Early Morning Rain: Beaded Kits

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These are some of Mindy's original pieces, shown here to give you a good idea of the design.
These are some of Mindy's original pieces, shown here to give you a good idea of the design.

I just had to put together another set of kits for this beautiful Early Morning Rain Shawl!

Mindy Ross is the amazing designer of this most unusual shawl. Talk about keeping your interest as you knit!

Called Early Morning Rain, this is really a favorite of mine.

The Design

Here is what Mindy writes about it:

“Early Morning Rain” is a dynamic abstract crescent shawl/scarf, knitted with a combination of texture, beads, and varying stitches, with a little flair of fringe thrown in.

But don’t think tassle fringe, think knitted fringe.

This ‘thingie’ is to be read like your favorite book, with each chapter bringing on its own delightful portion of the ‘novel’, until the final ending that you create.

This lovely textural design grows into something you can throw on at a moment’s notice, with jeans and a sweater, or it can embellish your lovely evening attire.

Yarn and Colorways

Mindy also explains that gauge isn’t important. The design will vary, depending on your needle size paired up with your flavor of yarn choice. So really, you have tremendous choices with knitting this.

This kit is intended as one option which will start you on a fun fun fun journey.

The yarn in the sample shawls you would find on Mindy's Ravelry pages are knit with fingering weight --- anywhere from 425 yds. (389 meters) to 600 yds. (549 meters).

The yarn we have chosen for our kits is Schoppel's Zauberball Crazy, of 75% wool + 25% nylon in a plied construction, dyed so that there are long color runs.  Each ball has 459 yards(420 meters) per 100g. 


You can see here four projects that used this yarn, though different colorways.

Each of these completed their piece with just one ball and that is what is included in our kits. 

Howevever, if you would like to make a larger piece and include many marvelous fringes as well, we added an option via the drop-down menu labeled "Kits" so that you can get an extra ball of yarn to expand your shawl. 


We offer two new colorways:

Indigo is a tonal play on varying blues, with just a bit of grey and cream as well. 

Fohnlage has more variations in hues, with some blues and also more greys and some black, some brown and yellow, combining into an intriguing whole that still manages to be a lovely neutral.  (This translates literally to Foehn Position, Foehn being a warm dry wind.)


The beads are optional on this design and can range from none to 1,000. Most of the knitters used size 6/0 though Mindy's golden sample here used 5/0 triangles.

There are so many beads that will look great here -- if you don't have a preference, I'll be glad to choose for you.

We will be including a full 1,000 beads (a bit more actually).   Contact me if you would prefer to have fewer and I'll set you up with a special kit.


And let me quote Mindy again here:

All information are just ‘guidelines’ for you. Please feel free to experiment, as the pattern is YOUR freedom template, to try what you may be most comfortable with and the look you desire.

I love the idea! Make your own true creation.

The Pattern

Note also that the kit will not automatically include the pattern -- the cost of the pattern not having been factored into the kit price.

I know some knitters prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Mindy 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. The pattern is written out only (no charts) and lengthy (17 pages), giving line-by-line instruction~ showing a photo gallery as well.

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 the kit).

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 Mindy as noted above.