This is a pre-order for a lovely design by Merike Saarniit + your choice between two brand-new colorways by The Unique Sheep, dyed in special yarns!
Bear in mind that these are pre-orders and are dyed specifically to your order. They will take at least a month to be dyed -- this beauty requires patience.
There will be roughly a 4 to 6 week lag between ordering and your kit being ready for you. Each set of yarn is individually dyed to order and that takes time.
Your account will be charged now; we have no way to save your data (security reasons). We want to be sure you are aware of this.
(You can find our policy here on shipping and pre-orders.)
Plus we had an informal KAL going on at the Earth Faire Ravelry forum. Do drop by and check out the data and ask any questions you might have!
This is a glorious piece, quite unique and really lovely.
Here is how Merike describes this piece:
Radiating Rectangular Shawl, worked in the round, designed for The Unique Sheep 6– or 12-color Gradiant Shawl sets. Blocked and relaxed shawl approximately 36”x52”; with end corners tied together (or stitched), a lovely cocoon.
What’s the 13th moon? Although our modern calendar year is divided into 12 months (the word “months” is derived from “moon”), there are actually 13 moons every 2 or 3 years. Lu-nar calendars are based on this fact and an-cient cultures worked their calendars around this natural occurrence. For more fascinating information about this, check Wikipedia!
While many of my shawl designs are based on my heritage of Estonian knitting, the 13th moon phenomena inspired me to design a shawl that ‘doesn’t fit’ into standard shawl categories.
A circular shawl is knit in the round. A square shawl can be knit either in the round or flat, depending on the design. A rectangular shawl, however, is knit from one end to the other with, perhaps, a knit on lace edging knit in the round.
At first glance, this shawl does have Estonian lace characteristics such as an over-all central stitch pattern, bordered by a “transition” pattern, then ending with a lace edging pattern. However, while I did base my stitch patterns on existing Esto-nian lace stitch patterns, I did my own tweak-ing of them AND using a Gradiance yarn set will provide you the experience of the dra-matic finale of finding a beautiful radiating colors rectangular shawl after binding it off your circular needles!
This is really a beautiful piece!
The original yarn that this was knit in was Luna, an Earth Faire exclusive of 75% superwash Merino, 20% nylon, 5% Stellina. The merino is springy and delicious, the nylon adds strength. Stellina is a non-metal fiber, silver in color.
For a short period of time, this orginal yarn was unavailable. We can again offer it!
You now have a choice between Luna or Verve (described below) that will give you gorgeous colors but lack the silver threads.
The other yarn choice will be Verve, a 100% superwash merino that takes dyes beautifully. The result is vibrant and quite striking indeed and feels marvelous.
Both Verve and Luna will be dyed into 12 mini-skeins dyed in the colorway you choose, for a total yardage of around 1,200+.
We are offering two beautiful new colorways developed by Kelly especially for this shawl.
Once In A Blue Moon (or Blue Moon for short) is the cooler version. It ranges from a striking and rich purple and blue into a plum and softer lighter tones of aqua and then circles around to the purples and blues again.
And you know, a blue moon happens when there are 13 moons in a year so two full moons in a month. So it is a perfect name. :-)
Here we have the colorway shows with the skeins all lined up.
Harvest Moon is a warmer colorway. Here you have blue-violets and eggplant going into more plummy tone and then additonal warmth of gold and greens moving back into aquas and eggplants.
For this one, today I only have one photo -- showing the colorway lined up. Again, the gold stellina is not showing in this picture.
And btw, you can start your knitting at any of the skeins, anyplace in the colorway. Which is pretty wonderful, yes?
Alas, I know this is unusual for us. But we really decided that for this design, especially when knit in Luna with its silver threads, the beads would be "gilding the lily".
However, if you decide that you would like some, do contact me and we'll talk about possibilities.
The pattern is not automatically part of the kit.
If you prefer, you can get the pattern on this Ravelry page. This will give you a copy in your Ravelry library. In this case, set the drop-down menu above to "No Pattern Needed."
If you would prefer a printed copy or a PDF via email, please select that option via the "Pattern" drop-down menu. The PDF file will be emailed right before your kit is shipped.
Please note that there are three drop-down menus to be set before you check out. The "Color" one is for the colorway of your shawl, the "Yarn" one is for your yarn selection and the "Pattern" one is for the form that you would like your pattern to come in.
This is a wondrous fun piece!
P.S. If you have any special requests, feel free to contact us.