Wicked/ Beaded Kit in Rock Candy Mountain from TUS

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Rock Candy Mountain, dyed in Ling
Rock Candy Mountain, dyed in Ling
This, and the remaining photos on this page, shows the original piece knit by Nim.
This, and the remaining photos on this page, shows the original piece knit by Nim.

A lovely shawl design, to be knit in a gorgeous yarn hand-dyed in a Gradiance colorway by Laura, of The Unique Sheep. 

The Design

The pattern is by Nim Teasdale.  Here is how she describes Wicked

This last offering from the Little Book of Fairy Tales is a little on the dark side. Possibly..

Wicked has become an ambigious word. Once it meant Bad, then it took on a mischievous option, and now it sometimes means awesomely good. Words can be like that..

So this is the sort of thing you could make for your own step mother, whether you think she’s awesomely wicked (in which case, be sure to tell her so!) or nastily wicked (in which case you may wish to keep the shawl’s name a private joke..)

Starting with a simple flower-like lace, the patterning gradually becomes more complex and twisted as you make your way towards the edging.

Heart shaped to stay on the shoulders when you need to keep your hands free for nefarious deeds (as all good villains do), and it has a wickedly pointy tip too.

The pattern itself is both fully written and charted.  

The lace work is patterned on the right sides only, the "wrong" sides being more restful.

 There is the option of beads or not (though this kit includes beads for you).

 Best of all, it can be knit in just about any yardage, and any weight yarn from lace to DK.

 Nim has written it so you can repeat any of the charts as many times as you wish, or skip the earlier parts and go straight into the repeatable edging.

The Yarn and Colorway

The yarn we offer is not the same as what Nim used in her original piece. You can see what we have for these kits in the inset photo on the top picture and again right below that.

Nim's original piece is shown here so you can get a good idea of the design. 

We offer here the lovely Ling from The Unique Sheep, a 70% superwash merino/ 30% silk with a lovely sheen to it.  The set is composed of four skeinettes, each with 315 yards so you will have a total of roughly 1260 yards of lace weight yarn.

The colors will gradually change from one hand painted color to the next. The gradually transitioned sets will work well to show off more complicated stitch patterns and lacework because each skein is “almost” solid. When working with Gradiance sets it is important to alternate skeins when switching from one successive skein to the next so the color change is almost seamless.

The colorway on this page is called Rock Candy Mountain. It is one of the ones we have specially worked with The Unique Sheep on, and is exclusive to Earth Faire.

Conceptually, it was originally a seeking for a colorway that would suggest the glories of Autumn without having any of the 'traditional' Autumn colors.  

You will see a blend of roses and pinks and subtle suggestions of soft browns. It is a distant mountain range in the Fall, a very soft colorway, a misty mountain morning -- not vibrant as October is, more like early November actually, when the golden leaves have fallen and the bronzes and reds are left. And suggestions of silver and cream birch trees.

And to reference the Burl Ives song that gave the colorway its name, it is the land of peppermint trees and lemonade springs where the bluebird sings.


The Beads

For lace weight yarn, we find that the lighter and more subtle 8/0 beads work very well indeed. Nim does not specify how many beads are needed for a full sized shawl and so we will be including a full 35 gram container with about 1,400 beads. 

Personally I love how gold beads pick up the last skein of this set and glows across all the skeins.  Rose would also look very fine as would silver. 

If you have a preference on bead color, let me know. Otherwise I will choose for you. 

The Pattern

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

I know some knitters already have this one, and others would prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Nim via her Ravelry web page. In which case, make sure the Patterns drop-down menu is set to "No Pattern Needed."

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 usually do that right before I ship your kit).