Well friends, I got a really nice surprise, and I’ve wanted to blog about it, but I haven’t been able to find the words to say it without sounding either braggy or overly saccharine. But it’s also exciting! So I’ll just tell you. I got this!!! It came from Rachel at All Night Knits, who is just a peach, if you haven’t read her blog yet. (Go read it.)
My first blog award!!! Wooooooo!!! (okay, that’s all the tooting my own horn that I will do, but I am really excited.) I’ve never gotten one before, and it made me blush and smile and even tear up a little bit, because it just felt so good.
A little background on me: I love to write. I’ve been a writer since I was a wee thing. I have journaled pretty consistently since I was a kid, but I got in trouble a few times when I was a teenager for things I’d written in my diary, and so for a while I just kindof stopped. Everyone needs an outlet where they feel safe expressing whatever they want, (even if it’s dumb and whiny, like most teenagers’ diaries) but unless you’ve got a place to lock a journal that has a retinal scanner or something of the sort, a diary isn’t really private. So for a while, all the writing I did was for school. It just wasn’t the same, but I couldn’t really get started on a diary again. It just never seemed to take, you know? It never felt right. Then I started reading blogs. It started mostly because I wanted to learn how to do specific things, but before long, I was inspired. People were creating such amazing things, and being creative wasn’t just in the writing itself, but what people were writing about. Their creations, their struggles, their passions and victories and defeats. And they were all ordinary people, just like me. A wide variety of different people, with different other interests and at different points in their lives as well. A lot of my favorite bloggers are moms, and I’m only 22. But I love hearing about their families, and things they’re knitting for their babies. The Yarn Harlot, the first knitting blogger I ever read, and still my favorite, has kids older than me. It’s amazing how knitting and creating brings people together. We may have nothing else in common, but we have our knitting, and that is plenty.
So this award means a lot to me, and I’m very grateful that it was my first one. Because I’ve always felt like we are some kind of big weird family, and I’ve tried to behave that way. I feel like I have a bunch of great new friends, and you are all AWESOME. I was going to try to pick ten people to give this award to, and I just couldn’t do it. There have been far too many who have extended virtual hands in friendship to pick just ten. So all of you win, since you’re all part of my blog family. Thank you all so much for making this so wonderful and so much fun.