Thank you to the CraftyExPat for nomating me for the Liebster award! (Read more about it here.) Here are the questions I will try to answer in a way that makes me sound somewhat interesting (hopefully)! Recipients of this award must nominate 3 to 5 other bloggers and answer questions (see below).
I read many blogs each week; here are three you may want to visit. Each of these bloggers is a student and fiber artist juggling the realities and demands of life while seeking to expand her fiber knowledge and skills. It’s wonderful that they share some of their journey with us: Socioknits, MistyMountain Designs and Not Your Average Crochet.
1. Have you ever travelled to another country? Yes, though I’m not a person who “loves to travel.”
2. Which country did you visit or/and which country would you like to visit? Because half of my family lived in Norway, SAS carried family members to and fro with regularity. Sometimes we’d stop in Denmark and “play” in Copenhagen. (Lots of fun.)
3. What is your best travelling memory? Ah hah! That’s an easy one. About 30 years ago my daughter (then about 4 years old) and I were on an American carrier from San Francisco to Los Angeles where we were to transfer to SAS, when our plane had to return to SF because of engine problems. Quickly transferred to other planes, my daughter and I landed in LA only a short time before scheduled departure – but we arrived at a domestic terminal! We jumped on an airport bus to the international terminal and, as soon as we disembarked I grabbed my daughter’s hand and sprinted through the international terminal to SAS. Arriving at the gate with literally seconds to spare, I slapped our passports and tickets on the counter. A few moments later, another hand slapped down some more passports and tickets. It was a tall young man around my age with two young children. As they gathered up the tickets and passports, two very proper SAS clerks spoke in stage whispers (in a very officious sounding Oslo dialect), about how terrible American carriers treat their passengers – and, basically, “look what they did to this nice Norwegian family – there are no seats left for them to sit together! Tsk, tsk.” I looked at the (tall) blonde man and his two blonde children, he looked at me, and we realized we looked as though we were a family (all lanky, blonde & blue eyed). He leaned over and whispered in broken English, “Do you understand Norwegian?” I replied I did. He then grinned at me, scooted next to me, and put his arm around me to complete the picture of a happy young family. Well, I guess that was the icing on the proverbial cake as we were all put in first class, and Kjell and I dined on salmon and champagne all the way to Denmark while the children played together!
4. Which place did you visit in your own country? I have visited many states in the U.S., but my favorite part is the west: California, Oregon and Washington.
5. What is your favourite place in the world (other than home)? Natural Bridge (Union Creek), in southern Oregon – not to live (I think the population hovers around 18), but to camp and hike.
6. What is your favourite craft activity or/and what type of crafts would you like to learn? Oh, that’s easy: knitting, weaving, dying and spinning – sometimes crochet. I’ve always wanted to learn to tat. My greataunt Ingrid was an award-winning tatter in her youth.
7. Do you have a craft fail? Tell me about it. Definitely! I took a class to learn how to throw (clay) pots. I was the worst in the class, and my finished projects never failed to amuse everybody. They were so bad even I had to laugh! I tried hard, though, and came to better appreciate and respect that people have much different talents!
8. What is the most positive thing you get out of blogging? Connecting with interesting, creative, people whose paths I would hever have crossed “in person.”
9. What part of blogging you dislike? Worrying that I will write a post that is b-o-r-i-n-g!
10. What do you like best when you look at a blog? That the author cares about what s/he is writing and is enthusiastic. I also love to read blogs where people share learning to do something new. For instance, I’ve read very interesting posts about making learning to make natural and healthy deoderant, dish soaps and hand soaps!
11. Name three things you want to do before the end of the year. Let’s see, before the end of 2013 … (1) Cut my stash down by another 1/2, (2) knit a shawl from A Legacy of Shetland Lace by the Shetland Guild of Spinners, Knitters, Weavers and Dyers, and (3) create a Paden-like template for a sweater I will be designing and knitting for Thor’s birthday this year (much later this year!).
Thank you again for the nomination!