My current work in progress:

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


Peacock Feathers


Happy Independence Day!

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


And a close-up:


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:


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!


  1. yummm..

  2. Brigitte says:

    Wow! Very, very cool. Wendy, you’re really amazing!

    Can I ask – how does Peacock Feathers compare to Tina as far as complexity and stitch repeats goes? I’ve been looking at it on Dorothy’s site for awhile now, but…me scared…!

  3. AnitaM has a kitty with only 2 legs? *blink*

  4. Wendy, Tina is beautiful, and so is Peacock Feathers! (And so is Lucy!) And I’m so jealous – your PBS station runs cooking shows. Mine runs Keeping Up Appearances and Red Green, which are terrific, but I’d love some cooking shows! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. kelly in new mexico says:

    I am a newbie to lace knitting and have registered for my first class July 30th. I have a question : How do you store all your beautiful lace shawls that you’ve finished? Do you treat the yarn with anything to keep the shape of the blocking after you unpin them?

  6. Wow – what a difference a date with blocking wires and pins makes. It always amazes me to see lace take on its true beauty through blocking.

    I’ve enjoyed watching L-B work on her Tina too. (Hi L-B!)

  7. A Lucy shadow? Awww….
    Sharky is not my shadow; she just uses my legs as her personal nose-bumper. ๐Ÿ˜›

    That’s fast progress on the Peacock Feathers. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I love the color of your peacock shawl–I bet that yarn is stunning in person. Tina turned out great too:) Happy knitting.

  9. I too love the blue yarn for the Peacock shawl. Looks different than wound up, but they always do, eh??

    oh, Wendy, one more question!! Since Tina was a circular shawl, how did you start her?? I’m about fed up with my circular just feels so wrong to have 8 stitches split between three or four US7 needles…any advice??!!

  10. your tina is gorgeous. It puts me to shame as I should had finished my Tina months ago… only I packed it all away and now I’ve lost interest in trying to figure out where I was when I stopped.

    Love the peacock featers too. Lace is just fascinating, when it unfolds, like butterfly coming out of a cocoon

  11. patricia says:

    Tina’s so pretty!

    She looks great just lounging on the couch. I’d be tempted to leave her there as a throw blanket when I wasn’t wearing her.

  12. Tina is breathtaking. BRAVO! In this time of political debates and issues, it’s such a pleasure to turn to your blog where your creative and industrious knitting creates such beauty. Many thanks. Love to Lucy! and Happy Independence Day!

  13. Wow, are you fast on that Peacock! But what is the top photo? Is that from the pattern, or did you swatch w/different yarn? Inquiring minds always want to know. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Linda Wagoner says:

    Hi Wendy,
    I, like everyone else in the “knitting world” am in awe of all your beautiful projects!! I have ordered my yarn and patterns and am all ready to knit LACE! I have 2500 yards of Joslyn’s Fiber 50% silk and 50% fine wool. My goal is to make a Christening Shawl for my granddaughter,one that she might could use someday at her wedding. Is this yarn too fine/thin for the Spanish Christening Shawl from Folk Shawls? Should I stick with the Fiber Trends Field of Flowers? Any help you can offer would be greatly apprecitated!!