Friday, May 4, 2012

New Leaves a.k.a. New Lease on Life


I started this vibrant green shawl a couple of days before I saw the dermatologist and life started spinning.  It is such a beautiful shade imbued with a force of life that is hard to deny.


While suffering what I refer to as my melanoma mania, I seriously un-knit as much as I knit on some days.  My knitting friends suggested I try a simple garter stitch pattern... and they were absolutely right that the simpler pattern would have been much more soothing.


This is really NOT a hard knit, but my focus was seriously compromised.  The color and the leaves just kept drawing me back... it was like I needed to be able to finish it to have that life force myself... and I did... and I do.  I am most grateful and I feel like I have a new lease on life...


The pattern is Spring Leaves by Katrin Vorbek all info:  here on my Ravelry page.


We celebrated my Beloved's birthday this week.... and never has it been sweeter to celebrate another year in his life... another year together. 

Thanking you again for all the wonderful prayers, encouragements and concerns. 
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and Andrea, thank you.  ;)

I will be adding this to Color Your World with some amazing young women.  =)

blessings ~ tanna

52 comments:

Deborah said...

Tanna, that shawl is beautiful, and you look beautiful wearing it. Green is the color of life. You look so happy and relaxed now. Life is good.

My hubby has a birthday tomorrow and we will be celebrating. You are right! It is so wonderful to have a loving husband to share the years with. Happy Birthday to your hubby!

From the Kitchen said...

I think the pattern and color is perfect to celebrate a new beginning and life! I'm married to a Taurus and the mother of a Taurus. They are wonderful people. Happy birthday to your Taurus.

Best,
Bonnie

The Sewing Loft said...

What a beautiful shawl! You look so pretty swathed in it, feel marvelous when wearing it. :) I hope you are feeling better. Hugs.

Barb

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Love the shawl! I finished my ruffle Sothia shawl... I'll have to share some pictures.
Heal well~~~

TexWisGirl said...

the shawl is gorgeous - as are you. congrats to your hubby! :)

Pondside said...

Such a pretty shawl - it will be lovely all summer long against neutral colours or even some of the lovely sorbet colours that are everywhere.

Donna said...

Tanna, that may be my favorite of all I have seen of your amazing knitting! I love the color and leaves call to me, too!
This shawl will always remind you of the scary time and the many blessings that came...
Love, d.

Susan said...

Perfectly beautiful on you. A happy birthday to the Mr. He is the most important pillar to lean on right now.

Wild Oak Designs said...

You did an amazing job! My knitting skills stop with the garter stitch...and at times that is hard, so hats off to you!!
Glad to find your blog...
Nancy
Come for a visit
http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

Judy S. said...

What a lovely pattern, Tanna! You sure polished it off quickly, and it looks terrific. So glad you're on the mend.

kate i said...

This is a stunning colour Tanna...and one of my favourites. I'm so happy to hear that you're feeling renewed and replenished and I see that sweet angel is still sitting on your shoulder!

And Happy Birthday to Evan!! We're so fortunate to have found these amazing men to share the second half of our lives with.

Ginny said...

This shawl is absolutely stunning, but no more so than you! It is good to see you posting and tell your husband Happy Birthday for me!

AndeM1 said...

So glad to see your post...... your shawl is beautiful and you look beautiful with it on...so glad to see you with a smile. Keep it there and keep the postive spirit...I know you will!!! Happy Friday!
Andrea

AndeM1 said...

Happy Belated to your husband.....
Andrea

Tricia @ saving room for dessert said...

Oh Tanna - you look so lovely. The first photo nearly took my breath away as I saw you had an angel sitting on your shoulder. Prayers continue for your continued good health! Happy birthday to your beau and LOVE that beautiful pattern and color. I am such a green girl too. It looks great on you!

nanny said...

Anything green catches my attention....but that shade is beautiful. It is perfect for you and your new lease.....

Happy Birthday week to your sweet husband....(we share the same week, we must celebrate sometime)

Have fun in Dallas, I am so jealous!!!

Starla said...

Tanna

So happy for your good news. Look forward to seeing you sometime soon! Also want to know who your new fabulous dermatologist is. So thankful for her.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I love this post...and celebrate with you, but mainly because I always see the Lord in the creation of your hands. I think I do because many times He is creating a new work in your heart and it is reflected in your knitting.

Blessings...and enjoy...really enjoy your life!

Chatty Crone said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that shawl and it is my favorite color and I love the way you are celebrating life! And happy birthday to your husband. sandie

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Tanna this is so beautiful. The pattern, the color, the hands and heart that knitted it together. Beautiful. So happy to hear you feelings of a new lease on life!! Happy Birthday to your sweetheart! :) Thanks so much for joining us for 'Color Your World' this month!

Deb said...

Oh my goodness, you look so gorgeous in green. It is your color. I love it as it reminds me of new life and Spring. I'm so happy to read that all is well with you and that you are relaxed and happy to celebrate with your husband. Have a fun weekend. Hugs, Deb

Laura said...

Tanna- The green is perfect on you, I think it's time to celebrate!!!! Happy birthday to Evan!!

Christine said...

What a warm and loving post.
I can feel your love for life.
And I can see how you do enjoy it.

(love that color, just added it to my closet)

Jen Price said...

The pattern and the shade of green is so beautiful! You make such beautiful shawls.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

You look beautiful in that pretty green shawl, Tanna! Happy Birthday to your hubby!

California Girl said...

Happy to read your ferric news. (I'm catching up) The shawl and your smile say it all. XO

Swanski said...

A beautiful post and how lovely that even though you were stressed out you made a shawl and you are lovely the wonderful ordinary-ness of life. I am so happy that your are well :)

podso said...

I never cease to be amazed at the beauty of your knitting, or of the abundant love and grace of God! So thankful with you for your recovery and renewed health, and that you could celebrate life, love, another year, with your beloved!

In Love With Sunflower said...

That is a beautiful shawl... more so, the color compliments you!

I am sorry to hear about your "melanoma mania." May God's healing hands lessen your "crosses" and may you continue to see the beauty around you. God bless :)

Shug said...

Morning girl....
I absolutely love the color! I'm just thinking about all the different choices you have in mixing and matching this color...Gorgeous!
Isn't it amazing how our perspective on life can change so instantly...I know that mine certainly did during the most difficult time of our lives.
Blessings, and so happy that things have turned out well...
hugs

Kerin said...

Good Morning Tanna...
Once again, you amaze me with your talents, and your spirit :)

The shawl turned out gorgeous, and hopefully the scare that you've endured is behind you.
A new lease on life!

Happy belated birthday to your husband. Such a sweet celebration.. and appreciated blessing, especially considering the trials that you've been through recently.

Have a beautiful weekend.

steph said...

beautiful shawl---beautiful lady!!!! Just love it. Happy birthday to your hubby, too!!! Many many more!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Tanna, I hope all is well. My blog time has been so very limited of late. I do pray your step son-in-law will be healed. It sounds like the knitting saw you through some stressful days. So glad to see you were able to finish it as it is absolutely. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Tammy

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Tanna, that shawl is such a pretty pattern and color. What a great light weight wrap for the warmer months. I always have to carry a sweater with me when we go out to eat or to the movies. One of these would be so easy to just wrap up in.

Have a great weekend!

Kathy said...

That's a beautiful shawl you've created and I must say you look absolutely beautiful in it!

Dana said...

BEAUTIFUL. :-)

Kelly said...

That is a beautiful shawl!! It's a great color too. I'm so happy to hear that this cancer is behind you. You obviously had a good guardian angel looking out for you!

Betsy said...

I'm so glad you are healthy. What a relief. And I'm glad you were able to finish the lovely leaf pattern after you had you concentration back. :)

Happy birthday to your hubs. Now...is there a piece of pie under that whipped cream? ha.

Jerry said...

I think it was worth the 'more complicated pattern' it is very delicate and a great colour. (I'm still praying).

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I am not sure how you do it, but each new shawl you knit is prettier than the last! This one looks so intricate and I love the color.

I'm so glad you are able to celebrate a complete healing, Tanna. Praise thr Good Lord!

Happy belated birthday to your husband!

Debbie said...

Oh Tanna, I really love this one. It says LIFE and HOPE to me. The color and pattern couldn't have been more perfect. To think that God selected it for you before you went to the dermatologist just amazes me. He always amazes me with stuff like that.

And praying continues for Brian as well. Just wanted you to know.

Mary said...

You are a phoenix :-). The shawl, both pattern and color, are almost as amazing as you, dear friend. I hope your husband had a wonderful birthday. I suspect is was an especially sweet day for you both. Blessings...Mary

Amanda said...

Another stunning piece to add to your collection. And one that will hold special sentiment I'm sure. I continue to count my blessings for all the good news - and for having Pop Pop to celebrate, too. Love and hugs to you both. Wish we were there! xoxo

Cindy said...

Hi Tanna,
I'm so glad to hear you happy and positive again. Your shawl is gorgeous!!! The green is lovely, it reminds me of the lawns here, as well as the new leaves that are just now covering the limbs of our trees.
I thank the Lord for giving you a new lease on life.
Happy Birthday to your sweetheart.
Love and hugs, Cindy

Karolee said...

That is such a beautiful shawl.

Your comments have meant a great deal to me on my blog. Thank you for your encouragement. I am praying for you daily.

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Tanna, Your new shawl is beautiful and a testament to your strength and fortitude. I think lace patterns are the most difficult to knit. The fact that you carried on and were able to accomplish it's finish during such a stressful time speaks volumes about you. Sharing in your joy of life!
Best,
Susan

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, How beautiful. You look beautiful and the shawl is just perfect. I am so happy to see you looking vibrant and radiant. Please keep well and enjoy this beautiful new beginning.
Happy birthday to your beloved.
Blessings dear friend. Catherine xoxo

Stitchfork said...

Here's to new leaves on life, and lots more birthday celebrations!
xo Cathy

Ana said...

A very happy be-lated birthday for you honey-bunny. The shawl turned out beautiful...but now as beautiful as you my dear friend.

Much love,
♥Ana

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

THIS makes a tear come to my eye! Thank you for reminding ME not to take "my beloved" (precious!) for granted!

Happy Birthday to your Mister!

vicki said...

Tanna- your shawl is simply stunning- the color- the pattern and you as the model. I'm glad that you had your knitting to keep you calm- knitting is that way for me also. You are very blessed--
Xo
Vicki

Stephanie said...

I don't have the gift of knitting, but that pattern is amazing. I see peacock feathers in the shape! And that color is my very favorite green of all the spectrum!

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