Liebster Award is a blogging welcome wagon

This is fun! I was nominated by Kaiya from Winter Lime Knits for a Liebster award.

Liebster Award

I had never heard of it before, but it’s a cool meme to help people discover new blogs. I did a little googling and found many good examples. 🙂 I’ve learned it’s a nice welcome-wagon tradition. Calling it an “award” gives you some confidence, and the random facts and answering questions gets you out of your shell. Aww nice!

Rules:

  1. Post 11 random facts about myself
  2. Answer 11 questions the awarding blogger has asked
  3. Nominate 11 blogs with less than 200 followers, add their links to this post, and let them know that they have been nominated
  4. Create 11 questions the nominated blogs have to answer
  5. (and post these rules!)

11 random facts

  1. I grew up in the US.
  2. I live in Northern Ireland, after following my sister who moved to Ireland and she had 4 kids!
  3. When I took the “Which English?” test I came out as “Northern Ireland, Scottish, Irish”. Which is weird because I regrettably still have my American accent, I just lost my grammar!
  4. I see everything in double. Wee! Double the fun. I had eye surgery, which improved my vision from 20 diopeters to 6, which is better, but not perfect.
  5. I can’t drive because of 4)
  6. I still get zits.
  7. I have finally admitted recently I don’t like milk in my coffee. For years I’d get fancy coffee because plain coffee is boring. But now I realize I just like espresso, filter coffee and americanos. And that’s OK.
  8. I am a slave to a cat. He meows, I say “how high?” (But just look at him.) We have another really lovely cat, but she is nowhere near as demanding.
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  9. I like living in border places, disputed or “in between” places. I did a BFA degree between two colleges; I did my Masters between two departments. I lived in Taiwan; I’ve only lived in border counties in Ireland; I live in Northern Ireland. Seems to be a pattern.
  10. I am grateful everyday for my main man. I probably don’t shower him with enough gratitude. But I adore him.
  11. I started knitting to help me “relax”, but I also think it’s a way for me to meet people outside of my little tech world too. I enjoy my local knitting group and wish I could make it to their meet ups but it conflicts with work.

Kaiya’s Questions

  1. When did you really start getting hooked on crafting? Was there a particular project or technique that sparked the hunger?
    • I was living in Japan from 2005. And for some reason I started to get drawn to making stuff. I can’t remember how it came about, but I made this little wooly monkey I named Mori. I made his face from felt and embroidered the details. I think I had seen many amigurumi in crafting books, but I wasn’t drawn to the kawaii style. I wanted something more vintage looking. And that just set me off.
      monkey-family
  2. What’s the most challenging project you’ve faced down so far? Did you conquer it or did it vanquish you?
    • Probably attempting a cardigan. I tried knitting years ago, but didn’t really “get it”. I picked it back up recently, and recently thought I had progressed enough to where I could make a garter stitch cardigan. But what I didn’t know is that APPARENTLY I CANNOT COUNT. Also I should have read the pattern through and done some calculations, since the schematic didn’t have measurements for the arms. And I have batwings, not upper arms. I am waiting for the courage to rip out and restart it.
  3. Do you like to have something going on in the background while you craft, or do you need stillness and concentration?
    • I like to listen to audiobooks or podcasts!
  4. What is(/are) the dream tool(s) you would get if you had the money and opportunity?
    • Probably a spinning wheel, though I’ve never tried one before!
  5. What’s one skill or hobby you’ve always wanted to pick up?
    • I think my big dream is “knitting without looking”. I never liked the fabric that crochet created. To be draped enough it would need to be lacy. I was jealous of people who could knit. Now it’s not so scary. My dream is to knit without looking. I LOVE the idea of being able to knit in the cinema, or while talking. Right now, I have to look at every stitch.
  6. What are your favorite colors? Least favorite?
    • Favourites: I like natural colours. I’m particularly attracted to the colours I can see by the sea near where I live. The dark teal of the sea; silvery grey of the water; dark grey of the rocks; bright yellow-green lichen. Least favorites: primaries or tertiary colours with no white or grey in them to make them interesting, neons and flat baby blue, baby pink or cornflower blue.
  7. What are your favorite foods?
    • I love meals which allow you to sample many flavours and textures and share with friends. Chinese dim-sum tops my favourite list; after that the Venetian cichetti; middle-eastern mezze; and Spanish tapas.
  8. How has technology impacted your crafting?
    • It’s made it so much easier to learn! And also nice to get connected to other people.
  9. Is there anyone for whom you will Never Make Anything Again?
    • I’ve made really time-consuming dolls for friends kids, which took ages to make and weren’t appreciated. With that said, I’ve had to make the same doll 3x for my nieces and they were made from old t-shirts. You just never know!
  10. What literary character would you most want to be like?
    • I can’t think of a character in fiction right now. But I love Gretchen Rubin, the author. I’ve listened to her “Happiness Project” and I think it was very helpful. I would love to be more like her, but she’d probably say “Be Heather”. Which is something I need to start doing!
  11. Finally, do you have any exciting plans for the future of your blog?
    • I’d like to get better at meeting others, commenting and such. Is blogging dying out? It’s so sad if that’s true! I love it!

11 blogs I nominate

Hmm… nominate 11 “small” blogs. As Knitsbywhit said on her nomination page, it’s hard! Good thing it made me go through some searching to find some. Some of these folks I know in person, some are also learning handspinning, and some just looked interesting!

  1. http://traceycoxknitwear.wordpress.com
  2. http://arianek.com/
  3. http://amillionpaperstars.wordpress.com/
  4. http://attheendofthisrow.blogspot.co.uk/
  5. http://silkandwool.eu/
  6. http://serendipidouscreativity.wordpress.com
  7. cozycapecottage.blogspot.com
  8. http://somasknits.blogspot.co.uk/
  9. http://www.vittoriasegreta.co.uk
  10. http://toboldlycraft.blogspot.co.uk
  11. still looking, if you want to play, please leave a comment 🙂

My 11 Questions

These seem to be materials focused. Some of the people I tagged might also not be knitters!

  1. If you could do your favorite craft in any dream location, what craft and what location would it be?
  2. Is there a craft you’ve tried but would never do again?
  3. What is your ultimate favorite material or medium to work in?
  4. For you, how important is the source of your materials? In terms of ethics, is it something you consider.
  5. What’s the state of your stash?
  6. What is something you can never have enough of?
  7. Are you creatively procrastinating anything?
  8. Mindless knitting or mindful knitting and when/why? (if you don’t knit, replace your creative activity of choice!)
  9. What’s the next event you’re looking forward to? (if it’s public, please add a link!)
  10. I’m hungry, what’s your favorite quick kitchen pantry/cupboard dinner?
  11. What’s one blog post you’ve written that you think represents your blog? (link too please!)

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