I first started knitting about 2 years ago–my best friend gave me some Manos del Uruguay yarn and some lovely size 10 bamboo needles and I made a simple scarf for my boyfriend. I taught myself through the fantastic videos on, but it started to become a real passion once I found so many blogs that took my simple scarf-making hobby and made it into art, environmental and political activism, and high fashion.

I think it took about six months of reading some fantastic blogs like Knit Lit, Lekkercraft, Another Shopgirl, Six One Seven, and others before I thought maybe I should start my own.  And there was one thing I noticed with just about all of them…they all got tagged as blogs that inspired someone–which they all deserved, because they definitely inspired me…but I always hoped I’d get tagged.

And I did!!!  Yay.


***This award is bestowed upon a fellow blogger whose blog’s content or design is, in the giver’s opinion is brilliant.

Thank you Lauren, of the best Etsy vintage shop I’ve seen to date: Dear Golden Vintage.  I honestly don’t really want to share it because there are so many things that are beautiful and I don’t want the competition.

So here we go.

The rules: When accepting this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, and link back to said person so everyone knows he or she is real.

Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have 7 friends. Show the 7 random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with “Honest Weblog.” Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon. List at least ten honest things about yourself. Then, pass it on!

10 random honest things about moi.

1.  I’m strangely proud of a “skill” that my friends used to call my “party trick”: being able to sleep absolutely anywhere under any circumstance.  My favorite example is when I was doing the Annapurna Base Camp trek in the Nepalese Himalayas and my friend and I were staying at a lodge along the way.  She woke me up in a panic, informing me that Maoists were attacking the village on the next hill.  I went over to the porch and saw fire across the hill and thought it looked pretty scary.  And then I went back to sleep.  She had to find comfort from the lodge owner.

2. I love TV.  It’s taken me a while to come to terms with that, but it’s true. I love all TV.  Even the bad reality shows, you ask?  Especially those…

3. I am girly.  This is another thing I’ve been fighting…I mean I love to play sports and get dirty and all that…but I’d just like to wear a dress and some nice tights while doing it.

4. I find it difficult to like someone that has at any point made assumptions about me without bothering to ask me about myself.

5. I require at least 10 hours of sleep a night. Require. Waking up for work is nothing short of hell for me.

6. As an adult, I pretty much never lie.  In high school I pretty much never told the truth.  I think I’m fortunate that it’s not the other way around.

7. Ever since I’ve been socialized people have always told me that I am intimidating. I can see it in people that I meet.  And it makes me sad.  But I feel like if I tried to act any different it would be blatantly phony.

8. When I graduated from high school I won the art department award and the physics department award.  I think this dichotomy has always been a point of pride for me.

9. I wish I was 4 inches taller.  I honestly believe that when my dad found out I was done growing at 5’4, he was disappointed.  He is short and stout, by the way.

10. I remember the first time I cussed.  Let me preface this story with the fact that my brother is five years older than me and taught me bad things.  I was in first grade and I called a boy on the playground an f-ing a-hole. Wowsa, right? Yeah, everyone was a little taken aback as well, but not enough to not tell on me immediately.  I cried all the way to the principal’s office and when he heard the story and saw my red puffy face he literally laughed and barely got out the obligatory “don’t say that again.”  I got in trouble a week later and had to spend 1 week of recess sitting outside of the principal’s office.

Now onto some new award recipients:

Restless Grace — I knew there was some real inspiration here when I saw a post on her own textile painting…and it was beautiful.

Knit Lit — I know Kate’s got to have been tagged before, maybe even more than once, but I really just love her blog.

C is for Candy — Ok, so Candy is my hero.  That is all.  Her site speaks for it’s own bad self.

The Discerning Brute — My friend Josh is an ethical, activist genius.  And when it comes down to it his blog is just a really awesome resource for vegetarians and vegans that still need normal things like men’s dress shoes.

I Knit This — This is a blog where the design and photography are just so lovely that she could type blah blah blah over and over again and I think I’d still check back pretty regularly. Luckily there’s more to it than that in reality.

Nadine’s Blog — Probably also been tagged before, but she just has such thoughtful posts about my favorite physical and mental activity–yoga.  And she’s a knitter!

The Boiling Point — Cartoons, awesome design, lefty politics, smart commentary, and again–a knitter.  Love it.

See you!


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4 Responses to “Blogtastic”

  1. nadinefawell Says:

    Oh, MMMMMona, how sweet!
    Thank you! Count me in, my post will be up in a day or two.


  2. Grace Says:

    Wow, thank you for the compliment and the motivation!

  3. Candy Says:

    Snap dude you’re too kind. And you’re in my directory! Wow awards for both art and physics? Very cool – then you’ll love Natalie Jeremijenko’s toxin-sniffing toy dogs and Mel Chin’s Revival Field (contamination-sucking gardens)

  4. kate sonnick Says:

    thanks mona…you are too kind : )

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