The ever lovely Sarah Kate from Sarah Kate Designs nominated me for a Liebster Award way back in January, but it’s taken me until now to work out exactly what it is (if I’d only just followed her link back, it would all have become clear, but that’s way too simple for me!), so maybe I’d better explain here, just in case I’m not the only confused blogger out there…! The Liebster Award seems to be a way of promoting little known bloggers (I think you have to have under 200 followers to qualify), fostering connections between bloggers, and helping your “followers” (is it just me who has a problem with that term?) get to know you better. The nominator asks a certain number of questions, tells you random facts about themself, and then nominates more people to continue the chain. I’ve always been a little suspicious of things with “chain” in the description, but the sewing/knitting community of bloggers are so lovely (& I actually really enjoyed reading the answers I found online) that I couldn’t resist, so here are my answers! Thank you again, Sarah Kate, and sorry for being so slow on the uptake! I hope those of you that I nominated qualigy and don’t mind being part of this – I promise there is absolutely no pressure to play along if you don’t want to!
Sarah Kate’s Questions
1. What is your favourite quote?
I’m not big on quotes, but I’ve always liked this one from ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl;
“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely”
2. What three things would you bring to a desert island?
Books, sheep (to make wool from!), pencils and paper (does that count as one?!)
3. What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?
Bit of a personal one, but I think getting up out of bed whenever I feel down because it feels like the hardest thing in the world to do.
4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Probably somewhere very cold, snowy and super liberal! Norway or Iceland, I think (mainly for the woolly possibilities!)
5. Who is your favourite blogger and why?
I can’t answer this one because I don’t have one! I love reading everyone’s blogs because they are all so different!
6. Who is your favourite pattern sewing designer?
I don’t think I have a favourite, but I do have a real soft spot for Deer and Doe because the patterns fit me with very little alteration! Sewaholic has some beautiful patterns but I normally have to adjust them a lot to fit well. I love indie patterns!
7. What is your favourite sewing tip?
I think the simplest ones are my favourite! Gertie had one about using pins to push the fabric out when you’re cutting it (I think it was on a Craftsy course?), or Megan Nielsen has an absolute ton of tutorials that revolutionised my stitching! I can’t remember where I read it first, but using a safety pin to turn small bands inside out made me very happy indeed!
8. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
Afghanistan! I’m an archaeologist with a specialisation in Central Asia, so it would be a MASSIVE thrill to be able to see the sites I studied. And the food is VERY tasty!
9. What inspired you to start your blog?
I wanted to learn more about computing. and I always wanted to be more involved in the super friendly sewing community, so blogging seemed like the best way to do this!
10. What is your favourite band?
Just one? Probably The Eels, Gruff Rhys or Bruce Springsteen, but my taste in music jumps around so much according to what mood I’m in, it changes hour to hour…
11. Who is the most inspiring person in your life?
My husband! I know that sounds a bit silly, but he is seriously the most incredibly kind and intelligent person I’ve ever met, and every day he makes me want to be better than I am! Seriously, if you’d ever met him, you’d agree! ;-)
Eleven Things You May Not Know About Me
1. I used to run events for Borders Books in London as well as working at the British Library for a few years
2. After I finished my degree, I moved to Berlin with twenty pounds, lived in a squat, and worked in a Turkish restaurant because I didn’t speak German well enough!
3. I can read Ancient Greek (or at least I used to be able to!)
4. I make very tasty falafel
5. I have more books than clothes, shoes and jewellery put together (by a LONG way)
6. I learnt to sew because I couldn’t find any clothes to fit me in Tokyo
7. I’m originally from Liverpool, but I have a very posh BBC voice (I don’t know why! My family all have Northern accents!)
8. I excavated part of the oldest city in the world
9. I nearly drowned (& had to be rescued!) in a reservoir in Turkmenistan (& I still can’t swim)
10. Walking in the rain or snow are some of my favourite things to do
11. I immediately forget the plot of any film I’ve just watched and will often rewatch it completely obliviously.
(If you do have over 200 followers, then I’m sorry in advance!)
My Questions for You
1. Why did you start sewing/knitting?
2. What is your favourite book (or type of book) and why?
3. What was your dream job when you were a child?
4. Do you have any special skills?
5. Why do you blog?
6. What is your proudest moment?
7. And most embarrassing moment?
8. If you could have a super power, what would it be?
9. What are you most frightened of?
10. What do you find hardest about sewing/knitting?
11. If you could visit any place in time, where would you go?
I promise I will be back very soon with a sewing post (hurray!) !