This is one of my absolute favorite designs by Nim Teasdale and when we got in this Gradiance set, dyed by Kelly of The Unique Sheep (TUS) I knew what it was destined to be knit into. :-)
Giant smiles here!
What a wonderful combination we have here --- a stunning pattern by Nim Teasdale plus a gorgeous yarn dyed in our favorite colorways by Kelly of The Unique Sheep!
Let me take this one step at a time.
Here is now Nim describes her beautiful shawl, The Peacock's Tale:
The Peacock’s Tale is the first in the Oriental Tales series, and is highly customisable, so the knitter can tell their own tale.
Adaptable, modular, and fun, this is a pattern that wants to be played with.
Begin with the smallest feathers, progressing through larger and more lacy feathers as you move towards the dramatic edging.
Choose any number of repeats of each feather size, add beads if your peacock really wants to attract attention (and most do!)
Then end the tale in your own way, either with straight feathers radiating outward, (as in my own shawl), or by taking the alternating path, and creating a fan of feathers with shimmering eyelets.
Extend, repeat, switch from one edge to the other, as your yarn wants to!
Yarn and Colorway
Nim mentions that this pattern is "ideal for gradients, eye-catching in solids and semi-solids, or try a variegated yarn to create a peacock in dappled light."
So my thoughts, of course, went to The Unique Sheep. And as the shawl pattern had been tested in a range of light lace to heavy fingering, well, the rest (as they say) is history....
You can see what we offer here in the inset photo on the top picture (the shawl is Nim's; the colorway above it is what we have for these kits), and again the photo below that.
The yarn is Verve2, a 100% superwash merino fingering weight. Each set is made up of six smaller skeins of 132 yards/ 33g each so the total yardage is 792 yards/ 150g + or - a bit.
I chose a colorway that I thought would be great for peacocks.
Kelly dyed it in what she calls the "decontructed" manner so that each skein is a solid color. It will knit up into color blocks that look great one to the next.
Wyvern's Lair goes from a spring green for skein 1, a true green in skein 2, a Capri blue for skein3, a royal blue for skein 4, a blue-violet for skein 5 and a true purple for skein 6.
The number of beads used in this shawl are completely up to you. Nim suggests size 6/0 so that they really stand out -- well, peacocks are very showy beads you know. If you have a preference on bead color, let me know. Otherwise, let me choose for you.
The kit as it stands will have include (with the yarn) one container of size 6/0 beads (roughly 400 beads).
If you would like extra beads to scatter them further throughout the shawl, email me about that and if I can accommodate you, I certainly will.
There is a write-up where Nim figured out how many beads it would take to do three per feather (for an all-over beaded look; this would add beads to absolutely everything) on a huge shawl: take a look here. She tells me that she herself knit 7 beaded repeats, for a total of 230-ish beads and she used the size 6/0s so if you would like to duplicate her look our kit will see you through.
The pattern is both written and charted with pattern rows worked on the right side only.
Note that the kit will not automatically include the pattern. (The pattern cost has not been figured into the whole.)
I know some knitters would prefer to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Nim via her Ravelry web page. In which case, make sure the Patterns drop-down menu is set to "No Pattern Needed."
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 usually 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 a real beauty.