So I got some old knitting books in the mail today - my mom is cleaning out her old books and I asked for anything old she didn't want. First Book of Modern Lace Knitting and Second Book of Modern Lace Knitting, as well some old Patron's baby's pamphlets and something from Jack Frost. Holy cow, people really used to knit for YEARS on these things with incredibly tiny yarn.
I'm thinking I'll see if I can adapt something from the Modern Lace books for the peacock. I swatched it, but wasn't happy - yarn overs with all those colors of beads just got muddy, so back to the drawing board.