Liberated Yarn

As with many transactions, when working with a yarn company the process starts with a proposal. The designer (moi) sends a fleshed out idea, usually with a swatch or two, to the yarn company and politely asks if the yarn company thinks it would be a good match for their yarn. With the Quickies program Malabrigo has created a more formalized process that allows things to be a little less “shot in the dark”. You know that someone at the company is actually looking forward to seeing your proposal and will give it serious consideration, as opposed to it going directly into the “circular file”.

Then, at some point in the process, you get asked – “What yarn do you want”? And let me tell you, when Malabrigo asked me what yarn I wanted to work with I was like a kid in a candy store. Of course I want it all but all wasn’t really an option. Although Curiosity will work in just about any yarn we decided to go with sport weight and I adore Arroyo. It has the wonderful Malabrigo softness and color with the added bonus of being super-wash. Beautiful and easy care? Yes please!

Curiosity shawl by Barbara Benson

It’s an arty shot of Curiosity

And then, how do you choose a color? So many colors to choose from. But in the end I fell head over heels for Marte. I really cannot begin to describe how happy the rich colors of Mars make me feel. In the end I think it was the perfect choice. Interestingly, at first I was unsure how big the shawl should be. I was pretty sure that a single skein would be enough, but because of the strange shape I wasn’t 100% confident. When I expressed this uncertainty to the lovely lady of Malabrigo she had a logical solution. She sent me two skeins. More yarn? It would take a stronger person than I to say no to more yarn.

But in the end one skein made a great size for the shawl and I ended up with an extra skein. Lucky for you!

Malabrigo Arroyo, Marte

Arroyo, Marte the actual skein

I say lucky for you because I am going to give one of my readers this extra skein. That’s right! A giveaway. A first for this blog, but hopefully not the last.

Now, I have participated in these kinds of giveaways before – always on the other side. And there are always silly rules. So here are mine, I have tried to make it as easy as possible:

How to enter:

You have several options as to how you can enter this drawing. Doing more than one thing will not get you more than one entry. You can:

1) Share the link (and post an image if you like) to Curiosity (either the blog post or Ravelry page)  in your preferred social media venue where you kibitz with knitters. Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Tumbler ….

2) Magic link to the Curiosity pattern page in the Ravelry group of your choice that is amenable to this kind of sharing.

or, if neither of these options appeal to you:

3) Join my Ravelry group (if you have not already done so) and post a hello in one of the threads.

Once you have done this, come back here and leave a comment on this post letting me know of your nefarious deeds. Please leave your Ravelry handle in your post so that I can contact you if you are the winner. Or if you are not on Ravelry please leave a method of contacting you. I will assign numbers to the entrants in the order they post and then will use a random number generator to choose the winner(s).

What you will win!

The winner will receive the skein of Malabrigo Arroyo in the color-way Marte shown above. They will also receive a free copy of the pattern and they will get to pick out two of their knitting buddies to whom I will also gift the pattern.

And because I don’t want to just pick one name, I will pick a “runner up” who will receive a free copy of the pattern for themselves and one to give away.


You have until Saturday, January 19th at midnight eastern standard time to enter. The winner(s) of the drawing will be announced on Monday the 21st of January.

I think I have covered everything. Feel free to ask any questions and if I have missed something let me know. Also, please feel free to pass along this give-away to anyone you think might be interested. The more the merrier (but less likely you will win – so maybe not?)😉

68 thoughts on “Liberated Yarn

  1. I posted a link to your blog post on my FB page. I LOVE this pattern (I think the Malabrigo quickies are great patterns) and favorited it the first day it came out. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Google+, Facebook, check. I talked about it a lot (complete with magic link) on Rav after it went live and I could show off the test knit I did, so I’ll have to get more creative there.🙂 And I’m already in your group on rav, but I’ll go say another ‘HI’ if you really want me to hehe. ~Elizabethsmommy

  3. Hi Barbara! I have joined your Ravelry group and posted in the Welcome thread (Hetty85).
    I have also shared your fantastic giveaway on Twitter and Google+ so that my other knitting friends might see it🙂
    Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

  4. I posted in my swap group (Cyclical Swaps) on Ravelry. I’m knitknucklehead. I love this colorway! And it looks so great in the pattern! Good choice!

  5. Hi there! I see you have something of a competition going on here with a give away. I’m actually here about something similar on my own blog. But you said you don’t like rules … actually, for the reason I’m here there won’t be any rules. I’ll explain … My name is Tilda, and I came looking for knitting-focused (and craft) blogs for a reason.

    I do a Blog Challenge, which until now has been focused mainly on writing and a photo challenge. I would like to introduce some more creative elements to the next Challenge, however, which is due to start fairly soon, and I have been thinking of adding a knitting part to the Challenge (as well as drawing, painting, poetry and probably other crafts). But before I commit to a knitting challenge, for example, I need to go around some knitting-focused blogs to ask if any knitters would be interested in participating.

    Do you think that might be something that would interest you or your followers? The knitting challenge would simply be that I would offer two themes and then knitters could knit anything they like based on either theme, whichever they prefer. For example the themes might be “rustic” and “sparkle”. Then the knitter (or other craft) could choose whichever theme they prefer and make *anything* they like as long as it incorporates that theme. At this point, no rules are involved except to choose a theme and knit something!

    If they like, they could also participate in the rest of the Challenge (some rules here) and be eligible to earn Awards to be displayed on their blog, and win prizes, (I will be introducing yarn giveaways too); but participating in the rest of the Challenge is purely optional. Here’s my blog in case you’d like to take a look at the current Challenge and if you think you or anyone else would be interested in participating if I included some more creative aspects to it, including knitting and crafts, would you let me know?

    I’m not trying to plug my blog; I just need to know before I start a more creative challenge if any knitters etc. would know where to find it, or whether they’d even be interested! Thank you so much for your time, and either way, good luck with all your projects!🙂

  6. I joined your group on Ravelry group (knittingpessimist) – I like your design curiosity and look forward to learning more about your designs through the group

  7. Hello! I just joined your Ravelry group (paigenicole) and posted in the free giveaway thread. Would love the chance to work with Malabrigo since I have not yet.

  8. I posted in the Due in December 2010 group! And I shared on Facebook (for the heck of it). I LOVE this colorway, and the pattern! Devinf

  9. Barbara!
    Curiosity is another winning pattern and I think I will make it my next project!

    I just finished knitting your ‘Caladan’ shawl (see blog post at

    Caladan was my first beaded project and I am hooked (teehee!). I used Malabrigo Arroyo in Candombe. I am a Malabrigo fanatic so I always love patterns that are geared for it. I used Marte in another shawl pattern and it one of my favorites!

    I have pinned Curiosity in my Pinterest folder under ‘Knitting’. Thanks so much too for this give-a-way and for not requiring that one needs to perform cyber acrobatics in order to enter! Very refreshing!

  10. I tweeted your blog post today. I get kind of cranky when I keep seeing the same pins repeated. Maybe I follow too many knitting boards on pinterest. Yeah, that’s probably it. And yes, waningestrogen (rav handle) explains some of the crankiness. But I’m totally not saying it justifies it.

    I’ve had my eye on this since I first saw it, I’m just in a KAL right now and getting ready here for my daughter/grandson visit next week. Pretty sure I’ve added it to my queue in addition to favoriting it.

  11. I just joined your rav group. Love the pattern and yarn choice. So awesome! Hope I might be lucky enough to be a winner.

  12. Hi! I joined your group on Ravelry & left a comment (upsidebackwards). Is this giveaway open to non-US residents? If so, I will happily tweet it, but if not, most of my followers are probably in NZ so it would just be teasing them.🙂

  13. Thank you Barbara for this great contest. YOur patterns are lovely and I joined your Rav group and posted my Hello in the Welcome thread – post 197. I am rainbowscuba on Ravelry.

  14. HI! I left a recommendation to try the Curiosity pattern on one of a Ravelry Group that I am a member of, Just a Scarf, under the discussion about “needing a skinny shawl/scarf”. Hope that works…..My Ravelry name is auntteek1 and thanks!!

  15. Thanks for the chance to win. I looooove Mal and their Quickies! I’ve joined your group and look forward to exploring your other designs. – FlyingMonkeyHQ on Rav

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  17. I posted your blog on my facebook knitting page…this shares it directly with my knitting friends, so hopefully it will introduce a few of them to your blog, too! On Rav I am yinlite. I am already a member of your group there.

  18. I just joined your Ravelry group (I’m KimW – clever, right!). I discovered some of your designs while clicking around on Ravelry a couple of days ago — I love them! It was a funny coincidence when a tweet from Malabrigo sent me to your blog.

  19. This is Ravelry’s Lettuce77 and a new member to your group. I actually was just looking up scarf patterns for a hubby surprise and Curiosity came up.

  20. Love this shawl. I magic linked it on one of my Rav groups. Fishknits. Thanks for the chance to win. I now have 3 of your patterns and would love to add this one to it. I already belong to your group.

  21. Hello there!I posted in your Rav group and joined it today as well. Ty for the very fun giveaway. That yarn looks scrumptious and perfect to make up that awesmoe scarf.🙂 (I am typoqween in Rav, btw)

  22. Joined your ravelry group (kmulaux). Love the design of the scarf! I’m much more likely to wear that than a shawl and it is gorgeous!

    • Thank you! Just to let you know, the drawing for this was today so you missed the deadline. But you are more than welcome in the group and I hope to see you there!

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