My current work in progress:

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


Peacocks in Blogland

Wow! Thanks for all the wonderful comments on my Peacock Feathers shawl! I really appreciate them.

But mine is not the only Peacock in Blogland, no-siree-bob. There’s a whole passle o’ Peacocks!

Julia is knitting one.

Françoise just finished hers!

Deb has a completed Peacock too (check her June 14 entry).

Snow also has a completed Peacock. (Check her December 12, 2004 entry.)

And I’m pretty sure a couple of blogless members of the Summer of Lace Group are Peacocking along too.

And I’m sure I’ve missed other Peacocks — who else has a Peacock out there?

Speaking of Peacocks, I unpinned mine as soon as I got home from work. (By the way, I did use blocking wires across the top edge. Lucy really enjoyed the process of “helping” me insert the wires.)

Because my couch is blue, I couldn’t find a really good place to photograph the shawl. But here’s an “artistic-in-the-window” shot:


And a close-up of the bottom point:


Faroese Shawl

I’ve made a wee bit of progress here.


It’s a very fun knit, and so far, the instructions and charts are very clear and easy to work with. I sense that there will be more Sivia Harding designs in my future.


The yarn I am using is a one-ply laceweight from Over the Rainbow Yarns (link to the ebay store is in the sidebar). It feels just a wee bit finer than the Joslyns’ Fiber Farm Angel Hair laceweight I used for the Peacock Feathers.


I loved this comment from Susan:
Whoa, wait a minute. A Faroese-shaped shawl! What gives??

Heh! It’s true that I am not a particular fan of Faroese shawls. I had never met one that I particularly liked. Until I saw this pattern!

Besides, I vowed to myself that for the Summer of Lace, I’d do a bunch of different-shaped shawls. I’ve got a long one that’s curved on the ends (the Deborah Newton shawl), the square Tina shawl, and now the triangle Peacock shawl. Faroese? Step right up! And after that I plan on the Inky Dinky Spider stole — a rectangle.

I try to remain open-minded. Peace out, man.


Lucy has been showing a preference for my largest knitting bag, the pink Elizabeth Austen one. But she says that any bag will do in a pinch!

And tonight she is playing dress-up!



  1. A lovely Lucy shot, and a lovely shawl. Congrats, and thank you for the links to all the other Peacock Feathers out there. Inspiration!

  2. Wow! I was first!

  3. Well, I was camping last weekend, and there were wild peacocks at the campsite, so I posted pictures of them on my blog…

    No Peacock Feathers Shawl yet, however, alas. But I like to contribute in whatever way I can!

  4. Jennifer says:

    I really like the crocheted edge on the Peacock shawl. Are you happy with how it turned out?

    I love the Lucy pic today (of course, I always enjoy them, being a cat person also).

  5. Wow! Nice fingernails, too. You could utilize those for lots of knitting purposes. Cable needles, ersatz scissors, ballwinders if you hold your fingers just right…I envy people who can grow nails.

    Great shawl by the way!

  6. Heather says:

    Peacock looks even more beautiful today, if that’s possible. I’m still waiting for my pattern ๐Ÿ™

    Lucy, as usual, looks adorable and suitably catlike in her expression. Ah, ths things they put up with from us. Hey, I just noticed the cushion behind her, I have the same one! I don’t think I own anything that doesn’t have cat hair on it.

  7. I missed yesterday’s post, so let me congratulate you on finishing Peacock Feathers! Now that I see the crochet-loop edge, I’m so glad you did it. They have a feather-y look to them, and I think they are really just the thing for it. Enjoy your Faroese!

  8. Thanks, Wendy! Of course, I’m partial to mine, but your Peacock looks absolutely wonderful, too. I love the window shot–she looks very elegant, indeed.

  9. Piping up from lurkerdom (here and in the Summer of Lace group) to say that I’ll be starting my own Peacock Feathers as part of a small-group knitalong in a week or two, just as soon as I finish the Pacific Northwest Shawl and my two cohorts get the patterns and yarn they have on order.

    I’m using Halcyon Yarn’s Gemstone silk in vivid purple, and seriously considering adding iris beads to the crocheted edging. Planning to do a bit of swatching tonight so see how that looks. (-:

  10. I love it!! Lucy has that “what in God’s name are you doing to me now?” look.

  11. Out from under, for the minute, from wedding stuff. Your Peacock is beyond lovely! I’m so happy to have joined your Summer / Fall / Winter / Spring / Eternal lace… Now if only I could get myself to knit faster! I want to keep up with the group…

    Thanks for the ever wonderful photo of Lucy.

  12. I think someone needs to do a study on the itsy bitsy vs. inky dinky phenomena. Where I grew up, it was itsy bitsy spider all the way — I don’t know that I could, in good conscience knit an inky dinky (even if I did possess the talent)

  13. peacock looks fabulous. I’m always nervous about using varigated yarns for lacework, but it really works well with peacock and there isn’t any pooling whatsoever. the colour also works well with the patterning. I’m sure lucy is going to enjoy peacock ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. The peacock shawl is breathtaking. I don’t think I’d wear a shawl, so I can’t justify making one. For now I’ll just sit back and admire all of the talent in the Summer of Lace group.

  15. So, do you actually ever wear your shawls? If I had one as pretty as the Peacock, I don’t think I’d let it out of my sight. Makes me wish I were a knitter.

  16. The Peacock Feathers shawl is beautiful, as always. Can’t wait to see the Faroese as it grows. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. I’m doing Peacock Feathers, too! I’m now into the fifth chart and it’s turning out nicely. It’s my first major lace project. At times, I get frustrated with it, but I’m using yours as inspiration!

  18. I started the Peacock Feathers Shawl back in January or February in a dark green Zephyr, but it was misbehaving so I sent it on vacation. I think I’ll pull it out again soon and try to finish it. I can’t believe how fast you did yours! Its gorgeous!

  19. What was your favorite to knit, as in relaxing, yet interesting, lace shawl. I love the interest in design, but I don’t like to be married to a chart.

    Peacock Feathers may well be next for me too.

  20. Are you going to add an edging? I love this pattern, but have always thought the edge was missing something.

  21. Love the Lucy shot today. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I don’t have a finished or even started Peacock Feathers shawl, but based on being twigged to the pattern by your blog, I have an order in and I’m impatiently waiting for the pattern, the recommended Zephyr Wool-Silk, and the Addi Naturas to make one myself in a deep red/maroon color.

    Thanks for the continuing inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. What a pretty shawl, and it looks smashing on Lucy! What a lucky cat (for so many reasons). I can’t wait to see the faroese shawl in the lovely green.

  23. I’m contemplating a Peacock as I’m none too happy with the Shaped Triangle from Gather of Lace as a first lace shawl project.

    I’m love the yarn you are using on the Faroese shawl. And have to say I was floored last week when Siva bought my Spearfish sock pattern as I have contemplated some her patterns.

  24. I have yarn but no pattern yet! On it’s way. This photo just makes me itchy to get it started, it’s so lovely. Is it huge?

  25. Well she, Lucy that is, looks beautiful with Peacock.

    Question about one-play, do you find that it tends to break easier. Or does it depend on how it was spun. I used a one-play on Flirty Ruffles Shawl and it constantly broke, in fact I’m afraid to block it because of how bad the yarn broke when any pressure was applied.

  26. I’m another Summer of Lace member in the process of making the Peacock Feathers Shawl. Yours is absolutely lovely.