It’s half term here in our part of the world which means lazy mornings and small daughter attempting to eat biscuits for breakfast … but it’s also been a super-exciting few days!
On Sunday, it was the first day of the CHSI Stitches trade show and I headed down to the NEC exhibition centre in Birmingham to join West Yorkshire Spinners on their stand for the launch of the Winwick Mum Collection yarn. Oh my life! It sounds crazy but even though I’ve chosen the colours, seen the the yarn being created, designed the patterns and knitted the socks, it wasn’t until I saw them and the balls of yarn on display that it finally hit me that this is really happening! It’s really happening!!
The West Yorkshire Spinners stand looked amazing – a beacon of rainbow colours in the exhibition hall – and it was amazing to be part of the team for the day. My yarns (my yarns!) and the sample socks were beautifully displayed and some of them even had pride of place in the centre of the stand. It was an incredible moment to see them there! I got to speak to lots of yarn shop owners which is always a lovely thing to do, I got to admire socks (lots of socks in progress in bags, something of which I heartily approve) and there were even a few trouser leg lifts which I think may becoming a Winwick Mum thing. I got to say “yes, that’s my yarn” more times than I had ever imagined – and it felt great!
I’ll be able to show you more pictures of the stand later – for now, some of the yarns and designs that were displayed are still a secret and were just for the stockists to see so I don’t want to give any secrets away that I shouldn’t do. You may well have seen pictures of my yarn and the samples on social media and that’s absolutely fine, people did ask first and WYS and I are very happy about that so don’t worry that anybody has shared anything about them before they should have. I’ll be showing you the samples, the sock patterns and more of the WYS stand in blog posts to come over the next couple of weeks (don’t forget this is a biscuits-f0r-breakfast type of week, I’m really not going to get much writing done when I’ve got to steer my child towards healthy options every time she heads into the kitchen, which seems to be every couple of minutes! 😀 ).
I can show you this though ….
Squeee! How I managed not to run laps around the stand and not knock things over in my over-excitement I will never know, but I definitely left everything just as it had been positioned and don’t think I’ll be banned from future events with WYS! 😀
And now comes the part where I want to say a huge THANK YOU to you! After the show had closed for the evening, we all headed over to a large conference room where the British Craft Awards ceremony was due to take place. Nobody knows in advance who might have won these awards so there’s always a huge buzz of excitement and anticipation.
My category was the Best Knitting Blog category and as always, there was stiff competition. I think there were ten blogs in the category and it’s so good to know that people are still writing and posting on blogs on a regular basis; so often the rumour goes around that blogging is on it’s way out as people don’t want to read any more and would rather listen to or watch podcasts and vlogs on the go. In these busy times I absolutely understand that, but there’s always something about the written word for me that resonates so much more and I will always choose to read a blog rather than listen or watch, which is why awards like this are so important as they remind people that blogging is still alive and well.
My big THANK YOU is because your votes put me into second place and I am so thrilled with that! The winner was Kate Davies; I am a big admirer of her work and to be mentioned in the same sentence was a prize all on it’s own! 😀 “Blogging” seems to cover such a wide range of styles these days that I am truly delighted that my knitting and ramblings are considered worthy of the time it takes to cast a vote, and very grateful to you for taking the time.