My current work in progress:

1. Woodfords, designed by Elizabeth Doherty, knit from Madelinetosh Merino Light in the "paper" colorway on U.S. size 3, 5, and 7 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Let me think on it, baby, baby, let me think on it.

The results of the “how many hours per day do you knit on a normal weekday” poll were about what I expected: the majority of responses in the 1-3 hours category. That’s where I thought I was, until I added up all those stolen minutes I get in during the day that push me over 3 hours. Thanks for participating in my highly scientific study.

Crochet Loops. Dude.

I sucked it up and actually completed all the crochet loops for the Peacock Feathers shawl. By knit-quittin’ time last night, I had more than half of them done (those little suckers annoyed the hell out of me, but they do go fast), and I finished the rest of them on the morning commute and at lunchtime today.

precock071205a Let me think on it, baby, baby, let me think on it.

Judith, there are no crochet-in-progress photos, mainly because I was by myself. I would have needed another person to wield the camera to produce halfway decent photos. Sorry! But if you’re planning on making the Peacock Feathers shawl, you should know that the pattern includes step-by-step instructions for the loops with a clear photo for each step.

I really liked Barbara’s idea of making up a song with a beat for each stitch in the crocheted loop: doop, doop, doop, doop, doop, doop, doop, badoop! That worked fine last night, but on the commute this morning it was hard to manage while listening to “Paradise By the Dashboard Light” and other such classics on the iPod. Instead, I was crocheting to ” . . . let me think on it, baby, baby, let me think on it . . . ” Worked almost as well.

(Except that now Meatloaf’s opus has been running through my head, nonstop. So much so, that when one of my minions at the office asked me a question today, I responded: ” . . . let me think on it, baby, baby, let me think on it . . . ” Oh yeah, I’m a fun boss.)

Fancy, the stitches are not terrible fine — in yesterday’s photo, they were shown on a US size 4 needle — that should give you some idea of gauge. I measured it, and the pre-blocked gauge is around 6 sts/inch.

And Diane, yes, one reverses the slant on the decreases on the second half of each row. It’s knit on a stockinette background and proper slantiness counts! But the pattern is so logical that mirror-imaging it in your head is really not a big deal.

Here’s the whole sucker, pre-blocked.

precock071205 Let me think on it, baby, baby, let me think on it.

So . . . as soon as I got home, blocking ensued. Ta da!

peacock071205 Let me think on it, baby, baby, let me think on it.

A close up of the edge:

peacock071205a Let me think on it, baby, baby, let me think on it.

And the bottom point:

peacock071205b Let me think on it, baby, baby, let me think on it.

It took me about an hour to pin it out. I pinned the little loops out twice. The first time it was a bit crooked, so I evened things out some on the second go-round.

During the blocking process, Lucy seemed to think it would help me if there were a little furry ass parked on the shawl. It didn’t.

But the shawl is pinned out, drying. I’ll wait til tomorrow after work to unpin it.

Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl

Knitting has commenced!

This morning before leaving for work, I wound one skein of the wool into a ball in preparation. I think this yarn is even prettier in the ball than it was in the skein.

faroese071205 Let me think on it, baby, baby, let me think on it.

I did just a few rows at lunchtime, basically setting up for the chart knitting.

faroese071205a Let me think on it, baby, baby, let me think on it.

The shawl is knitted on US size 5 needles, in one piece, from the neck down.

When asked if she likes this new shawl pattern, Lucy responded:

Let me sleep on it, baby, baby, let me sleep on it.

lucy071205 Let me think on it, baby, baby, let me think on it.

Comments

  1. Oh, Wendy! How gorgeous! I love it :)

  2. wow! first commenter :)

    The shawl is so lovely!! A job well done and a shawl that you will enjoy for many many years!

    Just beautiful!

    Tell Lucy Pumpkin says hey babybee!!

  3. Damnation!!!!

  4. See? I was rushing and I misspelled baybee in my haste to be first…you’re not the only competetive spirit Wendy! heheheh…

  5. Beautiful! and also inspirational…I’m working on that Branching Out scarf this evening for sure.

    Does Lucy show favoritism to any particular knitting bag?

  6. Once again, a beautiful piece of work, Wendy. I do have one complaint, though.

    Isn’t it, “Let me sleep on it, baby, baby, let me sleep on it. I’ll give you an answer in the morning?” I could be wrong; I always thought Manfred Mann was “blinded by the light, wrapped up like a douche, another roller in the night.”

  7. WOW, Wendy!!! You’re going to need to keep this one away from me because you may never see it again otherwise :) Sooooo beautiful!!!

  8. Gorgeous!!! Gosh, am I slow — I have completed only 24 measly rows of my “summer of lace” project. Maybe it’s ’cause I’m new to lace knitting or maybe it’s ’cause it’s hard for me to “visualize” this particular pattern (flower basket shawl), but I’ve discovered that I cannot watch TV or listen to the radio or do anything that distracts my concentration even a little or I f*&$# up the repeat. Even with markers.

  9. Lee Ann is indeed right — the CORRECT lyric is “let me sleep on it” but hearing it in my morning fog I translated it into “let me think on it” :-)

  10. The PF Shawl is STUNNING!
    Amazing what proper blocking can do….
    though I had to giggle at the Lucy walking the edge
    picture….
    teehee.

  11. “So now I’m praying for the end of time, to hurry up and arrive. Cause if I gotta spend another minute with you, I don’t think that I can really survive”.

    I love Meatloaf. Thanks for putting a great song in my head!!

    P.S. That shawl is gorgeous!!

  12. Lee Anne, I just now thought to google for the Manfred Mann lyrics because I heard pretty much what you heard- so THAT’S what he was really singing!

  13. Good golly is that yarn for the Faroese Shawl lovely! I’m sensing a stop over to Over the Rainbow Yarns coming on…

  14. The shawl is beautiful. I can’t remember blocking out my shawl, but I can’t believe I pinned every crocheted loop; I think that I must have used blocking wires. You’re such a fast knitter! (yes, I know, one wip person)

    Dawn

  15. RedDaisy says:

    Stunning…my favorite of your summer of lace so far.

    Glad to know I’m not the only one who thought Manfred was wrapped up like a douche.

  16. What an unbelievable success! You are the world’s best knitter! Believe it or not, there is another knitter doing the same peacock feathers in teal blue. I am glad you have Lucy to help!

  17. Wow, that is one gorgeous shawl!

  18. little furry asses make everything easier don’t they?? I know mine has to “help” me change the sheets on the bed, if she didn’t the sheets would try and escape off the bed, doncha know! She has to hold them down until I get them positioned around the corners and under the mattress.

    as for the shawl……. dude, no words, only O.O *drooooooooooooooooool* *ahem* sorry, excuse me pls.

  19. Perfect choice on the yarn for Peacock Feathers. How BEAUTIFULICIOUS!!! It’s amazing what a difference blocking makes! You ROCK! Glad to hear you’re a “fun boss”, too. Silly Wendy.

  20. Juliette says:

    That colorway is breathtaking — perfect choice…

    (Pssst Hi Lucy –waving– let me know which knitting bag is the most comfortable)

  21. Oh my…..Your Peacock Feathers is so beautiful. It really looks like Peacock feathers with the color that you used. I would love to try that pattern, but I have not tried knitting lace yet.

  22. Absolutely gorgeous! I want one!

  23. The Peacock Feathers shawl is gorgeous! And I love the color of the yarn for the Faroese Shawl. Can’t wait to see it progress!

  24. Beautiful Peacock, Wendy!!

  25. Another beautiful shawl Wendy! :)

  26. You’re amazing– and so is your beautiful work.

  27. That shawl is astounding. Wow.

  28. Good God. That’s beautiful! “Ain’t no doubt about it.”
    Why do cats always think their furry butts will help things?

  29. Love how the stripes make the shawl look so ethereal! Transparent, light, airy & delicate. Ah, I give up…words can’t describe it!

    Lucy pics are getting lovelier each day. :)

  30. Wow again. Amazing what the blocking reveals. That alone makes me want to knit something lace. Now if I could only finish this **** baby blanket so that I have some time free to knit something else!

  31. Oh Wendy that Peacock Feathers is to die for!

  32. That is simply stunning! Another one to put down and admire from all angles eh? ;)

  33. Baby, Baby it’s a masterpiece an honest to Godness masterpiece…It’s a masterpiece I really enjoyed seeing it this mooooorrrrrning!

    hehehehe

  34. vanessa says:

    beeuuutiful peacock :-)

  35. Suzanne says:

    Your shawl is inspirational. I can’t get over the miracle of blocking!

    I have a question about knitting time. How much do you typically knit on the weekends? Do you get longer chunks of time then to help you complete some of your wonderful projects?

  36. A new knitting term is born! Proper Slantiness! I love it! I want to see your “proud peacock strut” in the official shawl pic!

  37. Lucy’s really taken over that knitting bag!
    Peacock is so gorgeous–can’t wait to see it on you!

  38. Helle From Denmark says:

    Uhuu……i have the pattern for Shetland Garden Faroese shawl…..by Sivia Harding. Spun some alpaca a while ago, and i though that i might be lucky that there was enough……i knew it was a long shot….and i was unlucky…i only have about 930 yards……and thats not enough for me to take the chance…..and i don’t have any more of that alpaca to spin…..DRATS!*Grin*

  39. Helle From Denmark says:

    Just saw that the Peacock was in the same post…..it’s a BEAUTY!! And i love the color…..yummy……!!!:-)

  40. Hi Wendy,
    What weight is the green yarn for your Faroese
    shawl? I’m spinning some polwarth from Rovings and I’m trying very hard to spin a two ply lace weight—very time consuming but fun.
    Love everything you do with fiber,
    Janice

  41. It’s beautiful, Wendy. I love the details of the edging, the color, the stitch pattern…everything! Fabulous.

  42. lv2knit says:

    I HAVE to give Peacock another shot. I hope I’m a better knitter than the last time I tried! I wish I had a different color — I bought “Copper,” but it looks more like rust.

  43. lv2knit says:

    Question, Wendy — did you use blocking wires across the top (straight) edge? Hard to see in photo. :-)

  44. You’re right–it looks even better in a ball. Can’t wait to see what becomes of it…green yarn is hot right now!!

  45. The shawl is beautiful…you really do some amazing work.

    Can you recommend an easy, first lace project? I’d love to do some lace knitting, but I’m still a beginner knitter, so something relatively simple would be fabulous.

  46. Bekkie,

    my cats have to make sure that each layer of the sheets are cat free as they go onto the bed. the little one gets on the mattress and gets tucked under the fitted sheet.

    he escapes from there in time to be sure that there are no cats under the top sheet as i tuck it in.

    then finally, he checks for cats between the top sheet and the comforter.

    it’s a fun game that we play. and it cracks me up everytime

    Wendy: whenever i feel like i just can’t bring myself to commit to knitting, i read your blog, very inspiring.

  47. Bekkie,

    my cats have to make sure that each layer of the sheets are cat free as they go onto the bed. the little one gets on the mattress and gets tucked under the fitted sheet.

    he escapes from there in time to be sure that there are no cats under the top sheet as i tuck it in.

    then finally, he checks for cats between the top sheet and the comforter.

    it’s a fun game that we play. and it cracks me up everytime

    Wendy: whenever i feel like i just can’t bring myself to commit to knitting, i read your blog, very inspiring.

  48. > During the blocking process, Lucy seemed to think it would help me if there were a little furry ass parked on the shawl.

    Hee! My cat, Toast, seems to think the same thing. Also about craft pictures–he seems to have a sixth sense about it. I have more pictures of his body parts involved with my WIPs and FOs…

  49. Peacock Feathers took my breath away!

  50. teh shawl is beautiful!!! i am constantly amazed at lace!!!! i am slowly working on fumbling my way thru it… one of these days;)

  51. Fabulous. I really love the green and can’t wait to see more of it. That Lucy is quite the gal.

  52. Wow! Wendy, it’s GORGEOUS!!

  53. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!!!

  54. I’m suffering from severe lust and peacock envy.

  55. Well, I called it correctly, that is, even though I had a three week head-start on you with the peacock shawl, you beat me soundly. I am jst three rows inside of the seventh chart–the most fun of them all I think. I’m glad you chose the crochet edging, it is glorious looking. A further inspiration, as if I needed one. You rock,babe.

  56. The peacock is simply breathtaking…thank you for sharing this eye candy.

  57. Another beautiful shawl. I do love the yarn you used. I checked out the entries but didn’t come up with the kind or color. I love that Faroese shawl. In fact, I think it is the loveliest pattern. The yarn you have picked is just the color for redheads!!

    Thanks for inspiration that you give. You are a marvelous LACESMISTRESS!

  58. Wendy, Peacock Feathers is amazing and as are your other shawls. I really want to give this lace thing a try now. I am surfing around for an easy beginners lace project now (not a scarf,but a shawl) if you have any suggestions please let me know! Thanks again for posting all entries I love reading your blog!

  59. Whoa, wait a minute. A Faroese-shaped shawl! What gives??

  60. The Peacock Feathers shawl is simply stunning and so beautiful. Great job!