Rapunzel: A MKAL With TUS/ Pre-Order

Price: $55.00
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Another new Mystery Knit Along (MKAL) that we are participating in with The Unique Sheep (TUS) and designed by Janine LeCras. 

How it works:

Note to those who did the last MKAL:  We will be honoring the coupon code that you received with your last clue from TUS.

Please note also that here we are taking Pre-Orders:  This means that your yarn will be dyed in the colorway of your choice and in the yarn base that you choose.  There are optional beads (you decide if you want them or not).  This whole process takes time, of course. 

Here are the important dates:

The MKAL begins July 6, 2018.

Anyone who orders by June 6th can be assured that your order will arrive before the KAL.  Ordering between June 6th and July 6th means we'll try our best, but no promises.  

Weekly "clues" will be sent out either via email or sent to your Ravelry library.  If you want the clues stored in your Ravelry library, make sure to let us know your Rav name when you order. 

The pattern will be emailed to you in pieces. On the first day you'll receive the instructions for the first part of the pattern. In the following weeks you'll receive the rest of the pattern, bit by bit. But you won't see a finished picture of the shawl until the very end!

Announcements and conversation will take place on the Ravelry group board so please join us there! The designer (Janine le Cras) and the dyers (Kelly Eells and Laura Lough) will be active on the Ravelry board and Facebook Group to answer questions about the pattern and cheer you on! (And I, as Ellen of EarthFaire, will pop in from time to time as well.)

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Design

This next KAL is inspired by the classic story of Rapunzel. See some of our inspiration on our Pinterest board

Designed by Janine le Cras, this traditional faroese shaped shawl is worked in lace weight yarn and can be knit in any of our lace weight bases. It incorporates Estonian stitches but the nupps have all been replaced with optional beads.

Yarn

This shawl uses 5oz of lace weight yarn and is larger than previous lace weight KAL shawls.

If you'd like to try something new, there is a new offering from The Unique Sheep of a linen/ silk yarn as a special option just for this KAL. This new yarn is a luxurious blend of 65% silk and 35% linen. It is a bit heavier than most of our other lace weight yarns (992yd per 4oz). It has a beautiful silky shine similar to that of Marici but broken up with slubs and texture from the linen. Most importantly, it blocks beautifully and holds its shape with crisp stitch definition thanks to the linen. It takes color more muted than Ling or Marici.  (Sorry, no longer available).

The other yarn choices are all the "usual"  lace weight yarn  from TUS, and can be knit in Eos, Chasca, Ostara, Selene, Ling or Marici. There is a great post on the Ravelry site by Kelly that describes these in depth.

Some being more expensive than others have an addition on the drop-down menu -- this amount will be added to the base price as you check out.  

Beads

Bead Requirements: aproximately 1,470 size 8/0 beads (optional).  We will include well more than that in either Miyuki or Toho beads (the highest quality worldwide). 

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Colorways

You can choose to knit with a regular colorway or one of our Gradiance colorways. It looks great with or without beads. 

We are assuming any colorway you choose will be dyed as a Gradiance colorway.  If you would prefer a "regular" colorway, contact me first. .  

We have some special exclusive-to-EarthFaire colorways listed in our drop-down menu. 

Earth Faire exclusives are those you can only get through us. Almost all are shown on these Flickr pages , though we are constantly working with Kelly to create new ones and those might be a bit late having their pictures taken.  Feel free to contact me if you would like more descriptions or other photos. 

You can also get through us any or all of the colorways that Laura and Kelly dye for The Unique Sheep.  Just set the drop-down menu to "Other" and tell us what.  We'll make sure you get your choice.  

Some of these colorways are based on circles of color. You will notice in the drop-down menu that quite a few ask you to "choose your numbers". 

Each circle has 12 possible skeinettes of color. You can choose any 5 consecutive colors to make your own personalized colorway.

For this 5-skein set: you must do is choose the number to start with.  A number of the photos on this page show circles or color strips that are labeled by number. If you want, for example, to start with 10, then your set will have the skeins noted as 10, 11, 12, 1, 2.

(We are showing pictures of the circles on this page just to make it a bit easier to select, plus a few others you might not be familiar with.)

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