Myndie/ Design by Ambah/ Kits of Many Choices

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Autumn Rose
Autumn Rose
Dirty Hippie
Dirty Hippie
One of Ambah's original pieces.
One of Ambah's original pieces.
Another of Ambah's
Another of Ambah's


When Ambah sent me this gorgeous shawl pattern, I knew immediately that we had to put together some kits for it right away!

Myndie is perfect summertime knitting.  It is simple while still being interesting; it is elegant as well as fun. 

The Design

Here is how Ambah describes this beauty: 

Myndie is the 5th installment of the Chroma Collection 2016. Designed to make the most of a single skein of yarn - choose between two sizes to make the most of your skein.
In addition to being a fast and fun knit, Myndie makes a perfect trans-seasonal accessory and works beautifully with gradient, solid or variegated yarns. 

Myndie is named after the Australian Aboriginal word for Serpent. During the process of making samples my honey commented that he thought they looked like snake skins lying about the house! That gave inspiration for the name.

Ambah suggests that one simply, "Take a skein of your favourite yarn and create an easy to wear, slightly asymmetrical triangular shawl."

I'm game!

The Yarn

If you look at the Project Pages for this beauty, you will see that the test knitters used quite a variety of yarn and colors for this design and they all have something special to them. 

Our kits do not use the same yarns as any of those nor the original one that Ambah knit.  You can see the yarn we offer in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that.  The other photos are there to show you the design and as a jumping off point for your imagination.

Ambah recommends fingering weight yarn, about 437 yards (400m) for the small size and 656 yards (600m) for the large.  

The sample shown here was knit in the smaller size and (after blocking) measures roughly 77" (196 cm) x 12" (30 cm).  The larger size will measure about 98" (250 cm) x 15" (39 cm).

The yarn we have here is from Freia Handpaints and is a blend of 70% merino/ 30% silk.  

The colorways we offer here are specially dyed by Freia Handpaints in a most unusual way. This type they call ombré and has smooth, slow color gradations. This particular Ombré yarn is available in 75 gram (2.64 ounce) pre-wound balls each with 330 yards (301m).   Tina (the amazing dyer) carefully transitions four or five colors per ball making for very long, yet still dramatic color changes.

The photos of the yarn are pretty accurate, and although the balls of yarn look different one to the next, all in one photo are of the same colorway, simply starting the range of colors at a different end.  

Your kit will include two balls of each for your total yardage of 660 yards (602m).  

This is enough yarn to use to knit the larger size.  And you have your choice of starting at either end of the colorway and moving on to the other, plus with two balls you can start your second ball where you ended up with your first and have a very long transition of color. 

The Colorways

We are delighted that we can offer a few colorways here -- this takes quite a while to dye and thus to get in stock.  

1.  Autumn Rose is something of a misnomer in that I see it more as a springtime colorway than an autumn one.  It ranges from a lovely rose gradually into a rich yellow-green.  

You will notice that Ambah's original pieces used colorways that very slowly and gradually transition within one color group; for example see that the grey piece goes quite gradually from a medium grey to a deep charcoal.  

The Freia colorways are just a bit shorter and each ball should take you at least to the half-way point on the larger size.  As an example, if knitting Autumn Rose in Myndie, I think I'd start with the green at the smaller end and progress to the glory of the rose in the center and then take up the rose of the next ball to finally finish up back at the green at the end. That is an individual aesthetic decision of course; it would look awesome in the opposite way as well.  

2.  Dirty Hippie is another colorway where I kind of object to the name.  Nothing dirty about this blend of colors -- these are brilliant almost-fluorescent colors, reminiscent of the day-glo posters of the 60's.  The range goes from turquoise into red-violet into fuchsia into orange into chartreuse.  (Sorry, sold out)

Really striking, this could be used from either end and create a fantastic song to summer!  The colors are perfect for mirroring the flowers of the tropics.  

3.  Nightshade is definitely more subdued.  This lovely colorway is simply a play on violets ranging from a meidum red-violet into a deep and rich tone and then lightening up again slightly on the blue side of violet.  

Reminds me of the twilight right after sunset.  Or perhaps it better says the lovely purple flowers of May -- violets with lilacs with wisteria, all together in a springtime garden.  

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 Ambah via her Ravelry web page. This is what you should do if you like having your patterns saved in your Ravelry library. 

Alternatively, if you would like a printed copy, 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 do so right before shipping your kit).