Radiata/ Beaded Kits/ Mixed Beads

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Dragon Fire
Dragon Fire
Magic Mirror
Magic Mirror
Brass in Cima
Brass in Cima
Lime (Cima)
Lime (Cima)
This photo, as well as each of the remaining ones, shows Nim's original piece.
This photo, as well as each of the remaining ones, shows Nim's original piece.

This one is totally awesome. 

A beaded beauty by Nim TeasdaleRadiata is a striking beaded shawl that just sings of summer.  

With the gorgeous Gradiance sets of yarn by The Unique Sheep or the high quality yarns from Shibui + unique mixes of the beads -- well, this is pretty darn special.   Read on more more data. 

The Design

This is what Nim writes:

Radiata is inspired by the spiraling form in the centre of a sunflower, and by an absurdly cheerful cake of yarn which was a gift from a friend, like a sunbeam in the grey depths of winter.

The design uses a spiraling wedge shape which increases in gradually expanding leaves that radiate sideways out from the centre to form a generous crescent.

*The pattern can be worked in 4 sizes, and the edging continued to any size to use up any remaining yarn.

*Pattern rows on the right side only.

*Optional beading

*The pattern can be worked entirely from either the written pattern or charts.

*Adaptable to a range of yarn weights from lace to DK.

The Yarn

We are not offering kits using the same yarn as Nim used in her original shawl.  Ours can be seen in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.  The photos of Nim's piece are here to show you the design and allow you to use your imagination.

There are lots (!) of options for this design. 

Nim writes that the pattern can be easily worked with a variety of yarn weights, from the light lace up to DK weight, anywhere between 437 and 880 yards (400 - 800 m).  Nim knit hers (photos of which you see on this page) of a lace weight yarn, about 440 yards.  

The Yarn and Colorways

I took a look at the Project Pages  for this beauty and noticed that the shawls that really appealed to me were knit in gradiently dyed yarns.  And so I thought that Gradiance sets from The Unique Sheep would be perfect for this. 

The following sets are made up of Cirrus, the exclusive EarthFaire lace weight yarn of an 80/20 blend of superwash merino/ silk.  Each of these yarn sets is composed of 5 skeinettes of 218 yards/ 25g each.  

So if your kit is of Cirrus, you will have a total of 1,090 yards of a moderately heavy lace weight yarn.  

1. Dragon Fire: This is one of the first colorways Kelly and I developed.  A wonderful melding going from a warm deep orange gradually into a cool rose red (or vice versa, your choice, of course). (Sorry, sold out)

2.  Magic Mirror:  This is a section of the circle of colors created some months ago.  Here Kelly dyed a set from 7:00 to 11:00, going from a lovely soft blue and gradually changing into a rich teal.  (Sorry, sold out)

The second set of kits are made up of Cima. These colorways are solid hues and will give you a similar look to Nim's original piece. 

Cima is from Shibui Knits and (here I quote their website) "blends sharp definition with softness. Knit alone or combine for smooth fabrics with clean, modern lines."  Composed of 70% Superbaby Alpaca/ 30% Fine Merino it feels marvelous while still having some memory.  Each skein has 328 yds / 300 m, 1.76 oz / 50 g.

Each Cima kit will have three skeins each, for a total of 984 yards (900m)

3. Brass is a deep golden colorway. This is a solid that will show the stitchwork beautifully.  The overall look is quite warm and truly gorgeous -- the sun reflecting off sunflowers and poppies in the fields, no doubt.  

4. Lime is a wonderful green, on the yellow side of the colorwheel.  It is light enough to again show the stitchwork very well indeed.  And sings a song to summer, with its rich green.

The Beads

As I mentioned above, there are a lot of options for this shawl.  I've been emailing back and forth to Nim about this. 

What we worked out is that the smallest size (which used 400m) would need about 150 beads, or closer to 200 beads if one choses to bead the edge as well.  The next to largest size (using aobut 845m) would use about 199 beads without the extra beading on the edge. And I found a number of knitters who made real beauties using up to 500 beads!

It is truly up to you. 

And because it is just so much fun to play with color, we will be including beads of a mix of many shades and tones to reflect to colors the yarn! 

If you are getting a Gradiance set in Cirrus, then it is obvious what kind of colors of beads we will include:  a mix that reflects all the colors in your set.  

If you choose to go with the solid Cima in Brass or Lime, your beads will be variations of that one color, some darker, some lighter.  This will add a marvelous depth to the piece. As one example, for the Brass your bead mix would likely include dark golds, light golds, topaz beads, and variations of each for quite an amazing look overall. 

(Of course, if you would rather just have one color of beads, tell me. That's fine. )

Now as this is a lace weight yarn (or at least a very light fingering) then 8/0 beads work beautifully with it.  And so to give you lots of choices and to allow you to pick and choose amongst the colors, each kit will include a 20 gram container of 8/0 beads, or roughly 800 beads! You will have more than enough to put beads where the spirit moves you. 

The Pattern

Note also that the kit will not automatically include the pattern.

I know some knitters prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Nim via her Ravelry web page. In this case set the drop-down menu to "No Pattern Needed" and get the pattern via Ravelry and Nim.  This will ensure that you receive any and all updates as well.  

Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, please make sure the "Pattern" drop-down menu is set to that.

We also can email the pattern to you(just be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and generally do so right before I ship your kit).

Big smiles!