I feel like my feet just aren't really touching the ground at the moment, I just cannot seem to catch my breath somehow. The weeks are taking on a warp-speed feel, and here I am, stuttering around in a dither, wondering how on earth it can already be three weeks since Yarndale. Three weeks? How is that even possible, surely it was just the other day?? But I am not complaining, I am very happy as I scoot about my days and I have so much to be grateful for.
At the end of last week, I took myself rather spectacularly out of my comfort zone and and hopped on a train, journeying all the way down to London. It's been a couple of years since I was last there and it felt rather odd for me to be out and about in the Big City. I feel so at home in my little rural market town surrounded by green hills and trees, and am less inclined to venture out of it than I ever used to be. But I believe it's good to do these things every so often, plus I was rather excited by the prospect of a night away staying in a hotel. How very Grown Up and Adultish!!
The occasion was the annual British Knitting Awards, held at the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace. The results were announced in the week before Yarndale, and I honestly nearly fell off my studio chair (which does have very wobbly legs it has to be said). Some of you may know that I was in the top five nominations for two of the crochet categories, and some of you may even have voted for me back in the Summer - thank you so very much if you did! I am really chuffed indeed to tell you that I won first place in both categories - Favourite Crochet Blog and Favourite Crochet Designer. I still can't quite believe it, but I have my lovely framed certificates and rather a warm happy glow to remind me it is indeed true.
The award ceremony in London was well attended and fun - a champagne reception and lots of lovely friendly happy yarny peeps to hang out with. I am especially thrilled to tell you that as well as my own two awards, Yarndale also won first place in the Best Knitting Event category which is a huge honor for our quirky little homespun show held in the sheep pens! We are honestly very, very chuffed indeed, and it was wonderful for me to be at the award ceremony with two of my fellow Yarndale organisers. All the results are listed in the current issue of Lets Knit magazine, as well as online here. It's a real tribute to the talent and passion that exists in the yarn industry as well as the tremendous support which is so great amongst the yarn loving public. Thanks ever so much to everyone of the 14,000 people who took the time to vote.
It's hard for me to put into words my heart felt thanks for your support and friendship, not just with these awards but with everything I share here in the Attic. It honestly does mean a huge amount to me, and I couldn't be more grateful. Lets keep spreading colour and creativity, finding happiness in the little things and hooking up colourful blankets together, it's a happy way to be!
ps I've almost finished my Weekend Bag tutorial, it's a huuuuuuuge picture heavy tute and has taken me an age to pull it all together, but it's very nearly ready - just in time for the Weekend (hopefully Saturday, fingers crossed my Little People play along!) x