Oh my goodness gracious!
Sometimes things just come together so well -- gives me goosebumps!
Here is a lovely design by a new (new to us, at least) designer, Jennifer Leigh. Here is how she describes her Fire Thief:
This pattern is a three-dimensional shawl meant to wrap cozily around your neck and shoulders, and stay put without any pinning or slipping. It starts with a circle designed to cup one shoulder, and continues into a Curl that wraps nicely around your neck. Knit it as long and large as you personally prefer!
... The motifs are designed so the shawl doesn’t have a right and a wrong side; everything is in reversible knit/purl patterns. There are also optional beads. :-) I hope you enjoy knitting this as much as me!
Jennifer also designed this with the idea of creating a circular start that at some point breaks free to be worked back and forth, rather than having circles or triangles or simple rectangles. So you will find this design has a most intriguing newness to learn and play with.
The original yarn that Jennifer used in the shawl you see on this page was the Abstract Fibers colorway Bonfire on the base Temptation. She felt that that complimented the stitch pattern that was evocative of flames and the colorway’s short stretches of color allowed for three to four stitch pops of color to occasionally stack to make little snaps and flashes.
Unfortunately, though I did try I wasn't able to get this yarn in for us here.
However, serendipity strikes again!
Kristi of Shalimar Yarns just introduced a gorgeous (!!) new yarn called Aerie.
This is a 70 % Superwash merino/ 20% kid mohair/ 10% silk blend, with 420 yards per skein.
The mohair is not brushed; this yarn is not a fuzzy mohair kind, fear not!
Here is what Kristi wrote me: Yes, Aerie is my new favorite yarn It takes the dye amazingly and is strong yet so very soft for a single ply.
And let me tell you, when I opened the box and looked at the yarn, I literally gasped! Gorgeous!
These all look to have short color repeats and thus would work beautifully in this design.
1. Dock of the Bay plays with cool blues and purples -- this mix is strikingly wonderfully deep and rich.
2. Enchanted is a warm blend of hues, golds and limes and deep amber.
3. Jubilee is very close to the original colorway that Jennifer used in her piece. It is again warm mix, this time of rust and amber and smatterings of gold. Gorgeous (am I repeating myself?).
4. Lean on Me is the rich greens of a summer garden. Ranging from lime to evergreen and with true greens in between, it makes my heart sing! (Sorry, this one is sold out)
Each kit will include one skein of yarn so you will have 420 yards, enough for the small, the medium, or the large size of this beautiful shawl which is what is shown here.
If you would rather make the extra large, which is the one shown here, you would need an extra skein. Feel free to contact us about that, and if we have stock we'd be delighted to set you up with a larger kit.
Now when it came time to decide on the beads, Jennifer leaves them optional, and up to the individual knitter.
She does indicate on the charts where they could go well but she does not give a number needed --- all she writes is "minimum of several thousand, depending on knitter's choice."
Well, I queried Jennifer and she wrote to me that the small only takes 188, the medium takes 426 and the large takes 760 beads. It is only when one gets into the extra large size that one needs thousands.
Jennifer also has a special video demonstrating how to make and use a beading tool she created: you can see it here.
So here is what we're going to do: each kit will include two 35 gram containers of 6/0 beads (about 840 beads) , picked to work well with the yarn color you choose. And if you want to make the extra large size, contact us and we'll talk about what you will need.
Note 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 Jennifer via her Ravelry web page. In that case, set the Pattern drop-down menu to "No Pattern Needed."
Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, please make sure the 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 that right before shipping your kit). Just make sure that drop-down menu is set as you would like before you check out.