We again are able to open up this web page for taking a limited number of pre-orders for this gorgeous beaded shawl.
You can expect that the kits will start shipping in roughly 4 to 6 weeks as these yarns are dyed to order.
(You can find our policy here on shipping and pre-orders.)
Details are below. Please contact us if you have any questions.
And! We are having an informal KAL over at our Ravelry forum. Do come join in!
This is a stunning beaded shawl design by Nim Teasdale
Nim created a gorgeous shawl. This kit will make an asymmetric triangle with bands of lace along the long edge.
The body is in a combination of garter and slipped stitches, with short floats running on both sides of the work to integrate the colour. It blocks into a light waffley sort of texture. The lace is on the long edge of the work, for greater impact with less fiddling.
And there are beads in the lace! They're fairly subtle, but they open out the lace beautifully.
The yarn is Nimbus, (an EarthFaire exclusive), a 100% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester (BFL) yarn.
Not quite as fine as merino though plenty soft enough for next-to-skin wear. What it does have that merino doesn't is a lovely drape and even a shine. A shawl of BFL will swing and sway as you walk. And the scales of this wool, being shaped differently, reflect the light and gives quite a lovely look indeed.
A 100 gram set gives roughly 436 yards. Your kit will include 5 smaller 25 gram skeins from the color circle described below plus a 50 gram skein of a Contrast Color. Thus your kit will give you roughly 532 + 213 = 745 yards in total.
Please note: the original shawls were knit with smaller sets of four skeins + contrast color skein but it was found that this was a bit tight, yardage-wise. So we expanded the set to include 5 smaller skeins + contrast skein, thus giving you an extra 109 yards to use as you please.
This piece will be available in a new and exclusive colorway from The Unique Sheep. The colorway is very summery which is a wonderful plus!
The colors are awesome! Kelly of The Unique Sheep has created a gorgeous color circle that simply sings of the colors of the rainbow! We have decided to name the colorway after a dragon made up of crystalline prisms of light (a character in a wonderful set of books by Faith Hunger) called a Arcenciel.
The color circle can be seen in the photo on this page. You choose your own set of five consecutive skeins --- picture a clock in the middle of the circle and tell me what "o'clock" to start from.
In other words, for example, if you want to start at 12:00 then you will get in your kit 12, 1, 2, 3, and 4. Or, as another example, if you want to start at 6;00, then you will get skeins 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10.
Then you have to choose a contrast color, your choice of A, B, or C. If you choose the contrast color from the oppositie side of the clock, then you will have a true contrast. If you choose a contrast color from the same side of the clock it will blend a bit more.
Take a look at the third photo on this page.
A = turquoise
B = rose
C = yellow with a touch of green
The test knitting was done both ways. So go ahead and match your Gradiance set to the Contrast Skein to suit your personal taste .
As one example, if you decide to choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 as your Gradiance colors and you want a strong contrast, you would likely choose the yellow-green as it does not appear in that Gradiance set. On the other hand, if you'd like more of a blending, then the rose or the turquoise would work beautifully, depending on what look you want to emphasize.
Nim has put beads in among the lace work of this shawl and it looks great. She used 386 beads for the smaller size and 592 size 6/0 beads for the larger size -- we will be including enough for the larger with a few extras for you.
The original shawls had bead colors to mirror their contrast skeins. Unless you tell me different, that is what we'll give you.
The pattern is not automatically part of the kit.
If you so choose, you can get the pattern on Nim's Ravelry page. This will give you a copy in your Ravelry library and automatically receive any updates. In this case, set the drop-down menu above to "No Pattern Needed."
If you would prefer a printed copy or a PDF via email, please select that option via the "Pattern" drop-down menu. The PDF file will be emailed right before your kit is shipped.
Please note that there are three drop-down menus to be set before you check out.
The "Color" one is to pick the starting point for your five small Gradiance skeins.
The "Choices" one gives you the Contrast Color, either A, B, or C.
And the "Pattern" one is for the form that you would like your pattern to come in.
We think you will be very pleased indeed.