Light as a feather

If painstakingly pinning out 164 crochet loops isn’t an exercise of patience, I don’t know what is. But after unpinning the shawl on Sunday, I decided it was definitely worth it:

I love this shawl!

Detail shots:

(The color’s hard for me to photograph; the second detail is probably closest on my monitor, but that’s really not saying much.)

Peacock Feathers by Dorothy Siemens

One ball of Jade Sapphire Lacey Lamb in Turquoise

Needles and hooks:
US0 / 2.00mm Inox Express circulars
US3 / 2.10mm Susan Bates Steelite crochet hook for the bindoff

I used cobweb weight yarn and smaller needles to produce a more reasonably sized shawl. Well, reasonable for me, anyway. My shawl is 60″ across the top edge, and 29″ from top to bottom.

Overall, this was a good knitting experience. It did drag a bit in the middle, because it was the same stitch pattern over and over again, but once I got past that, I pretty much flew through the rest.

The crocheted loops were even more tedious to work than they were to pin out. Crocheting with cobweb weight yarn is no fun. Would I do that again? Hell no. But do I think it was worth the effort this one time? Hell yes! I love the look.

The pattern, like other Fiddlesticks patterns I’ve knit, is nice and easy to follow, with big, clear, easily readable charts. If you’re thinking about knitting it, I definitely recommend this pattern!

I also recommend the yarn, though it took me awhile to get past the “oh my god it’s like thread I’m so going to break this” panicked feeling. But the Lacey Lamb is stronger than it looks; yes, I can break an individual strand if I give it a good hard tug, but it stands up to regular old knitting just fine. The yarn is soft and springy and lovely to work with. Mine bled a bit during blocking, but it’s nothing that a vinegar soak couldn’t cure.

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12 Responses to Light as a feather

  1. disentangled says:

    Simply lovely! It is the perfect size for you too! Can’t wait to see it in person!!!

  2. Carol says:

    Any chance of using your picture on my blog. I am doing a series of personalized knitting – I distribute for Dorothy Siemens & serveral other designers and I just love the way knitters take patterns and make them “their own” – you have choosen an amazing colour to create an absolutely perfect Peacock Shawl? Carol

  3. Kristen says:

    That’s beautiful! Great job!

  4. Cora says:

    It’s gorgeous!!

  5. mimsie says:

    Absolutely stunning!

  6. Lori says:

    I literally gasped when I saw it! It’s absolutely stunning!

  7. Marisa says:

    Just beautiful – absolutely beautiful!!

  8. Dave says:

    Wow, that’s incredible. Totally and absolutely gorgeous. That’s been one of my favourite patterns since it came out, and the colour you chose is perfect. Well done!

  9. Jessica says:

    I love it! It’s probably too much to hope that you’ll have it with you tonight huh? From the picture it looks like the size came out perfect, unlike when you tried on mine and it came down to your knees.

  10. Becki says:

    Your shawl is so lovely. One of my favorite patterns and colors!

  11. melissa says:

    OMG that is sooo beautiful! Perfect color, too!

  12. knitnana says:

    Wow. Simply. Stunning. Gorgeous. Wow!

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