The Secret Garden palette was created by Western Sky Knits exclusively for Little Skein. The palette evokes the riotous colors of an English cottage garden -- green ivy, exuberant pink hollyhocks, soft grey-brown garden walls, gentle pink vintage roses, and intense blue-purple delphiniums.
The yarn base is Western Sky Knits' Magnolia Sock, which is a fingering weight yarn that leans ever so slightly toward the sportweight end of the spectrum. With cashmere blended with soft merino wool, it's incomparably soft and a little bit slinky. The yarn is a gently spun 4-ply, which asks knitters to be careful when cabling, so as not to split the strands. The gentle twist means that your finished shawl or garment will be extra soft to the touch.
Magnolia Sock comes in skeins of:- 115 grams (4 ounces)
Because several of the colors are so very saturated, you should expect a bit of color release when blocking, particularly if you use a wool wash (which, for some reason, tends to encourage color release in the water).
Sample a single skein, choose a pair for a second Secret Garden shawl (and we'll do our best to send you a well-matched set), or choose a collectors' set with five skeins, one of each colorway, and receive one of them free.
The first line of each product listing says whether the item is ready-to-ship or a preorder.
Ready-to-ship items are just that – already made and on hand. If your order includes only ready-to-ship items, it will be on its way to you within 2 to 3 business days.
Preorders for nearly all items in the Secret Garden collection can be placed anytime between September 19 and November 1. Preorders ship approximately 4 weeks after your order date.
I am delighted to introduce you to the artists involved in the Secret Garden kit:
Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting designed this beautiful shawl exclusively for Little Skein. The shawl is the centerpiece of the Secret Garden kit and available only as part of a Little Skein kit until the end of October, when it will become available as an individual pattern on Ravelry.
Western Sky Knits created the yarn and color palette for the kit, drawing inspiration from traditional English cottage gardens which are a riot of greens, pinks, blues, and purples.
Melissa Jean Designs created an original and exclusive button closure for the Secret Garden shawl, echoing the lovely color palette on a hand-cut ceramic button in leaf form.
Leslie Wind, jewelry artist and knitter, created an utterly unique shawl pin closure for the Secret Garden shawl, perfectly picking up the leaf design in hand-hammered sterling silver or bronze. See Leslie's other shawl pins and tools for knitters at her online shop.
Michal Gal-Marko, an Israeli-based artist, adapted her original artwork to create the base illustrations used in the fabric design for my Secret Garden kit. Her girl and fox motif perfectly captures the wonder and friendship of The Secret Garden. View her gorgeous collection of stationery and home products at her online shop.
Little Skein in the Big Wool. I curated the kit, as well as designing many of the items inside it. I created the fabric, working with Michal's gorgeous illustrations and supplementing them with watercolor graphics, as well as the stitch markers, zipper pulls, and embroidery supply kits.
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