Monday, November 26, 2012

Cowls, Owls and False Starts


I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  We traveled west to visit my Mom and gorged on turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie


Laughed and loved and visited with siblings and nieces and Mom!! 


Came home to do some Elf Work and be blessed by lunch with Evan's daughter, Audra and her husband, Brian.


Then, feasted on a pot of delicious, homemade chili with Zachary and Candice and The Girls.  Oh, my, what good, sweet loves we enjoyed!!  I don't know if there is much else that gives me such pleasure as to be welcomed to my children's homes and offered their hospitality.  I think that must be one of my big "love languages".  And, Zach outdid himself with his chili recipe! 


Now, on to owls... Well, this has been the year of owls for me and  I  love this little pattern:  Chouette (details on my Ravelry page).   This was my second version... I thought the first too small... now, this one fits Noni... hmmm... may have to try again so I can keep this one for myself! 


AND, my friend, Kim wore a beautiful owl-bordered shawl last week and had me all excited about starting one of my own.  Knit this much (almost two skeins) in the car during travels... but, I'm not satisfied with the gauge.  A false start.  Bummer.  I'll be ripping it out, dropping down a needle size and giving it another go. 

Oh, the cowl is a Noro pattern: Slip Stitch Cowl (Details on my ravelry page here).

Lots to do!  The Little Men will be pulling into Texas later this week!!  My heart is singing!

blessings to all ~ tanna

37 comments:

Betsy Brock said...

What a wonderful holiday you had! Lots of love and good times! Lovely cowl..gorgeous! And that owl hat is too cute!

JH said...

I must know what yarn you are using for the false start cowl!! It looks like a dream puff.

From the Kitchen said...

Thanksgiving surrounded by loved ones is perfect. Added bonus? Anticipating those little men arriving.

I love the colors in your cowl!!

Best,
Bonnie

podso said...

I'm thankful you had such a wonderful holiday weekend. How nice it must be to still be able to go to your mom's house for Thanksgiving! And the cowl (?)--the colors are so you! Even though I've never met you, I just know. It looks beautiful to me. How fun --the owls for the boys---enjoy their visit, but I don't have to tell you that! Enjoy the anticipation too, that is so much a part of the joy.

steph said...

all that needling goodess!!! The hat is adorable!!! and I love the cowl (I've done a few cowls this years, too---they are sosoo practical!).

my daddy always said...if you are going to do something--do it right or don't do it at all......hard to unravel so much, but I know it will now be beautiful and you'll love it!!! (owls??? knit in? or colorwork???--anxious to see this one!!!)

Hugs!

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

Beautiful work as always...just beautiful work of your hands. Sounds like you were blessed and blessed and blessed. What a wonderful testimony of watching what you have sown now being reaped.

karen said...

Beautiful knits you have there! I'm torn to say which one is my favorite so I won't. Glad to know I am not the only one traveling for the holidays!!

Jen Price said...

That owl is adorable! Glad you had such a great Thanksgiving weekend.

Cindy said...

So nice to hear that you had a good Thanksgiving, there is nothing like spending time in your children's homes! We spent three weeks in children's and families homes, so nice!
Hugs, Cindy

It's Just Dottie said...
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It's Just Dottie said...

My heart is singing with yours!
Hugs, Dottie

Kate I said...

As always, your knitting projects leave me so inspired!! I really love this cowl. I think I need a knitting buddy nearby to help me understand patterns, wools and gauge better so I"m not so intimidated to go out and get started on these things. I end up at the store feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all and walk out thinking I need to think about it some more!!

I'm so glad your holiday was filled with family love and laughter dear Tanna. And even more to come!

Wanda said...

Love the colors you've chosen. And what a Woot Hoot Owl.

Glad you had such a nice Thanksgiving..we did too.

Blessings and hugs

TexWisGirl said...

the owl hat is almost spooky! your model is perfect to show off your works. love the cowl colors!

Chatty Crone said...

I think someone had a great Thanksgiving week! Sounded like FUN! And those shawls - you are sooooooooooooooooooooo talented. I love them.
sandie

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

Sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving, Tanna! Love the colors of that cowl!! The owl is too fun! :)

Tricia said...

I hope your daughter and her little men are staying for a nice long visit. Love your shawl and the owl - so creative! Sounds like a perfectly wonderful Thanksgiving and weekend. LOVE my family! Have a great week Tanna :)

Debbie said...

It all sounds wonderful (except the false start.) I love the look of that cowl. My daughter was just asking her grandmother about some pieces like that over Thanksgiving. (My MIL reminds me of you with her gift and skill of knitting and crocheting.)

My favorite thing, though, is that owl. That's just plain adorable.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Beautiful works~ and even more so... beautiful weekend of Thanksgiving!

Christine said...

I just hate "start overs" but you wouldn't be happy if you didn't.
But what I do like is a happy visit from a grandchild. Enjoy!

Kelly said...

So glad that you had a nice Thanksgiving with your sweet family! I just adore that little owl hat.

Shug said...

Morning Tanna....I'm Thankful for your friendship! Glad your Holidays were pleasurable....funny thing, I find myself thinking of you every time I see a beautiful shawl or scarf. You are so talented and I am very impressed with your detailed work! Keep that heart singing and enjoy!!
shug

Debbie said...

Beautiful post, Tanna! Yep, the owl hat should have a twin for you to wear. You amaze me with your yarnin' and darnin', as always. I'm coming...

Dianne said...

I'm so happy for you to have had such a blessed Thanksgiving! Your knitting is amazing - I love the colors!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I'm glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family! The cowl is exquisite, the color so beautiful. Have a lovely week!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Tanna, and that your Christmas season will be full of fun with your Little Men nearby! Love the shawl and owl hat. You make the most lovely handknits of anyone I know!

Dana said...

Sounds like you had a great holiday. I'm so glad! Love the cowl. Never heard the term before. I have heard them called infinity scarves and they are really in style right now. Beautiful! I know you are super excited about family coming soon. I hope you have a WONDERFUL visit.

p.s. I think you did a fabulous job on the slip cover. Love the pics of your home.

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

What a happy post Tanna! Love the cowl and the owl and the good times you had...and having the little men will be such a treat!

Donna said...

If you need another head to try on an owl....I'm your girl! I love, love, love that hat!
Taking out big chunks of knitting??? Not so much. I handed off the sweater sleeves to a professional friend and I started a prayer shawl...very basic, but being knitted with love and prayers for a friend. As always, you, Miss Tanna, are an inspiration. In a day or two I will post some of the art I have been doing...a few new things for a teeny show this weekend.
Happy days to you!
<3 Donna

Amanda said...

On the road with singing hearts from our crew, too!! Love the latest projects. Might have to try the cowl on. ;-)

Judy S. said...

Cute hat! Thanks for the link. Did you get the little owl sweater pattern also like I did? Noro colors are fun, aren't they? Pretty cowl.

Sandy said...

I'm glad you had such a good Thanksgiving. Me, too. As for your work...the cowl is absolutely gorgeous...style, colors, just perfect.

Mary said...

Tanna, it sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. The visit with the Little Men will make it a perfect week. I love the owls. Too, too cute.
Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

ImSoVintage said...

holidays with family are definitely the best. love that owl hat. so cute :)

Hugs,
Laura

Deb said...

your work is beautiful Tanna...love the owl hat...

Tammy said...

That cowl is gorgeous. Love the yarn you used. And the owl hat is too cute. I seem to have a lot of false project starts of late. Some can be salvaged for something else, some get tossed to the side, some to be started over. Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are in for an equally wonderful holiday season. Best wishes, Tammy

vicki said...

Tanna- your knitted cowl is gorgeous-- totally love your choice of yarns-- great colors!

The little owl is adorable-- aren't we all crazy about owls right now-- I know I am!! Can't wait to see your owl wrap-- want that pattern!
Vicki

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