This week's blogger is: Sarah from Knitting the Wind
[ Part I: About blogging ]01/ How many blogs do you have that are currently active?
Just the one.
02/ What is your blog about? Do you have a tag line?
My tag line is "writing from the edge of the world." But it's hard to define what I write about - really just whatever drifts into my heart on the day.
03/ Is your blog a reflection of you or just a place for your creative/personal outlet?
I think it would be difficult to separate the two, as my creativity comes through me and so to some degree will always reflect me. But having said that, I mostly keep my personal self out of my writing.
04/ How did you come up with the name for your blog?
Many years ago I would sit in the lounge of my tree-high house and look out in reverie on the misty hills surrounding me. There was one house whose light in the night always drew me in to fancies about who might live there. I imagined an old woman knitting stories from the wind on long bone needles. And so I called my weblog Knitting the Wind. Many times I've wanted to change that name, especially as I get so many visitors looking for knitting patterns and yarn information, but it has stuck.
05/ Do you have a blogroll or a reading list of your favorite blogs? If not, then what blogs do you like reading?
I don't have a public blogroll. I get too anxious that, if I accidentally leave anyone off, they will be hurt. But I have my own private list. Mostly I like reading the weblogs of dreamers, gypsy spirits, mythic writers, and old friends whose sites I have been reading for years.
06/ What category or categories do you think your blogs falls under? For example: a book blog, a cooking blog, an art blog, etc. OR simply just a blog?
I've always wanted to fit it into a category, but it defies doing so.
07/ Do you have a blogging schedule or do you post any time you like?
Whenever I feel like it.
08/ Do you use a blog template (brought or free from the net) or do you design your own blog?
I design my own, building it up from the foundation of the simple blogger template.
09/ List 3 things that you always have on your blog.
There's never an "always" with my weblog!
10/ What advice did you wish someone had given to you when you first started blogging?
You never know what may happen in your life over the years; for example, your concerns around privacy may change. For example, the child whose potty training you document with photographs (not that I ever did this!) may grow up to become a public figure haunted by his mother's blogging. Your own views may change. The size of your audience may grow beyond your expectations, so that your personal musings spread out of your comfort zone.
[ Part II: About the blogger ]01/ Do you have any nicknames? Or what name do you go by? And do you prefer it more than any other?
Sarah is my online name. I regret choosing it as it doesn't really reflect my personality, but it's too late to change it now. I don't have any nicknames.
02/ As a writer, do you write with an idea from the start or do you just start writing and the story comes as you write?
I start writing and the story reveals itself. Sometimes I have a vague idea of what shape it may ultimately take - for example, with Deep in the Far Away, I always knew where the characters came from. In another example, The Birds of Wicker Lake, I found out halfway through what the ending would be, but I didn't know who it involved until I wrote the sentence naming them. I consider myself a conduit through which the story comes, so I give it as much opportunity as possible to express itself authentically.
03/ What is the one book that you love that you would recommend to just about everybody?
Oh, such a hard question! There are so many wonderful books! In the end though I'd have to go with Robert Frost's poetry.
04/ Do you have a favorite item or items that you often use and would not wish to live without?
My fine-rimmed tea cup. It's just the right size.
05/ List 7 of your favorite things.
My family, the wind, rain, forested hills, books, cardigans, night.
06/ When are you most creative/productive? The morning, the afternoon or night or just about any time?
07/ What are some of your favorite hobbies that doesn't involve writing?
Reading, gazing into the wild distance.
08/ Draw, write, photograph or use any form of communication something that represents you in some way: