Well the Sisterhood Awards have been like that for me.
A while ago Karen, who writes a wonderful blog, nominated me for this one, and it was up to me to pass it on. I was pleased with this award and understand the role these awards play in recognizing blogs we enjoy, identify with, and learn from. So often I will stay up late at night decompressing by reading blogs I like and most of the time I don't leave comments, even though the thoughts the blogger shares with me can stay with me all the next day, or longer.
These are conversations and in their own way the bloggers we read become friends, and who says that these friends have to live across the street? And the fact they don't, come to think of it, is even better because these virtual relationships are based on compatibility and shared interests, not convenience or geography.
I also realized that one of the things that was holding me up was that I felt I had to nominate someone who hadn't been nominated before, but that gets too complicated and really I add to my personal blog roll when I discover a blog I know I will go back to on a regular basis, because, well because, I feel sisterhood with this sewer, or sometimes knitter. That's why the blog list on my sidebar is so short, I really list only those blogs I personally keep up with. So here is my list for women I read and why:
1. For inspiration, to see new patterns tested (to help me decide if I want to make them too), for beautiful skillful sewing, even if I personally will not be making anything this complex anytime soon:
Marji (an artist and a thoughtful writer)
Cennetta (always so sharp and put together -the word is polished)
Liana (a master seamstress and a very creative and gracious lady)
Erica Bunker (a fashion forward scout with the most beautiful pictures)
2. For excellent sewers who make clothes that I might myself be making very soon. Those who show me how to inject some style into my real life:
Carolyn (inspired us all to work with TNT and find the creativity inside us)
Shannon (in her vintage SWAP days Shannon's clothes were strictly eye candy for me so I love her new direction with Loes Hinse)
Sew4Fun (a new discovery for me, this Australian sewer makes the most beautiful knit top and gives the most useful and detailed sewing advice)
3. For human talk about life and sewing, in addition to the wonderful projects:
Karen (a late night cup of tea read for me, dogs, life and an honest view of the world)
Robin (I think we are at the same stage in our lives and so much of what she has written, I could have too)
4. To make me laugh. All of the above also fall into this category but Crazy Aunt Purl (author f or Drunk, Divorced and Covered in Cat Hair) has provided me with quick knitting projects and more than a few smiles. A wonderful writer.