Feathers of the Phoenix Shawl
November 2007
January 2008

Feathers of the Phoenix Shawl

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Feathers of the Phoenix by Jeri Lea Kisala
Needles & yarn
US 4 - 3.5 mm
Hand Maiden Fine Yarn Sea Silk
2 skeins = 874.0 yards (799.2 meters), 200 grams
Windsor Button in Boston, Massachusetts

When this yarn begged me to take it home, I was determined to use it for something that would take maximum advantage of it. I looked everywhere for ideas, but no designs I found seemed just right. I borrowed all three of Barbara Walker’s knitting treasuries from the library, and swatched and sketched like crazy. I settled on two motifs from her second book. I borrowed the border and top-down Faroese-style shoulder shaping from a Lucy Neatby pattern… After that came a lot of time with an Excel spreadsheet charting out ideas. I found the most logical place to end the shawl based on where all the different motifs in each area came to the end of a full repetition, which wouldn’t have been the case had the shawl been either a little shorter or a little longer, and amazingly didn’t run out of yarn before I got there. I love the shimmer in this yarn, especially in the stockinette areas, and the gentle way it radiates the warmth of your skin. I tell people I asked the yarn what it wanted to be, and this was its answer!

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by Hand Maiden Fine Yarn
70% Silk, 30% SeaCell
437 yards / 100 grams

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  • Project created: May 29, 2008
  • Finished: May 29, 2008
  • Updated: November 14, 2018