1st January–20th March 2024

Out of the Dark Make-Along

Craft some lovely things to bring some joy to your winter, and for a chance to win prizes!

Marina is sitting knitting with orange yarn on an orange sofa, wearing a hand-knitted jumper


You can knit with us!

From New Year to the Spring Equinox (1st January–20th March 2024), join me in making and sharing craft projects using Marina Skua yarn, knitting patterns or spinning fibre for a chance to win prizes.

The Out of the Dark Make-Along is a way to connect with other makers and enjoy some knitting, spinning, crochet, weaving – whatever's your favourite yarn craft – during the darkest time of year in the northern hemisphere.

Why join the make-along?

  • Get encouragement to finish your project while it's still cosy knitwear weather
  • Discover some new knitters and crafters
  • Supportive community who can cheer you on
  • A chance to win lovely prizes too!

How to take part

To join, make any project using Marina Skua hand-dyed yarn, patterns or fibre (and yes, spinning yarn is a project in itself!), and share it online while the make-along is running. Works in progress are welcome if you'd like motivation to get those projects off the needles.

Share on Instagram

Share photos of your project on your Instagram grid from a public account using the hashtag #OutOfTheDarkMAL2024, and tagging @marinaskua in your photo. If you only tag in the caption, or post from a private account, I won't be able to find your post when it comes to drawing prizes!

Chat on Discord

There is a dedicated channel for the make-along on my Discord server, which is open to my supporters on Patreon. Post photos and chat about your project in the channel to enter.

You're welcome to post on both platforms to double your chances of winning!

Join us on Patreon

Win prizes for sharing your yarn crafts

Prizes will be from a variety of lovely crafty businesses, including Marina Skua. Winners will be drawn at the end of January, end of February, and after the make-along finishes in late March.

If you're a small business and would like to donate a prize, send me an email!

Image shows prizes from the previous make-along, kindly donated by Wild Wood Stitches, The Fibre Company and John Arbon Textiles.

Queue up your project

The make-along begins 1st January – I'll be kicking us off with a live session on Instagram at midday GMT.

I'm going to be knitting a Lapidarium yoke for myself in my hand-dyed Mendip DK yarn – I made one last year for my husband!

'll be knitting mine with naturally grey Sheep (Cloudy) as the main colour on the body, with Night (Cloudy) as the main yoke colour, and Ore (Sunny), Teal (Sunny) and Fox (Cloudy) as the bands of colour in the yoke.

So, what will you make to get you through the winter?

Shop yarn

Pick your craft project for the Make-along