Below are my answers to the interview thing that you've probably seen on other blogs. Vicki is my interviewer. I just want to say how proud I am that she's approaching two weeks smoke free. Way to go, Vicki! I volunteered to be interviewed by her because I think Vicki rocks. Not because of the no smoking thing, either. She is an interesting knitter. And I like to read about her projects, her girls, and her life.
If you would like to be interviewed, let me know in a comment to this post. (Say, "Interview me!") The rules are posted below. I'll respond by asking you five questions here in a subsequent post. They will (probably) be different questions than the ones below. You will post the same rules when you answer my questions on your blog.
- You will update YOUR blog with the answers to the questions.
- You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
- When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
Vicki's Questions/My Answers
1. I admire your strength and confidence and it is no more evident than in your unique, playful, fun style – from PJs to work clothes.
Who gets the most credit for influencing your sense of personal style?
Whoa! That's a flattering question. I want to say me, me, me. And I think that's partially true. But really, there are three people who've been very influential. First and foremost is Mom, an expert seamstress and facilitator of an adolescent's clothing fantasies. In the olden days, Mom could put together fabric and trim with style, so I could express myself in "classic" yet individualistic fashion. Nowadays, she is still a classic and comfortable lady. And every once in a while she gives me the ultimate compliment, "You look great!" Next is Pamela. When we were building costumes for theater, it was always a challenge to keep up with her stylish opening night outfits. Twenty-five years later, we are still chums and still giving each other advice and support for our personal style choices. I admire people who are willing to express themselves, stand out and have fun with what they're wearing. Which leads me to Ellen Hauptli, my friend and a designer of one-of-a-kind wearable art clothing. I've been buying clothes from Ellen for at least ten years - probably more - and I never have buyer's remorse about something that comes from her studio. Most garments are comfortable, colorful, whimsical & practical. And some could even be viewed as classic. But always stylish and different. Worth the price. And, hey, Mom even has a few of her pieces.
Wait, I thought of one more! My daughter, Eva. She will advise me buy things I might never have considered. I don't think I've ever regretted one of those purchases. You know, keeps me young and all that. Plus, you want to talk about your personal sense of style. This girl has got it and then some! And then there's Ron, who gives me PJs every Christmas and views my eccentric style with bemused tolerence.
2. I think you like to party! You seem to effortlessly pull it together, whether it’s a CAMP dinner or a St. Paddy’s brewhaha. Tell me a story about how “effortless” it is; you know, “I thought we’d never get the show on the road because…”
Well, there was the time when we didn't get the show on the road. The one time in twenty-nine years we didn't have the St. Patrick's Day party. I think it was 1994. Ron's aunt was dying and he was helping his mother and dad with all the things that need to be done and I was a student at UC Berkeley. I had a paper due that day, Ron was gone a lot, we had two young kids, yada yada yada, and we realized we just couldn't handle it. We also realized we didn't have to have it. It was such a relief to come to that realization. So we sent out "unvitations" to let everyone know, and invited ourselves over to my sister's house for corned beef and cabbage. You know what? People came anyway. But we weren't there.
Here's the point: it's NOT effortless. We plan and fret and work hard but a lovely evening with friends is worth it. And, you know, somebody's got to do it...
3. What is your favorite food a) at a restaurant, b) to make from scratch, c) for a snack?
a) Sushi Special at Ginza Restaurant (Broadway between 3rd and 4th in Oakland). I go in there for lunch and they always ask, "The usual?" Yup. It's my usual.
Plus, I will always order the Creme Brulee in any restaurant if it's on the menu, especially if I haven't tried it before. I have to compare it with the Creme Brulee - the one that I had at the Union Hotel in Benicia in the summer of '95.
b) Pancakes from scratch, preferably buckwheat or corn/rye with maple syrple and blueberries and three slices of bacon or a sausage patty. Yum.
c) Lundberg's rice chips or Trader Joe's Spicy Flax/Corn chips.
4. "Summer vacation" and "summer home" used to have a more literal meaning – some people would actually spend their whole summer at their summer home! Where would yours be located? (Anywhere in the world and money no object, of course.)
Northern California coast. Near the beach. With redwood forest and a source of fresh water (a stream or a spring). Close enough to home, yet far enough away to be awayyyyyy. Nice place to knit and be cozy.
5. What's at the tippy-top of your "I'd Like to Make That" knitting project wish list? (Again, money and time no object, nor even "skill level" if you believe in that sort of thing.)
First off, I'm dying to make the Ribby Cardi. I'm so jealous of those who've already done it. I have the yarn, but I'm finishing up "Christmas" gifts and Dulaan knitting. And I want to get started on brother Tim's cashmere blend pullover and a hoodie for Owen, and socks for Linda and Bill and... What's a girl to do? There are so many cool projects, yet so little time.
But, secretly, I had a yen to make the IK Wedding Gown the minute I saw it in the Summer 2003 issue (See it Here). Lordy, that's a pretty garment. But I'm already married and last time Eva and I talked about it she wanted an orange wedding dress, with "tiger" ears and a tail. Not that she's getting married any time soon (and not that I'm encouraging her to). Maybe I should just make myself the skirt. Good use for some Kidsilk Haze. Sigh....
Thanks, Vicki. That was fun. Now it's off to bed. 'Night all!