Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Who Am I?

I've been tagged by Colour Me In. It's been a while since I did one of the question and answer memes so given it's a slow blog material week this week, I'm gonna give it a go.

Kudos to MissyFee who gave my favourite answer to a question yet. She said she'd love to buy yarn and truffles (not the chocolate kind) and I thought, wow, what a stunning combination. Love it.

Here we go.

What Is Your Current Obsession?
Getting my current projects finished. I'm totally in the zone. I've got gifts to finish, a cardigan for me to finish, two sets of socks. I really want a clean slate!

What Are You Wearing Today?
At this very moment, purple pyjamas and my Blackrose socks. It's winter and I'm showerd, fed and comfy!

What's for dinner?
Sean made a stunning, simple dish of chicken drumsticks braised in an Asian style sauce he made up. It had turmeric, five spice, ginger, salt and pepper. It was gorgeous and we had it with stirfried bok choy from the garden and brown rice.

What Would You Eat for Your Last Meal?
Oysters and champagne. And they would be special oysters, like the ones from Coffin Bay in South Australia. I can't even imagine what champagne I'd have. That'd take some thought but there are some very fine local ones I'd not turn down.

What's the Last Thing You Bought?
A mixed salmon and tuna sushi take away for lunch from the best Japanese lunch spot in Canberra, Sushi Sushi.

What Are You Listening To Right Now?
Discussion on The New Inventors.

If you could go anywhere in the world in the next hour, where would you go?
Scandanavia. Probably Norway. I need to see a fjord and eat cloudberries. Although not necessarily at the same time.

Which language do you want to learn?
I would return to my Russian studies at ANU because I never completed it beyond second year and when I hear Russian spoken now, my heart aches for what I gave up.

What do you love most about where you currently live?
Canberra is my home. I came here on a school excursion from the coast when I was twelve and I imagined what it would be like to live here as a grown up. I've been here since the late 80s and feel like I truly belong here. Sometimes I think about the big city lights, but I know it's not really me. Canberra is like a country town with city aspirations. Lots of space and clean air and trees and beautiful mountains all around. It also has four seasons, something many Australian regions don't have.

What is your favourite colour?
Red. Or is it purple? I think it's a close tie between the two.

What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe?
It's a black t-shirt I bought years ago that I adore. I've never had a t-shirt I loved more. I will be devastated when it is really, really gone. It's still holding on. How boring is that?

What were you doing ten years ago?
I had just walked out on a job as a nanny for a wealthy family in the Cotswolds, England. I was back in London, living with relatives and feeling quite out of my depth.

Describe your personal style?
Comfort. I love a uniform. I like to stick with what I know works for me in a fairly limited range. Soft fabrics, hints of the feminine, accents of colour against a basic black wardrobe. And cardigans. More and still more cardigans.

If you had $300 right now what would you spend it on?
Several new pairs of really nice shoes. I'm a bit short on nice shoes. I never seem to budget for them.

What are you going to do after this?
Make a pot of rooibos vanilla tea for us and drink it while knitting and watching Spicks n Specks.

What inspires you?
Other people's stories. Someone's experience, views and ideas put together really well, whether in print or interviews or films can lift me out of my rut and show me new ways of being.

What are your favourite films?
Jane Campion's An Angel At My Table has rated as my top film for many, many years.

Who's work/designs are you inspired by?
At the moment I'm very much inspired by Ysolde Teague, the self described 'young Scottish knitwear designer.' She's so clever.

Your favourite books?
The Knitter's Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann; Middlemarch by George Eliot; The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville; Cloudstreet by Tim Winton; Persuasion by Jane Austen; The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell. To name a few.

Do You Collect Anything?
Yarn! The day I saw RoseRed's stash, I began to see the value in having really, really nice stuff close by, ready to call on when inspiration hits. Also cook books and I have a rather lovely, but small collection of early edition George Eliot novels.

What makes you follow a blog?
I see something that speaks to me.

What was the most enjoyable thing you did today?
Got to ride home on the bus with Sean and realised how much more quickly the trip goes when having nice conversation.

What's one thing you dream of doing?
Writing and publishing a novel.

Wow, that was longer than I realised. Thanks for reading!

Edited to add: I tag the following:

Amy in Rhode Island
Donna Lee
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