The KAL started on March 1st on our Ravelry group. The kit is still available and we hope you join us whenever you can. You can pre-order it via this web page. Liz (the amazing designer and dyer) will get your skein dyed as you wish and to us usually within a week or two. And then we pair it with beads, add the pattern and send it onto you. Details follow below:
A new KAL (Knit ALong), exclusive to us here at Earth Faire!
This is a most beauteous shawl, full of glorious beads and intriguing stitch work: Rose Windows was created by Liz Capik of Apple Tree Knits especially for us here at Earth Faire. And we couldn't be more pleased.
Liz writes: "Inspired by the gorgeous stained glass of old European cathedrals, the Rose Window Shawl pays homage to color, sparkle, and grandeur. Create your own wearable work of art to be admired for generations to come…no soldering required!"
I love it!
This shawl has been extensively test knitted and the pattern includes both written and charted instructions.
What is required yarn-wise is 950 yds (869 m) lace-weight --- and two colors of size 8/0 beads.
What we are setting up here is your choice of four colorways specifically dyed by Liz for this piece in her Apple Tree Knits Stellar Lace: 70% superwash merino, 30% silk, two-ply, 1085 yds (992 m)/ 3.5 oz (100 g).
1. Peace is a colorway dyed in a gradient fashion, one large skein with extremely long color repeats, that gradually change one to the next. This is a marvelous cool colorway that can be seen in the first photo on the top of this page and again the two right below it. The violet blends into the blue which blends into the teal -- most beautiful.
2. Awe is again gradient-dyed in an awesome mix of warm colors. We don't have a finished shawl to show you in that one, but look at the colors in the fourth photo on this page and use your imagination. Violet into rose into strawberry into gold -- yum!
The above two are ones that Liz especially created with this KAL in mind.
We also have (and can offer if they appeal) the following two lovelies:
3. Gaia gradient can be seen in the fifth photo, the shawl knit by Sue (Seaglass on Ravelry), an amazing knitter. You see how the color is just beginning to change towards the bottom of the piece. The full colorway is shown right below that, so realize your shawl can start with the warm colors by your face, if you so choose. There is a wonderful blue into green into gold here.
4. Dawn to Dusk is another cool gradient mix, with blues and purples. The last photo shows it as knit by our own Cynthia (Cindersall on Ravelry). Gorgeous, no? It is a more subtle colorway, with very gradually changing hues.
In addition, each kit requires 1428 size 8/0 beads in a color that contrasts with yarn, and 973 size 8/0 beads in a color that complements yarn.
We will continue to take orders for the special dyeing by Liz via this web page. Make your colorway selection and we'll pass it on. As soon as your yarn arrives, we will kit it up with appropriate beads (plus the pattern in hard copy form, all 9 pages) and send it to you, most likely within two to three weeks of your order.
BTW, if you have a preference for which color you'd like to start from or how you'd like the "cake" to be wound (i.e. which color should be in the middle of the center-pull cake), either let us know via an email or mention it via the "Comments" section when you place your order. If we don't get a notation of preference from you, Liz will wind them as you see in the photos.
And again, we'd love it if you would join the KAL on our Ravelry group -- it started on the First of March but the posts will remain up and any needed help will still be available for a long time to come. (You can order when you wish and start knitting whenever it suits you -- the help and fun won't go away.)
Liz will be on hand to help plus both Sue and Cynthia, who have worked the piece in full.
Bear in mind that this is not an easy knit but a wonderful and most enjoyable one for those who enjoy complex lace and bead work.
Come join us in making your next heirloom piece!