23 Dec

Winner Profile: Jenny Riley

With the deadline for entries drawing near for this year's Knitter of the Year competition, we caught up with last year's winners to see what they've been up to since they won!

Today we spoke with Online Knitter of the Year, Jenny Riley.

If you want to enter, or would like to nominate someone for 2016, simply enter here before 31st December 2016.

 

 

2015 Knitter of the Year
Winner’s Profile

Jenny Riley
Online Knitter of the Year

How are you and what’s on your needles at the moment?
I’m fabulous thanks! I’m hurriedly trying to get my Christmas knitting finished – it might be a long shot and a few extremely late nights, but it’s *usually* worth the trouble! The presents I haven’t finished yet are a scarf, and two toys.

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What inspired you to enter the competition?
I entered on a bit of a whim, after spotting that the competition was up and running on Twitter. My blogging is very amateur so I didn’t think I was in for a chance at winning necessarily, but that just goes to show you that if you don’t at least try, how will you ever win or achieve anything?

What have you been up to since you won your award?
Following the win, my blog really took off with more visitors and I was invigorated with more energy to put more time and effort into it. I also very happily work as editorial assistant on Knit Now and Crochet Now! This job wasn’t a prize I’m sorry to say, but it put me in touch with Kate and the team and with my previous magazine experience in my last job, when the opening appeared it was great timing!

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Anything exciting coming up soon?
I have so many plans for writing my own patterns, but I can be quite scatter brained and try to do too much! So for the time being, I have a tutorial for a new Bear hat to write up and plenty of plans, and a lot of selfish knitting to do once Christmas is all finished.

Do you have any word of encouragement for readers who might want to enter or nominate someone?
It’s a lot easier and faster to enter than you might think, and it is totally worth it! I had a wonderful day out at Sirdar and met some wonderful people, and I was incredibly lucky to have this spill over into my career.

What’s the best piece of knitting advice you’ve ever received?
Tension squares – as much as it pains me to admit it, these are SO important! Take the time to knit one up, it will save you heartache down the line.

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