As a designer, one of the most enjoyable things is being asked to try new yarns; so when the gals from CityKnits asked if I'd like to try their exclusive Marie Curie colourway bundle, I just couldn't say no.
What fab colours!
The yarn is the award-winning West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply, which comes in balls of 100g / 400m, in 75% Wool (35% is Bluefaced Leicester) 25% Nylon.
The blue, cream and yellow are standard colours, but it's the multicoloured one which is special. You see, the gals at Cityknits commissioned WYS to dye a unique colourway, to raise funds for Marie Curie*. And so, for every ball of this colourway ordered, £2 is donated to the charity.
*For any of my overseas readers, Marie Curie is a UK charity which provides support for families living through terminal illness - you can find out more here
It didn't take me long to decide on a project for this yarn. I'd designed a shawl called the Parallel Bars Shawl a while back, and thought that this might work well in blocks of colour. The Marie Curie colour bundle was perfect!
This is the original shawl below, in one colour. You can find the pattern here in my Etsy shop.
To make the Marie Curie Shawl, I used exactly the same pattern, with a 4mm hook. I started with Yellow, then changed to Cream at Row 43, Marie Curie colourway at Row 85, then Blue at Row 128.
The best thing is that with all this yarn, I could make 3 (yes!! 3!!!) shawls (with a bit left over, too). That's very good value for money, in my book.
If you'd like to get your hands on some of this lovely yarn, then it is available exclusively from Cityknits here.
OR, why not enter our joint giveaway on Instagram to be in with a chance of winning the Parallel bars pattern AND the Marie Curie bundle.
The giveaway is running from Friday 25th August and a winner will be chosen at random at 5pm. Tuesday 29th August. Click here to take you to my Instagram.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend and good luck in the giveaway!