People, I bring you good news. The sort of news that could result in you receiving an enormous and colourful parcel of yarn on your doorstep some day soonish, no matter where in the world you live. Seriously, if you live on Planet Earth, you’re in. A few days ago I posted about a competition by Stylecraft yarns to find a scrumptious new shade for their Special DK range. (As I’m co-judging this competition, I’m even more excited about it than I would be anyway.) At the time, the terms and conditions stated that only UK residents could enter, BUT there’s been a marvellous change of plan that made me smile from ear to ear when I read about it: they are now accepting entries from anywhere in the world. Wa-hey! Definitely the right decision. 🙂 Here’s a project I crocheted in this yarn:-
So for anyone who was distracted from my previous post by weeping because they were ineligible to enter on account of living in Djibouti, here’s what you need to know. For when you want an acrylic, Stylecraft Special DK is, in my opinion, the best quality option out there (and believe me, I’ve had some less-than-cheery encounters with its rivals – there are some really really bad acrylic yarns on the market). Nobody is paying me to say that, by the way. And it’s available in about 60 shades from strong brights to gentle pastels. But the good folks at Sylecraft feel they need to add another shade, and for this they need your help. Here’s the Arne and Carlos blanket I’m knitting in Stylecraft Special:- (Actually I’m knitting something else in this photo, but my mum is adding a row to the blanket.)
To enter the competition, simply send them the colour that you think they should add. You could paint this colour, photograph it, or cut it out of a sweet wrapper you nicked from your housemate. Doesn’t matter, just send Stylecraft a sample.
Oh, I’ve just noticed another project I crocheted (almost) entirely in Stylecraft Special:-
Entries must be received by 31st March. After that date, the fun begins for those of us tasked with judging the competition, namely me, plus Lucy from Attic24, Sarah Neal from Let’s Knit magazine, with some wise folks at Stylecraft who recognise a near-edible colour when they see one. Ten possible shades will be selected and – believe me – suitably drooled over. These will then be put to the public vote, giving you the chance to select the final winner. Want to know what’s most exciting? The winner will receive 100 balls of Stylecraft Special DK! Not bad, huh? Except that the winner won’t have all that yarn for very long because I’ll be popping round to borrow a shade or two to finish my blanket. Even if they live in Djibouti. Sorry about that. Runners-up will receive prizes, too.
Here’s another of my makes in Stylecraft Special DK: the replicas of my family for the ‘About’ page of this blog:-
Entries should be sent to:-
Stylecraft Special Colour Competition
Or you can email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org .
More information here.
So…. let your imagination go wild. Of all the million colours out there in the world, what shade would make your heart sing? What would make you want to skip work and neglect your family to grab your hook/needles and start stitching? Tell us – we need to know! Good luck, people.