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This is the Peacock Tail and Leaf pattern, from Nancy Bush’s Knitted Lace of Estonia. I strongly suspect that at some point I will knit every shawl in that book because I keep coming back to it. Such a nice collection of patterns.

I’m very pleased to say that I spun this yarn from some tussah silk roving that I picked up while on the Hill Country Yarn Crawl this year. I got about 500 yards of finished 2-ply yarn from 1 oz of fiber. Not bad! The fiber was produced by the folks at Sweet Georgia Yarns, in the colorway “creme brulee.” The color is just lovely.

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Oh so pretty in white.

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Just as lovely in red, and more wearable.

I’ve knit Lightweight Mountain Peaks before, way back in 2007. It came out huge then, too.

This time I knit it in undyed (read: cheaper) Plymouth Baby Alpaca Lace yarn. I just loved working with the yarn. It has all of the characteristics I look for in a lace yarn: good stitch definition, springiness to make my hands happy, and just a bit of fuzz after washing. The finished shawl is soft and cuddly and makes you want to put it on and curl up with a good book by the fire.

The undyed yarn was a lovely creamy white. The finished shawl was beautiful… and looked like something one might wear to a Civil War re-enactment. Although I do own and know how to use a spinning wheel, I’m not otherwise into bringing history to life, so I sent the shawl across town to Andrea at Natural Obsessions for a color change. I’m extremely pleased with the outcome. The color has some gentle gradation, just enough to keep the eye moving, and looks amazing with a little black dress.

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It’s beautiful… and looks like a museum piece.

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I’m much happier with the shawl in red.

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Yarn, made from sheep.

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Sheep, knit from yarn.

This is the Sheep Heid pattern, from Kate Davies Designs.

Due to the high cost of the suggested yarn (the kit was $108 dollars!) I subbed in Jamieson’s Spindrift. For anyone wanting to make the same sub and wondering what colors to get, here is what I used:

Shetland Supreme # (color) -> Spindrift # (color)

2001 (white) -> 104 (natural white)
2006 (gaulmogot) -> 122 (granite)
2008 (katmollet) -> 127 (pebble)
2002 (mooskit) -> 106 (mooskit)
2003 (shaela) -> 103 (sholmit)
2007 (sholmit) -> 102 (shaela)
2004 (moorit) -> 108 (moorit)
2009 (yuglet) -> 123 (oxford)
2005 (black) -> 101 (Shetland black)

I made two hats, and there is a photo of the two of us wearing our hats together, but the person who took the photo has neglected to send me the file, so you’ll just have to imagine how cute they are together. Or, maybe she’ll email me with the file (hint, hint).

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Matilda LOVED the yarn and tried to eat it every time I left the project out.

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