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Membership for The Shawl Society Season III is now open on Ravelry, and we’re welcoming so many new and returning members. The anticipation has kicked into high gear and the yarn-choosing frenzy is truly underway!

I promised you some more yarn options, and here they are…it looks like some of our previous indie dyers have already sold out, so I’m happy to bring you this new batch! I’m so grateful to the marvelous indie dyers who have jumped in to offer some fabulous skeins that will be perfect for our first shawl. Because I know that shipping/customs and limited quantities can make it a challenge to track down your perfect yarn, it’s wonderful to have lots of dyers to choose from.


Once again, here are the yarn requirements for our first shawl:

Secret shawl hints:

  • This pattern has one size, and is knit in a fingering weight yarn.
  • I used singles because I love the drapey feel of the fabric, but any 4 ply/sock yarn would work perfectly.
  • This is a two-colour design, but would also look lovely in a single colour.

Yarn:

Yarn needed is fingering weight yarn, 3 skeins of 366m/400yds per 100g skein: for exact yardage used in sample see below.

I used:

La Bien Aimee; Merino Singles [100% superwash merino; 366m/400yds per 100g skein], 3 x 100g skeins,
Colour A: Curious Handmade x 2 skeins
Colour B: Shaela x 1 skein

Actual yarn amounts used for sample in a fingering weight single ply yarn:
Colour A: 155g, 568m/620yds
Colour B: 65g, 238m/260yds

Needles
4mm (US 6), 100cm (40″) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)


Seven Sisters Arts 

Another one for our US knitters! If you’ve been knitting with Curious Handmade for a while you’ll know that Karen from Seven Sisters Arts has contributed stunning yarn for several Shawl Society favourites, including the Aurorae and Amulet shawls.

For this shawl, she has created some earthy, misty colors on the theme of a secret garden on two different bases: Astrid, a lovely silk wool single, and Matrika, a two-ply wool/silk yarn. That silk content gives these yarns a fabulous sheen and drape. Karen told me that she had drawn inspiration from the natural colors of the stones, ivy and mosses on and around the walls themselves. The results are a dream:

Fields of Gold and Meadow on Astrid and Marsh on Matrika.
Meadow with Fields of Gold on Astrid
Fogbound with Mussel on Matrika.
Quartzite with Meadow on Astrid. 
Vireo with Quartzite on Matrika
Marsh with Fogbound on Matrika.

Seven Sisters Arts has a limited quantity of this yarn available in the “What’s New” section of their website now, and will be taking preorders, too!

Buy Seven Sisters Arts Yarn Here


Hedgerow Yarns

Back in the UK, Jane from Hedgerow Yarns has dyed a truly lovely skeins for this shawl in her Silky Twist base – 80% SW Merino – 20% Silk high twist – 100g 4ply – 365 metres. That gorgeous speckled pink colourway is called Enchanted Garden (swoon!) the beautiful creamy contrast colour is Pampas.

You can get your hands on this beautiful yarn by visiting the Hedgerow yarns Etsy shop. Jane will have an update on Thursday May 24th at 7pm London time.

Buy Hedgerow Yarns here (Thursday)


Olann 

I got to meet the lovely Jess from Olann at our Bath retreat and see her delicious yarn first-hand (and I’m excited to hang out with her again in Dublin at Woollinn this weekend!) I became an immediate fan. Her pairings three pairings for this shawl are full of joy and life, from the blossoming brights to the moody greens! All have been dyed on her lovely single ply base. Olann is based in Ireland, which makes for easy shipping in the UK and EU, and she has a flat worldwide shipping rate if you’re farther afield but fall in love.


Murmur and Lovers Lane
Ponderosa and Samhain

Quarry and Gunpowder

 

Olann is having a shop update with these pairings on Friday, May 25th, so you can snap up your skeins then!

Buy Olann Yarn here


Skein 

One of my favourite Australian dyers of all time, Kristen from Skein, has really outdone herself with all of these spectacular colour combinations! She has dyed up a storm on her Uptown Sock and MCN bases, and the results are so swoon-worthy:

The Skein Secret Garden Update will happen on the Skien Website Friday May 25 at 9am AEST (check out this fancy time zone converter to see when that is in your town!) She will be selling all the skeins separately so that you can put together your own combinations if you like!

Buy Skein Yarn here! (Friday)

 


We are so spoiled for choice thanks to all these amazing dyers. I’m so grateful that they took time out of their busy schedules to curate and create all of these wonderful skeins for us! Of course, we also have many intrepid stash-divers as members of The Shawl Society: I always adore seeing the creative combinations you come up with! I hope all of these lovely photos have provided some inspiration for you, no matter where you’re planning to find your yarn for this project.

Happy knitting!

Helen x

PS: Did all this yarn spark a deep desire to knit more shawls? Join The Shawl Society Season III here at the special early bird price (until May 31st)


Membership to The Shawl Society Season III is open today, and the yarn-choosing frenzy has begun! Anticipation and energy are running high, and I wanted to make sure that everyone has access to the information they need to pick the perfect skeins for our first shawl of the season. I’ve sent out several yarn hint emails over the past few weeks and now I’ll be posting all the details here on the blog for quick reference and for anyone who isn’t on the mailing list. (Not on the list and want to be among the first to get these kinds of emails? Join the Curious Handmade mailing list here!)


Secret shawl hints:

  • This pattern has one size, and is knit in a fingering weight yarn.
  • I used singles because I love the drapey feel of the fabric, but any 4 ply/sock yarn would work perfectly.
  • This is a two-colour design, but would also look lovely in a single colour.

Yarn:

Yarn needed is fingering weight yarn, 3 skeins of 366m/400yds per 100g skein: for exact yardage used in sample see below.

I used:

La Bien Aimee; Merino Singles [100% superwash merino; 366m/400yds per 100g skein], 3 x 100g skeins,
Colour A: Curious Handmade x 2 skeins
Colour B: Shaela x 1 skein

Actual yarn amounts used for sample in a fingering weight single ply yarn:
Colour A: 155g, 568m/620yds
Colour B: 65g, 238m/260yds

Needles
4mm (US 6), 100cm (40″) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)


 The sample for this shawl was knit in La Bien Aimée singles, including the very special new Curious Handmade colourway.
There will be a pre-order available on the La Bien Aimée website at 11pm Paris time on May 31st, the day the first shawl pattern comes out, and most of the kits will ship by June 15th. If you don’t want to wait, A Yarn Story still has a limited number of skeins of the Curious Handmade colourway, as well as a stunning stock of La Bien Aimée singles available in the shop and on their website now. They have also put together a few lovely alternative suggestions that would make gorgeous shawls for this first pattern.
This is Curious Handmade with two skeins of Damask…very romantic!
I love this grellow option! Two skeins of Parchment with Yellow Brick Road
Two delicious pink speckly skeins of Romance paired with the delicate Cassiopia

Circus Tonic Handmade

Hannah from Circus Tonic Handmade in Australia has been inspired by the Secret Garden theme to create kits in Circus Single Ply, a Merino silk cashmere luxury edition…and a sparkly one in the Fireworks base!

Buy Circus Tonic Handmade Kits Here

SOLD OUT

Circus Tonic Handmade will have an update in their Etsy shop today Monday May 21st. She’s going to ship all orders by May 25th before her shop closes for holidays, so don’t hesitate to jump in there and grab your skeins before she goes!


Suburban Stitcher

Across the pond in the US, Suburban Stitcher is offering some truly gorgeous sets for this shawl. Dianne has created two spectacular nature-inspired colour combos in her Single Sock base (100% superwash merino single ply yarn; 400 yds/100 grams.)

Woodland Set
Color A – Jon Snow x 2 skeins
Color B – Walnut x1 skein
Color A – Bath x 2 skeins
Color B – Bluebird x 1 skein
The next Suburban Stitcher update, which will include these kits, is happening on the Suburban Stitcher Website on Weds May 23rd at 12pm CST (6pm London time).

Buy Suburban Stitcher Kits here (Wednesday)


I want to say a huge thank you to all these marvelous dyers…I can’t wait to see the shawls you’ll make with yarns this gorgeous. I have even more beautiful suggestions on the way from some more secret dyers scattered around the globe later this week, so the yarn enabling will continue, in the grand tradition of The Shawl Society! Sign up to the newsletter or check back here on Weds. 

I am so excited to be kicking off another season of The Shawl Society today! Pre-sales for the collection are happening now on Ravelry Monday 21 May 2018.

Happy knitting!

Helen x

It’s almost time for the Snowmelt MKAL! I’ve been watching the amazing yarn-choosing process of hundreds of excited knitters over in our Curious Handmade Ravelry Group and on Instagram (check out the growing #snowmeltmkal hashtag for some mouthwatering yarn photos!) and the energy is just electric. We’re just two days away from the release of the first clue, but we still have new knitters joining us every day. The MKAL will be running until the end of March, so even if you don’t have yarn yet, you’ll have plenty of time to grab something gorgeous and play along.

For the last Curious Handmade MKAL, Summertide, the wonderful Kristen from Skein Yarn wrote a brilliant guest post on colour combinations that I wanted to share again with you. You can find it here. There’s a lot of inspiration and wisdom in that post! Kristen also put together a few lovely combos just for Snowmelt:

Skein yarn for snowmelt mkal

You can read all about these delicious colourways over on the Skein Blog.

I designed this shawl in part to encourage stashdiving. This is the last official day of Stash Appreciation month here at Curious Handmade, after all, and while I know many of us are enjoying the excuse to buy new yarn for this project, I also know that many more have some wonderful single skeins lying around, waiting for the perfect project. Chances are there are a few hiding in your stash that could surprise you when you put them together. This MKAL is a chance to explore your stash and experiment with combinations you might not have considered. If you’re on the mailing list, you will have gotten an email with all the yarn info and tips you need to start choosing, but I’ve seen people asking for advice since then, so in case you missed it, I thought I’d repost it here.


The yarn I used for the sample is the breathtaking Magellan Speckle Fade Kit from La Bien Aimée. This is a gorgeous hand-dyed single ply superwash merino.
Sample Yarn:
La Bien Aimée; Magellan Speckle Fade Kit [100% superwash merino; 366m/400yds per 100g skein], 3 x 100g skeins,
Colourways:
Le Petit Nuage
Le Grand Nuage
The Magellanic Cloud

OR

Actual yarn used for sample in a fingering weight single ply yarn:
Light – Le Petit Nuage 80g / 293m / 320 yards
Medium – Le Grand Nuage  80g/ 293m / 320 yards
Dark – The Magellanic Cloud 75g/ 275m / 300 yards

To give you a few ideas of other ideal yarns you could use:

Curious Handmade favourite Skein does a luxurious base called “Classy” – 70% Superwash Merino, 30% Silk * 430 yards / 393 metres in 100g

The wonderful Tosh Merino Light from madelinetosh would be another excellent choice – 420 yards / 384 metres in 100g

Over at The Wool Barn, Maya’s Silky Singles base would make a perfect Snowmelt – 70% Superwash Merino 30% Silk * 400m / 436 yards / 400 metres in 100g

Lots of you want to use stash yarn, and you’re in luck! I specifically designed Snowmelt to work with three different skeins of fingering weight yarn, since I know most of us have at least a few gorgeous “orphan” skeins kicking around. Here are the hints you’ll need to choose your own yarn:

  • I used a gradient set – but that is not necessary. Aim for some contrast in colour or tone between the three yarns. The contrast in some sections is quite subtle with the yarns I used.
  • In general the shawl is simple enough that you can be more adventurous with using speckles and variegated colourways – depending on your taste of course.
  • The most significant lace section mainly uses Colour A so if you don’t like your lace in wild yarn this is the colour to have as a tonal or solid or semisolid.
  • I used a single ply but any sock yarn/fingering yarn would work just as well. You can even combine single ply and sock yarn, as long as you like the interplay of slighly different textures. If you have doubt, try knitting a little test swatch.
  •   I used 4mm circular needles.

I hope those tips give you some confidence to choose your own yarn for this project. If you haven’t jumped on board yet, let me enable you: if you grab the pattern by the end of Feb, 1st, you’ll get a special early bird price of 20% off! Happy knitting!