I am incredibly chuffed when a talented fiber artist included me in her group of blogs she was nominating for a group of blog awards yesterday. I first met Lori Lawson–an remarkable artist and owner on the other side of the pond at Capistrano Fiber Arts–through Lynne Vogel’s The Twisted Sister’s Knit Sweaters book in 2007 and much later became friend on Ravelry. Lori is an amazing dyer, spinner, knitter and weaver, and one who is absolutely passionate about fiber arts. I love her style, sense of colors, dyeing composition, and nuno-felting in artwear in her hand-dyed and handspun yarns. Her artistic creation keeps me alive, inspired me to be interested and be involved in all facets of fiber art.
The Liebster Blog Award is–well, a bit of a mystery–given to bloggers who inspire others and have less than 200 followers. No one knows when or where it originated. Some folks speculated that liebster points to Germany. The online English-German dictionary offers these English equivalents of liebster: Beloved, Dearest, Darling, or Favorite. After some reluctance, I am honored to receive it!!! Thank you Lori! I can’t wait to see you at Black Sheep Gathering in June.
A belated thank-you to my artful blogger friend Laura who too lovingly bestowed on my blog for the same award back in January. Laura is a freakishly fantastic DIYer. I check her blog often for all the latest happenings in her DIY and Upcycle journey .
While the award’s origin is obscure and my own search for a source was unrequited. Most posts mentioning the award seem to be dated in the past year or so. The rules associated with it are well codified:
- Thank my award presenter on my blog.
- Link back to the presenter/blogger who awarded me.
- Copy and paste the blog award on my blog.
- Reveal my 5 blog picks and let them know I’ve chosen them by posting on their blog.
Now as part of the tradition, I’m passing along the Liebster Blog Award to my five picks that have been motivating and inspiring, all of whom I dream of living right next door. ♥
Kristin Shields, a dear friend, mentor, enabler, my craft partner in crime, avid quilter, talented artist, gourmet cook and baker…and more.
Jennifer, a fearless knitter, spinner, hiker, musician, fan of All Things Shetland or anything British Isles really (and Irish), my voice of reason, sounding board, my soul sista!
Michele Lee Bernstein, accomplished knitwear designer, world traveler, musician and composer, food and dessert lover
Kirsten Hall, a mathematician knitter/spindle spinner, art and life at 65 mph…wish I have even 1/10th of her zeal & energy.
Laura Lauragais, gorgeous hand-knitted fabrics, free-form artist, excellent translator, visionary, and profound thinker–one who would walk a mile in my shoes.
Elizabeth Mahina Souza, long-time spinner, weaver, knitter, costume maker, a professional tribal dancer and teacher… one who is interested in EVERYTHING and loves history, art, music and books.
Hats off to these wonderful bloggers to go to such lengths to make my day special and more so for sharing it with all of us. Be prepared to spend many hours browsing through their lovely blogs 😀
For those I did not acknowledge, be assured you are very appreciated. I show my love by reading your posts, like/love your posts, and/or leaving sincere and engaging comments that let you know I really do like to read about your interest, thought, and importance happening in your life. For those whom I named, please don’t feel pressure to pass on award to the gazillion people the rules say you must send it to. Feel free to opt out. Thank you again, Lori and Laura, for spreading some blog love.
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)