Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Savour the moment

(Sorry about the cross-post. It's hard to write different words about the same thing.)


That would be the last stitch of the peacock.


That would be the deafening sound of nobody caring in my house.

Still, I can always count on the internet. The internet cares.

Blocked pics to follow.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

My yarn got in...

.... and I didn't touch it for FOUR DAYS. (I don't know where that bit of willpower came from!) The yarn is Claudia Hand Painted Yarns in "Ocean Depth". The needles are the gold Addi turbos that I was saving for "something special". Last night, I couldn't stand it any longer, so I'm off and knitting!


What are your thoughts for a yarn choice?

You all know how this pattern is written for fingering or sportsweight yarn, right? I was wondering about using lace weight yarn for this pattern, if I would need less yardage? How much less yardage would I need?

I'm so itching to get started on this one! Would you call me optemistic if I told you that I had ordered the blocking wires already?...

Also, what are people thinking about colour choices? I am pretty well thinking of teal-y colours. Is anyone being more adventurous?

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Yarn Thoughts...

I started playing around with different yarns to use last night. Tried a midnight colored lace merino first with US 3 needles--it didn't seem to work for me. Maybe it would have looked great in the end but didn't think I wanted to take the chance.

Now I am working with some tilli tomas yarn --voile de la mer (olive- colorway). This could be the yarn for my peacock---thinking of doing the "top" of the shawl with this yarn and then changing to some Habu silk for the "bottom feathers". (Maybe holding soft morhair with the habu)

Does anyone have any thoughts on using 2 yarns for the shawl? Would it work? Do you think it would be too weird?


Finished Chart E

Finished Chart E last night. I'm neglecting my other knitting for this shawl. It's rare to find a pattern this nice to work with.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thanks for including me!

Thank you!

It's not all beer and skittles at Chez Knitabulous

(Sometimes there are no skittles.)

Take a look what I had to do yesterday.

Somehow I stuffed a row up on Chart G. I blame Gregory House.

I tried to go back and fix it up, but it was too much for my brain, and was going to take an eternity.

So I soaked it. (Thank heaven for stainless steel needles.)

And I blocked it.

And I identified the problem.

And then I realised this problem was the least of my problems, so I ripped back four rows, left the live stitches on the bed and picked them up again with the circular needle.

It's not so scary when it's blocked, because it sets the stitches and they stay relatively put.

Got straight back in the saddle, and now I've just finished chart H now, only 16 pattern rows to go!!

(BTW - Row 182 has two SSK's missing, if you look at the chart you'll see where they go, it looks like a simple typo to me as it was not an issue in the test knit).

How's everyone else going?

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Can't wait to start

Hello everyone. I'm very pleased to be part of this KAL. Its a fabulous design. I have my pattern and my wool but not yet the time. I'm madly trying to finish a shawl for my mother before she comes and visits me next week. The centre panel is complete but I still have to knit the border. Once that is done the peacock will commence.

A bit about myself. I have been knitting for about 35 years - my mother taught me. I live on a secluded bush block on the side of a mountain surrounded by tall trees, many birds and a garden that is crying for attention now that summer has arrived.

Here I Go Again!!!

Here I go again!!! I signed of for yet another KAL. This shawl/capelet is so beautiful. I do not have my yarn yet. I would love to spin my own however, with the holidays and the fact I'm in so many other KALs I don't know that I could get that much spun up very quick. Oh, I'm a relatively new spinner as well, since about March 07. I do believe I will be using a fingering weight. I've been knitting with all these lace weights I think a fingering would be a delightful change. Can't wait to see what you guys come up with.

Guess I should introduce myself huh? I am a 50 year old Kentucky gal. We live in the Corvette Capital, Bowling Green, KY. In fact I can see the Corvette Museum from my front porch. I have been married to the same man for 30 years and we have three children, 29m, 27f, & 23m.
Most importantly I have the cutest little 5 year old granddaughter, Emma Belle. Her picture can be found plastered all over my blog. :)

I learned to knit when I was in the 4th grade via 4-H. But I was very frustrated with it and didn't pick it back up until I was in my 30's. I have always crafted in some manner, needlepoint, cross-stitch, crochet, sewing, etc. However, in the last 5 years I have become totally obsessed with knitting. First it was socks, socks, socks. Now it seems to be lace, lace, lace. I love it.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

starting, too!

Yesterday the pattern finally arrived, my yarn is wound into a ball (I'm using Lisa Souza fingering weight in the Mother of Pearl colourway), and I'm ready to go! I really love the charts, and although I should knit some gifts for Christmas, I think I'll rather wear the actual shawl and buy presents ;)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Cousin Love

The fabulous Cousin gifted me with 4480 yards of gorgeous fingering weight yarn and now I can start the Peacock! Yeah to the Cuz, to the Peacock, to Jae, and to this KAL. Whew. Christmas came early.

And now we begin..........

Thursday, November 15, 2007

My yarn is not yet arrived...

Hi, I'm CJ/CraftyGryphon, craftaholic and compulsive project starter. My UFO count is currently 60 (yes, sixty); thankfully, only about ten of those are knitting. This, if I can keep from starting anything else over the next week, will be #61. I'm not expecting miracles, of course, like "finishing something in the intervening week" or "magic stash finishing itself." It sure would be nice, though.

I haven't started yet. I ordered the pattern and some scrummy Claudia Handpainted Silk Lace (in "Ocean Depth") the minute I found out about this KAL, since KAL means "I might actually finish it in a reasonable amount of time - and I have this GREAT peacock skirt to go with it). As I just mailed the money order two days ago, I'm guessing I won't have my stuff until next week... darn!

Back to one of the sweaters, scarves or stoles that I *might* be able to finish soon while I'm waiting...!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

New to this group

I am so excited to be a part of this group. I think the pattern is just gorgeous and am looking forward to knitting it with a group of people.

I am a stay at home mom to 5 kids ranging in age from 12 to 2 1/2. I love to cross stitch, bead and knit - knitting is my favorite thing to do!! I got hooked on lace when I joined the Mystery Stole group and am now a part of a couple of groups and loving every minute of it.

Thanks for letting me join in :o)!


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Finally started.

I Started last night, and frogged it three times, the same row. As this is my first attempt at a shawl, any lace really, I wasn't happy.
Today was a new start and off I went, knitting knitting then that row again, frogged it again, so I went sooooo... slow stitch by stitch and I got it. Even with Kylie and Christina with me at the shop. Happy now all is working well. Can't wait now for my 'Lace Addis' to arrive.

starting soon!

I just got my yarn - Emerald City from Lisa Souza, and my pattern is here. I've got to get 2 shawls off the needles first - that's my thanksgiving goal. Then, hopefully right after Thanksgiving, I'll wind the yarn into balls and get started! I can hardly wait. It's such a lovely pattern....

Sunday, November 11, 2007

I'm Hooked!

I can't remember the last time I was this hooked on a pattern. I started 10 days ago, and finished the 4th chart earlier today. I love it. I'm using some Lisa Souza fingering weight merino in the Mother of Pearl colorway, and I think it was a good choice. The rest of my knitting has taken a back seat to this shawl.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The Meet and Greet

Hello everyone and welcome. Help yourselves to the champagne and nibbles and make yourselves at home.

As you all know, we're here to knit the pretty as a peacock shawl. I know some of you have already started, some are waiting on patterns and/or yarn to arrive, and some of you might be spectating for the moment.

No matter, we're all equal here. You start when you're ready. And when you do, don't forget to let us know - because the secret to a dynamic knitalong group is a noisy bunch of participants, don't you think?

Now, as an ice-breaker, I suggest we all drink four beers and find a karaoke machine. (No? Oh well, works for me). OK, let's just introduce ourselves as we come on board, and after that we'll start talking about our progress . I hope that's ok with you guys.

I'll go first. My name is Ailsa. I live in Wollongong, Australia - which is a beautiful city with a bad reputation (a little like Detroit - but we have a steelworks not car manufacturing) on the South Coast of New South Wales. It's about an hour's drive south of Sydney.

I have been knitting for about five years or so, and am completely nuts about it, much to the chagrin of my husband and family. I am 40 years old on Monday 12th, and I have one husband, two children (boy - 9 and girl - 7) and a dog (shit-zu/maltese cross named Storm).

I work in the civil service in a job-share (we both do half the hours of a fulltime job). I kind of die a little inside every day I go there. But it's a 'good job' and I need money to buy yarn, so I try not to complain.

I got the test-knit gig through a kind of 'six degrees of separation' type experience out there in knitblog land. My friend Donni thought it would be a good idea to get a randomish group of bloggers to participate in a group swap thing for a year back in 05. Anyhow, one of the people chosen was Jae - and that's how I found out about her and vice versa.

Jae did a course on lace knitting last year, and the peacock was born. When she'd finished it, she wanted to have her charts tested so she asked me to do it. So, it's not like I knit for a living or anything like that - I just fluked a good gig!

So enough about me, tell me about yourself.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Peacock Strut

Hello and welcome to the Pretty as a Peacock knitalong.

My name is Ailsa (aka knitabulous) and I test-knitted the 'pretty as a peacock' shawl for the talented Jae of Some Knitting Required. If you have the pattern, I made the teal one in the booklet.

I'm progressing through my second peacock shawl (in Fuschia Zephyr) and I thought other people might like to join me!

This is a place where we can compare our progress, discuss any obstacles we may come across along the way and generally help each other.

If you want to make this shawl, please see the sidebar for pattern links.
If you want to join this knitalong, send an email to

and I'll send you an invitation to join this blog.

We'll then decide together when we're going to start and if we're going to have any rules or not.