FO: Peacock Feathers Shawl...
Pattern: Peacock Feathers from Fiddlesticksknitting.com
Start/finish: End of March 2006-12 May, 2006
Yarn: Superfine Merino in Peacock, approx. 800yds/730m
Yarn and pattern source: Theknitter.com--they have great service and free shipping, btw.
Needles: 24in/60cm Inox aluminum circs size US3/3.25mm; 3mm crochet hook (I don't think there's a US size equivalent)
Mods: Used one needle size smaller than called for; yarn substitution; smaller finished size.
In the pattern, the wingspan of the shawl is supposed to measure over 80 inches, which is huge. Being as short as I am, I really didn't think I could carry that. I also didn't like how "airy" the shawl looked in the pictures so I used a smaller needle size. I think this worked out really well. The motifs look much more defined, which is what I generally prefer with lace, and it's just the right size for me.
Unblocked, the shawl measured about 55 inches from tip to tip...
And after the magic of blocking...
It grew almost ten inches!
Since I don't really have any surface large enough to block on (I do like sleeping in my bed), I completely soaked it and pinned it out just to get it into the general shape and size. When it was almost dry, and almost time for me to go to sleep, I took out my trusty new toy--a travel steam iron. I steamed ironed the crocheted loop edging and lightly steamed the rest of the shawl. Then I draped it on my clothes drying rack to finish drying. Normally I like to do full wet-blocking the whole way but this was the next best thing.
Things I learned: