I just had to put together another set of kits for this beautiful Early Morning Rain Shawl!
It is one of these classic knits that should be resurrected periodically -- such a wonderfully unusual piece, a real joy to knig.
Mindy Ross is the amazing designer of this most unusual shawl. Talk about keeping your interest as you knit!
Can you tell that this is really a favorite of mine?
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 tassel 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.
Mindy goes on to explain 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 and Colorways
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).
Bear in mind that our kits do not use the yarn which Mindy used in her original piece (shown here in order to present the design). The yarn we offer for these kits can be seen in the inset photos on the top picture and again right below that.
You can see some stunning photos of other Early Morning Rain shawls on the Projects Pages here.
Squish is a new yarn from The Unique Sheep, exclusive to us here at EarthFaire. It is a 60%/20% /20% blend of superwash merino/ alpaca/ nylon that has a marvelous feel to it.
Each set of Gradiances here is composed of 6 skeinettes, each with 109 yards/ 25g so the full set gives you 654 yards/ 150g.
We have three wonderful colorways to offer here, two being absolutely brand-new and making their first appearances here.
1. Fire Fall is based on a photo I found of the Fire Fall in Yosemite. The Gradiance moves from fiery colors into the deeper coolness of purple shadows.
2. Ash is a wonderful neutral, a play on gray with a whisper of browns to them. Deepening from a gentle and pale hue into deeper and deeper tones, it ends just shy of charcoal.
3. Charmed is based on a photo of a gorgeous rose. It runs from a bright golden apricot into strawberry rose and pink sorbet.
The beads are optional on this design and can range from none to 1,000. Most of the knitters chose size 6/0 though Mindy's golden sample here used 5/0 triangles.
Mindy writes: Here are some “APPROXIMATE” bead count guidelines: 750-800 through Chapter 9. 1000 through Chapter 10 if “beaded as written”. 600 if no edge beading. 700-800 if beading edges as written and partial beading across some rows.
Of course you may decide not to use beads or to be more frugal in putting them on your piece -- regardless, each kit will include roughly 85 grams of beads or about the full 1,000.
If you would like fewer beads or even none at all, let me know and we'll set you up with your own preference.
Colorwise, there are lots of options for the beads. You might like beads which will stand out from the yarn or beads that mirror one or more colors. If you have a preference, tell me. Otherwise I will choose for you.
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.
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. And indeed, I recommend this option as you will also automatically get any addenda or corrections. If you decide on this, 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.
Make sure that both drop-down menus are set as you would like before you check out.
I am so delighted to be able to offer this!