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This is a design that we carried a few years ago and decided we wanted to bring back in. It is such a beauty and looks great with these yarns and glowing beads.
By Heidi Barrett, this lovely shawl is a simple conglomeration of wonderfulness! Here is how Heidi describes Saturn's Embrace:
This shawl is a lovely display of the beauty of the long repeats of yarns such as Noro. The heart shape of the shawl creates a garment that hugs the shoulders and easily stays in place, versus shawls that you have to continually tug or pin in place to keep on.
Directions are both written and charted and provide instruction for both the beaded and non-beaded version of the shawl...
Heidi has made a wonderful pattern which allows for free substitution of yarns, and a marvelous whole. What we offer here is not the same yarns as she used in her original pieces. The ones in this kit can be seen in the inset photos on the top picture and again right below that.
The pattern originally called for one skein of a yarn with a long color repeat, two colors of a DK weight yarn to "go" with the multi, and your choice of beads or not. Her original selection included Noro Silk Garden Sock plus two DK weight yarns in solid hues. Now since then, Noro has created some gorgeous Silk Garden Sock Solids, in the exact same composition but in solid colorways, some with very subtle smatterings of other hues.
What we have put together is kits using one skein of Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn plus one each of two colorways of Silk Garden Solid.
Both Silk Garden Sock and Silk Garden Sock Solo are closer to sport weight/ DK weight yarns than a fingering weight, with 300 meters/ 100 gram ball (that is about 328 yards). They are composed of 40% Wool, 25% Silk, 25% Polyamide, 10% Mohair.
They do have a reputation for being a bit stiff to knit with but I have found that once they are washed they soften up amazingly into a truly delicious yarn. And bear in mind also, that these yarns are minimally processed -- the manufacturing is done with as little impact on the environment as possible. As a result you will occasionally find pieces of vegetation still in the fibers; just pull it out and continue.
Here they are described in the order the photos are in to the right:
1. Vibrant Meadow (color S211) in Noro Silk Garden Sock has rich and deep colors: turquoise, green, wine, orange, brown, black and probably a few more of those in-between tones. With it we added in Noro Silk Garden Sock Solid in Dark Brown, a tweedy almost-solid, and Natural, a wonderful colorway with a base of ecru and spots of gentle colors of all sorts -- this mirrors much of the Silk Garden Sock's long colorways in soft tones (pinks, turquoise, lime, among others) and in addition brightens up the whole.
2. Blues (color S396) is my rather pedestrian name for a lovely Silk Garden Sock that has blues, blacks and purples in a dramatic whole. With it we put in Silk Garden Solo, the Light Grey and the Charcoal, both tweed colorways that will contrast beautifully.
Make your selection via the drop-down menu. And remember, always, if you would like to switch anything around, I am just an email away and very willing to work with you to create the kit that sings to you best.
Beads are optional in this design; if you add them, they enhance the whole. If you decide against it, your piece will still be awesome.
If you decide to add these, you will need 375 size 6/0s. Your kit will include well more than that. (BTW, you have a choice between adding the beads via a thin crochet hook, dental floss, or pre-threading the beads onto the yarn, whatever you find works best for you. )
There are lots of colors of beads that I like with each set. They might be a neutral that goes with the whole or or perhaps ones that mirror one of the colors in the yarns. If you have a preference, let me know; otherwise I will choose for you.
Note 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 Heidi via her Ravelry web page. 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 generally do that right before I ship your kit).
Just make sure that both drop-down menus are set as you would like before you check out.
This is tremendous fun to knit and creates an amazing shawl.