Questions from Mim:

1.  You spin a lot of very small skeins of yarn.  Do you have any plans for all those wee bits?

The green ones are probably going to wind up in my green freeform blanket.  The yellow/gold/red/brown ones are probably going to wind up in the red/gold/brown freeform blanket I’m going to knit around a couple of rectangles I knit for a blanket a couple of years ago.  The white (plain wool blend/plain cormo) will be for dyeing experiments.  Anything that doesn’t end up in a freeform blanket (or pile of yarn for such) will probably find its way into a stripy something for Dulaan or maybe a pair of wristwarmers.  (My handspun wristwarmers from last spring took less than an ounce of wool each…)

2.  What area of science do you work in?

Developmental neuroscience, specifically axon guidance.  I’m studying how neurons find appropriate signalling partners as they extend their output bits.

3.  What is your favorite thing about living in Philly?

It’s a small town in the degree of commmunity feeling (and the number of people I’ve met in multiple contexts), but with the benefits of a big city–walkability, museums, music, good restaurants, public transit…  (As much as everyone complains about SEPTA, it is worlds better than the public transit anywhere else I’ve ever lived.)

4.  What is your favorite type of fiber?

Wool.  BFL and merino are particularly nice kinds of wool, but some preps of corriedale are really nice, and general, all-around basic wool is good.  Silk can be fun, as can mohair, but I really like wool.

5.  What is your favorite food?

Perfectly-ripe sugar snap peas, eaten while still standing in the garden.  Mmmm… 

If you want me to ask you five questions, leave a comment.   (I don’t really expect it to become an issue, but I’m not going to come up with questions for more than five people.)

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