When I saw this over at Mim's I couldn't resist to participate, I asked her to send me some questions and within a few minutes she had sent the five interview questions and today here are my answers.
1. How did you get from New York to Logan, UT?
Well, that is easy, I took a plane! Hahahaha! Okay, I'll stop being a smart a*&!
It was a boy. I liked this boy and he lived in Ogden and I thought that if I lived in Utah that maybe the relationship will lead somewhere other than a telephone relationship. So I packed everything I cared about: my 50+ pairs of shoes and clothes (I have a thing about shoes, I liked them too much!) and I moved to Utah. I registered to school up at Utah State University then I started hanging out with my hubby and the guy from Ogden was forgotten. A year later, I got married and now Utah is my home. Although, I get the urge to get up and move back to NY, my heart now belongs here in Cache Valley.
2. What is your favorite food?
I love Mexican food. Although I don't miss living in Mexico, I do miss the food. Thinking of my Grandma's cooking makes me homesick. My sister tells me she is a very good cook, so when I go over there, I will be stuffing my face and probably gain an extra 30 pounds.
3. How did the whole book deal go? Did they contact you? Did you contact them?
They contacted me. Apparently they were looking for an expert in the field (yeah, don't roll on the floor laughing!) and they found my patterns, instructions, and tutorials and they thought I was the exact match they were looking for their book. My publisher was a book packager, so they do everything for the book: layout, illustrations, and find an author to fill the pages, then they sell the book to a company interested in the subject, in my case St. Martin's Press won the bid.
Overall, the experience of writing the book was a mix of feelings: overwhelming, exciting, exhausting. Overwhelming in the fact that I had only a very short time to come up with the content and the patterns. Although I knew the subject, it is difficult putting it all into a book that flows. Thankfully, they were able to make it flow from one section to the next. Exciting in the sense that I couldn't believe that they asked me to write it. You are all familiar with my background of learning the language and having my Rosita accent and sometimes (most of the time) that makes me shy away from things and I let others step forward. Exhausting: well, after writing up the content and patterns in about 30 days, I was ready to throw out all my knitting looms. After the book was finished, I packed all my knitting looms and didn't touch them for a month or two.
Would I do it again? I don't know. I think if the right contract came along, I would consider it, but right now, I am okay doing what I am doing--knitting with needles. Having said that though, I would jumpt at the opportunity of writing a combo of loom knitting and needle knitting.
4. What is your favorite yarn?
Do I have to choose only 1? I hate to descriminate, hehehe. I would have to say that I have favorites all around and choosing one is difficult. But hands down, I love the feeling of Rowan Cashsoft DK--it is soft enough to sleep on! But if I could only buy one type of yarn it would be sock yarn.
5. Why have you never gotten a driver's license?
The flat truth: I am afraid. I am afraid of crashing and killing someone--my children, other people in other cars. I don't like the feeling of not being in control. When you get in the car, you are moving the steering wheel and you are making the car go, but you are moving this huge object that has dimension to it and you are inside of it and I am afraid that I won't be able to see and maneuver the entire dimension of the car, or that the car will do something that I don't want it to do.
Although I am scared out of my mind of driving, I am going to have to leave my fear behind this Summer. Wonderboy will be going to school and I am going to have to take him and pick him up. During the warm days, I can walk the mile to school with little Benny, but during the cold days, I am going to have to drive there. I will have to overcome my fear and just do it. Wish me luck!