Charlotte's Web: MKAL with TUS

Price: $46.00
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Another new Mystery Knit Along (MKAL) that we are participating in with The Unique Sheep (TUS) and designed by Janine LeCras. 

How it works:

Note to those who did the last MKAL:  We will be honoring the system that Laura mentioned in the email with the last Goldilocks clue.

Please note also that here we are taking Pre-Orders:  This means that your yarn will be dyed in the colorway of your choice and in the yarn base that you choose. 

(You can find our policy here on shipping and pre-orders.)

There are optional beads (you decide if you want them or not).  This whole process takes time, of course. 

Here are the important dates:

The MKAL begins May 7, 2021.

Anyone who orders by April 7th can be assured that your order will arrive before the KAL.  Ordering between June 6th and July 6th means we'll try our best, but no promises.  

Weekly "clues" will be sent out either via email or sent to your Ravelry library.  If you want the clues stored in your Ravelry library, make sure to let us know your Rav name when you order. 

The pattern will be emailed to you in pieces. On the first day you'll receive the instructions for the first part of the pattern. In the following weeks you'll receive the rest of the pattern, bit by bit. But you won't see a finished picture of the shawl until the very end!

Announcements and conversation will take place on the Ravelry group board so please join us there! The designer (Janine le Cras) and the dyers (Kelly Eells and Laura Lough) will be active on the Ravelry board and Facebook Group to answer questions about the pattern and cheer you on! (And I, as Ellen of EarthFaire, will pop in from time to time as well.)

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Design

This next KAL is inspired by the story of Charlotte's Web.  

Designed by Janine le Cras, this octagonal shawl is worked in laceweight yarn and can be knit in any of the lace weight bases used by The Unique Sheep.

More data on color choices is below.  

Yarn

This shawl uses lace weight yarn.

You can choose any of the lace weight yarns offered by The Unique Sheep and described on their website here. 

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Ostara is 100% cotton --  the colors of dyes are not quite as saturated on cotton in general so figure on the colorway looking a bit more muted

Marici is 100% silk -- takes dyes very vibrantly

Eos is a 50/50 blend of merino and tussah silk (doesn't have much shine and isn't slippery)

Selene is a slightly heavier weight lace yarn of 100% superwash merino (takes on rich colors from the dyes)

Ling is 70% merino/ 30% cultivated silk so it does have a shine to it and is a bit more sleek (also rich dye colors)

Silk/Linen is 65% silk + 35% linen, has a shine to it but also slubs and texture from the linen.  Blocks well, holds its shape well but dyes more muted than some of the others.

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Beads

Beads (if you would like): aproximately 700 (a bit less than 20g) size 8 beads.  We will include well more than that in either Miyuki or Toho beads (the highest quality worldwide). 

The shawl will also look lovely without beads. These are totally optional.

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Colorways

You can choose to knit with a regular colorway or one of our Gradiance colorways. It looks great with or without beads. 

We are assuming any colorway you choose will be dyed as a Gradiance colorway.  If you would prefer a "regular" colorway, contact me first. .  

We have some special exclusive-to-EarthFaire colorways listed in our drop-down menu. 

Earth Faire exclusives are those you can only get through us. Almost all are shown on these Flickr pages .

Feel free to contact me if you would like more descriptions or other photos or have any trouble finding what you are looking for. 

Some of our colorways are based on circles of color. You will notice in the drop-down menu that quite a few ask you to "choose your numbers".  These circle colorways we show on this web page. 

Each circle has 12 possible skeinettes of color. You can choose any 4 consecutive colors to make your own personalized colorway.

For this 4-skein set: you must do is choose the number to start with.  A number of the photos on this page show circles or color strips that are labeled by number. If you want, for example, to start with 10, then your set will have the skeins noted as 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3.

You can also get through us any or all of the colorways that Laura and Kelly dye for The Unique Sheep.  Just set the drop-down menu to "Other" and tell us what.  We'll make sure you get your choice.  

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