The 100 Words for Rain Yarn pack includes the 100 Words for Rain pattern by Marna of An Caitin Beag, two 50g skeins of Socks Yeah 4ply in Beryl & three 25g balls of Fyberspates Cumulus in Ice. Once you get the right gauge, that's plenty of yarn to make this glorious shawl!
Just add needles (3.75mm long circular & 5.00mm long circular) and you are ready to go!
Note: The finished project shown is not knit in the yarn provided in the kit. Finished shawl pictures copyright Marna of An Caitin Beag.
About the yarns
Coop Knits Socks Yeah 4ply: From the Queen of Socks, Rachel Coopey, comes this gorgeous range of delicately coloured yarns. It is a fine superwash merino with nylon which makes it a really fabulous sock yarn but it is also for perfect for light weight shawls and other accessories as it is soft and squeezable. The skeins are 50g which also makes it great for colour work and stripes as well. This 75% merino wool, 25% nylon yarn has 212m/231yds per 50g.
Fyberspates Cumulus: A super soft alternative to Mohair, this lace weight yarn will give your shawl a super soft, feathery halo edge. The yarn is a blend of 74% Baby Suri Alpaca and 26% Silk. Each 25g ball is 150 metres in length.
About the pattern
At one end of the scale there’s the soft day, where the rain’s so light and stealthy that you never see a raindrop and yet end up damp all over. After a week or two of this barely-rain you’re still not actually wet wet, but still suspect that you’ve become a fertile medium for moss.
At the other end of the rain scale you can be soaked to the skin almost instantly. It can be lashing, pelting, pouring, hammering - or the weirdly threatening raining forks and knives.
And that’s just in English - in the Irish language there are just as many way to describe the wetness. Possibly my favourite is fluich salach, which translates as filthy wet.
Here’s a shawl that celebrates the extremes of the rain. It starts with the heavy raindrops that will leave you soaked to the skin in moments. The weather clears a bit, to just a soft day. And we end up with an edging of raindrops glistening in the emerging sunlight.
This is a knit designed in, and designed for, challenging times. The knitting is gentle and rhythmic, with just the simplest of lace stitches to break the monotony of a rainy day. It’s also a knit about homesickness. As borders closed and travel back to see my family became a near-impossibility I took some comfort in knitting myself back to Ireland - and Irish weather. I hope this shawl gives you some comfort too, both in the knitting and the wearing.
This shawl is 190cm tip to tip, and 60cm deep.