It turns out that Chart #6, despite being a whole lot of rows, was pretty much just a eight row repeat that was easily memorized, so I took to knitting up eight rows a day for the last two weeks, instead of the formerly-planned-on fours row a day. As a result, I've finished up this chart two weeks early. Today I will venture into Chart #7, which has some stitch symbols waiting for me to learn.
The stole is at Row #204, and there's 304 rows per side, so we're getting close to being done with the first half! (Yep, once I reach "the end," I get to pick up all those live stitches waiting on the lime-green yarn and literally knit all of this AGAIN.)
I love, love, love the peacock feathers part of this pattern. The beginning charts with the diamonds were hard for me and I despised them, but once those are out of the way, this is such an enjoyable knit. I really like the double yarn-over rows! The peacock feathers are surprisingly simple and I still smile triumphantly each time another row of completed feathers emerge. Pretty, pretty!
I talked to my granny (the $500 phone call that actually cost $17) after the last Peacock post went live, and she is beyond excited that this is finally happening. She's never bothered me about it not happening, and I've apologized profusely over the years about it not happening, but both of us were eager to see for it to happen, so we're both just a little ridiculously excited that it is finally happening and not kicking my butt. Yippee all around!
I've decided that I will not add beads to this project. The idea has been swimming in my head for a long time, but I've decided that beads would just be a little too much. Given also that it's a long rectangle, adding beads on the ends will add weight to the ends and I think it will stretch and distort the lace pattern. The pattern is fabulous without any extras added to it, so we're going to stay the course and knit it as written. Goodness, do I love the color.
Chart #7 is the beginning of a bigger pattern of peacock feathers, so next month I'll be able to show you something new. Yippee!