An email popped into my inbox last week which made me squeal with delight when I saw it ...
Wow! The British Knitting Awards are very prestigious industry awards, all nominated and voted for by the crafting community. This is a huge honour and it's all down to you for nominating me, so thank you!
I've been nominated in two categories - Favourite book (2015) for Super Socks and Favourite knitting blog for Winwick Mum - and I'm one of five nominations in each category. I've kept looking at the list over the weekend to check that I'm not dreaming but no - it really is me there!
What has stunned me is that my book and blog are alongside some really big names of the yarn industry - I still just think of myself as a Mum who knits socks! There are designers that I have known about for many years and whose patterns I have knitted, yarn manufacturers whose yarn has been turned into socks in my drawer, and alongside those some friends too. My lovely friend Lucy has been recognised in the crochet categories, and I'm very pleased to see my local yarn shop, Black Sheep Wools, is on the list in various categories too. What also delights me is to see other independent designers and dyers whom I have got to know through the Sockalong groups are also being recognised in the same categories as big manufacturers and online stores - not really a surprise as the awards are organised by Let's Knit magazine which also organises Yarn Shop Day and champions our local yarn shops and smaller independent yarn businesses - but good to see all the same.
This really has been an incredible year for me, starting with the Knit Now Online Knitter of the Year Award (the visit to the Sirdar mill and awards ceremony is coming up soon so I'm looking forward to being able to share that with you) and now these nominations, not to mention appearing in more than once in magazines that I've been a subscriber to and now feature in! It's really wonderful, and I don't know if you can see my grin but it stretches from ear to ear - not least because I know that all of this will mean that more people will find the Sockalong tutorials and discover that there's a super-portable project that they can carry around to help them with their well-being and fill their sock drawers as well as quiet moments in the day.
The voting for the British Knitting Awards has opened and will remain open until 28 August 2016. If you would like to vote for me in the Favourite Book (2015) and Favourite Knitting Blog categories (and I would love it if you would!), then you just need to follow this link: www.letsknit.co.uk/britishknittingawards and click on your choices. There's the chance to win a spa break too, which is always very nice!
I'm very grateful for your support of my blog and the Sockalong, so thank you once again for all your nominations, and for helping to spread the socky word. It feels like we really are taking over the world once sock at a time! J