Friday, November 4, 2011

Midnight Shores, Deep Breaths and a Little Cleaning


On the trip to my Mom's for her birthday, I was able to do much of the work on this shawl and finished it up after getting back home.  I love the smokey blues and the variation of sandy browns.  Reminded me of a midnight shore... deep waters and shifting sands...


The pattern is Shaelyn by Leila Raabe  (available for download on Ravelry.)  Loved it! I did extra repeats of the pattern because I prefer extra large shawls... the better to wrap myself all snuggle-y!


The yarn is Silk Blend by Manos del Uruguay (which means the hands of Uruguay), "a non-profit organization which assembles over 400 artisans in cooperatives scattered throughout the countryside of Uruguay.  The aim of the organization is to bring economic and social opportunities to rural women."  I like that.  The artisan who made my yarn is Nilka Avila.  I appreciate that.


It has been an extremely busy week.  For the last two days, I have reminded myself to take deep breaths... to calm down... it will all get done... it will all work out...

And, it will. 


Just had to share this cute shot Amanda took a couple of weeks ago...  of some very special cleaning.  Little Man thought Littlest Man needed a little Swifting.  LOL! 

I have a couple more weeks of craziness before things settle down (hopefully back to a normal busy!!).  Wishing everyone a wonderful fall weekend!  blessings ~ tanna

42 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

that is a gorgeous shawl! i'm not one for yarnworks or needle crafts, but that's simply beautiful!

From the Kitchen said...

I love the shawl--the colors and the pattern. I can see it will be nice to cuddle into whatever the occasion!

I noticed that Littlest Man was dust free when we were together and now I know why. Too cute!!

Have a good and relaxing weekend.

Best,
Bonnie

podso said...

The Shawl (it deserves a capital letter) is absolutely beautiful. It looks perfect for keeping warm on a cold evening in the late fall or winter.

Glad you're taking those deep breaths. It will all get done in good time.

And Littlest Man look so busy with a tray load of things to occupy his attention---when he's not being dusted!

Hope you can relax some this weekend!

dotsie

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Tanna, I love the shawl and that picture is adorable of little man dusting his head!

I was sent a video last night of Leila walking!

Jen said...

Wow! That shawl is amazing! Love the colors. I've heard of that yarn before but didn't know all that about it. So cool!

Scott said...

That is a beautiful shawl and it looks like you had a wonderful visit over Halloween with some cute kids.

Sorry I've been gone, my blog disappeared while I was in New England. I've put up a new one here to keep up for now.

Betsy said...

Happy Birthday to your mom! And the shawl is gorgeous!

Chatty Crone said...

I have to say I love the color in that shawl too.

And the baby got swifted - so cute.

sandie

Ginny said...

The Swiffer pic is adorable!!! And I love that big shawl, it is so lacy looking and silky.

kate i said...

What a beautiful shawl Tanna and what a lovely gift for your mom...I'm sure she'll treasure it and feel warmed by the love that created it.

And that photo is just priceless. You have a beautiful family!

I know the feeling of overwhelm when life begins to steamroller so I hope it slows down to a more comfortable level soon. Have a lovely weekend!

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Hi Tanna! The shawl is absolutely beautiful! I love the colors, blue and tans are one of my favorite color combos. Your mother will love it! I am still grinning after seeing the Swiffer dusting. LOL! That is just too cute!
Have a great weekend!

T's Daily Treasures said...

That shawl is gorgeous, Tanna. And I love that you know where the yarn came from and who made it. Fantastic! Littlest Man sure has a cool set up in that walker. How cute that Little Man thought he needed a quick dusting. Ha! Hope your day is great. Tammy

Debbie said...

Ha Ha! I love the little dust man. That picture is priceless.

And the shawl is absolutely fabulous. I love the colors and the pattern. I also agree with you about the cause behind the artisans. Excellent!

Susan said...

Tanna, your shawl is beautiful. I love the story behind the yarn. That makes it extra special. I know for sure I need to spend some time with you to get me back into the knitting spirit. And that beautiful picture....it brought back memories for me of my girls. They are 3 years apart and the oldest one always piled up all the toys around the youngest one in the walker. So sweet.

Amish Stories said...

Thought id say hello while passing your blog by, and i hope you folks have a very nice weekend. We are maybe a little past fall peek colors for taking pictures of our tree's here in central Pennsylvania, but ill try anyway to go out one last time to snap some images. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon Pennsylvania.

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Tanna,
Your shawl is lovely. I've never knitted with Manos del Uruguay and although I am familiar with them, did not know their story. It's crazy busy here too and I'm looking forward to, longingly, the cold, stay-inside-and-knit days of January!
Best,
Susan

Debbie said...

So good to know 'littlest man' is remaining dust free! What a helper that little man is!
Debbie

Debbie said...

Oh! I forgot to tell you that I love the beautiful shawl!
Debbie :D

Stacey said...

Again, I am amazed at your talent!! Your pictures of your little punkins are precious. I know you soaked in every moment with them.

Kelly said...

That is such a beautiful shawl! I have never made anything to wear, so I'm very impressed. I'm sure that took a long time to do. The colors are nice and will work with many outfits. With the cooler temps in the air these days, it's time to start pulling out shawls and sweaters isn't it?

Kerin said...

You inspire me!

You have so many wonderful talents.
The best handiwork that I can manage is a few dishclothes, maybe a scarf or two.

Those boys are precious! How blessed you are!!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend too!

Donna said...

Doesn't it make the shawl even more wonderful knowing that you are helping someone, who needs it badly, to feed their family. What a gift...
That shawl will look amazing on you.

Karolee said...

Nice job on the shawl! I love the colors! What weight is that yarn? It's beautiful. I need to recast on for my lace weight shawl - but first some Christmas knitting. Always something to knit. :o)

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, Just dropping by to say,"hello". Your photo's of the family are beautiful. I am sure that you have many happy memories stored! and beautiful photo's. Blessings, Catherine xo

From the Kitchen said...

I'm back to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY my friend. I hope your month (yes, month) is filled with fun, family and friends!!

Best,
Bonnie

vicki said...

Oh Tanna- exquisite does NOT begin to touch the description of this most beautiful shawl. The yarn and pattern are a perfect compliment- you have absolutely created a work of art. The colors in that yarn are fabulous- what a wonderful job you did in creating this beauty!

How sweet is the photo of these babes- label this one priceless--!
Vicki

Christine said...

I'm sure I'm not the only one that wants to see your wearing it.
Where do you find the time!

It looks like The Littlest Man likes the attention from Big Brother.

nanny said...

you have outdone yourself this time.....the shawl is just gorgeous! the colors are perfect and your description makes it come to life!!

Judy S. said...

Beautiful shawl, Tanna! I also love your GKs' pumpkin hats. Which pattern did you use? BTW, am glad to have found your blog.

Carol............. said...

Gorgeous shawl...I really like the colors.

The boys have gotten so big!

The Little Adventures of LueLee said...

Happy Birthday Aunt Tanna I hope you have had a great day :) I love you every much!!!!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

I just adore the colors in your shawl. It is beautiful. Love the special cleaning photograph. That is just too cute! :)

Ana said...

Your shawl turned out beautiful Tanna. You make knitting sound so easy...I've been wanting to knit again, but what would be a good small, easy project to begin with? Any ideas? Anyway, love the picture of your grandbebes....Soooo cute. Sending you a great big hug.

Blessings,
♥Ana

Nancy's Notes said...

Tanna, that is a gorgeous shawl, beautiful color and what great work! That is one adorable photograph, captured one cute moment!

Hope you are having a great Sunday!

Nancy

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your knitting is so masterful, Tanna. This shawl is beautiful!

My world has also been so hectic lately..but thankfully it has been filled with happy events, so the business is a good thing

Sandi said...

Once again your gift of creating with yarn stirs my senses...

I am not a brown tone person, yet I love your shawl.

Thank you....

Tricia @ saving room for dessert said...

Shifting sand is a perfect description for this shaw. That would be nice to wear at the beach on a cool autumn afternoon. Let's go to the beach! Another beautiful Tanna creation :) Perfect colors too. Have a wonderful week - and I feel the stress these days too. Where is the time going?

Julie Harward said...

That is the most beautiful shawl...I love that shawls are so in right now, they do feel so good! Love the color and pattern too! Cute little ones! :D

Emily said...

Those little men are absolutely adorable!

Mom and I love your shawl and the yarn you chose. Oh I bet that is so nice to be wrapped in.

Mary said...

The shawl is amazing and the picture of the boys is one for the memory book. Don't push too hard or too fast. Everything will get done. Have a good evening, Tanna. Blessings...Mary

Deb said...

that shawl is amazing....love the cleaning up...too funny...

Cindy said...

Oh my! Your shawl is absolutely gorgeous!!!

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