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Sunday, 17 June 2018

Catching up

I've just been looking through my photos and I've realised that I've been busy snapping away but haven't actually shown you what I've been snapping recently!  Oh, the hardship of having to do exciting things like photo shoots and go away on holiday instead of showing you the garden :)  Anyway, this seemed like a good time for a catch up so here's what's been going on over the last six weeks or so. 

Firstly, I finally finished the IOU Christmas socks.  Here's big daughter's pair ...

Friday, 15 June 2018

Your Crochet and Knitting magazine kit review

Do you remember a couple of weeks ago I went to the Knit Now magazine photo shoot?  Whilst I was there, I met Angela who's the editor of a brand new magazine called Your Crochet & Knitting which will be on sale for the very first time in a couple of weeks.  

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2018

Well, something super-exciting has happened and I need to say thank you to you!

The nominations for the Let's Knit magazine British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2018 have been released and the voting is now open ... and I'm thrilled to tell you that I am once again nominated in the Favourite Knitting Blog category.  Thank you so much to everyone who nominated me for this Award - it's the third time that Winwick Mum has been involved and I am very grateful for your support.

It's been really interesting to see how these Awards have changed over the last three years: at first, they were dominated by yarn shops and by large commercial yarn and accessory brands, but what's been really lovely to see has been how smaller independent names - like me! - have started to appear in all of the categories.  I think it shows how our crafting industry is changing and how people are much more confident about supporting smaller enterprises - a bit like shopping at a local farm shop rather than a supermarket, I suppose!

Last year, there were almost 15,000 votes for over 60 companies or individuals - like me! - in 33 categories, and this year there is a new category of Favourite Yarn for Toys to recognise the increasing interest in knitted and crocheted toys.  It's tough competition and even a nomination is an honour. 

If you'd like to see the posts that I wrote on the last two Awards ceremonies which were held at Alexandra Palace in London, you can find them here and here.  It's quite an event, and definitely something to be in the same room with so many famous crafting people!  

It always feels a bit odd to me to ask you firstly for your nomination and then for your vote - I don't really like having to do that as it feels like an imposition on your time - but that's what this post is about.  I'd love for you to vote for me in the Favourite Knitting Blog category, so that more people can find out about Winwick Mum and I can hopefully help more people to discover sock knitting.  I'd love to go back to the Awards ceremony this year so that I can share it with you all afterwards.  I'd love to think that a chance flick through a copy of Let's Knit magazine and an article about the Awards might just be what someone needed on a day when they thought sock knitting was beyond them, and what a difference it might make.

Thank you in advance if you are able to spend a few minutes completing the voting form.  You'll see lots of interesting nominations in the categories - some familiar names and others that are not so familiar - and I think you'll be impressed by the breadth of the nominations too.

The voting is open now until 30 August 2018 and everyone who votes is eligible to win a prize - this year, there are two bundles of yarn, patterns and more worth £700.  Unfortunately, it's only open to UK residents so you're not able to vote if you're abroad, but I still very much appreciate your support through reading my blog and being in my Facebook groups - thank you! xx