Gallivanter/ Kits/ 2 Choices

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This (and the rest of the photos on this page) shows Nim's original piece.
This (and the rest of the photos on this page) shows Nim's original piece.

Nim Teasdale has come up with another set of gorgeous patterns, designed with travel knitting in mind.  Wonderful breaks from more complex designs, there are just plain fun and Nim's genius allows each to shine in its own special way.  

The Design

Here is how Nim describes Gallivanter

Gallivanter is a dynamic zigzagging triangle for fingering to worsted weight yarn.

Ideal for pairing a busy yarn with a quiet yarn, or two contrasting solids. It also works well with long colour run gradients, handspun, variegateds and striping yarns. Or try working from both ends of a gradient ball by winding off half the skein and working from the middle. (The sample uses a rainbow gradient striped with a solid.)

It can be worked in half garter (knit every other WS row), full garter (knit all WS rows), or mostly stockinette (purl WS rows until final 2 repeats of chart, then work garter rows as per pattern).

Designed with travel knitting in mind, it uses a short formula which is easy to memorise so you can knit on the bus, the train, or while chatting at knit night.

The Yarns

We have taken Nim's yarn suggestions to heart and though these kits won't give you the exact look of her original they will give you something that will sing as well. Her shawl as pictured here was knit with about 330 yards of a 2-ply sport weight with extremely long color repeats in a lovely rainbow color and 315 yards of a solid color which contrasts with some of the colors of the other and sometimes blends.  

Nim says that one can use any yarn from lace up to worsted weight, provided one adapts one's needles to your preferred density of fabric. 

Here we have some gorgeous kits in DK weight. 

Painted Sky is an intriguing yarn from Knitting Fever, similar to their Painted Desert, but a light worsted/ DK weight.  With long color runs (though not as long as the ones in the yarn Nim used), it is made up of 100% Superwash Wool and has about 218 yards per 100g.

Each ply is individually colored and yet matched with each of the other plies so that the whole is a wonderful melding of colors in a gradual transition.  The colors are twisted around each other so they are slightly tweedy and change gradually, giving a very fine look indeed.  

The solid color yarn is from Debbie Bliss, her Rialto DK. This is made up of 100% extrafine merino superwash and has 116 yards (105m) per 50 gram ball. The yarn itself has an interesting cable construction which allows excellent stitch definition and adds a great springiness to the whole.  

Each kit will have two skeins of Painted Sky for a total of 436 yards plus 3 balls of Rialto DK for a total of 348 yards.  So your total yardage per kit is 784 yards, enough for quite a substantial and beautiful piece. 

The Colorways

We have two sets to offer here in our kits: 

1.  Painted Sky in Dusk + Rialto DK in Mallard:   Dusk is a lovely twilight-y color, with blue and purple and greens from spring green into olive, and probably a few other nuances in between that I missed.  The overall looks is a deep cool blend.  The Mallard picks up on one of the greens so your piece will be a cool song to summer.  

2. Painted Sky in Wine/ Violet + Rialto DK in Mulberry:  The Wine/Violet is a marvelous range of many colors -- sort of the sunset over the desert.  I see gold and red and brown blending into greens into violets and wines.  Quite striking.  The Mulberry mirrors just one of the colors in the blend -- a gorgeous plum jam --- and will contribute beautifully to the whole. 

The Pattern

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 Nim.  You can simply get this one pattern or go for the entire e-book.  This will ensure you get any future updates as well as store the pattern(s) in your Ravelry library.  If you decide on that, 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.

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 it right before I ship your kit).

So there are two drop-down menus to make sure to set as you would like before you check out.