My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

Peacock Feathers

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Happy Independence Day!

I’m knitting away on the Peacock Feathers Shawl. Here’s what it looks like so far:

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And a close-up:

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I’m in the middle of chart 4 at this point — in the midst of the middle part of the pattern.

Here’s what Lucy is doing today:

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Tina Q&A

Thanks for all your kind words about Tina. I got some questions about her in the comments.

Julie asked:
But I do have a simple question – what keeps you going during that hour of crawling around on the floor – do you listen to music or watch tv? That is quite a long period of time during which I would think you would have to concentrate completely on the task at hand, yet also have something to distract you.

Julie, I had the tv on, tuned to the local public television station. I never looked up at the tv, but listened to cooking shows.

Judy asked:
Will she slip through a wedding ring? She looks to be that fine.

I think I might be able to jam her through a wedding ring, but I haven’t tried! She is pretty lightweight and fine.

Diana asked:
I do wonder does Lucy leave any residue on your shawls after she checks your work?

Not so you’d notice. Lucy’s daddy did give her a good brushing shortly before the blocking, so she didn’t have a lot of loose fur.

AnitaM asked:
So after taking an hour to block this lovely creature, how long does it stay exposed to kitty feet (which in my home’s case, would mean 6 pair, 2 pair of which are extremely interested in all craft activities!) before you can release it from the T-pins?

I pinned her out late Saturday afternoon. I think she was dry within a couple of hours, but I left her pinned overnight to make sure.

Leslie asked:
How are you going to wear or use Tina? When shown on the couch,she seems large for a shoulders shawl?

Tina is a big square, so when folded in half to a triangle, she’s the perfect size for a shoulder shawl. I’ll try to put up a modelling shot this week. She’s so nice and lightweight, wearing her double-thickness she still feels as light as air.

Julia said:
Lucy on Tina? Eeep, I’d worry about claws on lace and even just the moving about. You are an indulgent mommmy, and a patient one.

When Lucy came to live with me, she had been declawed, so front claws are no problem. And when I’m home. Lucy is my shadow. When I left Tina to her own devices to block, Lucy left her alone too. Lucy sleeps either on my bed, or on the cedar chest at the foot of my bed, so Tina got a good night’s sleep alone!

Again, thanks for all the great comments about Tina. When I unpinned her yesterday morning, it was a great feeling. I love lace!


I finished knitting Tina on Friday night. Here she is, in her relaxed, pre-blocked state, hanging out on the couch.

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I blocked her last night. Here she is, reclining gracefully on the couch apres blocking.

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I blocked her out to 62 inches square. The pattern gives the blocked dimension as 52 inches. But I’m an aqgressive blocker. When unpinned, a blocked shawl bounces back a little, so I’m guessing she is now 56 to 58 inches square. Did I mention that I love her? I do.

Here she is during blocking, all pinned out on the floor.

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I used blocking wires to help me achieve a square. I slipped wires through the eyelets around the center square, and anchored them in place with T-pins. I also slipped wires through the eyelets where the edge of the body meets the edging. I anchored those in place with more T-pins, then I pinned out the points of the edging.

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I had to adjust the wires a couple of times as I pinned out the edging, and I’d say it took me about an hour of crawling around on the floor to get it just right. Lucy, ever vigilant, checked my work.

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Blocking Wires

The blocking wires were a huge help in this endeavor.

I have a set of Zonta wires, as well as a set I purchased from Halcyon — infomation on them is here.

The wires help to keep everything straight — very important for a square shawl!

And just because, more shots of Tina. A close-up of a corner:

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An artistic “hanging-in-the-window” shot:

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And another:

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And Tina on a chair:

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She took just about 3.5 skeins of Misti Alpaca Lace, so she weighs only about 6 ounces.

So . . . back to the Peacock Feathers!