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Elemental: Colors of Metal


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Like other heavy elements, metals were formed through nuclear fusion after a star died and became a supernova. Although most elements were relatively unknown before the 19th and 20th centuries, metallic elements have shaped human development from the very beginning. Even parts of our history - the Bronze Age and the Iron Age - are defined by what we as a species were doing with metal. Metallic elements have fascinated humans since we learned to walk upright and say "ooooh!" The Elemental: Colors of Metal shawl is from my "SCIENCE IS BEAUTIFUL" series. This shawl includes an example of the colors that occur among the metallic elements - white (Ti), dark metallic grey (Fe), copper (Cu), silver (Ag), bluish-gray (Os), and gold (Au). Each element is depicted with its accurate electron configuration with "electron" beads in the color of the element. This shawl would be perfect as a wedding shawl or veil. It is very delicate and the metallic coloring of the beads makes them very subtle. This is easily turned into a "something old/new/borrowed/blue" shawl (see in pattern notes below). This is the third of three designs involving elements (see also, Elemental: Birth of a Supernova and Elemental: Noble Gases & Halogens). PATTERN NOTES: You will need 2 skeins (880 yds) of the yarn listed and #7 (4.5mm) double pointed needles, 16 in (40cm) and 40 in (100cm) circular needles, and size 12/1.0mm crochet hook for beading only. You will also need size 6.0 beads in the following colors/amounts: 22 white (Ti), 26 dark metallic (Fe), 29 copper (Cu), 47 silver (Ag), 76 bluish-gray (Os), 79 gold (Au) To make this a "something old/new/borrowed/blue" wedding shawl: SOMETHING OLD: the structure of the elements themselves are almost as old as the universe itself - you can't get much older than that! SOMETHING NEW: the yarn SOMETHING BORROWED: borrow a wedding ring/rings from parent/s/grandparent/s of the bride/groom and attach them to the shawl with either ribbon or left over yarn - attach tightly enough that you won't loose the ring, but not so tightly you can't get them back off SOMETHING BLUE: the beads for Osmium are blue or you can use blue ribbon to attach the something borrowed To add a pop of color, weave a colorful ribbon around the outer edge of each of the elements. Bring the ribbon over and under each of the yarn overs, beginning and ending on the backside of the shawl. Make sure the ribbon is flat and the shawl isn't buckling around it, then sew the ends of the ribbon together. You will need about 20 yds of 3/8 inch (or smaller) fabric ribbon. If you think the shawl will ever get wet or need to be washed and reblocked - do NOT use craft ribbon. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY increases, decreases, beading GAUGE 16 sts x 26 rows in pattern in the round on #7 (4.5mm) needles SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS one size, 45 inch (114 cm) diameter SUGGESTED YARN 880 yards of Lace weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud Lace COLORWAY Smoke Heather

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  • #7 (4.5mm) double pointed needles, 16 in (40cm) and 40 in (100cm) circular needles, size 12/1.0mm crochet hook for beading only
  • 6.0 beads: 22 white (Ti), 26 dark metallic (Fe), 29 copper (Cu), 47 silver (Ag), 76 bluish-gray (Os), 79 gold (Au)

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Kimberly found her love of design while knitting plastic bags into shoes and fishing nets for her Master’s thesis (for resource poor areas of the world with lots of errant polyethylene - not just for funsies). She found that working with yarn was sooo much nicer and the possibilities to make beautiful things were endless. Kimberly is now a full-time designer and an aspiring knitting travel writer - it may not be a profession yet, but give her time! Check out - a blog tour talking to fiber artists about their inspirations!

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