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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

British Craft Awards

It's not long now until the end of the year - we can count the weeks on one hand - and it's been a pretty amazing year for me in terms of the Winwick Mum blog and the Super Socks book being recognised in national awards.

First there was the Knit Now Online Knitter of the Year award which had a prize of a fabulous day out at the Sirdar mill and a chance to look behind the scenes both at what goes on at Sirdar and at Knit Now magazine.  


Then, later in the year, I found out that I'd been nominated for the British Knitting Awards in two categories - Favourite Book 2015 and Best Knitting Blog.  Super Socks was awarded third prize in the Favourite Book category which was hugely exciting, and I was over the moon to be able to go to the awards ceremony with Lucy of Attic24 and Emma and Kate from Yarndale and meet up with fellow award winners at Alexandra Palace in London.  

These awards were organised by Let's Knit magazine and in case you missed it in my earlier post, here's me and my cheesy grin with Sarah Neal, the editor of Let's Knit, again J


Now - and I could hardly believe this - I am unbelievably proud to be able to tell you that I've been nominated for another award, this time the British Craft Awards organised by Immediate Media who publish a whole host of crafty magazines including Simply Knitting, Simply Crochet and Simply Sewing magazines.  Oh wow!  

There are five different categories - Sewing, Quilting, Papercraft, Cross Stitch and Knitting & Crochet - so there's an opportunity to vote no matter what or how many crafty hobbies you have. You can find my nomination in the Knitting & Crochet section.  I'm in the Knitting and Crochet Blog of the Year category and I'm blown away to be listed with the other people in the category - as far as I'm concerned, I'm a winner just to be there!  

I'm absolutely delighted that my little blog is considered to be a "must-read for crafty inspiration" and my heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has nominated me.  Blogs by nature are quite self-indulgent - I choose what to write and I write about what interests me - but I do try to write about things that I hope will interest other people too, and in doing that I am discovering more about the knitting and wool industry which is a hugely fascinating subject in itself, and about me too.  None of us exist in isolation and just as I am inspired by what I read and see every day, I always hope that what I write will add to the collective yarny inspiration.  I know there are a lot more warm feet since I wrote the Sockalong tutorials, at least!

If you've got time in around your Christmas preparations to vote in these awards (and perhaps win a prize of a £100 Amazon voucher if you're in the UK) then you can find the voting form here: http://www.britishcraftawards.com/ so that you can have a look for yourself.  The voting closes on 20 December 2016.  I'd love it if you wanted to vote for me - thank you! xx




16 comments:

  1. Many congratulations and much deserved as your blog is informative and an inspiration. I have learned so much about British wools, not to mention learning to knit socks and Couthie shawls! Thank you, I'm off to vote now.

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    1. Thank you! It's good to know that someone else likes what I write about - it makes me feel slightly less self-indulgent! :-) xx

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  2. I don't find it surprising at all, after reading your blog and buying the book. I had always shied away from socks as knitting with a "hedgehog" did not appeal. The with circular needles and magic loop I decided to try. OOPS, I am well and truly hooked, I make a pair most weeks and love every minute of it.

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    1. That's lovely to hear - just changing your needles can make such a difference, can't it? I'm very impressed that you manage to knit a pair a week - that's fast knitting! xx

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  3. I wish I lived in the Uk to vote for you because I love your blog.Irune

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    1. That's really kind of you to say, Irune, thank you! I think you can still vote if you want to, you just can't win the Amazon voucher if you don't live in the UK xx

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    2. Done! Irune:)

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  4. A well deserved nomination, I've just started to knit socks again after a few years break and almost forgetting all the best ways to knit them😊. I've just completed 2 pairs of your basic DK socks, both pros are sitting on sock blockers for the night. I have your book and hope to work through it. Good luck with the award. X

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    1. DK socks are great, aren't they? They knit up so quickly! Thanks for your lovely comments xx

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  5. Well done, really deserved! :) I love your sock pattern and am so enjoying making socks, a thing I thought I could never attempt.

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad that you're enjoying making socks - they're fine once you get your head around how they work, aren't they? :-) xx

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  6. Voted and crossing fingers for a sock knitter we all know! Can't say any more than that. After all if they have finally encouraged me to start to try they must be good mustn't they!!

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    1. I am thrilled that you've finally taken the plunge with your socks - you're never going to want to wear bought socks again! :) xx

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  7. Fantastic news and what an achievement Christine. Well deserved of course :-)

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