FO: peacock feathers

Peacock Feathers, finished

Peacock Feathers, finished

Peacock Feathers Shawl
Pattern: Peacock Feathers Shawl from Fiddlesticks
Yarn: teal laceweight cashmere, purchased from Skaska designs at Rhinebeck 2008
Needles: 2.25mm (I wanted a smaller shawl)
Started: January 2009
Finished: June 2011

Yeah, it took me a long time to knit this. I started it on my trip to Asia in early 2009, but it languished for ages after I got back. I would pick it up and work on it furiously for a few days, then set it aside again for months. The pattern is very well written and easy to follow, but it’s still hard for me sometimes to find time to knit something that isn’t work and especially something with so many charts!

I’m really happy with it. I think it’s one of the prettiest things I’ve ever knit.

Peacock Feathers, finished

more stash sale

I’m moving house! I was given notice a few weeks ago by my new landlords (they’re doing renovations, blah) and I managed to find a pretty awesome apartment pretty quickly – I’m moving August 1. So you know what that means?

Getting rid of stuff! Organizing! and Stash Sale!

Click through to see details – and stay tuned, because there might be more to come. Eeek, moving!

a hexagon blanket, for a wedding

A long time ago, I bought a whole whack* of Noro Silk Garden Sock in two different colourways, both neutrals – one in black/brown/tan, and one in tan/cream/white. I set about making a blanket. I didn’t really work on it very often, just went on jags once in awhile. I took the hexes travelling with me to more than one place – Rhinebeck, TNNA in California, and the UK!

the beginnings of obsession



(Trafalgar Square!)

piles of hexes

Finally in June the yarn was all used up. I set about putting the hexes into their order for the blanket that I’d decided would be for some very good friends who were getting married at the beginning of July.

organizing by shade

I sorted them into piles by shade, then laid them out. The blanket wasn’t quite as big as I’d hoped, but it looked like a great size for the couch.


I started with the darkest in one corner, then moved across to the lightest in the opposite corner, diagonally.


It was a classic race to the finish! There was crocheting the hexes into strips, then the strips into a square; crocheting a border around the whole thing and then about 500 ends to weave in, plus it needed a good blocking. So you know what that means? No photos of the finished blanket! D’oh! I laid it out to dry the night before the wedding, packed it up the next afternoon and off it went. I was very pleased with it.

I’ll have to ask Vivek and Gina to send me some photos of it in its new home.

the first dance

Meanwhile, it all begins again….


*edited to add! In this case, a whack means 8 skeins (4 of each), plus an extra skein of Tanis sock yarn to put it together with : )