Hi everyone. I am very proud to announce that my second book, Arctic Lace has won two awards this month! I'm so thrilled, because this book was very important to me.
Last week I learnd that Arctic Lace had advanced in the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) competition from semifinalist to finalist to bronze award winner in the How-to (Crafts/Hobby) category (#46).
Arctic Lace has also won the Foreword Book of the Year Silver Award in the Crafts & Hobbies category and it's the only knitting book that received an award this year!
I want to thank Women Writing the West for supporting me on my journey in researching and writing this book. When I first joined WWW about 5 years ago, Arctic Lace was just a dream in the back of my mind. At every step of they way working on this book I've received support and inspiration from other WWW members, and at each October conference I've been energized to keep moving on with my writing goals. My success with this book is a tribute to Women Writing the West and everyone in the organization who has been so generous sharing their experience with me. Thank you!
I also want to say thank you to Sigrun Robertson and all of the Oomingmak Co-op knitters I met in Alaska, especially Fran, Joyce, and Eliza, who took so much time to talk to me during my research trip. I dedicated the book to all of the co-op's knitters and I am so glad that they so many people appreciate their work and are learning about their unique contribution to the knitting universe as well as the ways they are using knitting to maintain their subsistence lifestyle.