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Knitter of the Year 2018 – The Shortlist

26th November 2018


Knitter of the Year 2018 – The Shortlist

The Shortlist Revealed

Knitter of the Year

Our first round of nominations has come to a close and voting for your favourites is open now!

Three years ago we launched the Knitter of the Year competition on our hunt to find the nation’s greatest knitters. There is so much to knitting and we want to celebrate it all – from designing to charity knitting and everything in between! You can read more about this year’s categories here. Voting is now open for you to choose your winners from our shortlist or to nominate your own choices.The Shortlist - The Categories

The Grand Prize

Five winners from each category will get to visit the West Yorkshire Spinners headquarters on 14th March 2019. West Yorkshire Spinners is one of the few remaining hand-knitting brands in the UK that still develops and manufacters yarn in house. Winners will get exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to see how the yarn spinning and production process takes place. You’ll also get to meet the team behind the fantastic range of WYS yarn. It’s a prize money just can’t buy!The grand prize - the shortlist

How to vote

Simply select your choice from our shortlist below or enter the name of your nomination for each category. Voting will close at midnight on the 31st December 2018 after which time the votes will be counted. The five winners with the highest number of votes in each category will be announced in Knit Now 98.

  1. Jane Dawber

    Linda Robinson works tirelessly for Blie Light Babies not only knitting but collecting, washing and bagging up hundreds of blankets and hats. She is an absolute gem and deserves recognition for all her hard work.

    • Gail Easby

      Richly deserved.

  2. Tina walker

    A much deserved nominee

  3. Ann Aveyard

    Sarah Holmes works tirelessly for Marie Curie, not only as a full time doctor at the Bradford Marie Curie Hospice but also raising funds through her hobbies, knitting and running. She set up the Flower Power Fund which has been raising money all year. We are very proud of her.

  4. Elinor Denning

    Jess Laughton is a remarkable young woman who asked for squares for a blanket for herself when she was due for an operation to remove her leg. She received so many that she asked that they were made into other blankets for unwell children. Hug in a Blanket is a unique group and has made unequable difference to some really, really suffering children. Jess is MUCH deserving

  5. Jayne Walton

    Wendy Wager volunteers twice a week at her local Oxfam shop, as well as producing lots of lovely knitted items to sell in the shop every week. She does all of this despite having rheumatoid arthritis. To win this would be lovely for her!

  6. Linda Hamilton

    Marrianna Lazy Days online is a very generous lady, giving her time & patterns for free. I have returned to knitting after 30 years by using all her very easy patterns & have knitted some very beautiful knits for my grand children. All thanks to Marrianne for giving up her time to help people. Also so much help from joining her FB page.

  7. Jane Bull

    I run a crafting group which supplies goods to hospitals,etc. We regularly use Marianna's patterns as they are so easy to follow and understand.

  8. Fay Marshall

    Dr Sarah Holmes is an absolute star who knits, as she talks, as she advises, as she supports, as she cares, as she listens, as she smiles,as she generally multi tasks every day to give each and every patient a gift of a very special pair of hand knitted socks which are loved and appreciated by each and every patient. Fantastic effort Dr Sarah xxx😊

  9. Ivy Muller

    Marianna's lazy days is just a million dollar shining 🌟..she really deserves this accolade!!!!

  10. Linda Dodsworth

    Cath at Twist and Purl really deserves this accolade as her shop is a wonderland of wool and information. She works very hard at keeping wool and patterns up to date and is never too busy to help anyone that is struggling with a pattern.

  11. Andy Stockdale

    The only time Rosemary Wood stops knitting is when she is either asleep, (then it’s doubtful), or when she’s working hard raising funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Every penny she gets goes to the charity

  12. Ann Currie

    Wendy Wager is a shining light in the charity knitter world and would be a very worthy winner of this award!

  13. valerie stephenson

    Linda Robinson is my true heroine! The trigger for her incredible work with Blue Light Babies was her support for our family when our girl twin grandchildren were born at 24 weeks . She knitted lovingly for them and coffeed relentlessly with me .Anna and Emily” Stephenson are now beautiful, thriving 13 year olds . Linda’s knitting support for prem babies has continued relentlessly with her typical passion and love .

  14. Tracey Lee

    Linda Robinson is my Charity Hero. For a number of years she has supported the Blue Light Babies Charity with her knitting and rallying others to help knit hats, coats and blankets for Blue Light Babies. This charity helps babies born in odd circumstances all over the United Kingdom to get the best start in life.

  15. Ann Elcoat

    Linda Robinson does an awesome job helping Blue Light Babies , she ensure that everything they supply to hospitals. Ambulances, dementia units is safe and hygienic for the patients. She checks , washes and checks again before packaging hundreds of thousands of items. An enormous feat, however she does it undaunted by the enormous task. She a true hero .

  16. Eleanor Heseltine

    Very happy to support Linda Robinson in the sterling work she does for Blue Light Babies.

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