It was very difficult getting to sleep the other night. I was preparing for bed and had just cleaned my teeth (every single one of the flippin’ blighters – they were so clean that I could’ve eaten my dinner off ’em), and I was contemplating moving the various small children who’d somehow ended up in the bed. The Stoic Spouse was asleep.
Being a 21st century sort of a lass, I checked my phone one last time. There was a congratulatory text from a close friend… something about an award…
I nudged my brain cells (both of them) to wake up and apply themselves to the matter. Award? Award?!
Had my brilliant contribution to the world of singing-in-the-shower received the recognition that it so richly deserves? About time, I’d say. Maybe the neighbours had nominated me for some shower-singing prize. The offer of a recording contract must surely now be mere days away.
Or had my ability to gargle the William Tell Overture (as taught to me in childhood by my father*) captured the attention of some awards committee somewhere?
I replied to my friend’s text with a flurry of question marks. But she had by then switched off her phone and gone to bed, being as she is rather better at adulting than I am.
Time for some online sleuthing. Sadly, I failed to uncover any evidence that my shower-singing or my gargling had won a prize. Perhaps I should sing louder? Maybe the neighbours just couldn’t quite hear it properly?
However, I’d known for some time that I was shortlisted for the knit/crochet blogging category of this year’s British Craft Awards. Just making the shortlist was exciting in itself: it never occurred to me that I’d actually get anywhere beyond ‘that weirdo outlier’ status in the final shebang.
But I found THIS online!
Each award category had one winner and two runners-up. Lucy from Attic24 won the blogging category, and the runners-up were Winwick Mum, and me! “Gosh” I thought. Also, “Squeee!” Mostly “Squeee!” But it was nudging midnight, so there was absolutely nobody awake whom I could tell. (Unlike me, Winwick Mum went along to the awards ceremony. She’s penned a lovely post about it HERE.) And that, my fine and fibrous friends, is why it was so difficult to get to sleep on Sunday night. I was too darn gobsmacked.
So to anyone reading this who voted for this site, thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my wonky heart. It’s an odd thing, pouring out all this yarny lunacy onto paper, typing it up, and pinging it off into cyberspace. And I’m humbled and grateful that so many of you considered this blog worthy of your vote.
And now, I am going to go and sing Bohemian Rhapsody in the shower. All six minutes of it. Very, very, loudly.
∗ I’m not even joking about that. The Twisted Seniors took very seriously their parental duty to ensure that their offspring left the house equipped to deal with world. And thus, Mother Twisted taught me to remove my bra without taking off my top, and Father Twisted taught me to gargle the William Tell Overture. As for the rest, they pretty much left me to figure it out for myself.
Congrats! Well done, and well deserved. 😀
Your blog brings humor and delight into my day. So excited for you – and that those wonderful seniors prepared you so well! Keep it up!
Congratulations! I love reading your blog!
S. Stewart says
Yay for You! How cool is this?!?! Congratulations abound!!
Congrats! Well deserved too!
Crickey, I did not realise you could not sleep, eek! So blinking well deserved my Twisted friend, so well deserved. You make me chuckle frequently x
Helen McLean says
Congratulations! Very well deserved I say, fab blog ?
Congratulations! I wouldn’t have slept, either.
Katie Writes Stuff says
Congratulations! Your blog is so much fun to read and this is a well-deserved award.
(I’m not taking up your offer of sitting in that chair, although I will sit beside it and marvel at the work that went into every detail.)
Congratulations! I stumbled into this blog quite recently (literally over The Chair) – and I like it so much, every item. Well written, very intelligent – in short words: enjoyable as well as instructive.
In the WWW much more words are written than read, so this award is something you can really be proud of. More of this, please!
Kind regards, Lissbeth
Amazing and big congratulations, you so deserve this, your posts are so witty and original that the yarn comes second to your humour and I always know a new post will make me chuckle and smile. And because of your blog I am now attempting to knit !!!!!
Way to go… congratulations your blog is the bomb…
K Taylor says
Charlotte Copper says
Congratulations. Well deserved
Lee Mitchell says
You did it!! Now dance all night!!
Many congrats!!! That’s fab and, may I say, well deserved!
Sue Dallimore says
Loads of congratulations 🙂 – I love your blog and your “knits” !
The Snail of Happiness says
Hurrah – I’m pretty sure I voted for you for something, but now I can’t remember whether it was for the blog or the gargling… looks like it was probably the blog then.
Yes! Though better not to loose a night sleep on it I’m so happy for you. I voted for you and Lucy, enjoying your blogs for it’s cheery sound. Your parents did right, better find that world for yourself without all the rummage of parents past. And a full bed of sleeping kids is the most happiest sight I can imagen. My neighbour had a meeting in her house when I did the The Ride of the Valkyries. She couldn’t stop laughing when she told me the next morning.
Your blog is my favourite so of course I voted for youand I’m so pleased for you – except that, loving my bed as I do, I’m sorry that the news caused you to lose sleep. You can catch up now!
I, too, learned how to gargle the William Tell Overture but I was entirely self taught. Kudos on the award. You deserve it 🙂
Mother Twisted says
Ah but can you take your bra off without removing your top?
Yup, and I can go one better, I can take my knickers off without removing my trousers!
Knitters and Hookers says
Congratulations! Well deserved 🙂
Tina Gordon says
I think you had better get accustomed….!
I love your fun outlook on life and the witty way you you record bits on your blo for us to share. Your chair is absolutely fantastic and I hope you have been sitting in it, whilst congratulating yourself on your award. Well done, well deserved x
Congratuations!! Also taking off your bra without taking off your shirt is a valuable life skill!!
Hearty congratulations !!
Liz B. says
Congratulations! Very well deserved. It makes my day when I see there is a new blog post from you. Liz.
Postcard from Gibraltar says
Congratulations- what wonderful news. Very deserved ?
Congratulations and so very well deserved.
Congratulations to you for the award! I am proud that I can remove my camisole without removing my shirt, but cannot fathom the knickers ability. How does one get a chair like yours? The one I use is out to get me; need to sit straighter. Really enjoy reading your blog.