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.
So 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 yarn is a newcomer to The Unique Sheep. In fact, I believe this is the only place where you can get it right now.
Fiber-wise the yarn is 75% superwash Merino, 20% nylon, 5% Stellina. The merino is springy and delicious, the nylon adds strength.
And the Stellina? Ah!
Stellina is a non-metal fiber. You will have a silver-toned fiber, depending on which colorway you choose (more on that below). These shiny fibers mirror the 2 plies in a perfect twist.
So you will have a lovely sparkle to your knitted fabric, which stands elegantly against the dyed colorways, without looking garish or overwhelming the whole.
Each kit will consist of 12 mini-skeins dyed in the colorway you choose, for a total yardage of about 1,314 yards of lovely fingering weight yarn.
We are offering two beautiful new colorways developed by Kelly especially for this shawl.
(Note the yarn with gold-toned stellina that we were able to get for earlier kits is no longer available. Both colorways will be dyed with the delicate silver-y threads.)
Once In A Blue Moon (or Blue Moon for short) is the cooler version, and has the silvertone Stellina in the yarn. 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 --- if you look really close, you can see the silver threads.
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 with the Stellina, the beads would be "gilding the lily".
The pattern is not automatically part of the kit. When the time comes that the first kits are ready for shipping, 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 two drop-down menus to be set before you check out. The "Color" one is for the colorway of your shawl. 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.