Sleeping Princess/ Beaded Kit/ Color Choices/ Manos Lace

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This is just perfect!

A lightweight beauty, knit of lace weight yarn, here is Sleeping Princess, by Nim Teasdale. Here is how Nim describes it:

Sleeping Princess is ... two designs in one - one for the princess, one for the veil enchantment that made her sleep and dream for so many years.

The two patterns can be worked together in a single shawl, in any way you please, (repeated, extended or alternated) or as two complementary shawls that can be worn together.

Play with colour combinations: perhaps a dark veil over a light princess or vice versa, or perhaps two bright colours used together.

Or experiment with layered textures like a delicately beaded silken veil over a soft woolen under-shawl.

She also wrote, on her personal projects page:

In my sample I’ve used soft dreamy fairytale colours, but there is lots of opportunity to get creative and make something more dynamic, for example:

a dark veil over a light underdress or vice versa

a variegated over a solid

similar colours in contrasting textures.

The pattern uses two small, simple, repeatable charts which can be worked in either order, or used alternately.

This princess was knit in under 24 hrs (yay!), and very well suited to distracted, conversational knitting it turns out, as most of it was done during a Christmas party! :) The veil is also quick as it’s worked on large needles, stretches quite a bit, and works well if it’s a little smaller than the under layer.

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For the yarn of this kit, we have selected Manos Lace, a delicious blend of 70% baby alpaca/ 25% silk/ 5% cashmere, with 439 yards (400m) to each 50 gram skein.

Note that this is not the yarn (nor the colors) that Nim used in her original pieces. The yarn you can choose for this kit can be seen in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that. The other photos are here so you can see the design. The original shawls shown here were kit using 200-240 yards of lace weight yarn (the undershawl using th e larger amount) so you will have plenty for however you choose to make this truly your own creation.

I purposely took the photos with pairs of colors that look great together. Should you choose to make two pieces, as Nim mentions above, you can get two kits each with enough yardage and beads to make either/or. In the order that you see these yarns in the second to fourth photos on this page:

1. Okiku is a lovely rose color, a pink that is not quite a pastel -- the lovely color you see in some wild roses.

2. Tengu is a variegated colorway. The main colors are purples, rich and vibrant, with small amounts of the lovely pink you can see in Okiku and would work very well with it.

3. Raisa is a variegated colorway of mostly pale pink with some rose and purple shot through as well. It would look wonderful with either Okiku or Tennin.

4. Tennin is a rich deep fuchsia, an almost-solid. It looks great with Raisa.

5. Caliban is a marvelous magenta with some brown overtones and real depth to the look. I love how it works with Djinn.

6. Djinn is truly magical. A variegated colorway, there are pinks and roses and browns and golds and I am sure I am missing some hues and tones. Really striking. I like it best with Caliban but it could work with some of the other solids we have here as well.

Nim also did a quick bead calculation --- for the veil if you do all over lace, the most you will need for 8 repeats is 120 beads. Now normally I advise the smaller 8/0 beads for lace weight yarn and can give you that if you prefer. But as there are not many beads at all, I am going to include size 6/0 beads so that they stand out and sing aloud for their part in the whole.

Oh, and btw, the pattern is both written and charted, with pattern rows on the right side only.

So to summarize: each kit will consist of one skein of the colorway of your choice plus at least 10 grams of size 6/0 beads. If you want to make the overshawl and undershawl that Nim describes, get two kits.

 

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. 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 via email (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).

Just make sure that both drop-down menus are set as you would like before you check out.

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