My current work in progress:

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


Peacock Feathers


I have made it to the 7th chart on the Peacock Feathers shawl. The seventh level of nirvana, sez I.


It doesn’t make for good WIP photos, but it makes for great knitting!

I mentioned that I thought Tina was a more difficult pattern than Peacock Feathers. Snow mentioned in the comments:

Hmmmm. I thought Tina was (is) easier, although definitely more work, quantity-wise.

So, it just goes to show, different people react to different patterns . . . uh . . . differently.

The Peacock Feathers pattern has a small pattern that you repeat many times. The first half of each row is charted, then the second half is mirror-image of the first. I know this has given some people trouble, but strangely, I have no problem mirroring it in my head. But then, I’m a mirror-image kinda gal.

There are basically three different patterns in the Peacock Feathers — it changes as your work grows –and I’m in the last one, the bottom of the plumes. And this one is by far the easiest one for me to remember. Go figure. And that’s probably a good thing, because the rows are getting pretty darned long at this point and anything to make the going easier is a good thing.

I’m having reservations about the edging for this shawl — it is finished with little crocheted loops: approximately seventeen billion of them. Crochet is absolutely not my forte, not by a long stretch, but I’m willing to give it a try. They are, after all, just little crocheted chains. But if I don’t like the look of them, I shall be investigating alternate cast-offs. Perhaps a picot edging? Stay tuned.

Oh, and by the way, this shawl so will not be done by the end of the week!

Wear Time!

Logan asked:
You have made an amazing collection of stunning shawls and scarves. Do they actually get wear time? Or are you more of a process knitter, and just love knowing they are safe in the closet, and there if you need them? I’m wondering if I should be cleaning out a linen closet for future shawls myself.

A number of the lacy items I have made were gifts for other people, though I have kept a few for myself.

My shawls do actually get wear time. I keep two or three at a time at the office because they are just the right thing to throw over my shoulders when the a/c is too aggressive in the summer, or the heat not enough in the winter.

Tina came to work with me this morning. I think if it were 90 degrees in the office, I’d still be wearing her today because I love her so much.

Lucy 1, Wendy 0

Current score in the Battle for the Big Knitting Bag.



  1. Ha ha! Laughing at Lucy. What a typical cat. You make her those fabulous cat beds to lie in and what does she do? She lies on your knitting bag. I can just hear her saying, “Yeah, I’m hogging your knitting bag. Whatcha gonna do about it? And I look fabulous doing it.”

  2. Ah, beautiful Lucy.

    Did you pick that shade of Angel Hair because it complements her eyes?

  3. Heather says:

    Kitties — gotta love ’em. We always say “if you have a cat, you have entertainment”.

    Love seeing the progress on Peacock Feathers. As soon as my pattern gets here, I can start it too. Yours will probably be blocked by the time I get mine started!

  4. Yes, being owned by cats is like living in an insane asylum. I like the clean laundry bit myself. “Ahhh, fresh whites out of the warm dryer… I’ll just lay down here and shed 84,000 wee black hairs all over them. That’s what you wanted, right?”

    Yay for Peacock Feathers.

  5. I will watch with interest if you devise a different finish for Peacock Feathers, I have wanted to knit it for ages but just couldn’t come at the crochet loops. Picot sounds good!

  6. I’m jealous of your speed. My Peacock Feathers took me three months . . . and, granted, I was knitting other things, too . . . but, wow! You’re flying. It looks beautiful, too. And the crochet-cast-off? Really not hard.

  7. It cracks me up when cats claim something of yours as theirs–mine have done that with a couple of my sweaters(of course in the cats mind I’m sure they believe that everything is theirs LOL)–I just gave the sweaters up(it’s a perfect excuse to knit some more) Happy knitting! The shawl is looking great.

  8. Well, try the crochet cast-off and see what you think. I did it on a Kerry Blue shawl awhile back, because it had been highly recommended to me, and I hated it. I thought it ruined the shawl. Since I was giving it to someone who probably wouldn’t take care of it anyway, I didn’t change it, but I wouldn’t do it again.

  9. Is that yarn just as pretty in real life? I love shades of blue. Even though I like to crochet as well as knit, what turns me off the knitted doilies is the crochet chain stitch bind off.

    I’m anxious to see what you do different, that is if you do decide to.

  10. Lucy seems to say “Mess with my bag and I’m going for the femoral artery.”

    Peacock looks lovely.

  11. No crochet loops! (Can you hear me shouting from Rchmond?) Must consult the edging oracle tonight!

  12. Victoria says:

    Wendy, I wanted to ask you about your experience with the iPod. I know you love yours, and I think you use a PC, right? (Not a Mac). I’m thinking of investing in the 60gig iPod but wanted to ask your opinion about the iTunes interface with a PC. Any comments would be appreciated! Thank you.

  13. Lucy’s expression is exactly what I get from my cat, Bob, when he is on my work bag. “Leave the bag here and no one gets hurt!”

  14. if THAT isn’t a fabulous WIP photo…I don’t know what is….
    goodness we are all drooooling over that AMAZING colorway over here at chez poodlepack!
    Perhaps the little something rom arson will arrive and distract Ms Lucy long enough for you to regain control of the Knitting Bag….
    or NOT, judging from her determined look!

  15. I absolutely cannot wait to see the Peacock shawl.

    You should probably stop calling it the knitting bag and start calling it the Lucy bag.

  16. Tina came out simply stunning!!! I love Peacock feathers also!

  17. I think you may have lost the knitting bag, Wendy. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll be interested to see how you decide to finish Peacock Feathers off. I’m all thumbs when it comes to crochet so I am always looking to file alternate edges away for future use.

  18. World's Worst Knitter says:

    My condolences to the people of London, and of the UK for the barbaric acts today. May those responsible die a thousand agonizing deaths.

  19. Are there no stitch markers between repeats in your Peacock? Yikes, woman! I couldn’t keep track of the Peacock (or much of anything else, frankly) without loads of markers.

  20. > it is finished with little crocheted loops: approximately seventeen billion of them.

    This sounds like how I talk, so this made me snicker. ๐Ÿ™‚

    > But if I don’t like the look of them, I shall be investigating alternate cast-offs. Perhaps a picot edging? Stay tuned.

    Picot edging sounds interesting! I hope you try it, because I’d like to see how it looks and how you like it (as I may implement it myself if/when I finally get to making my own Peacock Feathers)

  21. I’m one who welcomes crochet edgings, but since you don’t like it, why even bother? Crochet loops are really poor man’s picot (for those of us who fly through crochet faster and easier than the knitting, anyway)…just do the picot and consider it an upgrade!

  22. One more vote against crochet loops and for a picot cast-off. When I made Charlotte’s Web last fall, I tried (and hated) the crochet loop edging. After a search through my collection of knitting books, I tried the picot cast-off, and am very happy with the results.

  23. LMAO @ Lucy!! What a sweetheart!