Sunday, October 28, 2007

Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap Questionnaire

Here it is... my Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap Q&A! I must have my daily coffee or you won't like me very much am a huge coffee addict lover so I'm really excited about this swap!

Coffee

What are your favorite kinds of coffee? (Brands, Roasts, anything at all you'd like to share!)

I love mild to medium roasts, breakfast blends and flavored coffees. Winter blends are wonderful too. One of my favorite brands/roasters is local, The Village Bean. I also like Kevin's Coffee Roasters (out of CT), Dunkin Donuts, Green Mountain Coffee, Coffee AM, etc. I'm not against Starbucks, but I don't enjoy dark roasts.

Do you prefer whole bean or ground coffee?
Either is fine.

This time of year, there are often Holiday Blends available, and many flavored coffees - do you drink flavored coffee?

Yes, yes, yes! I love flavored coffee (just nothing with raspberry please) and holiday blends. I found a winter/holiday blend last year at the Yankee Candle store that was absolutely fantastic, but I can't remember the brand.

Do you enjoy special blends?

Yes, I just don't like anything that's super strong or dark roast.

How do you take your coffee? Cream and Sugar? Straight up? Decaf?
With 1 splenda and either flavored coffee creamer or milk. NO decaf (isn't that one of those "why bother?" things in life??) - I need the caffine!


Do you prefer drinking from a nice thick mug, or a matched cup and saucer?
Nice big mugs!

Winter and Holidays

What is your favorite part of Winter?
Getting to wear comfy sweaters, pretty scarves and of course, handknit socks! The holidays are nice and I love the snow days that fall on the weekends when I can stay at home, hanging out with the dogs, curled up on the couch with blankets, a nice mug of coffee and some knitting.


Do you celebrate a holiday in December, and if so, which holiday?
Yes, my honey's birthday, Christmas and New Year's Eve!


If you celebrate Christmas, do you put up a tree?
Yes.

Would you enjoy items related to the holiday, or would you prefer a Winter themed package?

I would enjoy both.

Do you collect anything?

Besides yarn??!! I have started a collection of "nicer" and unique knitting needles. I also collect dog related items, Willow Tree Angels and Snow Babies. I used to collect a lot of NASCAR items (Tony Stewart, Scott Wimmer), but not so much anymore.

Are there any holiday or winter-themed items (Snowmen, Angels, Snowflakes, Santas, etc) that you collect?

See above - my Mom started me a collection of Snow Babies awhile back. I also collect dog theme holiday ornaments and also the S'mores holiday ornaments.

Do you wear scarves? Mittens? Hats?
Yes to scarves & mittens... I'm trying to be better about wearing hats. I just need one that doesn't make me look like a total dork and also doesn't flatten or static zap my hair.


What is your favorite holiday or winter treat?
Christmas cookies, peanut butter balls (not really a holiday treat, but sometimes people make them with the cookies), hot apple cider and the holiday meals in general. Especially the Lobster Bisque at Dad C. & Mom-Sue's on Christmas Day... the Perogies and Dark & Stormies at Mom-Mancini & Tony's on Christmas Eve (though I miss having my D&S partner Roz there!). My Mom's homemade Kahlua is wonderful too and maybe she'll make a batch for Christmas this year (hint, hint... Mom are you reading this??)


Please share a favorite Winter or Holiday memory.
I miss the holiday gatherings at Nana's house with the whole family... when I was a child, we spent almost all holidays at Nana's. As we've gotten older, it seems to be much more about the hussle & bustle and trying to get everywhere and please everyone... we spend much of our holiday time traveling in the car these days and its not always as relaxing and carefree.

Yarn and Crafting

Do you Knit or Crochet? For how long?

I've been back knitting for about 4 years now. Mom tried to teach me as a child, but I never stuck with it back then.

Do you like wooden, metal, or plastic needles\hooks? Circular or straight?

It totally depends on the project. I do love bamboo for straights & DPNs and I love Addi Turbos & Knit Picks for circulars.

What sort of projects do you enjoy making?
Socks, hats, mittens. I'm currently venturing in to my first couple of shawls, including my first big lace project. I also love making small "gifty" items for friends & family... I'm currently making some coffee cozies & felted coasters.


What are your favorite types of yarn to work with?
I love super wash wools, soft wools & handspun and alpaca. I love to try "new" and fun fibers & blends. I've recently seen some camel yarn around and would love to try that.

Do you spin or dye?
I've attempted to spin on a spindle, but think I need to get a better spindle to truly get the hang of it and actually enjoy it...


Do you do other crafts such as scrapbooking or needlepoint or anything else?
I used to do nearly every craft as a child with my Mom... but now its mainly knitting. I just got back in to beading and am doing some stitch markers now. Every once in awhile (read: couple years), I take out the 'ole latch hook rug kits. I've been working on the same one for about 8 years now...

General

When is your birthday?
October 7th


Do you have any children? (Furry kind count!)
3 furbabies; Zeus, Lola & Teutul (you'll read plenty about them on my blog!) and we often have a foster furbaby staying with us also (currently its Sophie)

What are your favorite colors?
Shades of purple, blue, red, pink ... jewel tones, also fall/winter tones & shades


Do you have any allergies?
No cigarette smoke please. No penicillin either... :)

1 comment:

Channon said...

Noticing the green and brown colors in your questionnaire, I have to tell you that the Knight found me a "diary case" creamer in mint chocolate today!

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