EarthStar: Kits

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Our Kit A:  Blue Lagoon and Black
Our Kit A: Blue Lagoon and Black
A photo of the Blue Lagoon to better show you this lovely yarn.
A photo of the Blue Lagoon to better show you this lovely yarn.
Our Kit B:  Teal-Violet plus Eggplant
Our Kit B: Teal-Violet plus Eggplant
Nim's original shawl
Nim's original shawl

Another strikingly lovely design by Nim Teasdale, I fell in love.  :-)  EarthStar is a pattern that lends itself to all sorts of gorgeous colors and yarns.  

I'll quote her here:

Earthstar is a fun striped semicircular shawl overlaid with a cable motif radiating from a central point in a star shape.

The star is made of a series of wedges which gradually shift into a slip stitch (mosaic) zigzag pattern, then into a lace mesh that can be worked in stripes for a unique 2 colour effect.

The cables are integrated into the knitting, rather than being stitched on afterwards. The shawl is worked in stripes, and the cable lines are made by knitting cables in the working colour as you normally would, then on rows of the other colour those stitches that form the cable line are slipped without being knit. So it’s easier than it looks.

Note that the size of the shawl is quite adaptable as both the texture stitch and the lace sections can be worked to any size.

The Yarn and Colorways

We did not put together kits using the same yarn or colors that Nim used in her original.  You can see what we came up with in the inset photo on the top picture and again below that. 

She mentions that the shawl is ideal for solids/semi-solids, a gradient and solid, or a pair of dappled gradients, as she used in her original.

One can used fingering to DK weight yarn in any yardage between approx 700-1000m (990-1100y) or even decide to skip charts 2&3 for a smaller shawl.

So what we offer as kits are selections that combine one yarn with very long gradients of color plus a solid (or almost-solid) that contrasts with it.

I am pleased with what we have put together. 

*****

Kit A: 

1.  The gradient yarn here is from Trendsetter, their Paradigm, made up of 95% merino wool + 5% ply metal.  There are 660 yards/ 150g.  

The colorway is called Blue Lagoon and is truly a play on blues.  It runs from a deep almost-navy and lightens up as it progresses to end with a pale close-to-gray cloudy sky color.  The metal is silver, flecks that are soft but still catch the light, looking like tiny stars in the sky. 

2.  I tried various blues as the contrast color but couldn't find one that was different enough from the various blues in Blue Lagoon to be sure it would stand out well.  So I went with Black from Manos del Uruguay's Alegria yarn.  This yarn is 75% wool/ 25% nylon and has 445 yards (405m)/ 100g.  

So your Kit A will have 1,105 yards in total with one skein of each. 

*****

Kit B:  

1.  The gradiently dyed yarn here is from Katia, the Inifinity Shawl, 100% virgin wool with 656 yards (600m)/ 150g.  

The colorway wasn't given a name; it is simply #311 "Teal-Violet", and ranging from a soft teal into cream into a somewhat greyed violet.  

2.  Our contrast skein here is from Malabrigo, their Mechia with 100% merino superwash and 420 yards (385m)/ 100g.  The colorway is Eggplant, deep and rich, a dark slightly-greyed violet that goes beautifully on the Infinity Scarf #311 colorway.  

Your Kit B, with one skein of each, will give you 1,076 yards. 

*****

The Pattern

The design can be worked entirely from the written pattern, or from charts with some notes.

The kit does not automatically include the pattern, nor has its cost been factored in.  We offer three ways to get it. 

Many knitters like to get theirs directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Nim via her Ravelry web page. Then you will automatically get any updates and also have a copy saved in your Rav library.  In that case, set the Pattern drop-down menu to "No Pattern Needed." 

However, if you decide that you would like a printed copy, we can do that.  Please make sure the drop-down menu is set to that.

We also can email the pattern to you via email (please be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and generally do that right before shipping your kit).

Just make sure that drop-down menu is set as you would like before you check out.

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