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March 23, 2007

From Sally — Seventh Heaven

Filed under: Peacock Shawl -- Sally's — surly @ 3:56 pm

This will be a quick update. I’ve just started Chart 7 of the Peacock Shawl, which is the section with the large feathers (before the edging). I’m posting a photograph although there’s not much to see yet — always the case with pre-blocked lace.

The color is deeper and richer than it looks here. I’m knitting it out of JaggerSpun’s Zephyr Wool-Silk (50% Merino Wool 50% Silk) in Mahogany. I’m using my new Addi Lace needles in a U.S. 4 (3.5 mm). I had been working on regular Addis but switched to the new ones when I picked this up to work on it again. They are a vast improvement; I can’t imagine knitting lace with anything else.

This is the first shawl I’ve knit with this yarn. It has a lot of spring to it — I think that this shawl will grow a lot once it’s blocked. So far, I like the yarn a lot; I’d definitely use it again.


  1. Beautiful, even unblocked. I can imagine the richness of the color and, from everything I’ve seen made with Zephyr, this shawl will block nicely!

    Comment by Karen B. — March 23, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

  2. I really want to make that pattern!!! I’ve used Zephyr on a couple of shawls and really like it. I didn’t know how much until I knit something with Skacel Merino Lace (which I really didn’t like). I especially love the fact that I can get Zephyr for $8/skein with FREE shipping no minimum purchase at The Knitter!

    Comment by Jouf — March 23, 2007 @ 6:09 pm

  3. I too love that yarn. And the shawl looks marvelous.

    Comment by Gale — March 23, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

  4. From Susan — $8 a skein! Drats!  Too late for us! Oh well. I will be re-starting my Peacock when I get new yarn (from Surly — she made the order for both of us). Hey, Sally, they mention Dorothy Siemens, the designer of the Peacock Shawl AND the Paisley Shawl, in the newest Vogue Knitting — pg 22.

    The shawl looks fabulous.

    Comment by lv2knit — March 24, 2007 @ 12:57 am

  5. It’s gorgeous! I’ve always wanted to try that yarn but I might start with the DK weight.

    Comment by Marina — March 24, 2007 @ 8:32 am

  6. wow so delicate ,,,beautiful shawl!

    Comment by katomliz — March 24, 2007 @ 10:13 am

  7. I’m a big fan of Zephyr too. It holds a block really well and makes a shawl that’s light and floaty. Your Peacock Feathers looks great!

    Comment by Melanie — March 24, 2007 @ 9:29 pm

  8. It’s looking so gorgeous! That’s one of my favorite colors of Zephyr being knitted into one of my favorite patterns! Could it be any more perfect? I think not. 🙂

    Comment by Romi — March 24, 2007 @ 11:24 pm

  9. I’m working on that, too – but with different yarn (handspun silk) and different size needles (US 0). I am nearing the end of chart 7 as well! It’s a lovely pattern.

    Comment by June — March 26, 2007 @ 10:30 am

  10. Gorgeous!

    Comment by Carol — March 26, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

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