I don't know how it happened, but I somehow missed this beautiful shawl by Nim Teasdale when she first released it over the summer.
I will try to make it up to all of you now with some wondrous kits now for Mechanical Mermaid.
Here is what Nim writes:
Mechanical Mermaid is a versatile deep triangle, with subtle shaping which makes it perfect for snuggling, or draping with flair.
This pattern uses three small design components as building blocks which can be assembled and reassembled in a variety of ways to create visual diversity, and to allow the knitter to explore different results.
Adaptable to any yardage of fingering to DK weight yarn.
Pattern can be worked entirely from written instructions, or from charts with notes.
The name was inspired by a speckled yarn in a colourway called Salty Tales, and the complementing rusty orange semi-solid. The eyelet stitch pattern is reminiscent of scales to me, and as the netting knit up, it seemed to catch a rather rusty mermaid.
The Yarn and Colorways
Total honesty here, for me this design didn't really sing to me until I saw the beautiful shawls on the Project Pages.
These kits will require some imagination on your part as the colors and yarns are unique, but I think those other finished shawls will help a lot. You can see what we offer in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that. The photos of Nim's shawl are here so you can see the design itself.
The shawl itself is of a very adaptable sizing, depending on the wieght and amount of yarn used. Nim's original piee used about 550 yards of fingering weight yarn -- about 340 yards of one (her speckled colorway) and about 210 yards of the other (the rust).
All of our kits are fingering weight.
****Kit A and B are no longer available.***
This kit is made up of Madeline Tosh yarns. One skein of each of the following will make up each kit, giving you 420 yards + 420 yds = 840 yards total.
1. The yarn is Tosh Merino Light, 100% merino wool with 420 yards/ skein. The colorway is called Ceremony and is a tonal blend of varying intensities of blue-violet. Rich and with a marvelous depth.
2. This yarn is BFL Sock and is 100% Blue Faced Leicester Wool , again with 420 yards per skein. Called Stormborn, this is a speckled colorway, with rich teals and blues and navy and black on a cream base.
Again a kit made up of Madeline Tosh yarns. Both of these are BFL Sock as described in Kit C. The kit will consist of one skein of each as described here:
1. Yoko is a variegated ayrnw ith some speckles as well. On a cream base are shots and bursts and dots of brown and blue and amber, with some subtle spots of gold and red as well. The overall look bends more to a cream-brown-orange warmth.
2. Antique Moonstone is a variegated blending of steel blues and coppery brown. It works beautifully with Yoko -- the two make for a wonderfully warm look.
No, not this one, not exactly. Nim didn't design this with beads in mind.
There are lots of neat places one could put them. It would be totally up to you where and how many (though feel free to email me if you'd like some suggestions).
We are offering that option via the drop-down menu above -- if you opt to get beads, you will have 20 grams of size 6/0 beads, or roughly 240 beads to play with.
If you have a preference on color, tell me. Otherwise I will choose for you.
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 via her Ravelry web page. And really, I think that might be best as that way you can be sure to get any updates and it will be stored in your Ravelry library. If you decide to go this route, make sure the drop-down menu is set to "No Pattern Needed."
Of course, if you would like a printed copy, we can do that. Please make sure the "Pattern" 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 so right before I ship your kit).