My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Alrighty, then. Peacock Feathers.

The popular vote for my next lace project seems to be the Peacock Feathers Shawl, so I shall make it so. I plan to use this yarn:


Joslyn’s Fiber Farm Angel Hair in the “Plumes” colorway. (How could I not knit a design called “Peacock Feathers” in a colorway called “Plumes?”)

But in the meantime, I’m knitting madly along on Tina. I’m very close to the edge. Well, yeah, I am a knitter on the edge, but what I meant there is that I’m closing in on the end of the last border pattern.

Almost-still life, with feline.


I will finish the border knitting tonight, so I shall start Peacock Feathers on the train in the morning. Then tomorrow evening, I’ll start the edging on Tina.

Multi-tasking at its finest.


Helene asked:
What do you do if you find a mistake far down in your work? Do you frog the whole thing, or do you figure out a way to “cheat”?

I vote to cheat.

But I find in lace knitting, you can usually spot any mistakes very soon after making them. The patterns tend to build on one another, so if you made a mistake, you’d likely find it in the next round.

Frogging lace is a horrible experience (at least in my opinion) because of all the yarnovers and decreases, and one that I don’t care to do. It helps, of course, if you put lifelines in your work at intervals, but I never do. I like to live dangerously.

Fishtail Lace Scarf Pattern

Lorrie solved the problem with downloading the pattern from the Yahoo group by very generously posting it here. (It’s a pdf file — you’ll need Adobe Reader to open it.) Thanks, Lorrie!


  1. That’s a gorgeous colorway for the Peacock Feathers Shawl. I can’t wait to see it done!

  2. what are lifelines in knitting??

  3. That yarn is a gorgeous color!

  4. The colour looks just right for a “peacock” shawl! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I was all set to look at Lorrie’s Fishtail Lace Scarf pattern, but the link failed to deliver at least on my computer…What could be wrong. I INSIST on a new link. Its my civil right! WAAHAAHAH!
    Your lace is Looking wonderful. How about another contest? Just Kidding. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Ohhhh yummy yarn! And I love those colours! I’ve made a pair of socks in that colour way – one of my favourite ones of hers.

    Go figure. I don’t look at blogs for a while, and everyone is starting to knit lace this summer!

    I’m also starting to Peacock Feathers, also using Josyln’s yarns. I bought the pattern and yarn a couple years ago, and (ahem) lost it in my stash. I found it again a month ago, and will start it shortly.

    I’m using her Silk ‘n’ Lamb in the Montego Bay colour way. very very yummy!

    If this works out I may get some of her Shine in Eggplant.

    Good luck and have fun with the shawls!

  7. The link failed for me too. ๐Ÿ™

  8. Yay for Peacock! And I agree that tinking lace is miserable. It takes at least twice as long as tinking stockinette, too.

  9. Please thank Lorrie for me, too! I’m making a Breast Cancer scarf to be donated as part of a group project and want to use some luscious Koigu KPPPM that I have, but hadn’t found the right pattern. I think that this will be perfect.

    Also, the yarn you chose for your Peacock Feathers shawl is gorgeous. I have the pattern on my “to do” list and am just waiting to find the perfect yarn for it! I think I’m becoming addicted to lace!!!

  10. michigancatholic says:

    I can’t get the link to work either. =(

  11. What a beautiful crumpled rag….your words not mine,as usual I am amazed at your speed…Do you keep a tally of the amount of hours that a project takes? It would put a whole new meaning on k.p.h.

  12. thank you for psotign the link to the lace pdf file;)

  13. I missed the voting, but I would have said the peacock shawl too, it’s lovely. Someday when I’m rich… I don’t plan to join the yahoo group, but I have been knitting lacy stuff: the Yarn Harlot’s Snowdrop Shawl. It’s a free pattern on her website. I recommend it, it’s easy but not boring and the instructions are very good (I’ve only made a doily and an easy sampler in lace before). And of course most importantly it looks great! I’m gonna take out the blocking pins and weave in the ends now and then go strut my stuff around town.
    Oh, and I look forward to seeing the Tina shawl finished, it looks really good on the fiddlesticks site.

  14. Jennifer says:

    Wendy, your creations are lovely. Do you actually wear the shawls that you have made/will make?

  15. Wendy — I am so relieved to hear your review about frogging lace. I just started my path to lace knitting by joining the Summer of Lace group and it has been a rocky start with much tinking and frogging … But I will struggle forward!!

  16. Hi Wendy

    A big thank to you and Lorie for the fishtail pattern. When I visit the US in three weeks time. Blue Sky Alpaca will be my first purchase. I always wanted to get some balls of this but did not have a pattern for it. Thank you.

  17. So I have this partial cone of some fuschia zephyr. It’s been whispering to me and I think it may turn into a peacock feathers.

  18. Thanks for posting the link, and your continued inspiration from your projects. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And since you answer questions in your blog: do you ever feel pressured by knowing you have an audience out here, reading your blog, into posting?

    I’m glad you do, though!

  19. lovely linkage (as per usual!)
    and OH MY the peacocks will be jealous!
    Best not to wear that shawl to the ZOO, teehee.
    Now that my computer is back from the hospital
    I’ll be casting on the edging for my
    PSS (perfect summer sweater)
    so count me IN for the lace along ๐Ÿ˜‰
    poochies send smoochies and wonder if Lucy
    would like some organic catnip? We have a fabby new
    kitty boutique just opened in our hood….

  20. I love the yarn for the Peacock Feathers — can’t wait to see it. Thanks for the Fishtail link. What an awesome thing this “Summer of Lace” has been and it’s just started!

  21. Oh goody!! (Clapping hands gleefully) I just knew you would have the perfect yarn for that pattern. I can’t wait to see it!

  22. Yes, I live dangerously, too but I ususally pay for it some way some how. Your peacock is going to be gorgeous in that colorway. Oh, for only a little more time!

  23. Your yarn is perfect. More so than mine, which is merely good. I’m using Suri Elegance in dark blue, up to row 23 and so far so good.

  24. Looks like Lucy would like Tina as an afghan. At least that would save blocking ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. reporting back, the Fish Tail Scarf link worked. Thanks to Lorrie and Windy. Its lovely. I wear Scarves, but not Shawls. Sure do enjoy their loveliness tho. Well done, Wendy…Is it an FO now?
    You and Lucy are making me need a knitty kitty real bad. I really do need to hug Lucy, but a subsitute would do..(Scouting the bushes in the neighborhood. Peeking in yards..Can’t hang on much longer….)

  26. Annie B says:

    Lifelines – You would use a fine smooth yarn for this (or narrow satin ribbon or unwaxed dental floss). Thread a yarn needle and run your lifeline through all the stitches on your needle (after a row of plain knitting or purling, if there is one). Keep track of which pattern row you put the lifeline on. The lifeline gives you a “safety net” if you want to fix a section by dropping a few stiches and knitting them back up. If you need to un-knit full rows, your lifeline will let you go back to a clean row where you can begin again. You can leave the lifelines in until the garment is completed, or you can move the lifeline up as you finish each pattern repeat.