It must be award season

From time to time, a fellow blogger will pass me an award.  It’s lovely to get, and I feel flattered that someone thinks my writing good enough for an award.  It’s especially nice in those moments of self-doubt, when one thinks “I might as well stop blogging and who wants to read my stupid blog anyway!”

The first time I received an award (it may even have been the Versatile Blogger, I can’t remember now), I had just chanced upon a somewhat scathing discussion about blog awards in general that made me feel that they were a form of chain mail and that I might cause offence by passing along.   I suppose the basic reasoning was right – pass along an award, say you have to give it to 15 others, they do the same, and before you know it, everyone has the award! Hmm.  I’ve certainly noticed that the Versatile Blogger award is cropping up rather regularly in my blog readings!

Now there’s also ‘tagging’ – an example of which you can see in Lily’s super Making it Vintage blog.  No pretty award that goes with it.  Goodness – it seems all rather a lot of work, and I think I rather share Lily’s sentiments on the subject.

The other day, the lovely Lacey over at MinaandMe awarded me the Versatile Blogger award.  Thank you Lacey!  🙂

I have been wondering what I should make of this given my thoughts above – it feels churlish to ignore the award (again) and more importantly, Lacey’s valued opinion.  So I have decided to accept it for the following reasons.

I thought about the good points of an award:

1.  It is a genuine form of recognition from one blogger to another.

2.  It is a heart-warming thing to receive an award.  Especially when you know it’s genuinely presented.

3.  You get to know the recipient better, because they are asked to say seven things about themselves that you might not otherwise know.

4.  The recipient have to refer to 15 other blogs (and the one whom they received the award from in the first place) which is a really nice way of introducing nice blogs you might not know about otherwise.

I’ve noticed the rules change according to who passes the award along, but that’s the basic premise.

The above points are good enough in themselves I think, and so I am not ungrateful for this recognition.

Still, I am uncomfortable about passing this award along because I do not want to inadvertently cause offence (some people can be very negatively opinionated and I’m not in the right frame for criticism at this moment).  Maybe I’m being unusually sensitive around this matter.

So, like Lily, I’m going to be a rule bender.

I have been meaning to share some really inspirational blogs that I have found recently or read regularly with you (I won’t list the obvious superstars – you know them all already anyway):

Spinning in the Wind (a recent immigrant to New Zealand who writes about living in, and exploring New Zealand.  I thought you’d find her interesting because she writes about New Zealand from the eyes of a visitor/new arrival, and it’s a refreshing read.  I wish I had her opportunities for exploring this country!)

Photobot (

Bear Ears (You may have seen her comments on this blog.  I’ve been following Audry almost since she started designing, and I love her design work and the bits of her life that she shares.  We’ve got to know each other a little bit outside of the blogging sphere too.  She is a lovely example of how you can make friends from blogging.)

Project:  Stash (Many of you already follow the warm and bubbly Evelyn.  She has once nominated me for this award, but I was too shy/uncomfortable to accept it.  She’s another whom I have got to know outside of blogging and now consider a friend.  Our shared last names hint at a common ancestry, which wouldn’t be surprising.  Evelyn has also posted about some lovely bloggers that she follows, and rather than repeat them here (because I read them too now) I’ll direct you to her original words).

Let’s be Friends, Let’s be Amie (Last week, Amie shared this very, very funny video by WEBS.  You have to watch it – it is hilarious:

I haven’t laughed so much for a long time.)

Minspiration (I have referred to this lovely blog before, but I do love Mia’s posts.)

Hangs by a Thread (this is the blog of a NZ fibre artist, Doe Arnot.  She happens to also be the dyer for Flagstaff Alpacas, and contributes significantly to the Oamaru Textile Emporium.   She’s a talented spinner, weaver, knitter and dyer.  Her posts are intelligent, humourous and well thought out.  She also has a pretty kitty.)

Truly Myrtle (this is a new blog written by an expat NZ’er living in the UK.  She’s passionate about hand crafts in general, and has a lovely writing style.  Check out this post of her recent entry into a sewing competition – she designed and sewed the entire ensemble!  I’m impressed.)

Ramblings (I’ve only just recently started to read Becky’s posts.  Her patterns have been published in Twist Collective and Tangled, to name a couple.  I like the variety of topics she covers.)

Other bloggers whom I also enjoy but who don’t post as regularly as the above include:

Compositions of wool (this girl loves yarn as much as me!)

Elephantjuice Knits  (beautiful knitting, she’s a prolific sock and shawl knitter extraordinaire.  I especially loved her post about the Ishbel that she knitted from silk hankies – so purty!)

Kreachr (a fellow Kiwi knitter who blogs about her family life and knitting (she loves socks, and knits them at supersonic speed).

Baa-me Knits (Jenni lives in tropical Queensland and she still loves all things wool and knitting.  Check out the cutest little kitty who has come to live with them.  He reminds me of the baby Roly).

I think that’s enough!

If any of you wonderful people want to take the award and put it on your blog, please regard this as a genuine recognition of your talents.  If you’d rather not accept it, I totally understand.

The other rules of the award (besides listing seven things about yourself and nominating 15 other blogs) are:

1.  Let the person who’ve awarded know you have nominated them.

2.  Link back to the person who nominated you.

3.  List this set of rules.

As for the information about me.   I’m an extremely private person, but I think I can share this with you:

1.  My ultimate dream is to live on a small, very private and wooded holding deep in the country, where you get proper snowy winters – going to long walks, growing most of my food, raising chickens (and maybe the odd sheep) and knitting (of course).

2.  If I were to take up any more interests, I think I’d like to explore photography in more depth, and experiment with weaving.

3.  My childhood was spent living in Malaysia.  I’ve travelled and lived outside of New Zealand for most of my life.  Malaysia, Indonesia, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, Singapore, Tokyo, France, Germany, England, Wales, Scotland, New York, Australia, New Caledonia.  There’s probably a couple I’ve forgotten.  I’d like to revisit a few of those countries and places and explore more.  Hopefully one day!

4.  I love spicy, hot food.  Thai food has to be some of my favourite (my mouth is watering just thinking about it!).

5.  My favourite fruit is the durian (that lovely creamy, sweet flesh).  It’s about the size of a football and is entirely covered in thick spines.  Open with care to find the flesh contained in separate segments within the fruit.  Some people think it smells like a skunk run over by a rubbish truck.  You either love it or hate it.  It’s a delicacy in Malaysia.

6.  I find history (mostly history of something, like knitting.  Or the English language) and mythology fascinating.  It’s the thing I read about most these days.

7.  I learned to crochet before I learned to knit.

Well, I think that’s enough for now!  I hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

19 thoughts on “It must be award season

  1. I want to read your blog all the time! I used your guide to North Island yarn shops when I visited a couple years ago. It was super helpful. But I can understand how it can be discouraging sometimes.
    And I’d go with you to New Caledonia. I was able to go in 2004 (I think it was 2004…) and would love to go back. We could explore photography together!

  2. I hope you keep blogging. I like reading them and feeling as though I belong to a community of knitters by reading posts and the replies.

  3. Thanks for the shout out! I think I feel exactly the same way as you about blog awards. They’re a wonderful sentiment, but I too am always a bit hesitant about passing them on.

    Oh my, I absolutely LOVE durian! Apparently the first time I tasted it I was about 2, we were in Singapore, and my grandmother tried to feed it to me. I spat it out! But the rest of the family were sitting around eating it, so I hung around the edges and then went in for a second try. I’ve never looked back! I could eat the stuff every day. You’ve given me a serious hankering for some durian kueh lapis, but in lieu of that I’ll have to make do with the durian cake that I’ve got in the fridge downstairs. That’ll be my Saturday afternoon treat!

      1. I can occasionally get frozen durian at the Chinese supermarket, but whenever my Mum goes back home I get her to bring me back those tubes of durian cake (like this) and then I stockpile them in the fridge, haha!

  4. Thank you for the leads to other blogs and for your brilliant blog. I have my visa and will be emigrating to New Zealand soon, so am collecting interesting yarny web sites. I’m really looking forward to trying out all the NZ yarns you have talked about.

  5. Oh good grief…………..I nearly wet myself watching that video……..I do the wool sniffing thing, OH refuses to enter a yarn shop with me because of it………he says it makes him feel very uncomfortable to see all the yarn fondling that goes on in there, he informed me that, ‘that sort of thing never goes on in the tool aisle’………Great facts about yourself, you’ve certainly travelled alot and I’m with you on wanting to live deep in the countryside and going for all those long snowy walks.

    These tags and awards do seem to be getting out of hand lately, and the list of rules seem to be getting longer and more complicated………………OH laughingly said that I’m the blog tag destroyer as I never pass them on…………….I think, like you, it’s better to give other bloggers the choice if they’d like to take the tag/award from you or not…………….makes life so much easier. xx

  6. Wow. I never thought I’d be offering an “award” (in fact, I didn’t know there WAS such a thing – I’m a blogging newbie, and clearly I have alot to learn), but you, “Kiwiyarns,” definitely deserve one! I’ve been following your blog for a couple of months now, and I’m always happy to see a new notification in my emailbox. If I knew what a “pingback” was, I’d do that for you too! Best regards, Susannah.

  7. Wow! I am honoured to be nominated for an award! After reading about the fellow bloggers you have nominated however, I feel unworthy, and will respectfully decline. Thank you very much for thinking of me. I will continue to read your inspirational blog, and may have just added some more to my list 😉

  8. I guess I’m just going through a blah phase – knitting’s blah, my study STILL hasn’t started, even though it should have by now… Give me a few weeks to get out of my funk and I should be good to go 🙂

  9. I just found your blog from a link on one I’ve been reading. I’m really enjoying your blog. I LOVE that video you just posted. So funny! And, I can’t wait to check out the blogs you mentioned in this post.

    It’s funny…I’d just been thinking how blog awards must be a fad that is over and done because I hadn’t seen any in a long time. Then, I saw the one on your blog. So, there’s an answer to something you’re wondering….not everyone has them. They are special! And, I read a lot of blogs. So, congratulations! 😀

    I understand your thoughts about the awards seeming a bit like chain mail. But, I think they’re great! They’re fun to receive and fun to give. I feel, like you do, that they are genuine compliments. But, I’ve seen and heard from others that they really don’t like them and I just can’t seem to understand why. One regular reader and commenter to my blog seemed to be offended one time when I gave her an award. She didn’t respond and never commented on my blog again. Weird, huh? Another recipient sent me a private email thanking me for the award but said he no longer participates in them because it upsets people. I didn’t get that either. Luckily, I think most people like them.

    Happy blogging!

  10. I’m incredibly touched that you would pass along this award to me. I think you know what our friendship means to me and a highlight of my day is getting to read your blog. While I can understand differing opinions about these kinds of awards, ultimately, I think they are really sweet — one person acknowledging the work that goes into writing a blog by another. Pretty simple, right? xo

  11. Oh, this post is chock full.
    It’s going to take me days for check everyone’s blog. I’m so far behind already, gad.
    Thanks for coming up with all seven things to tell us. Love your travel.
    My head is spinning with all that this post includes.

    Got a very large HOOT from the video.


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