I love giving out blog awards!

Sally at SoKnitSome and Louisa at Knitting Revolution have given me the opportunity to highlight blogs I enjoy with two awards. Thank you to So Knit Some for the WordPress Family Blog Award and to Knitting Revolution for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. I have long read their posts and enjoyed perusing their photos. It does feel like a wonderful extended family!

Agujas is pleased to nominate the following blogs for the WordPress Family Blog Award.

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    1. LittleBlackDogSA
    2. Rogue Crafter’s Studio
    3. Gluis Yarn
    4. That Hooking Blog
    5. Hooky Queen
    6. Wayward Pioneer
    7. Danni and Charlie Do Craft
    8. Diary of a Mad Mama
    9. Girl Meets Yarn
    10. It’s Knot You

Agujas is also pleased to nominate these blogs for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award.

Wonderful Team Member Readership Award
Wonderful Team Member Readership Award
  1. Stitches ‘n’ Scraps
  2. HX Green Soul
  3. Tinkerbell Knits
  4. UK Crochet Patterns
  5. That Girl Nathalie Apple
  6. Cindy Hancock
  7. My Other Loves
  8. Batu Surya
  9. Shetland Hand Knitter
  10. Upon the Waves
  11. Weaving Southwest
  12. White Sheep
  13. Quiet Wander
  14. Colour Cottage

For each award, the recipients should (1) Display the award logo on their blogs, (2) Link back to the person who nominated them, (3a) For the WordPress Family Blog Award, nominate 10 blogs that have impacted your WordPress experience and family, (3b) For the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, nominate 14 blogs that exemplify the qualities of a wonderful team member, and (4) Tell your nominees you have awarded them.

Enjoy!

Blogs That Make Me Smile or Laugh So Hard That I Double Over In Pain

Hannah at Not Your Average Crochet gave Agujas the Sunshine Award! I love the blooming flower cushions that she made – they’re so playful and make me smile. Thank you Hannah!

Sunshine Award

Now I get to nominate five blogs that brighten up my day:

Drawn2Knit & Crochet2 – Not only is Jennifer a knitter and crocheter, she’s a fabulous artist. I love her watercolors – so soft and whimsical. This is one of my favorite drawings by Jennifer. The character is named Genevieve and you can even purchase a print of it in her Etsy shop. (Image used with permission of the artist).

Genevieve, Drawn2Crochet

Angry Pear – I think you know that I love Angry Pear. Drew has me crying with laughter with Pear’s antics. Here, poor Pear finds that moths have made holes in her forgotten knitting. (Source: angriestpear.com).

moths-full - Angry Pear

Peas and Cougars – I recently discovered Rae’s alter ego. I thought I was going to pass out from laughing so hard. Have you noticed that I seem to be drawn to angry cartoon characters? (Source: peasandcougars.com).

waiting-2 from Peas and Cougars

The Knit Princess – Created by Allison (writer) and Melody (artist), this cartoon features a princess obsessed with all things knit. You can even purchase Knit Princess comic strip collections or t-shirts such as the one that reads “There’s no such thing as too much Stash.” Amen to that! (Source: knitprincess.com).

The Knit Princess 2009-03-07

Mister G Kids – Matt is a substitute teacher who happens to also draw. His depictions of the things kids say are funny, touching, heartwarming and just plain honest. (Image used with permission of the artist).

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Thanks to these blogs for bringing a little bit of sunshine to my day!

Illuminating Blogger Award

What a great way to start off a new year. Dre at Grackle & Sun shared the Illuminating Blogger Award with Agujas. Dre illuminates me with her step-by-step yarn dyeing experiments. She uses only natural plant dyes and is even growing her own dye garden! She and her husband recently celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary. Thank you Dre and wishing you many more years full of joy!

Illuminating Blogger Award

In return for the award, I must share one random thing about myself: I am trying to learn Mandarin Chinese. I’ve been taking classes at the Chinese Community Center and hope to travel to China so that I can practice.

I also get to pass on the award to five other blogs. So, without further ado, here they are:

    1. Travel Photography by Dmitrii Lezine – Fantastic photography and time-lapse videos of interesting places around the world
    2. Bottleneck Consensus – Textile design and other artistic endeavors
    3. Itchier Feet – Journey through Ethiopia through amazing photos
    4. Alicja Kolakowska – Designs beautiful and interesting jewelry, and also crochets
    5. First Bar – Graphic designs inspired by nature

Award Winning Quilts

This is the second year of enjoying the breathtaking artistry of quilts at the International Quilt Festival Houston 2012. It was like seeing works of art at a museum. It was sometimes hard to believe that what I was seeing was actually pieces of fabric. My camera loved the quilts so there are many photographs. If you can’t wait to see more, you can visit the Textile Ranger at Deep in the Heart of Textiles. She was there too although we didn’t bump into each other!

These quilts were all award winners. For a complete winner’s list and even more quilt pictures, go here.

America, Let It Shine by Sherry Reynolds, Wyoming.
The Handi Quilter® Best of Show Award.
“The 5,121 Swarovski cystals represent the words of the Constitution, Star Spangled Banner, Pledge of Allegiance and the age of the country.”
ElaTED by Ted Storm, The Netherlands.
The Founders Award.
“To challenge myself, I started with my least favorite color and fabric: brown and plaid.”
Hot Africa by Janneke De Vries-Bodzinga, The Netherlands.
The World of Beauty Award.
“I was in Kenya during the dry season, took this photograph, and made a quilt of this impressive moment.”
Crème de la Crème by Bonnie Keller, Chehalis, Washington.
Award for Traditional Artistry.
“I put the vibrant green Morris reproduction backing fabric with the right side facing inward in order for it to shadow through to the front, creating a subtle grayed background.”
Fiesta Mexico by Karen Kay Buckley and Rena Haddadin, Pennsylvania.
Master Award for Innovative Artistry.
“The original appliqué and quilting designs were inspired by the bright colors in Mexican pottery and flora.”

More quilt pictures coming soon.

giving thanks

ever since my first tentative taps on the keyboard to create this blog, i was never sure where it would take me. i’m not trying to sell anything, i just enjoy knitting and writing and thought it might be fun to share with others. i’ve “met” knitters, crocheters, weavers and other artists from all over the world. i derive pleasure from seeing the wonderful items made by so many hands. i have much for which to give thanks.

it was therefore a treat to learn that agujas was nominated for a couple of awards. so, first of all, muchas gracias to sue at fibercrush and to hannah at not your average crochet for the reader appreciation award.

here are the award questions and answers:

  1. your favourite colour? purple!
  2. your favourite animal? scottish terrier
  3. your favourite non-alcoholic drink? orange juice – so refreshing
  4. facebook or twitter? both but leaning toward twitter
  5. your favourite pattern? chunky cables
  6. getting or giving presents? giving, definitely giving
  7. your favourite number? 2, something about the symmetry
  8. your favourite day of the week? friday, nice to wrap up the week
  9. your favourite flower? burning heart tulips
  10. what is your passion? travel

now the best part, nominating blogs i appreciate:

  1. yalotar – an actively engaged citizen of finland, and a crocheter
  2. grim dreaming – musings from the night shift (now day shift) in dublin
  3. the solipsist – steve will probably not give a hoot about blog awards, but i’m nominating his blog anyway. witty viewpoints and great pics from an expat in san miguel de allende
  4. coco j. ginger says – clever prose with a dash of poetry
  5. while out riding – a photo-story from the back of a bike
  6. doodlemum – a drawing is worth a thousand words
  7. victor melendez – a graphic artist
  8. view from casita colibrí – another expat, this time in oaxaca

p.s. double thanks to hannah at not your average crochet for the dual nomination for the beautiful blogger award.