I’ve decided to part with my most recent three skeins of handspun yarn and thought it would be nice to host a giveaway to find them new homes. One of my hopes this year is to improve a few of my skills and expand my knowledge in a few areas of creativity, including spinning. One of the most oft-repeated pieces of advice with anybody seeking to improve a skill is to practice, and practicing spinning has a very obvious by-product: spun yarn! Unfortunately, I have no real chance of knitting as fast as I can spin, and I have so many projects both on the needles and in the pipeline that it doesn’t feel right to bundle these into a cupboard to languish until some untold date, or even be forgotten, so I’m hoping that somebody will adopt them?
There are three yarns to be won! It is worth bearing in mind that I am by no means an expert spinner, so these yarns will not be perfect. They are handspun by a very fallible human who is in the process of experimenting and trying to hone a few skills. I think there is something a bit special about knitting with handspun yarn, but it may not be the same as knitting or crocheting with completely consistent millspun yarn.
The first is a high-twist 3-ply blend of 50% Merino, 25% Shetland, 12.5% Mulberry Silk and 12.5% Baby Alpaca in a semi-solid mixture of blues with small shots of green. There’s about 95g of light sportweight/heavy fingering weight yarn measuring about 300m.
The Greens And Greys
The second is a blend of 75% superwash Bluefaced Leicester wool and 25% Ramie (a pant fibre from the nettle family) spun into medium low twist two ply yarn. There are shining emerald greens, a few bright olives and a host of medium to charcoal greys. As I was attempting to spin a lower twist yarn in these silkier, more shimmering fibres one of the plies came apart three times during the plying process. All it means is that there are three small knots in this 95g, 340m skein, but I think it was perhaps worth incurring those for the drape that the yarn might have (and the valuable experience!) This won’t be the most hardwearing yarn, perhaps, but might make some interesting bold lace? Or chuck it in a nice bowl and look at it.
The Rainbow (with Black and White)
The third yarn is a monster 155g skein of 3-ply heavy-fingering verging on light sportweight yarn, measuring over 400m. It is composed of 50% Bluefaced Leicester, 37% merino and 13% bamboo fibre. This skein wanders progressively through eight different shades and colours, starting at white into red, moving all the way through to rainbow to purple and then moving into black. There is a bit in the middle where the rainbow may have got a bit drunk and the yellow wandered off for a few metres, but thats where the science of planning and the realities of learning diverged a bit.
Each of the yarns has its own characteristics and traits. None will be perfect, but each will hopefully be lovely.
As there are three yarns, There will be three giveaways. One here on MimiCodd.com, one on Facebook and another on Instagram. You can enter all three, which means that you could actually win all three yarns. I’ll draw the winner of the first yarn on this site, they can choose which of the three skeins they would like, then I will draw a winner from the Instagram entries, who can choose from the two remaining skeins, and the third skein will go to the winner of the Facebook draw a few days later.
Chance To Win #1: Enter On This Site
Leave a comment on this post and tell me about your favourite ice cream flavour*, or your favourite sweet food if you don’t like ice cream. Don’t forget to enter an email address so that I can contact you if you win. I will draw a winner on Tuesday 27th February, at 8pm GMT.
Chance To Win #2: Enter on Instagram
Head over to Instagram and find the GIVEAWAY post on my profile (my username is mimicodd). You will have to be following me on Instagram to enter, and to confirm your entry simply leave a comment on the giveaway post telling me about your favourite toy from your childhood*. I will draw an Instagram winner on Thursday 1st March, at 8pm GMT.
Chance To Win #3: Enter On Facebook
Head over to the MimiCodd.com Facebook group page. Like & follow the page and leave a comment on the giveaway post telling me what you’d name a new dinosaur species* if you discovered one and had free reign to give it a name of your choice. I will draw an Instagram winner on Saturday 3rd March, at 8pm GMT.
*There is no right or wrong answer, but I also wanted a reason to smile. I put many hours into creating these yarns, and hopefully they’ll make the recipient smile, but I thought we all might also have a few more smiles in the process!