Monday 8 February 2021

#LooseEndsMAL: What could you win?

Last month, I launched the #LooseEndsMAL, a MakeALong (MAL) to encourage you to go and unearth some treasured works in progress (WIPs) and turn them into precious finished objects. If you’re not in love with the WIP anymore, now is the time to let it go! You can read all about the MAL here.

This week I’m going to show you what you could win! In the spirit of the MAL, the yarn portion of the prizes is from my stash – I have so much yarn, that it seems only fair to spread the love a bit! There are also some beautiful, beaded stitch markers donated by JensCraftyCharms – I have several of Jen’s stitch markers in my collection, and I use them a lot, so I really hope the winners enjoy theirs!


Here are the full details of the prizes, in no particular order…

Prize one

The first prize for the MAL is three balls of Willow and Lark* Ramble (DK; 175 m per 50 g ball; 50% wool, 25% alpaca, 25% viscose; one each in Oxford Navy, Dutchess Blue and Plover Grey). This yarn was donated to me by LoveCrafts a few years ago, but is now discontinued. The yarn would be fantastic for colourwork or stripes, and 150g is a good amount for a matching set, e.g. a hat and pair of mittens. I’ve paired the yarn with the unicorn stitch marker, which will make a great friend to keep you company while you knit!


Prize two

The second prize package consists of a skein of yarn by Owl About Yarn and a fairy stitch marker. I bought this yarn at a knitting retreat in 2017, and it hasn’t made it to the needles yet, so it’s time to liberate it. The yarn [Owl About Yarn Cuddly Owl Sock (4ply; 425 m per 100 g skein; 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon; Amethyst Obsidian)] is perfect for socks, if you win, maybe you could try knitting my Siren Song pattern with it? That cable would really pop in this yarn.


Prize three

The final prize is one skein of Norah George 80% Superwash Merino 20% Nylon High Twist (4ply; 400 m per 100 g skein; Hedwig). This base is my absolute favourite for socks – the high twist makes really nice plump socks that are lovely and squishy! The yarn has speckles of black, brown, and yellow against a natural background, and when knitted up, should be reminiscent of a snowy owl – my favourite of all the owls! The yarn is paired with a mermaid stitch marker. I love this stitch marker, and it’s a one-off, so if you win, you have something unique!

Each of the three winners will also receive one pattern of their choice from my self-published patterns. Winners will be chosen randomly from all entries received, and will be drawn after the closing date.


How to enter?

Use this form to register entries for the #LooseEndsMAL

Your entry needs to fit into one of the following categories:

1.      A work in progress (WIP) that you have finished

2.      A work in progress that you have unravelled, gifted, or disposed of

3.      Stash that you have passed on to a new home

4.      Something you have repaired to give it a new lease of life

To count as a WIP or stash, you must have started the project/owned the item in or before 2020.

You need to be able to share a link to a photo of the entry - you can host the photo on Ravelry, Instagram, or a photo hosting site, and the photo must be publicly viewable. Alternatively, you may email the photo to me - vikkibirddesigns @ gmail . com (remove the spaces!) By sharing the photo, you agree to me sharing the photo on my Instagram feed and in my Instagram stories (copyright remains with you and credit will be given); if you share the photo by email, let me know whether or not you give permission for me to share the photo.

Entries close at the end of February 28th 2021, all time zones.


If you have long-abandoned WIPs that you need a push to get finished, why not join me in the #LooseEndsMAL, either on Instagram or Ravelry,** or let me know in the comments below what WIPs you want to get finished this year. The #LooseEndsMAL runs until the end of February 2021. For full details on how to enter, read this post.

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