Lots of lovely questions. Thank you! The blog lives another day!
What's your fave thing to knit?
These days, shawls and socks.
What do you do as a career? besides knit?
I work at a university, in the governance and policy secretariat. Once upon a time I was a writer in an advertising agency.
Any chance you might come to Ohio, USA? Barring that, how would you feel about a very long distance swap?
I think I can safely say it is extremely unlikely I will experience the joys of Ohio in this lifetime. However I have a modest selection of hand dyed yarns that could feasibly participate in some kind of swap. Have your people talk to my people and we'll commence negotiations.
(Someone was greedy and asked ten questions. Good thing she's a pal, eh?)
1. What's your favorite breakfast cereal?
Porridge. Although that fancy pants toasted muesli that comes in "clusters" and costs about $6 for a tiny 500g box is pretty fine. Unrealistic, but fine.
2. How do you drink your coffee?
You haven't been paying attention lovey. I don't drink coffee; haven't done for years. Tea all the way, with a hot chocolate occasionally if I'm feeling decadent.
3. Caramel TimTams vs. Original TimTams: Is it possible to neatly slam a caramel TimTam? Does the resulting mess even matter compared to slamming a regular TT? Discuss.
It is not possible. Yes it matters. No discussion entered into. One only slams with Classics.
4. Can we talk about candy bars? You guys have Cherry Ripes - I could eat those ALL DAY LONG. Why don't Americans have better coconut candy bars? What are your most/least favs?(I guess that's all several questions...)
Yes it is. Yes we can (we call them chocolate bars though). I have no idea why Americans don't have better coconut candy bars - perhaps you should direct your question to an American. Maybe Americans aren't overly fond of the coconut flavour? Do you have Bounty Bars? I do note that Americans thoroughly enjoy peanut butter as a flavour, while (warning! generalisation ahead!) Australians and English generally don't. I mean, we will eat the occasional piece of toast with peanut butter slathered on it, but the idea of peanut butter mixed with chocolate and consumed as a sweet is not overly popular. (I've tried those peanut butter cup things sent over by a friend, and nearly gagged, as did my children). Also, that peanut butter and jam sandwich thing you lot do? Not done here. Ick. Yeah, Cherry Ripes are ok, except for that whole fake cherry flavour thing. My favourite chocolate bar? Currently the Twix is a favourite, but I also love Picnics and Chokitos. If we're talking blocks of chocolate, I love Lindt milk chocolate, good old Cadbury Fruit n Nut, and the rarely spotted but highly prized dark chocolate and raspberry blend. (Those of you who ask what's a tim tam, what's a chokito, what's a cherry ripe? Remember, Google is your friend). My least favourite - American peanut butter flavoured chocolate.
Do you have a fail safe quick supper when everyone's tired and hungry .... and you're the tiredest and hungriest of them all?
We had this exact situation tonight as today we were all at work and school and there were no leftovers in the fridge. The absolute quickest and easiest is a simple pasta. Put the water on and while it's coming to the boil, chop an onion and throw it in a saucepan with some olive oil and garlic. Open a tin of tomatoes or roughly chop the last of the tomatoes in your fruit bowl, and together with a splodge of tomato paste, add to the saucepan. Add some chopped silverbeet or spinach and a handful of whatever herb you have in your garden (tonight it was parsley but in summer it would be basil) and stir until the pasta is cooked. Serve with lots of parmesan. The whole process takes 10 minutes and honestly it is sooo much nicer than a jar of pasta sauce, even the good ones by those five brothers or Mr Newman.
Speaking of Mr Newman, on the way home from the Elvis Costello concert the mister and I had a dispute over whether Paul McCartney was dead or not. I was convinced he was, and googled the minute we got home, only to find him alive and kicking. I always get him mixed up with Paul Newman. (For the record, despite hating to be wrong, I am thrilled that the McCartney Paul is thriving). (Also for the record, vale Paul Newman).
Jeans or skirts?
Both these days. However I went through a phase when I was about 19 or 20 when I gave up jeans and trousers of all sorts and only wore skirts for a year or two. I eventually went back to pants. Over the last few years, until relatively recently I didn't own a pair of denim jeans, only corduroy jeans. Then I found a black denim pair that are really comfortable and I wear them all the time. You can see them in some of the shawl modelling shots. The back pockets curl up so my t-shirts don't sit neatly, but they're comfortable so I don't care. (God it's wonderful not being 18 any more and caring about that sort of thing. The other night in Lygon St when a friend and I saw Mao's Last Dancer we came out of the cinema to find it witches' tit freezing. Real coat and scarf weather. And there on the footpath were two teenage girls in teetering heels, shoestring strap tops and skirts so short you could almost see what they'd had for lunch. My friend turned to me and said My lord aren't you thrilled we're not that age any more?)
And that was a much longer answer than you were after I suspect.
ps. Janet, natch is naturally.