Sunday, July 31, 2005

Knock me over with a Peacock Feather

Seems like only a week ago that I was complaining about knitting a gigantic lace shawl....I take it ALL back. The work was totally worth it.

Proud Peacock

Pattern: Peacock Feathers Shawl from Fiddlesticks Knitting
Yarn: Jaggerspun Zephyr in peacock green, courtesy of Monkee
Needles: US size 3
Final Dimensions: 81" wide, 41" tall
What I learned: Blocking lace is magic!
Lots More Photos: See my finished object gallery!

The bad part about finishing this shawl is that I had to lie to my mother. I don't want her to know that I finished the shawl because she will expect to see photos. I don't want to send her photos because I just want to send her the shawl! So when she asked if I was done, I flat out lied and said that I wasn't and that it wouldn't be finished for a week. I'm so bad.

Blocking Photos:
Tip of shawl
Corner of shawl

32 comments:

grumperina said...

That kind of lying is totally acceptable! I would have done the same. I can't believe that you had to pin each of those little loops with a pin, that's totally crazy! In any case, the shawl looks absolutely fantastic! Congrats!

Cordelia said...

Oh. My. God. It is so beautiful. And I'm with Grumperina -- every single loop has a pin; it looks great, but you're insane! or just doing what's needed, I know. Congratulations again on finishing it!

Susan said...

Beautiful! Thanks for those detail shots too. Your mother is going to be thrilled.

Teresa C said...

Absolutely stunning. None of my daughters knit. Bummer for me.

amylovie said...

Wowsa! That is magnificent. Your mother will wear it proudly.

Amy

Heather said...

Art. That is Art. So pretty.

your mum is going to love it!

excellent craftmanship. So. Impressed.

Pumpkinmama said...

stunning! a wonderful surprise for you mom.

Rachel said...

I hope MY mom doesn't come across your blog, because I have never knit her anything so fantastic. Perhaps I should...this pattern would totally suit her. You have inspired guilt in me with your beautiful knitted gifts.

helen said...

oh WOW Laura!!! fantastic job, to say the least

monkee said...

GORGEOUS! That crochet border came out absolutely perfect...

Gaile said...

Just beautiful!

Brynne said...

That's just incredible! Your mom is so lucky.

Kathy said...

Stunning! Your mom is going to be thrilled.

AndreaR said...

It's lovely! Your mom is going to be so pleased. Now I can see I'll need to buy more pins for when I get around to doing mine.

Is this out of the cone Monkee had leftover?

Jennifer said...

It's beautiful. Just stunning. Your mother with love it!

Alison said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Melanie said...

Gorgeous! I just started the Edging Charts on mine and I'm doing it in the same color/same yarn! I can't wait to finish mine and yours makes me want to finish even faster. Congratulations!

glittrgirl said...

beeeeee-oooo-teeee-foooool!!!!

i love it!

Elizabeth said...

Gasp! (that's what I said when I clicked the link.) Wonderful work. It is beautiful.

Elizabeth said...

WOW. I'm blown away by how gorgeous that is. Your mom is one lucky lady. Beautiful, beautiful work.

Criosa said...

omg! that is absolutely gorgeous! I love peacock feathers (incidently, so does my cat. for different reasons) - I think I'm gonna have to make this (and hide it from said cat!)

out of curiosity, about how long did it take you to make it?

~Christy

Anonymous said...

Something tells me your mother will forgive your little white lie. Your shawl is absolutely beautiful! She will be thrilled. Dorothy aka Missouri Star
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Julia said...

Man, that thing is gorgeous! Quite an accomplishment. Your mom will just die.

carriescribe said...

Oh, that is absolutely lovely. I'm just completely wowed. Your mother is a very lucky woman. (I know, I sound like an echo and I'm late to the party. I just couldn't look and not comment.)

--Carrie

yuvee said...

Gosh, you're mom will get quite a surprise!!

CathyZ said...

oooooooooooooo!

I hope mine looks half that nice! I'm just on chart 3 and its great to see these finished shawls looking so beautiful while mine is still all crumply on the needles! It's great motivation to keep knitting (and tinking...and knitting...)

Annie said...

I have the pattern and the yarn. I just haven't started mine yet! Yours came out gorgeous! Question: Did you use one whole ball of Zephyr or did you use several and have to join the yarn? I have two balls but know of a place where I can order the whole amount in one.

Sanny said...

Oh wow. that is magnificent. Hmmm. It would be worth having more babies if one of them would grow up to be......a knit artist like you...

Artsygal said...

Wow.. just.. wow. Each time I see this finished I get inspired all over again. It's just BEAUTIFUL.

Chrissy Foreman C said...

I know I've stumbled across this post 4 years after the fact ~ and never too late to say this is AMAZING!!!!!!

Gayle Ballinger said...

Yes! Gorgeous! I have been looking for a peacock pattern for some yarn I got years ago and the few I found did not cut it. This is fantastic! I have to dig into the stash so I can cast on. I was thinking about trying to make a pattern from Barbara Zimmerman's books where she gives you the foundation of the repeatable stitch. I am so excited. Your shawl is amazing, your mom is very loved to get such a great gift.

D said...

extremely pretty!!!