Wildfire is an absolutely beautiful new design by Nim Teasdale.
Wildfire is a radiating lace shawl that begins with a honeycomb mesh and expands into a delicate, textured lace.
The edging lace was created by Naomi Parkhurst based on the word Wildfire, so this project seemed a fitting way to keep myself constructive during the fires here in Australia over summer 2019/20.
The size of the shawl can be adjusted in several ways - increasing the number of wedges in the semi-circle, or working more or less of the honeycomb. The design suits lace to fingering yarn, in solid, semi-solid, gradient or subtle speckle varieties. It’s possible to increase the number of wedges for a rounder shape, and/or to adjust the depth of the shawl.
Yarn and Colorways
Our yarn is not the same as what Nim used for her original. You can see what we have in the inset photo on the top picture as well as right below that. Nim's photos are included here so you can better picture the design.
From Katia, this Silk Degradé is made up of 35% Cotton, 35% Silk, 30% Viscose. With 656 yards /150g, there is enough yardage to make a substantial and lovely shawl.
The colorway we chose is #301, with long color flows going from a golden into a rose into a grey. This suits the theme of the shawl beautifully.
Nim didn't put beads in her piece though after I queried her on it she did write to me saying, "I ought to have put beads in myself, for that matter. How lazy! :/"
I can see a couple of ways this could go. We offer a few choices via the drop-down menu labeled "Kit".
One could pre-thread size 8/0 beads onto the yarn and add them as one wills -- I'd suggest taking a colored pencil to the graph of the design and deciding where to slide them for a look that gives you joy. If you choose this size bead, you will get a 35g container and can plan on roughly 1,400 beads.
Or one could add size 6/0 beads at appropriate stitches as you get to them via the crochet-hook-method. These are larger and heavier beads and might be best suited to the last edgings and bind-off of the shawl. It is truly your own choice. If you decide to go with these beads, your 35g container will have about 420 beads, + or -.
Of course, you could decide to do the shawl bead-less, as Nim did, and have a most beautiful creation as well.
If you have a preference on bead color, let me know. Otherwise I will choose for you.
The kit will not automatically include the pattern and has not been figured into the cost.
I urge knitters to get it directly as a PDF file of the pattern from Nim via her Ravelry web page.Then you will automatically get any updates and also have a copy saved in your Rav library. In that case, set the "Pattern" drop-down menu to "No Pattern Needed."
However, if you decide that you would like a printed copy, we can do that. Please make sure the drop-down menu is set to that.
We also can email the pattern to you via email (please be aware that it is not automatic; I have to manually send it to you and generally do that right before shipping your kit).
Just make sure that drop-down menu is set as you would like before you check out.
So make your choices and settle down to a stunning knitting experience.
- Yardage requirements are somewhat flexible, requiring a minimum of approx 500m (550y) of lace to fingering weight yarn. It could use up to 1000m with extra wedges/repeats. (Needle size will depend on yarn weight and gauge preference.)
- The design can be worked entirely from the written pattern, or from charts with some notes.