Amanda Bloom & Jenny Machin

In Memory of Jenny Machin

In 2022, to celebrate our 10th Birthday, we introduced a Start Up Bursary to help new creative businesses showcase their products at the show. This was generously supported by Amanda Bloom of Cosy Life Boxes with the first recipient of the bursary being Lana Grindley of Woven Together.

We are delighted that the bursary will remain as a feature of Yarndale and it is named in memory of Amanda’s daughter Jenny Machin who sadly died in 2017.

2023 Recipient

The recipient of the 2023 Yarndale Start Up Bursary in Memory of Jenny Machin is Rachel Armytage of Odd Sock House. Rachel specialises in hand knitted bespoke socks and beautiful sock knitting kits for creative knitters who love colour.

Rachel is delighted to win the bursary and Rachel and Amanda, Jenny’s mum, have since been in touch. 

Rachel says: “I am honoured to have been awarded the 2023 Yarndale Start up Bursary in Memory of Jenny Machin. When I spoke to Jenny’s mum Amanda, she told me that Jenny would have been so pleased that I have been awarded the bursary as she was a fan of odd scrappy socks. 

“Together we came up with the idea of launching a special kit at Yarndale; Jenny’s Sock Kit will be made up of her favourite colours – red, pink, orange and green with a percentage of the profit going to Jenny’s favourite charity, The Brain Tumour Charity.” 

Jenny’s Sock Kit is available for pre order by emailing  [email protected] with collection and payment at Yarndale as this will be a limited edition

This is Amanda’s story:

In 2013 my beautiful, funny, kind daughter Jenny was diagnosed with a grade 4 brain tumour. It was absolutely devastating but we got on with it. She had surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy and for a couple of years she seemed to be keeping it at bay. She was so brave and positive…I was in awe. She helped me to be brave too.
When she was diagnosed I had given up work to look after her. There was just me and her in our family so money was tight. In 2015 we had the idea of setting up a crochet subscription box. We thought we could do it together from home and I’d still be able to look after her. Little Box of Crochet was born.

Just before we launched we discovered that Jenny had a tumour in her heart which is extremely rare. She was determined that we should still go ahead and she was right as it was a wonderful distraction as she went through open heart surgery and more chemo. Amazingly it grew beyond our greatest hopes. She loved working with me, often from her bed or when we were at the hospital.

Sadly Jenny died on 13th May 2017. Life will never be the same but I carried on her legacy with Little Box of Crochet until I just couldn’t do it anymore. Justine took it over in 2022 and I retain a small share which is just, in my mind, in Jenny’s memory. I have since started a much smaller craft based box called Cosy Life Boxes which is lovely.

I never want Jenny to be forgotten so the Yarndale Start Up Bursary in Memory of Jenny Machin has been established to help new creative businesses showcase their products at Yarndale.

Jenny loved coming to Yarndale. Even when she was really poorly she persuaded me to bring her in 2016 and she loved meeting our customers and friends, so thank you so much to Yarndale for allowing me to do this.