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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

It is finished

Well, after more than 7 months, I've finally finished the Peacock Feathers Shawl! I took a break from it in March or April and sent it on vacation and that seems to be just the thing it needed because I don't feel like it took long to finish, once I started it again. I finished the crochet bind off yesterday afternoon and then pinned it out for blocking. You can see that my blocking supervisor was present to make sure it was done right.

It only took eleventy million pins to get it pinned out. The finished shawl measures 88 inches across the top side and 43 inches from the top edge to the bottom point (measuring down the center spine of the shawl), so its a pretty big shawl. This morning, this is what I had:

Isn't it gorgeous? I love the way this looks! The little crocheted loops don't even look too wonky. None of them is freakishly bigger or smaller than the rest so I must have been fairly consistent with them. Here is a close up of the tip of the shawl:

I love how she designed a feather to go at the point as a way of finishing out the center YO, k2, YO thing. Those big eyes in the lower peacock feathers? Those are triple Yarn Overs! You can probably drive a Mini Cooper through those but I love the way they look. To recap, the pattern is from Fiddlesticks Knitting. The yarn is 4 ounces of Jaggerspun Zephyr Woolsilk in Peacock. I used the needle sizes called for in the pattern which I think was a size 4, but I did it all on straight needles (14 inch Crystal Palace Bamboo) since I have issues with circulars. The pattern is very well written, all mistakes are my own. For anyone who wants to do this pattern I would suggest two things: get a bunch of stitch markers and put them where she says to, and copy the charts using a mirror image function so you don't have to reverse the shaping in your head. I'll try to get some pictures of me wearing the shawl later today (when I'm wearing something other than PJ's).


Blogger snowballinhell said...

Absolutely beautiful!

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is amazing! It is beautiful and so delicate. Nice job! Mindy

7:33 AM  
Blogger Lorri said...

That is beautiful! I ordered the pattern and am happy for the tips. I only hope mine looks as good!


7:58 AM  
Anonymous Susan said...

Very pretty - beautiful - gah! words don't do things justice sometimes.

I am still trying to wrap my mind around knitting something like this on straights. Thinking about it makes my elbows and wrists hurt.

Do you have very developed forearms like Popeye? (hehe)

8:40 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

Beautiful. Love the color.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Yarngirl said...

Stunning!!! Gorgeous!!! You've convinced me that I must make this!!

9:10 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

Woo-hoo! Congrats on finishing the Peacock Shawl. It's beautiful, including the crochet edging done in (as Myrna Stahman would say) "that b*st*rd crochet." LOL

So, what lacy project is next? :)

9:36 AM  
Blogger shizzknits said...

Wow, very beautiful! I am getting very tempted to do this shawl (after I finish one of my gajillion WIPs LOL)

9:56 AM  
Anonymous carie said...

Oh my, Melanie, that is simply stunning.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Your shawl is absolutely gorgeous. You did a fantastic job. Great idea to use your blocking supervisor. I must say, she (or he?) did a great job, too!!! (meow).

1:42 PM  
Blogger Micky said...

It is very beautiful. I just love peacock feathers. And that looks just like real ones. I bet you will wear that one a lot. I would.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Kristi said...

That looks incredible!

2:48 PM  

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