Third Time’s a Charm: Dorothy Siemens’s Peacock Feathers Shawl from Fiddlesticks Knitting

This is a simply beautiful shawl.  I’ve knitted two of them so far.  The first was knit (on purpose) as a donation to a silent auction for my local community orchestra.  I’m happy to say it raised a large amount of money, although if you figure it out as “payment by the hour for the work involved” it was rather a pittance.  That’s usually how it is with hand knitting, whether it’s hats, mittens, gloves, or shawls or sweaters.  Either knit for love, or don’t bother, is my personal mantra. In this case, it doesn’t matter, though.  It was the highest-earner that year at the auction, and that’s good enough for me.

The second one was supposed to be for me.  However, I found that it had rather problematic memories, so I kissed that one goodbye and sent it off in the service of a good cause as well.

This one really, really, is for me.  (I think.)

I love “insanely complicated” knitting patterns, and this is a particularly well-written and clear one.  The yarn that the pattern was written for (Fiddlesticks Knitting Exquisite Laceweight) is no longer available, so I’ve substituted Jaggerspun Zephyr Laceweight, also a 50/50 blend of Merino and Silk of almost exactly the same weight.  Color for my latest venture?

“Peacock,” of course.

Hoping to have this one completed over the winter.  I’ll keep you posted.

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