Hooray! Back in stock!
(Ooops, sorry, Arctic sold out already. We do still have Patagonia in the strikingly lovely Holo Glitter yarn though -- details below.)
A lovely design by Susanna IC, Perseids is a tribute to the annual light show that Mother Nature puts on.
Please be sure to get your copy of the pattern from Susanna's Ravelry page here. What we offer is yarn and beads so you can knit this gorgeous shawl.
Here is what Susanna writes:
Every summer the Perseids meteor showers can be seen in the night skies of the Northern Hemisphere. Considered the best meteor shower of the year, its rate can reach more than sixty meteors per hour.
I took my inspiration from this incredible light show and designed a triangular shawl using an easy-to-knit lace that just flies off the needles. Much like the meteors in the sky, the lace itself has a lot of directional movement and I added sparkly beads in an interesting configuration to further reflect the original inspiration (approx 950 6/0 4.00 mm seed beads, optional).
The shawl is worked in fairly basic lace stitches from end-to-end with just one skein of this fingering yarn, so beautifully hand-dyed by Yarn Carnival. All the beads are optional and the shawl can be left unblocked (unblocked measurements: 26” deep and 53” long wingspan), which makes Perseids not only a quick project but also a perfect last minute gift.
The Yarn and Colorways
We are not kitting the exact yarn nor colorway that Susanna used in her original piece. You can see what we have in the inset photos on the top picture and then again right below that.
We have some truly awesome new yarn from Madeline Tosh. Basically Tosh Merino Light, these have additional glitter, with a fiber content of 90% merino wool/ 8% acrylic and 2% stellina.
There are 420 yards (384m) per skein which makes it just a bit less than Susanna recommends. One of the test knitters used less yardage (400 yards) and two used more.
Susanna writes further: Perseids can be customized in many ways. The size can be easily changed - it can be made larger or smaller just by working a different number of repeats of the lace chart.
So we will be including one skein of yarn in each kit. If you would like a second one, either go for two kits or contact me and we will work with you for a specially personalized kit as long as we have stock.
Susanna describes her original colorway as, "Richly nuanced teals and deep ocean blues, reminiscent of ocean depths and the colors of midnight sky in summer…" So we felt it was a great jumping off point for the colorways we are offering too.
The colorway of Arctic is what is called Tosh Merino Light + Holo Glitter. The stellina in this case is a striking mix of glowing metallic threads in copper and green and rose that look simply marvelous. The colorway of the yarn is a tonal blend of midnight blues, from a very dark to a somewhat lighter; the sky after sunset. Add beads to this and you have a truly awesome piece.
When we first offered these kits, the second colorway was orginally in Tosh Merino Light + Glitter. It is now the marvelous Tosh Merino Light + Holo Glitter, same as the Arctic yarn described above (though the colorway is obviously not the same). The yarn colorway is Patagonia.
Here again it is a tonal blend of blues, some light, some deeper, with some subtle splatters of olive. All of the blues in this colorway are in the aqua family ranging from pale to deeper. This looks to me like the sky right after dawn. The stellina threads are a bit rosy and gold to my eye. Wow, the stars will look wonderful against this background.
Beads are optional but will be added as part of this kit.
For a fully beaded shawl, as written, one would need about 950 size 6/0 beads.
Now, Susanna also writes: The beading scheme can be changed as well - you can bead a different number of pattern repeats or only the edges. You can choose to bead all the repeats for a truly super-beady shawl, or leave the beads off completely - the wrap will be beautiful without any beads.
We are offering two bead options via a drop-down menu you'll see under the first photo on this page. The kit will automatically have as part of it about 420 size 6/0 beads (35g). Or you can decide to go for the super-beady amount and 950 beads or about 80g.
Any way you choose, this will be quite a beautiful piece!
BTW, if you have a preference on bead color, let me know. Stars could of course be silver, but I also like more subtle looks with beads that mirror the yarn colors while still standing out. If I don't hear from you, I'll choose.
To sum up: This kit will include one skein of yarn + about 35g of 6/0 beads. If you want more yarn, you could either order two or contact me to set up something more specific. And if you want more beads there is that option via the drop-down menu.