Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Once upon a time, there was a woman who unwound more yarn than she could knit... almost... (that would be me!)

Presenting: Fiddlesticks Knitting - Peacock Feathers Shawl

Pattern: Peacock Feathers Shawl available from
Needles: Size 4, 32" circular Addi Turbo lace
Yarn: Exquisite, 50% mulberry silk, 50% merino wool - 2 balls
Start date: March 28, 2009
Finish date: August 29, 2009

As I look at these pictures, I am astounded that I created this... I thought I would not be able to stop writing. I am finding that the shawl speaks for itself, and my story (and long list of hardships and complaints) is less important than its finished existence.

A few hundred hours, thousands of stitches.

This project was a true test of paying attention. Every lace row needed careful controlling. The right, focused, state of mind was helpful to accomplishing a flawless row. And then I re-checked the lace pattern to make sure I didn't miss any stitches. My day dreaming needed constant reigning in. Very interesting...

And the reason for the season: a young peacock or two, favorite pets.

(A few more months of maturing needed before the full plumage and tail feathers grow in.)

... or many peacocks! (Six, total, currently live here on K & L's farm.)

And a peacock themed wedding on my brother's farm! This is my newest sister-in-law modeling the loot on her wedding day this past weekend! (Click on picture to enlarge to see stitch pattern)

Congrats to K and L for tying the knot. Here's to many happy years together on your lovely farm!


Kate said...

Wow that is beautiful! Amazing! Stunning! Impressive! Pick your adjective...I can't decide which is best :)


Grace said...


That is amazing! Beautiful work!