The Name

Rio by Duran Duran

Just follow me into my little fantasy where an African Grey (Psittacus erithacus) relates to a song about Rio.


The Shawl

Psittacus erithacus tail
Psittacus erithacus tail

Dimensions: 48-inch wingspan by 19-inch depth (including feather)
Destination: Charity
Pattern: Parrot Feathers Scarf by Spider Mambo

The pattern was simple, clearly written and easily adaptable to any yarn weight…except that the multiple is not disclosed…grr! Well, I’ll figure it out when I can figure out a better way to attach feathers. Of course, because I went outside the box, I had to make certain modifications:

  1. I designed my feathers to be more in line with the true shape of an African Grey’s tail feathers: they are flat, missing a tip: my quickest design that I liked had me ending at the base and there was no quickest design on how to connect and crochet the border at the same time.
  2. So I had to crochet twenty-seven feathers, then crochet a red border, and then attach each feather by sewing them in using their tails, and then crochet the horizon border in grey in every chain versus pattern indication


The Yarns

Unknown Grey Sport
Color: Grey Heather; Content: Man-made, per burn test; Weight: 2, Sport

Unknown Grey Thread
Color: Unknown; Content: Unknown; Weight: 0

Unknown White Brushed Acrylic
Color: Unknown; Content: Man-made, per burn test; Weight: 2, Sport

Universal Little Bird
Color: Unknown; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 2, Sport

JOANN Sensations Bamboo & Ewe
Color: 49374 Bamboo & Ewe Red; Content: 55% Wool, 30% Nylon, 15% Rayon from Bamboo; Weight: 1, Super Fine

The first two unknown greys were used for the shawl horizon border. All three unknowns were used for the shawl body; a deconstructed – if you will – white/grey handpainted or ombre. The tail feathers and border were comprised of two yarns of Sensations to one yarn of Universal.


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