UPDATE FOR OCTOBER: If you read my previous message re: travel, ignore! It was canceled!
I am a well-traveled professional in international health and I love to knit. You will never catch me without at least an emergency sock knitting project in my purse, and usually a shawl in my computer bag. I am from the northeastern US and have lived in the west as well as the south. This swapping experiment is probably an excuse for me to further indulge my love of paper, stamps, stickers, postcards, and possibly to discover new loves (washi???).
Knitting - I knit socks, scarves, shawls, and sweaters. I love most types of wool and most any colors, including un-dyed, and anything involving silk! I stay away from man-made fibers and usually don't knit with cotton, though occasionally with hemp. Knitting is my one true love!
Collage - I am out of the habit, but I did collage with wild abandon in my younger days, and have been recently inspired by @bluehairedmary showing me some of her ATCs.
Sewing - My ambitions run bigger than my ability to complete projects, but I have many small patchwork projects in mind, and may be able to use that inspiration for ATCs as well. I also occasionally sew garments I can actually wear.
I don't own a TV anymore but I watch mainly through Amazon, and have been enjoying British period drama and mystery shows lately. Whenever I am with TV-owning friends, we seem to watch a lot of home improvement, which is a nice break! I am generally a fan of any well-presented drama and tend to binge-watch.
I prefer coffee to tea, but I definitely expect to participate in tea swaps! I like fruity and herbal, am open to sampling black teas, like green tea less, and do not like Earl Grey. But I love Lady Grey!
My book tastes lately have run to readable non-fiction, and I especially like explorations of science, culture, or religion (e.g., The Year of Living Biblically). I also like some historical fiction, some contemporary fiction, and some sci-fi/fantasy, though my exposure to those is not very broad, so I'd like to explore more! I have never read any Harry Potter book, but I plan to one day... Recent reads include Neil Gaiman, American Gods; Chang-Rae Lee, On Such a Full Sea; Erin Straub, The Vacationers; Annie Proulx: Barkskins. I unexpectedly enjoyed Outlander and subsequently read the entire series, and have watched a few of the TV episodes.
Washi with images (vs. geometrics or solid)
Fashion, sewing, patterns
Bright colors, jewel tones
Camping and woods
Pen and ink drawings
Vintage travel posters
Southwest (light on the kokopelli tho)
Atomic era / mid-century
Woodblock / lino cut prints
African print and textiles
Farmers market and home ec (e.g., mason jars)
Yarn (natural fiber) - prefer tonal, kettle-dyed, or solid to variegated; self-striping and speckled OK
Animals: turtles, sharks, cats, dragons, birds
Japanese paper (origami, stationery, PCs)
Cool stamps, used or new
Kids stuff (Kawaii OK)
Teacher reward stickers
Brown / tan / beige / khaki / taupe
Platitudes and planner-related text
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