Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Dan on the Hot Seat

Dan and I are sitting here on the couch sipping on some wine, enjoying the sounds of two sleeping children, and cruising the Web. I came across this meme on so many blogs over the past few days that I couldn't help but post my responses too...especially since my interviewee is captive next to me.

Me: What is your favorite thing about my knitting?
Dan: The different things you can do: hats, mittens, a partially completed blanket for me that you can just decide to give up on (not that I'm holding a grudge, of course)... Wearing knitwear makes me feel like a Viking (NOT the football team) because it's what they wore when they were in Greenland, circa 1300 A.D. (don't quote me on the year). [Then he proceeded to go off on how their lifestyle choices differed from those of the indigenous people, which ultimately led to their demise, but I stopped listening.]

Me: What is your least favorite thing about my knitting?
Dan: Sometimes you use scratchy wool. And also I have no idea what you're talking about when you give me all that "hoo-ha" about your patterns and you get upset when I don't respond with the right answers. [SO not true.]

Me: What is something I have knitted, that you recall as good?
Dan: I really like Jackson's hooded sweater with the button that he made you take off later.

Me: Do you think knitters have an expensive hobby?
Dan: It depends on what you buy, it depends on how often you do it, it depends on how quickly you knit...
Me: Yes, but do you think I have an expensive hobby?
Dan: No. Look at the bright side: you could be a motor-boater. Look at how much that would cost.

Me: Do you have any hobbies?
Dan: Listening to podcasts. Reading. Buying Battlestar Galactica comic books off eBay. Dreaming about D&D but not actually playing it.

Me: So, if we compared money/time spent on hobbies, who would win?
Dan: What does winning mean, you spend the most or spend the least? I don't know the answer to that question, I'm not going there...

Me: Do you have a stash of any kind?
Dan: Stash? Well, I've got all those paints that I haven't used for painting D&D figures [that I bought for him for Christmas years ago], and a pile of BSG comics. Is that a stash?

Me: Have I ever embarrassed you, knitting in public?
Dan: No.

Me: Do you know my favorite kind of yarn?
Dan: You like alpaca. I don't know if that's your favorite though... [Score.]

Me: Can you name another knitting blog?
Dan: Yarn Harlot. Sticks & Stones? [Sorry, no.] Did you know that Nancy Duarte's daughter has a knitting blog? [I didn't know that, but now I have to add it to my Google Reader!]

Me: Do you mind my wanting to stop at yarn shops wherever we go?
Dan: Usually not. It's kind of fun when we're out of town, as long as it's not too many times.
Me: So, spending entire weekends in places like Chicago or New York City and doing nothing but eating and finding yarn shops would bore you?
Dan: Yes.

Me: Do you understand the importance of a swatch?
Dan: Is this the one that tells you the thickness of your needles? [No.] A swatch in my business is Pantone Matching System. Does that count? [No.]

Me: Do you read yogurt & granola?
Dan: Yep.

Me: Have you ever left a comment?
Dan: Yep.

Me: Do you think the house would be cleaner if I didn't knit?
Dan: I don't know, you tell me... [As he stares directly at my entire yarn stash in plastic bins and garbage bags in our living room, still recovering from the moth incident of last month...]

Me: Anything you'd like to add?
Dan: Yeah, when do I get my hooded sweater like Jackson's? [After I finish Amelia's new stripey pants, decide what to do with her mobile, finish the lace scarf that I was knitting for our midwife, finish Jackson's Hobbit sweater, finish Tom & Christa's Christmas stockings, start Amelia's Christmas stocking, make wool socks for fall camping for both of our kids, frog Amelia's "Amelie" dress and re-purpose the yarn, finish my Jitterbug socks, make new mittens and hat for Jackson before the snow flies...soon Honey, soon.]


Hege said...

I might have to do this meme with hubby :)

And don't worry, I have a couple of plastic bin and bags in the living room too ;)

Rebecca said...

Awesome interview! I snorted my drink out my nose when he mentioned power boating. Do I ever have a story for you about last week!

Laura said...

Yay! What's going on with the mobile?