I finished the orange shawl yesterday. Blocking is the most miraculous thing in knitting. That blob of orange ramen noodles turned in to this:

My shawl inspired by Dumbledore's phoenix. I started it a year ago, churned it out quite fast until I hit the first beaded row and then apparently lost my love of it and it sat at the bottom of my WIP basket.

Every now and then it when I saw it in there it tugged at my mind, but for some reason I decided I didn't like beading it.

I'm terribly sorry dear shawl, I don't know what was wrong with me.

It also got a quick bath with some dye before blocking. I wasn't liking how the yellow streaks pooled, it competed with the lace. A little orange overdye and now it's much more subtle.

Ironically the pattern is Spring Things and it is decidedly NOT spring now. When I saw it I thought it looked much more like feathers and would make a perfect Fawkes. Yarn is Knit Picks Shimmer. I love the alpaca/silk, didn't care for the color repeats.

Now I'm off to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I. Not quite the midnight showing but 9 am is pretty good!