Drumroll please … The winner of the 2012 award for the most genuine crochet blogger is:

* Debi of Dly’s Hooks and Yarns*

Most Genuine Crochet Blogger

Today’s Awesome Crochet Blog Award is for the most genuine blogger in the craft community. Being genuine means that you are clear about who you are and you are authentic in the way that you present yourself. Genuine can also be defined as “free from pretense”. The genuine blogger shares herself in a way that makes you feel like if you were to be a fly on the wall of her home you wouldn’t see anything markedly different from how she presents herself in her writing. This is a terrific trait for all people to have and it’s great to see in bloggers because it offers a down-to-earth feel in a high-tech space.

About The Winner

Debi was a blog sponsor of my Crochet Christmas Giveaway this year (which ends in two days – get your entries in now!) and she wrote about herself for the sponsor post. I think her own words say a lot about her so I figured I’d share them again here.

“Hi – my name is Debi Y. of ‘Dly’s Hooks and Yarns’ – nice to meet you. My sister Teri taught me how to crochet a granny square when I was in high school. I didn’t do much with that until a friend gave me a refresher lesson when I was pregnant with my daughter Erica (which was a little over 30 years ago). I made quite a few blankets for her and yes, most were very large granny squares. To this day, I still love to crochet granny squares. I’d love to have you drop by my blog for a visit – I have lots to share with you and there’s always fresh coffee.”

Debi’s blog is a mixture of her work, notes on her life, links to things she things we may like and free crochet patterns.

A note to add here that Debi recently lost her sister (Teri, who she mentions above). My warm and heartfelt thoughts go to her family at this time.

3 Reasons The Winner Won

In general, I think most of us craft bloggers are pretty genuine people. Sure, some of the blogs are business-oriented and may come off slightly more commercial than heartfelt but there’s still usually a truth to them. In the end, I selected Debi for this award because:

  1. Of her Two on Tuesday posts. Each week Debi posts two things that make her happy. These are generally simple pleasures and yet they give us as readers so much insight into her life and her values. The other posts she shares complement these.
  2. She is so unpretentious about her work but not self-deprecating either. Debi shares her beautiful crochet with us and offers lots of free patterns. She is proud of her work and she doesn’t talk down about it (which sadly I see all too many craft bloggers do). But she isn’t snobby or trying to come off like she knows more than she does. She’s a genuine crafter sharing her love of her craft.
  3. Her comments on my own blog. Debi is one of those people who doesn’t come comment on every post but she pops by now and then and leaves something really thoughtful that lets me know she’s still reading, still interested and still cares about the blog and the craft. This comments are always totally authentic and in line with who she presents herself to be on her blog.
It didn’t influence my choice of winner in anyway but I want to give a special thanks again to Debi for being a sponsor of this year’s Christmas giveaway and also for her mention of my book, Crochet Saved My Life, on her blog earlier this year.

What Is This Crochet Blog Award?

Not sure what this award is all about? It’s one of my annual crochet blogger awards, given out on this blog every day each December. Learn all about it here.


San Francisco based and crochet-obsessed writer, dreamer and creative spirit!


  1. You’ve introduced me to some really neat bloggers, techniques, yarns, patterns and I look forward to the next month’s offerings.

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