First, I have to let you know that I am so excited to be teaching at StevenBe's in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 26th. This is the day after the Yarnover event where I am also teaching all day on April 25th. Please sign up for my Sunday classes at StevenBe's if you are in the area. I can't wait for this fun-filled weekend of back-to-back knitting events.
I'm thinking these classes might fill really fast because last year my classes were sold out in a flash when I taught at StevenBe's.
I hope to see you in Minnesota in April.
Next, I have some fun news about my newest shawl design for KnitCircus.
Did you ever knit something and when it was finished you felt kind of sad because it was over?
That is exactly how I felt when I finished the brand new Come What May Shawlette. I ached for it to continue. I may have to knit another in a different color.
Here are a few work-in-progress shots:
Here is the story behind this beautiful new shawlette:
As I sat with my friend, Jaala Spiro, having tea, pastries and knitting in my living room one morning she surprised me with several cakes of her lovely KnitCircus yarns. One of these cakes was the spectacular gradient called Come What May. There is just something about the rosy shade of pink moving into the sweet kiss of blush and ending with the lightest shade of gray. The yarn cake was thrilling to hold in my hands and it was inspiring. I quickly cast on and knit the sweetest little lacey shawl that is not only simple and wearable but is a really fun knit to boot. The sections of the shawl keep you entertained while the gradient yarn motivates you to keep going to get to the next color.
The shawl is a semi-circular shape with stockinette, simple lace and eyelet sections that end with a beautiful eyelet ruffle. The shawl is finished with an elegant bind-off with silver-lined beads. The beads are always optional but they add so much to the look and feel of the finished shawl. The entire project is a pleasure to knit.
The yarn colorway is the single inspiration for the shawl so the name of the design has to be Come What May. The colorway, luxury yarn base, shawl design and beads are the perfect match.
The Come What May Shawlette is now available in kit form through KnitCircus! The generous people at KnitCircus have offered me a kit including pattern, yarn and beads to give to one of you today. Details are at the end of the post.
Click here for the Come What May pattern information on Ravelry! The pattern is now available through KnitCircus and in 3 months the pattern will be available in my Ravelry Pattern Shop.
Here is some information you might like to know:
Finished measurements: 48-inch wingspan, 28-inch depth after blocking.
Yarn: KnitCircus Opulence (80% merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon), 420 yards/100 grams. 1 skein in Come What May gradient colorway.
Needles: US size 6, 32-inch or longer, circular needles or size to obtain gauge
Gauge: 5.5 sts per inch in stockinette stitch before blocking
24 grams of 6/0 seed beads, sample used silver-lined crystal beads
Crochet hook or flosser for placing beads
This is one project that just flew off the needles. It was so much fun to knit. The shawl kits are available in three colorways, Come What May (the colorway in the sample), Emerald City and Lothlorien. They are all beautiful options. I feel like this design is so attached to the KnitCircus gradient yarn that you may want to splurge and get the kit or the Opulence gradient yarn from KnitCircus. But of course that is always up to you!
If you would like a chance to win a Come What May Shawlette kit please leave a comment on this blog post. Please only enter one time, there is a delay for your comment to appear so only click on publish one time. Please leave your email address or Ravelry username so I can get in touch if you win.
This would be such a wonderful Mother's Day gift by the way, either knit up or in kit form if your mother knits.
Good luck and let the comments begin!
xo ~ susan