We are delighted with this idea!
Just one ball of Crazy Zauberball, with its loooooong color runs, will make a beautiful version of Dangling Conversation, one of Mindy Ross' great "thingies" (plus a container of beads, of course)!
This is one of the earlier "thingies" designed by Mindy Ross.
I love it.
Unique, fun, and really lovely, this piece is not a long knit but very satisfying indeed.
Our kits use a different yarn and different colorway than what Mindy used for her originals ---ours is your choice of four colorways of Crazy Zauberball,
What we have for these kits can be seen in the inset photo on the top picture and again right below that. The other photos are used with permission and there to show you the design.
Here is how Mindy describes it:
This Flirty Little “NUMBER” doesn’t leave conversation dangling for long, if at all! Quite the eye catcher and ‘CONVERSATION’ starter! This cute little Crescent Shaped Shawl/scarf/kerchief adds dimension with any outfit...
A quick knit, using ‘Telephone Time’ or ANY time, while listening to the latest stories from friends near & far! It’s even great for TV Time.
Now as the smallest version took only 246 yards of a fingering weight yarn and the larger size took only about 300 yards, you will be able to make either size and wear with joy!
The smaller size will give you a finished piece of about 68" x 13", in a crescent shape with an off-center point. The larger version, again crescent shape, is approximately 84" x 16.5" at the off-center point.
What we offer for this kit is Crazy Zauberball from Skacel, 75% Superwash Wool /25% Nylon with 459 yards per 100 gram ball Let me quote from what the folks at Skacel say about it:
Zauberball® has been kicked up a notch, as two strands of the main ply have been dyed individually and then twisted together for a crazy combination! The end result is a self-striping multi-colored pattern, with a bold variegated design!
With its lovely long color degradation, we think it would be an amazing match for the Dangling Conversation shawl from designer Mindy Ross. The pattern is sized for three varying sizes, and just ONE Crazy Zauberball contains enough yardage to complete the larger size.
This one is intentionally knit on large needles, so it'll go quickly. Feeling a little glitzy? The pattern also includes instructions for adding beads and even includes a link to a video tutorial!
We have your choice of four colorways here:
1. Blasser Schimmer (Pale Shimmer) is a lovely mix of mostly pinks and greens with some violets and purples as well.
2. Route 66 is a most intriguing colorway with varying tones of purple and a lovely rich rust as well.
3. Charisma is a dramatic and dark colorway. Rich dark magenta and black are the predominant colors.
4. Kleiner Fuchs (Little Foxes, in English), is a glorious mix of oranges and golds with reds and teals with some other hues in between.
Each of these is quite unique and most striking. Your kit will consist of one ball (already wound, yes!) and the beads as described below.
The scarf's edges are adorned with 6/0 beads --- approximately 400-750 beads, your choice of how many to add -- and bear in mind that beadless also gives a great look.
Each of our kits will automatically include at least 400 beads.
Contact me if you want more and we'll work that out with you.
I usually choose beads to mirror at least one of the colors in the yarn.
Just a few thoughts -- these are all "perhaps" and your kit might very well have different beads:
I love how the Silver Lined Topaz or S/L Dark Topaz or any of our gold beads look with Route 66, . bringing out the golden brown tones. It would also get a great but completely other look with amethyst beads.
Blasser Schimmer would look great with Silver Lined Chartreuse AB or S/L Olive beads or any of the rosy pinks we have.
I am looking at Silver Lined Crystal as a striking contrast bead for Charisma or perhaps a deep Garnet Lined Ruby AB or the Higher Metallic Amethyst for one that mirrors the yarn.
And Kleiner Fuchs could look great with golds or orange or ruby beads.
Those are just a few of my immediate thoughts on beads. If you have something else in mind, let me know. Otherwise I will choose for you.
Mindy describes this as a project for the Intermediate Knitter, who loves a little glitz. It contains both written Instruction & a basic start-up chart for the body section. The eyelet section is both written and charted.
The beading (optional) is done using the crochet hook method, where beads are added as you get to each stitch you'd like to adorn. There is a tutorial included in the pattern. Bear in mind you will need a tool to add the beads, either a very thin crochet hook or something like our Verna-X Beadle Needle. These are not included in the kit.
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 Mindy via her Ravelry web page. In this case set the drop-down menu 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 generally do so right before I ship your kit).
A strikingly different bit of knitting -- tremendous fun and quick to complete. A project to cherish!