Sunday, 9 May 2021

Winwick Mum Sockalong 6th birthday giveaway results

Hello, hello, I hope you've had a lovely weekend!

I'm here at last with the Sockalong 6th birthday giveaway results - wow, it was so lovely to hear from so many of you!  I have read each and every one of your comments - here on the blog, on Facebook, Instagram and through email, and I have sat with a huge grin on my face (and sometimes a tear in my eye) as you have told me about what sock knitting means to you and to those around you.  It also appears that I may have forgotten to mention in the Sockalong tutorials just how addictive sock knitting can be ... sorry about that (sorrynotsorry)!

What's meant a huge amount to me this year is the number of you who discovered sock knitting through lockdown.  It's been a tough year for everyone - I doubt that anyone has got through the last twelve months or so unscathed, and even those of us who thought that we would be fine because we're used to working at home will have had to re-think that as our spaces became communal spaces for other family members, and worries about our health, our families, our finances and our futures became bigger as our ability to get out and about to retain perspective became smaller.  

I can't tell you what it means to know that my tutorials have been able to offer something to help keep the anxieties at bay, to allow gifts to be made, sock drawers to be filled with the best kind of socks, for new skills to be discovered, old skills to be rekindled and for online friendships and support to be something to hold onto when it seemed like our lives were closing in on us - it truly means more to me than any of the download figures or statistics that we bloggers are supposed to be interested in!  Knowing that you are knitting socks for whatever reason, and that I might have been able to help you do that, fills my heart to bursting, and I hope that I will be able to continue to help people to knit socks for many years to come!

Anyway, enough of me and my overflowing emotions ... you want to know if you've won!

Monday, 3 May 2021

Winwick Mum Sockalong 6th birthday

Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear Sockalong,
Happy birthday to you!

A pair of feet modelling blue stripey socks.  The model is standing on a stone flag surrounded by plants.  The words on the photo say Winwick Mum Sockalong 6th birthday

Well, can you believe it?!  It's six years since the Winwick Mum Sockalong started and I couldn't be happier to know that the tutorials and the pattern are still so useful to people who are just starting out on their sock knitting adventures.

When you create something like the Sockalong, then of course you hope that it will be more than a short firework fizzle in the endless sky of the internet universe, but I can honestly tell you that apart from wanting to make sure that I tried to make it as easy as possible for someone to knit a pair of socks, there was never any grand plan - certainly never any six year plan! - and it has been wonderful to see how everything has evolved.

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