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You may recall from earlier in the year my cheery chatterings about co-judging the Stylecraft Special DK colour competition up in beautiful Yorkshire, with Lucy from Attic24 and Sarah Neal from Let’s Knit magazine. (Sarah is a woman who understands that sometimes you need to sit in a car park frantically finishing knitting a skirt for the meeting that you are about to take part in: let’s just say that I feel a lot of respect and gratitude towards her.) Much colourful fun was had by all at the judging event, I think it’s fair to say. But I have more news, my fine friends. The shortlist of ten shades that we good-naturedly debated over was put to the public vote and the winners can now be announced! Wa-hey!
Want to know which colours will be snuggling down in the shelves of your local yarn shop later this year? Well a shortlist of ten has been whittled down to a winner and two runners-up, thanks to your voting.
Way out ahead in first place, with an impressive third (33.5% if we’re being nit-pickety) of the 4920 votes was Duck Egg, submitted by Lorraine from Prestatyn. Here’s the beautiful entry she submitted (although the photo doesn’t do the colour justice), together with a Pantone sample of her shade. Get your needles or hooks ready, folks: here it is:-
In second place, with 11.7% of the vote, was a beautiful rich purply-blue, which Lucia from Glasgow labelled Lobelia. Look: she’s even illustrated how it would sit amongst the existing range:-
In third place, with a healthy 9.5% of the vote was Grass by Emma from Warrington. (I could really do with a few hundred grams of this for the garden of my current project, but I happen to know that the folks at Stylecraft are still busy beavering away arranging for its production, so I’m going to have to wait.)
So there we have it. Stylecraft have, I’m excited to say, decided to add all three shades to their range of Special DK. The prize for the for first placed shade is 100 balls of Special DK, and VIP entry to the Knitting And Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in October. The two runners-up will receive some yarny loveliness too, I understand. Congratulations to the winners!
And later in the year, you’ll begin to see these beauties for sale, adding to the huge range of Stylecraft Special already available. And I hear a little rumour of a multipack, perhaps even extending beyond the top three shades…
Go create something lovely with these new colours, people! Because more yarn is good, right? (But maybe make it a little more sensible than my bonkers projects.)