Alberta Beaded Shawl/ Kit with Unique Sheep Sets

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Alberta Rose
Alberta Rose
Alberta Oberon
Alberta Oberon
Alberta Moss
Alberta Moss
Alberta Mirror Magic
Alberta Mirror Magic
The Alberta-Moss shawl as knit by ckwquilt.
The Alberta-Moss shawl as knit by ckwquilt.
Anne-Lise's original shawl
Anne-Lise's original shawl

 We are again offering this really gorgeous kit for a most beautiful shawl:  an Oldie-But-Goodie, as it was originally a kit in 2014.  


  We currently have a few (not all) of the colorways as described below in stock. As they sell out, I am removing them from the drop-down menu.  So what is left is what you see there. 


A marriage made in heaven!

Combine the glorious design called Alberta, created by Anne-Lise Maigaard with the stunning colorwork as dyed by Kelly of The Unique Sheep, and what do you get?

It is paradise for a knitter.


The Design

Here is how Anne-Lise describes this new shawl pattern of hers:

The Alberta Shawl features leaves and waves and of course the wild rose edging. Work it in three colours or two or one, or go wild and crazy and use up all your coordinating fancy yarn left-overs in the waves section. 

The Yarn

The shawl as written calls for a heavy lace weight yarn plus your choice of 6/0 or 8/0 beads. I hunted around looking for three coordinating colors of a heavy lace weight to offer for this -- by coordinating, I simply mean three colors that look "right" together. If you look at the lovely examples on the project pages, you'll get an idea of what I wanted.

It was harder than I expected.

And then I had a brilliant idea!

Fast forward to Kelly of The Unique Sheep -- a wonderful person to work with if you want to play with colors. And we created four different mixes of colors, designed to create marvelous color blocks for this shawl.


And then Kelly had another brilliant idea -- which both Anne-Lise and I heartily approved.

Working together, she and I put together another color intended as a contrasting strip in the shawl.

Anne-Lise suggests using the contrast color for the Waves section to create what she calls a winning combination. Think of it as a special pause highlighting the colors.

Or alternativley, you might choose to put it at the bind-off to create an intriguing edging. The choice is yours. Big smiles!

Each kit includes 865 yards total of three related colors in our heavy lace weight yarn called Cirrus plus a small skein of this "accent" color. 

Cirrus is an 80/20 blend of merino/silk and feels amazing. This is actually a bit thinner than the original yarn that Anne-Lise used but will still work beautifully for this design.

The darker skein in each trio has 265 yards, the other two have 300 yards. This gives you well more than you need to knit the shawl as-is. Each set also comes with a smaller skein of 150 yards in a specially designed Accent Color (as mentioned above).

Kelly and I put together four colorways that we hope you will like as much as we do. They can be seen in the inset photos in the top picture and again the four photos below that. The other pictures show the finished shawl and is there to show you the design.


The Colorways

The second photo on this page shows what we are calling Alberta Rose. It is based on the lovely photo of the Alberta Rose flower that was sent to us on our Ravelry forum by stitchalong (Rav name). The Gradiance skeins run from a very very pale pink through to pink and then to rose, with the Accent skein a medium green.

Alberta Oberon is based on our signature King Oberon colorway and plays with variations on purple. The three Gradiance skeins range from a pale lilac through a gradual deepening into a royal purple. The Accent skein is a lovely goldenrod, giving a complimentary-color look to the whole.

Alberta Moss is based on a brand-new colorway we were working on with Kelly, one that we were calling Mossy Stone. A marvelous mix of moss greens, the Gradiance skeins gradually darken (or lighten, depending on how you look at it) -- this one is simply wonderful. It is earthy and rich; I can almost smell the loam. And the Accent color is a deep aubergine; a shadowy purple that adds a marvelous depth.

Take a look at the next-to-last photo on this page to see the beautiful piece that ckwquilt (Raverly name) has created with this colorway. Almost takes my breath away....

The fourth option is based on the colorway that we named Magic Mirror and so this stunning play on teals is our Alberta Magic Mirror now. In its slightly changed incarnation the Gradiance set is a sequence of teals, ranging from a very pale, through to a medium sea teal and then finishing with a rich deep blue teal. The whole is wonderfully rich; and the Accent color is a vibrant violet, which acts as a terrific foil for the set.


The Beads

Now let's talk beads: For a lace weight yarn, I generally advise the lighter (and smaller) 8/0 beads though Anne-Lise recommends either the 8/0s or the 6/0s.  

What is needed is between 646 beads (small size) and 738 beads (large size).  In size 8/0 beads that is just around 20 grams.  In size 6/0 beads, you'd need close to 70 grams.

Your kit will automatically include 20 grams of the size 8/0 beads.  

(If you decide you'd prefer the larger 6/0s, email me and we'll work it out.) 

I see three ways to go with beads, or actually four.

We can stick with neutral colors, like Silver Lined Crystal or S/L Crystal AB; these would stand out beautifully.

Or we could go with beads that "go" with the main colors, such as Silver Lined Amethyst AB with the Alberta Oberon to give one example.

Or we could add beads that work with the Accent colors and connect the whole in a wonderful way. As an example again, the Alberta Oberon in that case might have S/L Dark Gold AB beads, so the gold is sprinkled around the whole and brings the Accent color more into play.

I am setting up a drop-down menu so you can choose Main color for your beads, Accent color for your beads, or Neutrals.

Or if you would like to leave it up to me, choose "Whatever!"  :-)

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 Anne-Lise via her Ravelry web page. In that case, make sure the drop-down menu is set to "No Pattern Needed."

Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, then the "Pattern" drop-down menu should be set to that (it is a very comprehensive 13 pages, btw). 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 so it might take a bit of time for me to get to it).

Let me make it clear that if I email you the pattern, it will not be added to your Ravelry library; if that is where you would like it saved, then please get it directly from Anne-Lise as noted above.

So there are three drop-down menus to make sure to set as you would like before you check out. Pick your colorway of yarn, then your general color family for beads and also your pattern type. That way your kit will be made specifically to suit your tastes and be truly unique to you.

Oh, and btw, the pattern has both charts and written out directions.

This will be a wondrous piece; I am delighted we're able to offer it.