As with many transactions, when working with a yarn company the process starts with a proposal. The designer (moi) sends a fleshed out idea, usually with a swatch or two, to the yarn company and politely asks if the yarn company thinks it would be a good match for their yarn. With the Quickies program Malabrigo has created a more formalized process that allows things to be a little less “shot in the dark”. You know that someone at the company is actually looking forward to seeing your proposal and will give it serious consideration, as opposed to it going directly into the “circular file”.
Then, at some point in the process, you get asked – “What yarn do you want”? And let me tell you, when Malabrigo asked me what yarn I wanted to work with I was like a kid in a candy store. Of course I want it all but all wasn’t really an option. Although Curiosity will work in just about any yarn we decided to go with sport weight and I adore Arroyo. It has the wonderful Malabrigo softness and color with the added bonus of being super-wash. Beautiful and easy care? Yes please!
It’s an arty shot of Curiosity
And then, how do you choose a color? So many colors to choose from. But in the end I fell head over heels for Marte. I really cannot begin to describe how happy the rich colors of Mars make me feel. In the end I think it was the perfect choice. Interestingly, at first I was unsure how big the shawl should be. I was pretty sure that a single skein would be enough, but because of the strange shape I wasn’t 100% confident. When I expressed this uncertainty to the lovely lady of Malabrigo she had a logical solution. She sent me two skeins. More yarn? It would take a stronger person than I to say no to more yarn.
But in the end one skein made a great size for the shawl and I ended up with an extra skein. Lucky for you!
Arroyo, Marte the actual skein
I say lucky for you because I am going to give one of my readers this extra skein. That’s right! A giveaway. A first for this blog, but hopefully not the last.
Now, I have participated in these kinds of giveaways before – always on the other side. And there are always silly rules. So here are mine, I have tried to make it as easy as possible:
How to enter:
You have several options as to how you can enter this drawing. Doing more than one thing will not get you more than one entry. You can:
1) Share the link (and post an image if you like) to Curiosity (either the blog post or Ravelry page) in your preferred social media venue where you kibitz with knitters. Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Tumbler ….
2) Magic link to the Curiosity pattern page in the Ravelry group of your choice that is amenable to this kind of sharing.
or, if neither of these options appeal to you:
3) Join my Ravelry group (if you have not already done so) and post a hello in one of the threads.
Once you have done this, come back here and leave a comment on this post letting me know of your nefarious deeds. Please leave your Ravelry handle in your post so that I can contact you if you are the winner. Or if you are not on Ravelry please leave a method of contacting you. I will assign numbers to the entrants in the order they post and then will use a random number generator to choose the winner(s).
What you will win!
The winner will receive the skein of Malabrigo Arroyo in the color-way Marte shown above. They will also receive a free copy of the pattern and they will get to pick out two of their knitting buddies to whom I will also gift the pattern.
And because I don’t want to just pick one name, I will pick a “runner up” who will receive a free copy of the pattern for themselves and one to give away.
You have until Saturday, January 19th at midnight eastern standard time to enter. The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on Monday the 21st of January.
I think I have covered everything. Feel free to ask any questions and if I have missed something let me know. Also, please feel free to pass along this give-away to anyone you think might be interested. The more the merrier (but less likely you will win – so maybe not?)