A blogiversary contest

Today is the second anniversary of this blog.  I published my first post on the 2nd of October, 2011.  Surprisingly, I have not yet run out of things to say.  In honor of this milestone, I am going to give away some yarn!  This yarn, in fact:

IMG_7907This is two skeins of Malabrigo Worsted in the colour Verdes.   Shortly after I started this blog, I knit a cowl from this very yarn in this very colour.  I posted about it here.  I like it a lot and it gots lots of wear.

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The cowl uses two skeins, knitting with two strands held together.  It is easy as pie: using a size 11 US needle, cast on 131 stitches, join in the round and knit in seed stitch.  Malabrigo is the coziest, softest yarn imaginable; it must be felt to be believed.

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I have two skeins to give away to one winner.  Instructions are at the bottom of the post.   There are hundreds of very lovely things one could make with a skein or two of Malabrigo.  To give you some inspiration, I list just a few of them here.   I have always liked the pattern called Just Enough Ruffles, by Laura Chau:

3003146284_16b20189f0_z I love the Destroyed Cowl by Martha Merzig.  This is such a simple design, and easy to knit, but has a lot of impact.

destroyed_prelim_small2Malabrigo is a very popular yarn for hats.  Here are two of my favorites.

DSCF7305_smallAbove is the 16 Sixteen Cable Hat designed by Circé aux Belles Boucles.  Below, is the wonderful Windshief Hat, designed by Stephen West.

5045447366_419885bff4_zMalabrigo can also be used to make the most gorgeous, soft and cuddly baby outfits.  Here is just one example,  the pattern called “in threes: a baby cardigan” by Kelly Herdrich of kelly without a net.  (I love the name of her blog; as a fellow Kelly, I wish I had thought of it.)

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Last, but not least, let’s not forget mittens.  Mittens, and their fingerless cousins, the mitts, are perfect canvases for some Malabrigo worsted.  Here are just two examples.  These mittens, Breathe Deep designed by Kirsten Kapur, look so cozy and warm:

3130768911_482b48c910_zI also love the pattern Sokol, by Melanie Berg, which was just published a few weeks ago and went right into my queue:

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As of today, there are close to 94,000 knitted projects using Malabrigo Worsted listed in the Ravelry database.  It may not have the durability of some plied wools, but it absolutely can’t be beat if you are looking for softness.

To enter the contest, just leave a comment here and mention a post of mine you have enjoyed (you only need to pick one – if this is the only one you’ve read, that’s OK too).  I will use a random number generator to pick the winner.  The contest is open until midnight (UK time) on October 15th, 2013.   As someone who lives in the UK, I am always sad to see at this point in similar contests that it is only open to readers with US addresses.  This contest is valid to all readers regardless of where you live.  Please make sure you check back after the contest ends, when I announce the winner.

Thank you to everyone who reads the blog.  I have enjoyed the whole process, and hope to keep writing for some time to come.

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