I’ve been given the Liebster Award by two lovely women, Anges from Ready to Knit and Rachel from From Bad to Worsted. Both of you have been such huge supporters of the blog and I am floored every day by your kindness! Thank you!
The Liebster Awards are a way to get to know each other a little bit better and to recognize blogs that don’t have a massive following. I think it’s a great idea! I haven’t shared much about myself (besides my love of knitting) so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do so.
The way this works: I answer 11 questions asked by the lovely ladies who nominated me. Luckily there was only one question of overlap, so you’ll get to know a whole lot about me! Then I nominate my favorite blogs and ask them 11 of my own questions.
Let’s get started!
From Rachel –
Why did you start blogging? (Anges asked this as well! It’s a good question.)
I started blogging here about a year and a half ago. I liked the idea of sharing what I was knitting but I knew going in that I wanted it to be a bit more than that. I really want my blog to be useful for my readers beyond just giving inspiration. I want them to feel like they can be fearless knitters and tackle new techniques.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
As a kid I wanted to be a scuba diver/astronaut/paleontologist/princess. The plan: As an astronaut, I would go explore a water based planet so I would obviously need the scuba gear. Then while I was exploring underwater, I would find dinosaur bones that would need to be carefully removed (which is where the paleontologist skill set comes to play). And obviously, I would be a princess.
I’m an environmental scientist now so not too far off!
If you could have any one superpower, what would it be?
Super strength! Or to be able to teleport.
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
I’m not the biggest ice cream fan but I do love rocky road or mint chocolate chip.
Tea or coffee?
TEA! All day, every day, multiple times per day.
What’s your favorite color combination?
It varies all the time! I’m currently working on a pair of socks with yellow, teal, and a speckled green. It is very bright and very happy!
What do you think is your best trait?
I think I’m pretty resourceful and can think outside of the box. This happens to me when I’m knitting – I have an end goal in my head of what I want my project to look like and I try out new techniques or “invent” new ones of my own to get my project to look the way I want it to.
What’s the weirdest event you’ve ever witnessed in person?
Not necessarily weird but… The other day, I had my dogs in the backyard and they were going crazy. There was clearly something on the other side of the fence that they were really interested in. I went out side to see what was going on and I noticed that there was this little Chihuahua on the other side of the fence. I went over to see if it had tags so I could get him back to his people (and so he could stop peeing all over the fence!). As I was working on getting close enough to him to read his tag, this huge guy ran around the corner and was clearly happy to see his puppy. Apparently the dog had escaped by jumping out the window. I’d never heard of a dog jumping out of a window! I’m glad my dogs haven’t figured that out yet.
Cats or dogs?
Dogs for sure. I have two dogs – a retriever mix named Arya and a Shepard mix named Parker. They are the center of my universe! This picture perfectly describes their relationship. Parker is very happy go lucky, while Arya is a little more judge-y.
What’s your favorite flower?
Growing up it was the pansy. I still think they are so pretty and happy. For bouquet type flowers though I’d have to go with hydrangeas.
From Anges –
What is the most difficult thing you ever did in your life?
I’m going to have to say my comprehensive exam for graduate school! There were three parts – I had to take a test that covered everything I had learned (it was a take home exam thankfully!), I had to give a presentation to my committee, then I had to answer any other questions they might have had. The last part was the most nerve wrecking! I couldn’t really prepare for it because I had no idea what they would ask me ahead of time. Sometimes I’m not the greatest at thinking quickly on the spot so I was definitely nervous. But it went alright! My committee was incredibly supportive, gave me some great compliments, and I survived (and graduated!).
Apart from any economic constraint, where would be your ideal place to live?
I’m pretty happy where I am now but I would love to have all four seasons so I could actually wear the things I knit. I think I’d like to move back to the east cost (dream big haha) or maybe move to Germany!
Your favorite movie?
I don’t really have a favorite movie. I am definitely more of a TV show type of girl. I like how short the episodes are but how long you get to spend with the characters over the course of multiple seasons. I’m currently watching Parks and Rec (it’s my first time and I love it!), iZombie, and I love watching reruns of the Simpsons.
A favorite craft tool?
I love my Knit Pro Zings! I have two fixed circular needles that I use for socks and Zings as DPNs for sweater sleeves. They’re great in both forms!
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
I would change people’s view on climate change so we can work together to reach a solution to the problem. Or, you know if I had magical powers, I would just fix it myself.
What are your crafting plans for 2016?
I want to do more designing this year! I had a lot of fun creating my mitten patterns but haven’t done anything since then. Also, I want to knit more sweaters! You can never have enough sweaters.
Which of your blog posts was the most read?
My most read post is this one I posted in October 2014. I had just finished knitting my favorite vest of all time and had taken some outfit photos of it. I seriously, I still wear it constantly. Best knit ever!
If you could go back in time and do something differently, what would it be?
I’m happy with the way my life is turning out so far! I might go back to my college self to tell me to wake up earlier. I get my best work done earlier in the day. After 4 pm I am useless and can’t write a coherent sentence. Unfortunately in undergrad I saved all my work until after 5 pm. I kind of shot myself in the foot there…
What do you do when you’re stuck on a project?
I put it in time out for a couple of days! Usually when I’m stuck on a project, it’s because I’m unsure about how to do a technique it calls for. After I do a little bit of research and find some good YouTube videos though, I’m good to go.
Your favorite material, or yarn?
I recently used this alpaca yarn to knit my mom’s mittens and it was GORGEOUS! It was so soft and warm. Definitely using more alpaca from now on.
And that’s it about me! I’m going to pass this on.
Sari from Luna Knit
Stephanie from Crafty Effie
Lolly from Lolly Knits
Angela from Pans & Needles
Wencke from StrickMaedchen Designs
- How did you decide on the name of your blog?
- Describe your blog in 5 words or less!
- What is your favorite knitting technique or style?
- Are you a morning person or a night owl?
- Assuming money wasn’t a problem, what is one thing you would love to do?
- What is an item you can’t live without?
- Who is your favorite knitting designer?
- Do you like learning new knitting techniques?
- What is your big knitting goal of 2016?
- What’s your favorite book you’ve read recently?
- What was your dream job as a kid?
I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I liked answering these questions! I’d like to get to know you a bit better as well! In the comments, feel free to share 1 to 3 things about yourself. I can’t wait to get to know you all a bit better.