I loved JenLa's annual awards, truly I did, but then I was a bit bummed to realize that I hadn't even found most of those listed (although a few were my very favorite people, and you know who you are). I just don't have the kind of life that leaves much room for blog reading, and my pool of fellow knitbloggers isn't all that big in the giant scheme of things.
One positive thing I did realize while reading through their list of awards is that, while I thought I wanted to blog for fame back when I started just over two years ago, and used to hope for lots of comments, I found something different and far more valuable to me and that was friendship. I have met several of the people I read regularly, and a few have become amongst my dearest friends. What more could I ask for, right?
So, I decided to create the Burro Awards, my own version of a "Best of 2006" List:
Best Attitude - Margene, she just keeps on knitting and spinning, minimizes the obstacles and trips to the frog pond, etc. So Zen of her.
Charity Knitter of the Year - I didn't go and take an object count or anything, but these two are always working on a charity knitting piece whenever I drop by: Marguerite and Norma. I aspire to be them when I grow up.
Best Lace - Mim, of course. With two of her designs on the needles right now, that one was pretty simple. That said, Donna Druchunus, author of Artic Lace, is already a contender for next year, and I have Susan's interview with her to thank.
Best Fashionista Designer - Amelia. I love everything she makes, even when I don't have the right figure (or lifestyle, for that matter) to wear it. Sometimes life with burros isn't all that glam, but it doesn't mean I don't know glam when I see it.
Best Technical Consultant - This has to be Sylvia (Beadlizard).. if ever I can't figure something out or remember how to do something, she's the grrl.
Best Fiber Enabler - Carole, the grrl who is always up for something new, loves a party and wants us all to come along and try it with her.
Best All-Around Fiberholic - Sara, who not only knits, but spins, dyes, weaves and even finds the time to blog about it and share her vast knowledge with the rest of us.
Best Non-Knitting Blog - Bakerina, because she loves food more than I do and I can live vicariously thorugh her cooking adventures. Ask her about eggs sometime...
Well, that's all the categories I have come up with for 2006, but I expect that this new tradition will expand by next year. And, remember these are just the selections of a country grrl, living and knitting in a sleepy little backwater of the California Sierras.