Kyra, the Friendship Shawl: Beaded Kits from TUS

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Dragon's Dawn as dyed in the Linen/Silk yarn.
Dragon's Dawn as dyed in the Linen/Silk yarn.
Ashton's original shawl, © Ashton Betton
Ashton's original shawl, © Ashton Betton

This time we offer a very different set of yarns for Kyra, in a most lovely colorway called Dragon's Dawn.  Read on for more details. 

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Oh my goodness gracious!  This shawl is jaw-droppingly gorgeous! 

By Ashton Betton, we offer here some kits to knit Kyra: The Friendship Shawl

Now, part of what we all enjoy with our knitting is being able to take off from one place and make some changes so that we end up in a place uniquely our own.  And we thought that there might very well be knitters who love this design but would want to go with a warmer colorway.  So we changed the overall look by playing with the colorway.  (More on that below.)

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Please make sure to get the pattern from the designer's Ravelry page here What we offer is some delicious yarn and beads to create this beauty.

And all pattern sales are being donated to Alzheimers research!

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Please note that the design is best for an intermediate or experienced lace knitter.   Each section of the shawl construction is broken down into 3 or 4 charts. Each section contains the sequence for knitting each chart.

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Here is what Ashton writes: 

Kyra is a top down crescent shawl inspired by Herbert Niebling’s ‘Christel’ doily.

The leaf motif from the original is adapted to create overlapping leaves and give the shawl more depth, and the crescent shape is completed with the addition of wings on either side.

The stitch pattern at the bottom edge has been completely reworked to maintain the proportions of the shawl and remove the excess fabric of the original doily.

The Yarn

Our yarn is not the same as what Ashton used in her original.   

Our yarns are specially dyed for us by Kelly of The Unique Sheep and can be seen in the inset photo on the top picture and again below that. 

As what is needed is a fingering weight or lace weight yarn with a total between 858 - 1390 yards (785 - 1271 m), we decided to go with a delicious lace weight yarn.

The yarn was dyed by Kelly of The Unique Sheep.  It is the TUS's  Linen/Silk, a blend of 35% linen and 65% silk, a heavy lace weight.  The yarn is divided into six smaller skeins each of 25g with 219 yards so you will have a total of 1,314 yards + or -.

The Colorway

This colorway all started with a visit to the Iris Gardens in Montclair, NJ, back in May of 2010. The irises were in bloom and many of these flowers displayed mixes of colors that I had never considered putting together.

The one that I really loved was an iris with soft delicate apricot into richer orange and nuances of rose and violet. I took a photo and sent it on to Kelly, and voila!

A new colorway is born. Kelly captured it beautifully.

But even though it was inspired by the Iris Gardens we felt that calling it by that name would be too confusing -- iris generally means something in the purple family.

And these colors are so very reminiscent of a soft and delicate sunrise. And the fiery glow of a dragon. Hence Dragon's Dawn.

Now interestingly, as you know, different fibers take dye colors differently, and the yarn being linen and silk it has its own unique look.  The photos here are very accurate (on my monitor) and the whole is gorgeous indeed.  

Moving from a delicious rose into strawberry into apricot into an eggnog --- yum!

Beads

Beads are optional for this shawl but will be included in your kit (unless you tell us otherwise). 

As this is lace weight yarn, we will be including 8/0 beads and to be sure you have enough, each kit will have about 50g of beads (roughly 2,000)

If you have a preference on bead color, tell me.  Otherwise I wll pick for you. 

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