with fun costumes and stilted dialogue.
Are you a traditional tea cup kind of person or a mug type of person? Do you care if they match?
Heh. There's more than one kind of traditional teacup and I have too many, plus too many mugs!
Favorite childhood birthday party?
My sixth: we went to an agricultural fair and played games, gawked at the exhibits, ate roast corn on a stick – and I rode a pony for the first time [vbg].
Favorite type of scone and jam?
Currant scones and strawberry jam. Although I'm more partial to tea breads.
If you use candles, what is your favorite scent?
Lavender, pine, or ginger (I seem to have too many candles at the moment).
If you could choose 3 people to have 'tea' with, who would they be and why? (famous or not, living or dead).
My sisters, because we don't get to see each other very often.
You've been invited to a tea party, what 'props' will you wear (formal or casual)?
Pearls, which go everywhere and with everything. If it's a Japanese tea party, good socks.
Any allergies/preferences you have or are willing to admit to?
I'm allergic to tilleul (linden) and angora (fortunately rare in both tea and yarn).
Anything we missed that you want your pal to know?
Hope you have fun. Happy swapping!