Spread those feathers…

The Peacock Feathers Shawl is done!

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All stretched out.

After a clumsy crochet cast off, there was a quick soak in some Lavender-scented Eucalan and then lots of pinning onto the blocking board. I used my make-shift blocking wires for the top line of the shawl. The individual loops at the bottom edge of the shawl had to be pinned out individually. I was not a perfectionist here. Alas, as much as I love my blocking board, it’s not big enough for shawls. I have three towels placed at the edges of the board in a sad attempt to extend the area.

Peacock Feathers Shawl:

  • Pattern: from Fiddlesticks Knitting, designed by Dorothy Siemens
  • Yarn: Jaggerspun Zephyr 2/18 in Cinnabar (3.5 oz skein, but I have lots leftover)
  • Needles: US 3 / 3.25mm Addi Turbos, 3.25mm Addi crochet hook
  • Changes: I used a smaller needle size because I was unsure if I would have enough yarn to complete the project.
  • Finished Measurements: 83″ x 41″ (a little smaller than pattern specs which are 88″ x 43″)
  • As mentioned by many, many knitters before, Fiddlesticks patterns have large, clear charts and very well-written directions. The crochet cast off was easy with Dorothy’s inclusion of a step-by-step photo instruction page.

    The only one time I really goofed was when I brought my shawl with me to dinner but forgot the chart up in my office… I attempted to engage in dinner conversation while knitting and also trying to channel Dorothy Siemens… hoping that I would be able to figure out some of the non-repeating portion of the pattern just by looking at it. Well, I guess I’m not that “sensitive”, so I have one goofy plume.

    • nikki

      Oh wow! Its so, so pretty. *swoon*

    • meg

      Oh so beautiful. Dang. I am trying to get *rid* of yarn, now I want to buy me some lace weight.

      It is an AMAZING piece of lace!

    • Pioggia

      It’s beautiful!

    • http://www.knotwithoutmyknitting.com caitlyn

      Gorgeous!!

    • http://www.knotwithoutmyknitting.com caitlyn

      Gorgeous!!

    • http://ulltopia.typepad.com/wooltopia Tina

      That’s it! I’m definatley buying the pattern. Stunning shawl!

    • http://ulltopia.typepad.com/wooltopia Tina

      That’s it! I’m definatley buying the pattern. Stunning shawl!

    • http://www.unwindknitting.net Stephanie

      Gorgeous. And no one will ever notice the goofy plume!

    • http://www.unwindknitting.net Stephanie

      Gorgeous. And no one will ever notice the goofy plume!

    • http://www.januaryone.com Cara

      Beautiful! Everytime I see this pattern I love it more and more. I’m thinking this summer will be Peacock time! Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.januaryone.com Cara

      Beautiful! Everytime I see this pattern I love it more and more. I’m thinking this summer will be Peacock time! Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.nytefalle.com/blog Melissa

      Very nice! I’m loving the color, too.

    • http://www.nytefalle.com/blog Melissa

      Very nice! I’m loving the color, too.

    • http://www.fiberfetishist.com/ jess

      oh wow! it is gorgeous, felicia! the color, the pattern, the blocking job… I love it all!

      [and I think I really, really need to pick that pattern up… I have a ton of Zephyr in stash even.]

    • http://www.fiberfetishist.com/ jess

      oh wow! it is gorgeous, felicia! the color, the pattern, the blocking job… I love it all!

      [and I think I really, really need to pick that pattern up… I have a ton of Zephyr in stash even.]

    • nikki

      Oh wow! Its so, so pretty. *swoon*

    • http://www.purly-qs.blogspot.com Rosa

      Wow! *speechless*

    • http://www.purly-qs.blogspot.com Rosa

      Wow! *speechless*

    • http://dragoknit.blogspot.com Kelly

      So pretty. You’re going to look like royalty when you wear that. And, I’m just impressed you even tried to knit during dinner.

    • http://dragoknit.blogspot.com Kelly

      So pretty. You’re going to look like royalty when you wear that. And, I’m just impressed you even tried to knit during dinner.

    • Laura

      That is so pretty! I have watched your progress with delight and awe and ordered the pattern and some yarn from Fiddlesticks last week. The only other lacy shawl I’ve knitted was Charlotte’s Web last spring. Was this one fairly easy?

    • Laura

      That is so pretty! I have watched your progress with delight and awe and ordered the pattern and some yarn from Fiddlesticks last week. The only other lacy shawl I’ve knitted was Charlotte’s Web last spring. Was this one fairly easy?

    • http://stressreaction.com Leah

      Beautiful!! I can’t wait to start mine!

      I have the Zephyr in Cinnabar, and Lavender. I also have CTH Laceweight in….PEACOCK?!?

      Decisions, decisions!

    • http://stressreaction.com Leah

      Beautiful!! I can’t wait to start mine!

      I have the Zephyr in Cinnabar, and Lavender. I also have CTH Laceweight in….PEACOCK?!?

      Decisions, decisions!

    • http://colorguardblog.blogs.com/knitblog D R E W

      OH MY GOD. THAT’S SO AMAZING. i would never have the patience to knit that.

    • http://colorguardblog.blogs.com/knitblog D R E W

      OH MY GOD. THAT’S SO AMAZING. i would never have the patience to knit that.

    • http://www.chappysmom.typepad.com –Deb

      It looks beautiful! And, mine was so huge, I had to block it on the floor, and it still overran the comforter-cover I had it lying on. (Huge, really.) Yours looks gorgeous in red! I just love that pattern….

    • http://www.chappysmom.typepad.com –Deb

      It looks beautiful! And, mine was so huge, I had to block it on the floor, and it still overran the comforter-cover I had it lying on. (Huge, really.) Yours looks gorgeous in red! I just love that pattern….

    • http://hermione.blogspot.com Beth S.

      It’s amazing in red. Inspired choice–and beautiful work!

    • http://hermione.blogspot.com Beth S.

      It’s amazing in red. Inspired choice–and beautiful work!

    • http://www.superstarra.blogspot.com Christie

      so pretty! great job!

    • http://www.superstarra.blogspot.com Christie

      so pretty! great job!

    • http://missyb.typepad.com/missy_b Brooke

      Wow! It is truly beautiful. Congrats!

    • http://missyb.typepad.com/missy_b Brooke

      Wow! It is truly beautiful. Congrats!

    • http://zeneedle.typepad.com/ Margene

      Completely amazing! Nice work.

    • http://zeneedle.typepad.com/ Margene

      Completely amazing! Nice work.

    • http://www.weinerwraps.typepad.com christine

      Dorothy Siemans is SO difficult to channel……….(giggling) Your peacock is beautiful!!!!!!

    • http://www.weinerwraps.typepad.com christine

      Dorothy Siemans is SO difficult to channel……….(giggling) Your peacock is beautiful!!!!!!

    • http://www.katiedidknits.blogspot.com katie

      Wow, that is just beautiful!

    • http://www.katiedidknits.blogspot.com katie

      Wow, that is just beautiful!

    • Kusum

      That is a beautiful shawl. I also want to start one now. I unfortunately have a lot of lace lined up but will add one more to that list. My mom would love this shawl.

    • http://www.smallhand.blogspot.com A.J.

      Outstanding. Gorgeous.

    • Kusum

      That is a beautiful shawl. I also want to start one now. I unfortunately have a lot of lace lined up but will add one more to that list. My mom would love this shawl.

    • http://www.smallhand.blogspot.com A.J.

      Outstanding. Gorgeous.

    • Heather

      Spectacular red plumage there! Beautiful!

    • http://www.gleek.net gleek

      wow… i’m speechless. that’s a GORGEOUS shawl!

      i know what you mean about the blocking board. i have the same one and it’s just not big enough for shawls!

    • http://www.gleek.net gleek

      wow… i’m speechless. that’s a GORGEOUS shawl!

      i know what you mean about the blocking board. i have the same one and it’s just not big enough for shawls!

    • http://damselflys.blogspot.com/ Louisa

      Congrats on finishing your beautiful shawl, Felicia! Doesn’t matter if you finished on time or not — you got gold anyway. ;)

    • http://damselflys.blogspot.com/ Louisa

      Congrats on finishing your beautiful shawl, Felicia! Doesn’t matter if you finished on time or not — you got gold anyway. ;)

    • http://knitsandgrits.blogspot.com katie

      A masterpiece! Wow……wow.

    • http://knitsandgrits.blogspot.com katie

      A masterpiece! Wow……wow.

    • http://cmeknit.blogspot.com/ Carolyn

      Gorgeous! Fabulous colour…it is just beautiful.

    • http://cmeknit.blogspot.com/ Carolyn

      Gorgeous! Fabulous colour…it is just beautiful.

    • http://brooklyntweed.blogspot.com j a r e d

      oh my. what do you even say about a piece like this? it just kind of bowls you over …

      you’ve outdone yourself. (and everyone else) ;)

    • http://brooklyntweed.blogspot.com j a r e d

      oh my. what do you even say about a piece like this? it just kind of bowls you over …

      you’ve outdone yourself. (and everyone else) ;)

    • Kitty Kitty

      Wow, it is really breath taking. Good Job

    • Patricia

      It’s so beautiful, Felicia. And I’m glad to see you had lots of Cinnabar left over. I’m working on Lotus Blossom right now, I love Dorothy’s pattern charts.

    • http://seedstitch.blogspot.com Cheryl

      So beautiful. And what a color!

    • Patricia

      It’s so beautiful, Felicia. And I’m glad to see you had lots of Cinnabar left over. I’m working on Lotus Blossom right now, I love Dorothy’s pattern charts.

    • http://seedstitch.blogspot.com Cheryl

      So beautiful. And what a color!

    • http://numenna.blogspot.com Elemmaciltur

      That just turns out soooo absolutely gorgeous! One day I’m going to knit up a gorgeous shawl for my mum….doesn’t matter that she lives in Thailand and would never ever need to use one.

    • http://numenna.blogspot.com Elemmaciltur

      That just turns out soooo absolutely gorgeous! One day I’m going to knit up a gorgeous shawl for my mum….doesn’t matter that she lives in Thailand and would never ever need to use one.

    • meg

      Oh so beautiful. Dang. I am trying to get *rid* of yarn, now I want to buy me some lace weight.

      It is an AMAZING piece of lace!

    • http://pumpkinknits.blogspot.com PumpkinMama

      Very beautiful! I hope to embark on a beaded version very soon!

    • http://pumpkinknits.blogspot.com PumpkinMama

      Very beautiful! I hope to embark on a beaded version very soon!

    • http://pocketfarm.com Liz

      Wow, Felicia. You never fail to impress.
      And the “goofy plume”? Wabi-Sabi, for sure. :)

    • http://pocketfarm.com Liz

      Wow, Felicia. You never fail to impress.
      And the “goofy plume”? Wabi-Sabi, for sure. :)

    • http://visit.freecia.com freecia

      Stunning. The fringe plumes look great, too.

    • http://visit.freecia.com freecia

      Stunning. The fringe plumes look great, too.

    • http://yai-ann.livejournal.com Angela

      Gosh, that’s beautiful! I have about 1200 yds of Zephyr in my stash. I wonder if that will be enough to make this? It’s awesome!

    • http://yai-ann.livejournal.com Angela

      Gosh, that’s beautiful! I have about 1200 yds of Zephyr in my stash. I wonder if that will be enough to make this? It’s awesome!

    • http://needlesandwool.com Karen

      It is so beautiful! I love it in red!

    • http://needlesandwool.com Karen

      It is so beautiful! I love it in red!

    • http://www.thedailypurl.com/ brooke

      The shawl is absolutely stunning! Do you wear the shawls you knit a lot and if not, how do you store the ones you don’t wear?

    • http://www.thedailypurl.com/ brooke

      The shawl is absolutely stunning! Do you wear the shawls you knit a lot and if not, how do you store the ones you don’t wear?

    • http://twoleftneedles.com Monica

      It’s beautiful, well done!

    • http://twoleftneedles.com Monica

      It’s beautiful, well done!

    • Laurence

      Vraiment magnifique!

    • Laurence

      Vraiment magnifique!

    • http://bumblebeeknits.blogspot.com Carin

      Well done! It’s very pretty. Will you take a picture of you wearing it when it dries? Your first FO of the year! Nice!

    • http://bumblebeeknits.blogspot.com Carin

      Well done! It’s very pretty. Will you take a picture of you wearing it when it dries? Your first FO of the year! Nice!

    • http://pieknits.blogspot.com Jen

      That is just stunning. I really like it in the smaller needle size- the stitch patterns shows so clearly. I have this pattern and yarn in my stash, can’t wait to start it!

    • http://pieknits.blogspot.com Jen

      That is just stunning. I really like it in the smaller needle size- the stitch patterns shows so clearly. I have this pattern and yarn in my stash, can’t wait to start it!

    • http://www.j1978.blogspot.com Jenn

      That is a beautiful shawl!

    • http://www.j1978.blogspot.com Jenn

      That is a beautiful shawl!

    • Debbie

      Hooray Felicia!!

      Goal-setting, focus, self-motivation and commitment to your goal for a true Olympic finish!!! The Peacock shawl is beautiful! Your amazing to finish and to have such a busy work schedule too! THANKS for the inspiration!!

      Happy Knitting!

    • Debbie

      Hooray Felicia!!

      Goal-setting, focus, self-motivation and commitment to your goal for a true Olympic finish!!! The Peacock shawl is beautiful! Your amazing to finish and to have such a busy work schedule too! THANKS for the inspiration!!

      Happy Knitting!

    • Michelle

      absolutely stunning…

    • Michelle

      absolutely stunning…

    • Pioggia

      It’s beautiful!

    • http://www.elizabethklett.com/knit.html Elizabeth

      Amazing job… the color, the pattern, everything. As usual, a gorgeous FO! For some reason, I had this idea you were knitting this for the Olympics… but I guess not?

    • http://www.elizabethklett.com/knit.html Elizabeth

      Amazing job… the color, the pattern, everything. As usual, a gorgeous FO! For some reason, I had this idea you were knitting this for the Olympics… but I guess not?

    • http://www.elizabethklett.com/knit.html Elizabeth

      Amazing job… the color, the pattern, everything. As usual, a gorgeous FO! For some reason, I had this idea you were knitting this for the Olympics… but I guess not?

    • http://www.elizabethklett.com/knit.html Elizabeth

      Amazing job… the color, the pattern, everything. As usual, a gorgeous FO! For some reason, I had this idea you were knitting this for the Olympics… but I guess not?

    • http://www.purse-ho.com Jen

      This is beautiful!!

    • shelley

      Felicia.. It looks absolutely fabulous… If only I the talent and persistence that you have…. sigh..

      =)

    • http://www.purse-ho.com Jen

      This is beautiful!!

    • shelley

      Felicia.. It looks absolutely fabulous… If only I the talent and persistence that you have…. sigh..

      =)

    • Heather

      Spectacular red plumage there! Beautiful!

    • http://feralknitter.typepad.com/feral_knitter/ Janine

      Yowza! That’s a beauty to be proud of!

    • http://feralknitter.typepad.com/feral_knitter/ Janine

      Yowza! That’s a beauty to be proud of!

    • Kitty Kitty

      Wow, it is really breath taking. Good Job

    • http://www.worstedwitch.com Jasmin

      WOW!!!! You must be SO pleased!

    • http://www.worstedwitch.com Jasmin

      WOW!!!! You must be SO pleased!

    • http://thymeformom.blogspot.com/ Lavender

      That is really stunning! I’ll bet no one will ever notice the wonky plume if you don’t say anything. :) That looks like it took a zillion pins to block but so worth the effort.

    • http://thymeformom.blogspot.com/ Lavender

      That is really stunning! I’ll bet no one will ever notice the wonky plume if you don’t say anything. :) That looks like it took a zillion pins to block but so worth the effort.

    • http://fireflyknit.blogspot.com Kelly F

      Oh my…that is absolutely stunning! STUNNING! I just finished a Fiddlesticks Florence Scarf, and seeing this just blows me away!

    • http://fireflyknit.blogspot.com Kelly F

      Oh my…that is absolutely stunning! STUNNING! I just finished a Fiddlesticks Florence Scarf, and seeing this just blows me away!

    • http://knitties.blogspot.com lyn

      Such a gorgeous shawl!!!

    • http://knitties.blogspot.com lyn

      Such a gorgeous shawl!!!

    • http://alianneknits.blogspot.com/ Alison

      Beautiful. Peacock feathers is on my very long list of things I want to do. Yours really is very pretty!

    • http://alianneknits.blogspot.com/ Alison

      Beautiful. Peacock feathers is on my very long list of things I want to do. Yours really is very pretty!

    • http://www.theopenstitch.com Amanda

      That is absolutely gorgeous! Great job.

    • http://www.theopenstitch.com Amanda

      That is absolutely gorgeous! Great job.

    • http://kucrafter.blogspot.com Vicki

      It looks great! I love the loopy edging.

    • http://kucrafter.blogspot.com Vicki

      It looks great! I love the loopy edging.

    • deborah

      Really beautiful. I am going to get the pattern although I’m not ready to tackle it. One day, though, and I’ll have it when the day comes.

    • Barb Duncan

      I’ll add one more voice to the chorus of approval – stunning!

      Also a great example of how a solid, straightforward but high quality yarn, can be so satisfying.

    • Barb Duncan

      I’ll add one more voice to the chorus of approval – stunning!

      Also a great example of how a solid, straightforward but high quality yarn, can be so satisfying.

    • deborah

      Really beautiful. I am going to get the pattern although I’m not ready to tackle it. One day, though, and I’ll have it when the day comes.

    • http://cassiana.typepad.com/too_much_wool Cassie

      I’m late in commenting, but the shawl looks absolutely amazing! I’m so glad you didn’t run out of yarn after all, and your mention of how much it took will come in handy when I finally get around to making mine.

      Congratulations on a beautiful project, wear it well!

    • http://cassiana.typepad.com/too_much_wool Cassie

      I’m late in commenting, but the shawl looks absolutely amazing! I’m so glad you didn’t run out of yarn after all, and your mention of how much it took will come in handy when I finally get around to making mine.

      Congratulations on a beautiful project, wear it well!

    • Kate

      Oh, my gosh. That is absolutely amazing! Congratulations!

    • Kate

      Oh, my gosh. That is absolutely amazing! Congratulations!

    • http://theaddknitter.blogspot.com Heather

      Absolutely stunning work and I love the red!!

    • http://theaddknitter.blogspot.com Heather

      Absolutely stunning work and I love the red!!

    • rhea

      Beautiful! I am thinking of making this using Sundara’s laceweight silk. How much yarn do you think you used? Her skeins come in 1000 yards which is 260 yarns short of what the pattern claims… do I really need two?

      Thanks!!

    • rhea

      Beautiful! I am thinking of making this using Sundara’s laceweight silk. How much yarn do you think you used? Her skeins come in 1000 yards which is 260 yarns short of what the pattern claims… do I really need two?

      Thanks!!

    • http://www.pinkpurls.com Esther

      I have the Peacock Shawl pattern and haven’t tried it yet – but seeing your BEAUTIFUL shawl has absolutely inspired me!! It’s just gorgeous!

    • http://www.pinkpurls.com Esther

      I have the Peacock Shawl pattern and haven’t tried it yet – but seeing your BEAUTIFUL shawl has absolutely inspired me!! It’s just gorgeous!

    • http://countrygirlzine.us/knit/ Becky / Knitting Interrupted

      I’m sure I’m just uttering the same loving admiration for your peacock shawl as everyone else but it is MAGNIFICENT!

    • http://countrygirlzine.us/knit/ Becky / Knitting Interrupted

      I’m sure I’m just uttering the same loving admiration for your peacock shawl as everyone else but it is MAGNIFICENT!

    • http://www.craftborg.com Rosemary

      Hi Felicia,

      About how long do you think it took you to finish your Peacock?

      Thanks

    • http://www.craftborg.com Rosemary

      Hi Felicia,

      About how long do you think it took you to finish your Peacock?

      Thanks