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Saturday, August 26, 2006

lunar landing!

the wing-of-the-moth, she is finished :-) friday morning at 4 a.m. the voting wasn't over til friday night, so mum was the word til now.

what a lovely pattern, thanks anne! i'll definitely knit this again, next time maybe i'll enjoy knitting it ;-)

and there is no way i can possibly sing praises highly enough for lisa souza! not only did lisa dye my yarn the exact lunar moth color, she blow dryed my mohair so it could go in the mail lickety split! gotta love that lisa :-)

i did swatch with a size smaller needle, as lisa warned me that her moho is slightly heavier than kidsilk haze. but did i go with my gut? no, i restarted with 6s...

major panic at the end, i ended up with ony a few strands of yarn left!

this wing-of-the-moth is so huge unblocked i reminds me of the great lunar moth from the original dr.doolittle!!!!

thanks cheryl, for getting the race together!
thanks to all my loyal supporters, i hope you win a prize!


Anonymous Manise said...

I am absolutely speechless! Gorgeous color! Not even 2 days start to finish?! OMG!

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Denise said...

LOL! Why was I totally not surprised to see this post this morning? Good job, Vanessa!

9:36 AM  
Blogger Carole said...

Geez. Talk about leaving the rest of us in the dust. It's gorgeous, congratulations.

9:37 AM  
Anonymous anne said...

congrats vanessa—and i am super happy that the pattern worked out great! thank you! the shawl looks to be the right size to me . . . i had only a few yards of yarn left from my 900 yards of douceur, so you are right on target

9:39 AM  
Blogger margene said...

Fabulous!!! And I voted for Beth. That'll teach me. Love the color and the pattern is to live for, too. Nice work!!

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Lisa S said...

Vanessa, I vote that you keep it as it is and don't do the hard block that makes it big enough for a sail. Really. It looks pretty as it is and just the right size. :o)

You are quite the instigator and I thank you for the challenge. The only way that it could have been any more instant of a fix would be if we had thought to overnight it...$$$.

Who needs sleep, eh? Congratulations!

10:04 AM  
Blogger Beth S. said...

That was a stunning upset. My jaw is still on the floor! Congratulations. :-)

Can we have a close-up or two?...

10:07 AM  
Blogger Pumpkinmama said...

It is just stunning, and I stand in awe of your speed. Incredible!

10:20 AM  
Anonymous June said...

Did you sleep or eat or cook or bathe during the last couple of days...?! Your speed is unbelievable! Iirc, you were also the first "gold medalist" that I saw last winter, too. I'm in awe.

Oh, and the shawl looks great, too. :D

10:23 AM  
Blogger julia fc said...

There's about 50,000 stitches in that there achievement. I am duly humbled. We're calling you Hurricane Vanessa from now on.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Hope said...

I knew you could do it Hurricane Vanessa. And where did you find the pictures of the great lunar moth?

10:37 AM  
Blogger Rose said...

Hip Hip Hooray! I'm so happy you won! I voted for ya, so I hope it paid off!

*hops around* It's absolutely gorgeous. I don't know, but I think you have bionic hands!

10:37 AM  
Blogger Marina said...

YeeHa, knew you weren't going to let us down but, but, but, did you have to do it that fast? So demoralising for the rest of us.

I am so not going to knit Leo with you!

Congrats. It's gorgeous!

10:55 AM  
Blogger Marina said...

YeeHa, knew you weren't going to let us down but, but, but, did you have to do it that fast? So demoralising for the rest of us.

I am so not going to knit Leo with you!

Congrats. It's gorgeous!

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Yay yay and yay! I knew my confidence wasn't misplaced. Stunning work. Stunning! We bow before the Goddess.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Marcy said...

Wow. Wow wow. Wow.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Holy Buckets!

Gee, and I started on Friday and I only have 5 repeats finished. Talk about your flying fingers!

Great looking shawl.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Leah said...

OMG! It's gorgeous! And humbling!

I'm still going to knit it, though! I choose to be inspired by your artistry rather than intimidated!

2:26 PM  
Blogger aija said...

OMG, rockstar lace knitter. It looks great, congrats on the amazing achievement!

4:45 PM  
Blogger --Deb said...

Beautiful! Congratulations. And wow, are you ever speedy! (grin)

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Barbara said...

I knew you could.....I knew you could. I'm so totally proud. Sweet dreams.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Oh. My. Goodness. I can't believe you knit that fast.


8:46 PM  
Blogger cindy said...

You are incredibly fast!!!!It's lovely!!!Is it an easy knit?

8:59 PM  
Blogger ann said...

that looks wonderful!

9:00 PM  
Blogger jenknits said...

WOOHOO! I knew you could do it! And that Lisa, blow drying your Mo'. What a team!

12:01 AM  
Blogger melanie said...

Well, you've totally outdone yourself this time. Faster than a speeding bullet. The shawl is just lovely.

12:05 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

You broke the sound barrier with this one ...... I'm incredibly impressed at the speed AND the beauty of your Moth.


12:06 AM  
Blogger lene said...


1:48 AM  
Anonymous Dipsy D. said...

Wow, you've been knitting up a storm, I'm absolutely stunned! What a great pattern, and the color!!! Awesome! I can't believe how fast you knitted it up, that's truly amazing!

3:23 AM  
Blogger e's knitting and spinning blog said...

ol' flame fingers did it again. this one takes the cake though;-)

7:28 AM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

You could change your blog name to Flame Fingers after this victory... the shawl is so very beautiful! Congratulations and eager to see the blocked version.

1:11 PM  
Blogger June said...

Adding my Congratulations in with the chorus, Vanessa! You go girl!

8:03 PM  
Blogger DeeAnn said...

Oh you make me giggle, I'm stuck on "how does she *do* that?!?" Wow, so amazing woman, truely amazing :) And beautiful to boot!

11:31 PM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

Wow! Gorgeous shawl and what a beautiful color!

7:36 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

Ok, I voted for you but wasn't expected such a landslide victory! Congrats on winning the race AND on and really fabulous shawl!!!

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Peggy said...

Your shawl is beautiful! I admire your knitting speed as well as your good taste in yarn, color, and pattern! And that you love a challenge. So, DO you sleep when you're on a project like this?! :)

2:37 PM  
Anonymous LisaK said...

Wow! I'm surprised the mohair didn't get singed. Very pretty.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

That's why my money was on you, Baby!
Congrats. It's gorgeous. You are a freakishly fast knitter.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

Vanessa, I've only been out of commission for 2 weeks so how did you accomplish all this knitting? Everything is just lovely.

8:22 AM  
Blogger christine said...

See, you are a knitting machine!

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Dee said...

Gorgeous shawl and you could beat Lily Chin in a speed contest any day of the week! I voted for you and very glad I did (I'm one of the lucky prize winners.)

9:05 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Absolutly beautiful. I want to be as fast as you are knitting wow!!!! Great job!!!

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

I can't knit that fast. Not and sleep. Nope, even if I didn't sleep I couldn't do that shawl in less than 10 days. I'm in awe. I'm not worthy. wow.

4:20 PM  
Blogger judy said...

you are a knitting wonder!! it must have been just after dawn when you photographed it. beautiful.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that is all I can say...WOW!

2:02 PM  
Blogger Alison said...


5:06 PM  
Anonymous Monica said...

What a stunning finish and shawl! Amazing.

1:09 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Ummm, are you in Sock Wars? because you'd be Really, Really dangerous.

Wonderful job as always my dear and it's just gorgeous.

12:46 AM  
Anonymous Cassie said...

I'm very very late to the game, but the shawl is breathtaking (how big is it blocked, and are you blocking it?)

6:26 PM  

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