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 the full pattern for Rapunzel that was sent to you 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. This of course takes time.
(You can find our policy here on shipping and pre-orders.)
There are optional beads (you decide if you want them or not). More details below.
Here are the important dates:
The MKAL begins Junuary 11, 2019.
Anyone who orders by December 11th can be assured that your order will arrive before the KAL. Ordering between December 11th and January 11th 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.)
This next KAL is inspired by Snow White!
Designed by Janine le Cras, this circular shawl is worked in fingering weight yarn and can be knit in any of our fingering weight bases.
This shawl is designed as a full circle. Because circular shawls can be a challenge to wear, it will also be offered as a circular "cape"-- i.e. a circle with a slit down the front. Instructions will be included for BOTH versions!
This shawl is worked in fingering weight yarn and can be knit in any of the fingering weight bases you find on the website of The Unique Sheep plus a few special ones available through EarthFaire only. .
There is a great write-up by Kelly about many of these yarns here which you might find very helpful.
The special EarthFaire ones include:
Luna: this yarn is 75% superwash Merino, 20% nylon, 5% Stellina. The merino is springy and delicious, the nylon adds strength. Stellina is a non-metal fiber, a silver tone in Luna.
Nimbus is a 100% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester (BFL) yarn. Not quite as fine as merino though plenty soft enough for next-to-skin wear. What it does have that merino doesn't is a lovely drape and even a shine. A shawl of BFL will swing and sway as you walk. And the scales of this wool, being shaped differently, reflect the light and gives quite a lovely look indeed.
Leeana is a 51/49 blend of cultivated silk/ merino (just a bit more silk than merino). The best of both fibers, this has some of the memory/bounce from the merino with the beautiful shine that comes from silk.
Squish: a brand-new yarn, composed of a blend of 60% merino/ 20% alpaca/ 20% nylon. It has a delcious squishiness to it and a softness tempered with the memory that is characteristic of wool. It is plied and will show stitch work beautifully.
Please note that the price varies depending on your yarn preference. Make sure to select the correct option for the yarn of your choice. (If there is no additional charge added via the drop-down menu then a kit in that yarn is the base price you see under the top photo on this page.)
Additional Special Yarn Option: There will also be a special Linen/Silk blend base that the Unique Sheep doesn't normally carry. For those of you who joined the KAL for Rapunzel, this is a fingering weight version of the lace linen/silk we offered at that time. The linen and silk are lightly blended so that it dyes up with a heathered look with subtle slubs. Though this is a winter KAL, we know that many of you will be finishing your shawls just in time for early spring so we thought a warmer weather yarn option might be fun. The linen/silk fingering weight yarn was the top choice in our Ravelry poll.
Note that the Linen/Silk will take the dye a bit softer, less saturated.
You can choose to knit with a regular colorway or one of our Gradiance colorways. It looks great with or without beads.
You can choose a regular colorway or one of our Gradiance colorways -- if you do not specify, however, I will assume you want a Gradiance set.
We have our special exclusive-to-EarthFaire colorways listed in our drop-down menu. We are showing pictures of the circles on this page (more details about color circles below) just to make it a bit easier to select, plus a few others you might not be familiar with.
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.
Our Color Circles
Some of our 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".
A number of the photos on this page show circles or color strips that are labeled by number.
Each circle has 12 possible skeinettes of color. You can choose any 6 consecutive colors to make your own personalized colorway or you might like to go with a full circle of 12 colors, to make up the full 300 grams of the kit.
If you choose to go with a 6-skein set: you will get 6 skeins of consecutive colors, 50g each. You must choose your starting color. If you want, for example, to start with 10, then your set will have the skeins noted as 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3.
Or you can ask for a full circle of color. The 300 grams that make up the shawl will then be divided into small 25g skeinettes to make up the full circle of 12.
The beads are optional but they do add such a wonderful something to the shawl, don't you think?
What is needed is approximately 750-800 size 6/0 beads.
If you choose to add them to your kit, I will be selecting them based on the colors of your yarn. If you prefer them as a strong contrast, let me know. Or indeed if you have any kind of color preference.