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WordPress Family Blog Award

Some time ago I was kindly nominated for the WordPress family Blog Award by tinkerbellknits, who has a lovely blog you might like to visit.  Thanks so much, tinkerbellknits!


Award Description:
“This is an award for everyone who is part of the “Word Press Family” I start this award on the basis that the WordPress family has taken me in, and showed me love and a caring side only WordPress can. The way people take a second to be nice, to answer a question and not make things a competition amazes me here. I know I have been given many awards, but I wanted to leave my own legacy on here by creating my own award, as many have done before. This represents “Family” we never meet, but are there for us as family. It is my honour to start this award.”


I am in turn nominating the following bloggers as people who have had a positive impact on my experience as a blogger… through their writing and what its shows about their craft and their values, their modelling of what a blog could be and what a blogger could be.

I hope you might check out their blogs.

Cossack design http://cossackdesigns.wordpress.com/

Wendi of the Treasure http://wendiofthetreasure.com/

Grackle and Sun http://grackleandsun.wordpress.com/

Sea Green and Sapphire http://seagreenandsapphire.wordpress.com/

Pia at Colour Cottage http://colourcottage.wordpress.com/

R1K1Spin http://run1knit1spin.wordpress.com/

Deb McClintock http://debmcclintock.wordpress.com/

Trembling Inside the Cocoon http://tremblinginsidethecocoon.wordpress.com/

HXGreen Soul http://hxgreensoul.wordpress.com/

SeattleSpinner http://seattlespinner.com/

My thanks to all those who have supported this blog–I started out quite unsure whether I would enjoy or persist with it, and I find that I do and I will.

…and since we have been talking yarn bombs a little lately, here are some I added to the local bike path quite a while back.  They are some of my early experiments in art yarn–some even made at a workshop with the inimitable Jacey Boggs (others made after poring over her book or DVDs).  Cocoons, corespun, beehives and supercoils.

Collage of Yarn bombs


Filed under Leaf prints, Neighbourhood pleasures, Spinning


I am touched and delighted to have been nominated for the Illuminating Blogger Award by Dre from Grackle & Sun.  I am inspired not only by her thoroughgoing approach to natural dyeing and her witty and illuminating way of writing about it, but also by her dedication to her wellbeing and to getting fit.  I haven’t been writing about it here, but 2012 was the year I started running (jogging… slowly), so I’ve been on a wellbeing and fitness journey of my own on which all fellow travellers are welcome!

Illuminating Blogger Award

The rules of the award  ask that:

I share a random thing about myself: Yesterday morning I saw a pair of gang-gang cockatoos in the bush, near Mittagong, New South Wales.  This is the first time I’ve ever seen one in the wild: it was just so exciting!  The last time I saw a gang-gang I was in some kind of zoo or wildlife park inside a big cage.  I was wearing a spectacularly light catching and quite large stud in my ear–some kind of plastic bling.  The male gang-gang landed on my shoulder, which was amazing.  We had a short chat, and then he applied his considerable and strong beak to my earring, which was pretty scary really… but I still have an earlobe to this day.

Years ago I sang in a trio and one of the other members of the trio set ‘Bird and Man’ by Douglas Stewart to music in a most wonderful way (I believe some liberties may have been taken with the lyrics).  My favourite couplet remains: ‘Bird is gang-gang, well he knows/His whole head’s feathered like a rose’.  It turns out Douglas Stewart also wrote ‘A Flock of Gang Gangs’.

Nominate 5 (or more) other bloggers whose posts are informative and illuminating.

Wendi of the Treasure

I love Wendi’s use of local and native plants, sense of experimentation and the sense her blog gives of her living a good life.

an impartation of colour

Pallas’ approach to dyeing is wonderfully systematic and so beautifully communicated. I love her generosity in sharing her dyeing processes and her experience as a dyer.


I find Deb’s blog full of information and a wealth of experience, and she is a delightful and thoughtful writer.


Every time I visit ‘Deep in the heart of textiles’, I find myself humming that famous tune as I enjoy textile ranger’s wonderfully eclectic and colourful blog.

Rihivilla, dyeing with natural dyes

I love Leena’s wonderful photography, dedication to growing and harvesting dye plants and her delicious colours. Her blog is a source of inspiration as well as beauty and information.

What a pleasure it has been to think about these bloggers and all I admire about their writing and dyeing!  Have a happy and colourful new year…


Filed under Natural dyeing, Uncategorized