Back in stock! (And great fun too....)
There is a really striking free design in this issue of Knitty.com , created by Pinpilan Wangsai and called Pincha.
I saw it and I fell in love. So I emailed Pinpilan and asked for permission to use her photos and suggest yarns for this beauty -- and I am delighted that she said yes!
Here is how she describes this beauty:
I’ve always loved the look of variegated yarn, but I’ve never been wowed by how they knit up. I’m a control freak when it comes to aesthetics and the thought of colors pooling willy nilly drove me crazy. I’ve always avoided them because I didn’t know how to tame them.
But one day my boyfriend brought me a gorgeous skein of Spritzer yarn from Cruellas. One look at the shifting turquoise, leaf greens and emeralds and I fell in love. (With the yarn, and maybe a little bit more in love with him as well.) I started dreaming up ways I can show these beautiful color changes to their best advantage. The name of this lovely colorway tipped me off: Peacock Plumes.
Pincha comes from the word peacock feather in Sanskrit. It’s one of my favorite poses in yoga, lifting the body up, balancing on your forearm, your feet reaching for the sky, light as a feather.
And in a way this shawl is like that, inspired by the vision of feathers gliding lightly off each other creating a beautiful wrap that swirls around your neck. The shawl is made up of Repeating feather motifs. You knit one feather at a time. Each feather slides away from the previous one reaching further and further, building up in to a lovely wing-like shape.
Oh my yes yes yes indeed!
Now Pinpilan writes also that only one skein of any sock yarn of your choice can be used. This design looks its best when the color is variegated. Take a look at these Project Pages for a look at some real beauties.
What we have put together on this web page is simply a selection of some variegated fingering weight yarns that we think would look lovely knit up into this design.
Our yarns are not the same as what Pinpilan used in her original. You can see our offerings in the inset photos on the top picture and again below that. The other photos of the designer's original pieces are there to show you how it can all come together and allow you to use your imagination.
What we have here are some lovely colorways of Ella Rae Lace Merino that we feel would work beautifully for this kit. This yarn is a 100% SuperWash Extrafine Merino Wool with approx 460 yards per 100g skein. It feels lovely and has a tight twist which shows stitchwork especially well.
One skein will make up each kit.
We had a number of very lovely color mixes to offer here, all variegated yarns. All we currently have left in stock is:
Diverse Artistic: I love it when a colorway comes with a name! :-) This is a striking blend of colors I would never have thought to put together but which look lovely. There are a few blues, from a light sky blue, a deeper medium blue, a deeper still indigo and there are some puprles along with reds and corals. Quite lovely and one that I think will look great in this design.
No, this design was not written with any beads. But couldn't you just see them at the ends of each leaf, a glistening dewdrop adding just a smidgen of weight to the piece?
We are offering an option of getting about 10 grams of size 6/0 beads with the kit. :-) Just for the fun of it.
They will be chosen to look great with the yarn you choose, either as a striking contrast or a mirror of the yarn color. If you have a preference, let me know. Otherwise I will choose for you.
Please note that the pattern is not included in this particular Kit.
You must download it directly from Knitty.com or more specifically, from the Pincha web page. You can access it as often as you like.