Shall we have a giveaway? Wa-hey, let’s have a giveaway! Start sharpening those typing fingers in order to enter, because details are coming later in this post.
This is the third and final part of my triptych* of posts about the exciting Yorkshire/Stylecraft/Blogstars shenanigans. (Previous parts: the mill tour, and the first evening.) But it’s very hard to produce an even mildly amusing post when absolutely nothing about the experience was catastrophically disastrous or weird. The closest I came to problems was when they interviewed each of us on camera (yikes! …with a side order of yikes!!) and I stupidly sprinted down and then up several flights of stairs at the mill immediately beforehand (mills are tall), thus ensuring that 103% of my attention (I have a lot of attention) was on trying to look as though I wasn’t hyperventilating, leaving a mere -3% of my attention for the questions that were being asked. Please forgive the number of sub-clauses in that sentence. And don’t expect to see me anchoring the six o’clock news any day soon after that bumbling on-screen performance.
Anyway. Yes. Right. T’was was the morning after the night before, and those of us from the previous day plus a few more assembled again at the mill, although the weather was no longer as shiny as in this picture:-
In addition to the nine of us I showed in my last post, I should tell you about the other three Blogstars who seem to think that things like living-on-the-opposite-side-of-the-planet-whilst-just-this-very-second-having-given-birth constitute an adequate excuse for non-attendance. 😉 Allow me to introduce Angela of Get Knotted Yarn Craft, as well as Emma Varnam, and Jane Crowfoot. They were there in spirit, at least. Here again are the rest of us (excluding me, because, well, camera).
So, those of us there in person got to attend the most delightfully colourful meeting ever (and I say that as someone who’s attended a lot of meetings in the past two decades). Imagine a meeting where you walk into the room and there are bowls of yarn laid out for you to squidge and squoosh, and you’re positively encouraged to knit/hook throughout. Oh well, if you insist:-
Annabelle and Juliet told us all about forthcoming developments in yarnery** in general and at Stylecraft in particular. (Sock yarn! I want to tell you about the sock yarn!)
See those shelves full of yarn in the background? That’s Yarn Stories, the gorgeous 100% merino and merino-alpaca blend range that I’ve written about before. It’s made here at the mill. Shall we take a closer look?
Anyway, back to the meeting. Concentrate, Twisted, concentrate. Colour trends are identified a year or more in advance. Want to know what we’ll all be knitting soon? Well autumn/winter 16/17 in yarn is all about the “World Marauder”. Here’s a mood board:-
See those luscious, rich colours? Get your needles and hooks ready to maraud, folks.
And coming soon after, a cluster of colours and loose, unstructured shapes termed “The Humble Labourer”:-
I lurves these soft, natural shades.
There are professionals whose sole reason for crawling out from under the duvet of a Monday morning is to go and forecast the colours, shapes, and styles that folk will be buying 18 months or more down the line. Their expertise can be bought by companies designing clothes, homewares, and in this case yarn. I guess these forecasts become self-fulfilling prophecies, but they’re still interesting.
So how does this translate into the bundles of fluff that’ll be available in your local yarn shop? Well, in keeping with World Marauder, Stylecraft has just this moment launched Batik, a DK-weight range of 16 intense shades of 80% acrylic, 20% wool, recommended needle/hook size 4mm. They wanted to develop a yarn that was suitable for crochet as well as knitting, so Batik has quite a high degree of twist, meaning it hooks up rather nicely. Look!
They gave us a ball of each shade. Mine seem to be settling in quite happily at home:-
I’m thinking a fairisle scarf, after which I’ll write a proper review. The list price is £2.15 for 50g, in case you’re wondering. Available now.
And coming next month is A RANGE OF SOCK YARN! Hurrah! 75% wool, 25% polyamide, named ‘Head Over Heels’ as it’s good for shawls as well as socks. I won’t lie – I’m properly excited. Stylecraft make high-quality acrylics but it’s good to see them also going in a more woolly direction, especially with yarn produced in this ol’ Yorkshire mill.
We adjourned to the very top of the building for lunch.
The day was greyer than its predecessor:-
And then far, far too soon, it was all over, although the blow was softened somewhat by the generosity of the goody-bag they gave us, with many treats including the whole Batik range and an interchangeable set of my very favourite needles (Knitpro Karbonz). Here’s some – but by no means all – of it:-
And at the end of all this fun, after the goodbyes? Well before beginning the long drive south towards home, I met up with my friend who lives but a few miles from Slaithwaite. We sat in a wine bar by the river, sipping green tea, knitting, and talking feminism and politics. It was very good to see her. She’s dyed her hair bright red and it looks AWESOME.
So, do you want to know about this little giveaway?
Well, one of the treats in the goody bag was a fat bundle of vouchers for money off Stylecraft yarn, intended for you, dear readers. So let’s get on with giving out the first four. (There’ll be more to come, later.) Each voucher is worth £5 off any Stylecraft product(s) AT BRICKS-AND-MORTAR SHOPS ONLY, NOT ONLINE, and two lucky people will win two each (i.e. £10-worth each). Now – and this is where you need to pay attention – these vouchers are only spendable in the UK and I’m aware that more than half of you live elsewhere and I really don’t want to leave you out, so two lucky readers from outside the UK will each win two Stylecraft bags like the one in the photo above (perfect for projects or for shopping) and one pink Stylecraft keyring.
With me so far? Good.
To enter, leave a comment at the end of this post, stating whether you’re entering the UK competition or the non-UK competition. For an additional entry, ‘like’ the ‘Yarn’s Facebook page and leave a comment (UK or non-UK, AND some way of contacting you if you win, eg Ravelry name) on the Facebook post about this competition.
The competition is open from… ready, steady…. wait for it… NOW, until noon GMT on Sunday 14th August. After this, two UK winners (£10 in vouchers each) and two non-UK winners (two bags and a keyring each) will be randomly selected, and prizes despatched. Good luck, and may the gauge consistency be with you.
∗I know, the panels of a triptych should be attached by hinges. This one is a little more… unhinged.
** I shall not rest until I make the word ‘yarnery’ happen. My friend works on new words at the Oxford English Dictionary – on my to-do list is asking her whether she’s accepting bribes…
melanie campbell says
I would love to enter the UK draw please.
Elizabeth H says
Please enter me in the non-UK part of the draw. Many thanks!
I would like to enter the non-UK draw please. Are you sure that we can’t bribe you? 😛
Please would you enter me for the UK draw? Thank you!
Carolyn Dewhirst says
Please can you enter me for the UK draw. Batik looks brill.
Non uk entry, gorgeous yarns
Una french says
Please could you enter me into the uk draw, thank you
Deborah Kenyon says
I would like to enter the uk draw please
cath isherwood says
the uk draw for me please
M A Warner says
could I enter the uk draw please?
Julie esponge says
I would love to enter the non-uk draw please!
Please can I enter the UK draw. Thanks!
I would like to be entered for the UK draw please! ? Thank you x
Christine Scholes says
Love those colours, can I enter the UK draw too please?
Can I enter the UK draw pretty please?
Almost forgot to enter! How could I, when those yarns look so scrummy?! (UK draw please).
Please could I enter the UK draw 🙂
Awesome yarns love the colors!! I would like to enter the non-UK draw. Thanks so much for the chance to win!
Claire Holmes says
I’d like to enter the UK draw! Love Stylecraft yarn and the description of your tour. What a wonderful experience to have!!
Ann Mikeal says
Wow!!! That batik yarn is absolutely amazing! I am very drawn to the look of the yarn… and the colors are gorgeous! The photography in the whole post is absolutely amazing… talk about skills! 🙂
Uk draw please
Uk please x
Yummy yarn would love to have some please enter me into the uk draw
I would like to enter the uk comp please xxx
How fun! non-UK
Catharine Hunter says
May I please enter the non-UK competition? Stylecraft has beome my favorite yarn even though it has to come ‘over the pond’ to me.
Such a great informative post i love the new batik yarn range, and the mood boards were fabulous. Could i please emter the non uk competition. Thanking you
count me in for a uk entry if you would be so kind
Hope Kehrhahn Hyatt says
Would love to enter the Outside UK giveaway. Thank you for your generosity!
I’d love to win, non UK. Your bag of goodies is awesome!
I’ve just landed here thanks to a post on Ravelry recommending this blog. Goodness, it’s like coming home to a steaming mug of tea and two Digestive biscuits. I hope you don’t mind my putting my feet up and staying forever!
I would luuurve to be included in the non-UK draw.
Zeens and Roger says
Who doesn’t love Stylecraft!? I’m in the Uk.
I wish I could enter the UK draw for lovely yarn, but unfortunately I moved away so will have to make do with the non UK draw please. Ta muchly!
(Ravelry name = CrochetDebs
Barbara Hopkins says
I would like to enter the Non UK draw please ??
Sue Kelley-Holmes says
I’m in the UK ??
A Woolly Life says
Looks like a lovely day all round, and a great package to take home too! Thanks for the chance to participate, please enter me for the UK draw. Thanks.
Molly McFarland says
I’d love to enter (and win, lol) the non-UK contest. Thanks for the opportunity!
Please enter me for the UK draw. Glad you had such a fun day out.
Alison Dixon says
I’d like to enter the UK draw please
Please can I enter the non UK draw. I love the batik yarn.
doyleajackie AT gmail DOT com
Emma plowman says
I’d love to try the Vayik yarn, looks fab?
Please enter me into the UK draw x
Can you enter me in the uk draw please
Non UK drawing. Ravelry ID is Orris810. Thank you!
Jayne ☺ says
Please may I be entered into the UK draw, Thanks!
Margaret Wright says
I would love you to enter me in the UK competition, I am new to your blog and fascinated with your stories and input, my daughter and I are off to Yarndale again in September hope to see you then, many thanks.
Helen Dimoska says
Please enter me for the non-UK draw Thank you
I love the Batik tonals. Finally Stylecraft is paying some attention to knitters and crocheters (like me) who prefer tonals, tweeds and heathers to the solid colors. There is very little tonal yarn available if you don’t have lots of money to spend. This Batik line looks affordable, and I hope they’ll offer the tonals in sock yarn eventually as well.
Sarah W says
It’s really exciting to hear about the new sock yarns and I’d like a closer look at the new Batik range 🙂 Please enter me for the UK draw, thank you!