So something kind of amazing happened to me the other day. A very wonderful and beautiful writer/blogger nominated my little blog for the Illuminating Blogger Award. Wow. Dre, who writes Grackle & Sun is someone who I feel very close to through her writing and her love of her family, nature and spirit. That she is a natural dyer is a just a bonus!! It is her ability to gently take you along with her so that you feel the love she has for all these things that makes her writing so wonderful to read and why I choose to follow her life. I often wish we lived closer because when I read her words I feel like she could be my best friend. Thank you Dre. Because this award came from you it is all the more meaningful.
The rules for the Illuminating Blogger Award are as follows:
A. Visit the blogger who nominated you and thank them (did that).
B. Acknowledge that blogger on your own blog and link back to them (did that, too).
C. Share a random thing about yourself:
I keep a toboggan – well, two toboggans – full of fleece in my home law office. Our vet, who has rescue sheep, gave us two beautiful fleeces from her sheep to learn how to clean and prepare a fleece for spinning. But they were/are very very dirty fleeces – so the process of cleaning them is taking longer than expected. During the summer (of 2011 – sigh) we did have a major skirting day with the entire family with the first fleece on the front porch, but it did not make much of a dent in cleaning the entire fleece. We could not leave the fleece on the porch and, since it was summer, no one was using the toboggans so we loaded up the toboggans with the fleece, put them on a long table in my office and left them there. And there they sit, a reminder that I really have to finish cleaning this fleece if I am ever going to make a sweater for Chip from it – or use that table again. Yesterday the boys needed the toboggans to go sledding. I moved the fleece to the office chairs. I think it is a sign. I need to clean the fleece.
D. Nominate 5 (or more) blogs for the award, link to their blog, and notify them on their blog. I nominate the following:
1. A Work In Progress: Danielle is both my sister and my inspiration. She has made her own way in the world of wool and craft and formed her own home-based company. She shares the process of trying to combine artistic creativity and wool and business and family all on her blog along with her beautiful photography.
2. Amanda’s Happy Hearth: Amanda has such a lovely spirit and WONDERFUL vegetarian recipes as well as patterns. On her blog you will be inspired to cook, craft and ponder as she also presents poetry written by her Aunt. Her ideas are a continual inspiration to me.
3. bohoknits: Kelly is just a wonderful person as well as a designer. We met her on Ravelry when my then 8 year old wanted to knit a hat and picked one she designed. She posted with him as he knit it and even added his hat to her project page. He was so thrilled. Her blog follows her life in design and where it is taking her – including Nepal. Like her, it is a beautiful and inspiring path.
4. Confessions of a Would-Be Mountain Womon: Ashling is another spirit that will draw you in. She and her partner Linda are creating that wonderful warm life centered in spirit and nature, friends and creatures, that I aspire to. Here you can hear about the trials and tribulations of chicken coops and fostering kittens as well as celebrations of family and love. She reminds you of what is important.
5. Knitting to Stay Sane: I have a feeling that Glenna C. has been nominated for this one several times but I have to include her in mine. Though I have never met her, she has helped me out of so many binds through her generous blog – showing me how to do tiny cables on socks without a cable needle, inspiring me with the idea of a sock drawer full of only homemade socks, creating patterns that make me want to knit and feeling like a friend through her writing.
These are all people who, along with Dre, help to light my way both as a blogger and as a person. Interesting that this award comes at the time of the year when we draw inward and look for those lights which illuminate our way along our path.
Sitting at home at my desk in front of a little laptop computer screen, it is easy to think that I am writing to no one but myself. When I started writing it was to my sister – as she and my Mom were the only people who I thought would ever read this. The first time I got a comment to a post from someone I did not know personally, well, I screamed. Then I called my sister in amazement and excitement that someone who did not know me not only read what I wrote but thought it interesting enough to comment on. Now, even though it is still a tiny blog in the world of blogs, there are some folks out there who find it interesting enough to not only comment upon it, but to appreciate it – like Dre. So I thank her again and I thank everyone who takes the time to read what I write.