We are re-opening this web page for Pre-Orders of this most beautiful shawl. Just know that there will be a wait of about 4 to 6 weeks for the yarn to be dyed specially for your order.
And now we are offering this beauty in your choice of any one of three yarn bases, two being brand-new and exclusive to Earth Faire. Big smiles here.
This is a stunning beaded shawl design by Susanna IC .
Susanna created a gorgeous shawl, constructed form the top down, starting with short rows, and forming a graceful crescent shape. There is a deep border with beaded lace.
This piece will be available in two new and exclusive colorways from The Unique Sheep.
The two new colorways were developed by Kelly, playing around with a marvelous new idea of hers, of color circles.
For one, she took golds and gradually changed the hue by adding more and more rose as she went around the circle. Half a circle's worth (with golds into rose) was sent on to Susanna to "play" with (take a look at the second photo on this page as well as the others which show this rosy-golden beauty). We are calling this colorway Treasure Chest. It starts with a bit of gold and goes on into deep coppery rose.
The last photo on this page shows the set we are calling Mirror Image of Treasure Chest -- in other words, the other side of the circle. This one was not used in the original piece nor the test knitting so we have no finished shawls in it, alas. It has subtle differences to the first one. There are predominant gold tones, a whole of coppery browns to golds with just whispers of pink to it.
The other colorway, the one you can see in the first photo on this web page (and the other purple/violet ones as well), comes from another circle which went from roses into periwinkles into purples. Again, a half-circle was used to create the other option for this stunning shawl -- rich magentas into purples -- you can see the ones use in the photos here. And we are calling this colorway Enchanted Garden.
The Mirror Image of Enchanted Garden is seen in the next-to-last photo. It is a very slightly more pastel version with more of the red-violet side of the circle: pinks into periwinkles into blues. The difference is rather subtle actually. Again, we have no finished shawls in this colorway but we thought some of you might prefer that look and so we offer it.
And really and truly, these are all stunning.
You can choose your kit to be dyed in any one of three yarn bases. This is new. The original one was dyed in Luxe; today we are adding two more possible yarn bases, brand-new ones, exclusive to us here.
The two new yarn bases are a bit more expensive than Luxe. You will see the additional cost noted as an addition in the drop-down menu labeled "Yarn".
Each set will have a total of roughly 600 yards dyed in your Gradiance choice, 6 skeinettes each.
(a) The original piece had been knit using Luxe which is no longer availabe. Instead we have Kiri, a 80% superwash merino/ 20% silk. It looks and feels awesome -- and many test knitters preferred it.
(b) Nimbus is a 100% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester (BFL) yarn. Not quite as fine as merino though plenty soft enough for next-to-skin wear. What it does have that merino doesn't is a lovely drape and even a shine. A shawl of BFL will swing and sway as you walk. And the scales of this wool, being shaped differently, reflect the light and gives quite a lovely look indeed.
(c) Leana (named after a silver and white moon dragon whose wings are flecked with silver and with a silver mane) is a 51/49 blend of cultivated silk/ merino (just a bit more silk than merino). The best of both fibers, this has some of the memory/bounce from the merino with the beautiful shine that comes from silk.
Each kit will include 6/0 beads -- at least 475 of them -- to make a wonderful addition to the whole. The original Treasure Chest was knit using Silver Lined Dark Topaz AB and the first Enchanted Garden glows with Silver Lined Smoky Amethyst AB.
That doesn't mean we have to stick with those -- if you want another color of beads, let me know; these just happen to look marvelous. :-) Let me choose your beads for you unless you have strong feelings about what you want.
Plus Susanna pops in to our Ravelry forum as needed if anyone would like some help or just to talk about knitting this beauty. Which is a wonderful extra.
Make your selection from the drop-down menu. These kits are being sold on a pre-order basis only. We take orders and then send Kelly final numbers for this first wave of kits. Please be aware that it will be some time before these are ready -- the yarns are individually dyed to order and the whole process can take some weeks or even more. However, I have no reservation on saying that these are very well worth it.
Note 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 Susanna via her Ravelry web page. If that is how you would like to go, then set the "Pattern" drop-down menu to "No Pattern Needed."
Alternatively, if you would prefer a printed copy, please make sure the "Pattern" drop-down menu is set to that and we'll get that to you in your kit.
We also can send the pattern to you via email and if you choose that option, I will send it to you just before shipping out your kit.
(Please note that this pattern is charted only.)
Make sure to set each of the drop-down menus before you check out.
This is truly beautiful.
P.S. If you have any special requests, feel free to contact us.