Last week I was very excited to receive a Blog on Fire award from Dre from Grackle & Sun. Not only was it my first award of any kind since my primary school years, but it was nice to be nominated by Dre who writes a wonderfully thoughtful blog about all kinds of things that are taking place in her life.
The rules of the award are that if you receive the award, you must tell eight unusual facts about yourself and then share the award with eight of your favourite bloggers.
I’ll start with the blogs, as that is the fun, although not a very easy, bit. With so many great blogs around, how can I nominate just 8?
To make the task easier for me, I thought I’d focus on blogs that have something to do with dyeing (although not necessarily exclusively so). As any newby dyer, at the moment I am feeling like a sponge that just wants to absorb all the information I possibly can about the topic.
So many dyers write incredibly detailed and informative posts about their dyeing experiments, and these posts are so essential to my own learning process. Many bloggers on my list of course write about much more than dyeing, but whether specialising in one topic or writing about a great variety of things, I always get inspired and informed by their writing and photographs.
So to say a big THANK YOU to all these people who put in a lot of time and effort to share their knowledge and experience, my “Blog on Fire” -awards are as follows (in no particular order):
Most dyers will of course know this blog and her fantastic books about natural dyeing. Without her work, I just wouldn’t know half as much about dyeing as I do now. This is one of those blogs that I intend to read all the way from the very beginning.
Leena Riihelä is another one of my dyeing gurus who, like Jenny Dean, shares her vast dyeing knowledge in a blog that is a must-read for any natural dyer. I particularly enjoy the fact that she writes in both Finnish and English, which allows me to keep up with my Finnish dyeing vocabulary, especially plant names. In addition, her colour work knitting designs are just beautiful.
Helen lives in Wales where she grows her own dye plants and creates wonderful landscape art from felt. I always love seeing pictures of her dye garden in her blog – a real inspiration for my own dye garden! Without knowing it herself, Helen is, like the two ladies above, one of my trusted dyeing teachers. It’s not just her blog I learn from though. She is an active member of the Online Guild of Spinners Dyers and Weavers, so this is partly to thank her for her generous sharing of knowledge, tips and advice on that forum.
It was Dre who nominated me for this award, but I am not nominating her back just out of politeness, I truly enjoy her writing – her curious mind is always full of interesting thoughts, and whatever she happens to be thinking about, she researches with incredible thoroughness, so you always learn something interesting from her posts.
Pia lives in a very idyllic farm house in rural Denmark. As well as looking after her menagerie of very sweet looking pets, she writes about her numerous artistic endeavours, dyeing being just one of them.
This blogger doesn’t just write about dyeing: as the name suggests, she loves textiles in all forms. We share so many interests it is just uncanny, whether it is fabrics, fibers, quilting, nature, history, gardening or photography. I particularly love her posts about historical textiles.
This is very much a natural dyeing blog, although in reading about her crafty activities you get lovely glimpses of her life in the Texas hill country. Like many other writers on this list, Deb writes thorough and informative posts about her dyeing experiments, with lots of inspiring pictures that show the effect of all those variables that dyers can play with (for example, I just loved her recent post that showed what a different range of greens you get if you over-dye yellow yarns with indigo, as opposed to over-dyeing indigo yarns with yellow – exactly the kind of experimentation that I am interested in but just haven’t got round to doing yet).
This blog is not so much about dyeing (although she does do that as well), but more about knitting, crochet, spinning and general craftiness, as well as the adventures of her cat Raymond. She is currently on a blogging sabbatical, but I am giving her this award in the hope that she might one day come back to blogging – I miss her cheerful and charming posts and inspiring pictures full of vibrant colour.
So that was my list. Thank you all for both inspiring me and sharing your knowledge!
And, finally, those unusual facts about me. This is where I slightly panicked- could I not write eight not-unusual facts instead? Like:
- I love yarns and fabrics
- I love books
- I love chocolate
- … and coffee and cake (or tea and cake, I’m not fussy)
see, that would be very easy. But, I suppose I must follow the rules, so here we go:
1. I am a serial student and have three degrees (so far). And if an opportunity arose, one day, I’d love to go to an art school.
2. I love flamenco dancing.
3. Although I spent most of my childhood in Finland, I have lived in several other countries: in Israel, Cyprus, the Netherlands and now in the UK.
4. I am good at ice skating.
5. I started life in a slightly unusual way, being a premature baby and being born feet first with the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck. Maybe, already at such young age, I thought that the conventional method (although admittedly much more sensible and easier) is just not “me”.
6. I used to play the bass guitar (until I realised much to my sadness that really, I am not very musically gifted at all).
7. Because there are so many interesting things in the world, I am not very good at sticking to any one thing and so I still haven’t quite decided what I want to do when I grow up.
8. I never refuse chocolate (ok, I admit, I am running out of unusual facts).