Monday, July 16, 2012

Angel's Breath...


Between coats of touch-up paint on one of the Old Girls' apartments, I have started the picot bind off of this shawl...  I cannot say this one has been pure pleasure.  My old eyes strain to see this yarn and my clumsy fingers struggle to control it.  Backing up if you make a mistake... well, the best advice is not to mess up.  I have found mohair and silk to be most unforgiving in the reverse mode.


The pattern is Cloud Illusions by Boo Knits.   I do love Boo Knit patterns!!  The yarn is Debbie Bliss:  Angel, a mohair and silk combination.   Maybe not so much love... but, could be one of those things that after the pain of getting it done is past, I will be so happy with the outcome I that I forget the struggle.  The jury is still out on my opinion of this yarn.


It is as light as air... the breath of an angel... there is a long way left to go on the bind off!!  Whew!!  In from painting for the day and about to hit the shower and then get to work a little more on the picot.  It obviously has not been blocked yet and I always look forward to seeing the transformation that blocking brings to lacework.  More to come...

I cannot begin to tell you how blessed I feel by the words of encouragement and the sharing of your stories on my previous posts in your comments and your e-mails... Indeed, I know women who fill the bill for beautiful in Elizabeth Kubler-Ross's words.  Absolutely beautiful women... inside and out.  Thank you each and every one.

blessings ~ tanna

26 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

cloud illusions is an apt description for that. looks like cotton candy spinning. :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That is beautiful.

Donna said...

I can not even imagine how you can knit with that yarn, but it is going to be so worth it in the end! Right?
Of course, right!
You are pretty dang impressive, my dear.
Could we see some Old Girl pictures? It's been awhile and I am seriously figuring out what goes in my new house to make it look old....
Love!
d.

Judy S. said...

It's absolutely gorgeous, Tanna! And all that plus beads, too! You're right about not ripping mohair; that is a true disaster! I'm working on a one row lace pattern scarf and forgot how careful you have to be. No mistakes allowed, that's for sure!

Chatty Crone said...

I agree it is absolutely fabulous looking - I love it. sandie

Along A Widowed Road said...

Tanna,
I don't have this type of talent. You are truly gifted with the patience the forethought of a vision, idea and thank you for sharing your handiwork of what needles and thread can do.

Viola

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Love this pretty shawl and the note cards you won in the prior post! Hope all will be well! {hugs}

Pondside said...

That yarn seems to be perfectly named!

Kate I said...

I love these photographs of your beautiful creation Tanna...as I look at your shawl my hand wants to hold it and feel the softness, the lightness of it. Angels breath and Cloud Illusions...oh just to be wrapped in these words!

I've been so inspired by your knitting that I've even begun to knit a very basic wrap myself...I'm so excited!

Tanja said...

Wonderful and full of Wonder is this shawl! And you did it so evenly and equally. I positively envy.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Oh my! That shawl is gorgeous but I know it must be difficult to work with that yarn. Definitely knitting would make the job easier, but if you are having a bit of a struggle, then I know it must be very wispy. Any yarn with the slightest bit of mohair tends to tangle easily and definitely does not frog well. I had that same problem yesterday before I realized I was using the wrong yarn on something. Couldn't undo it so just cut it out. :/ Wishing you a lovely day. Hugs and blessings, Tammy

Jerry said...

That is so delightful and totally worth all that effort. You have created something that looks as though it could gently float away. Incidentally, these are fabulous photographs too - perfect colour scheme. What is your next project (after you have let your eyes and fingers recover)?

Debbie said...

Debbie Bliss?
I would dub it a perfect name because this Debbie really does think it's absolutely beautiful.

What a parallel spiritual lesson in this particular piece! I think there are so many of us out there who can relate to seeing the beauty of something as it nears completion, yet feeling that the jury is still out on the painful process process and product we had to use to get there.

I believe this one could be a stone of remembrance.

Tricia @ saving room for dessert said...

Your creation is gorgeous. It looks like a cloud. Very nice! You are one hard working lady. Best of luck on the painting.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Just beautiful...and even how you displayed it...your creative eye is excellent!

podso said...

Amazing community forms in the blogging "world" doesn't it? This yarn looks vaguely familiar ... like out of the past? Mohair, etc. But I've never seen it in such a pretty design! I think you will be thankful for all your work when it is done! A true showpiece!

Ana said...

Dearest Tanna,
What a beautiful shawl. So delicate, sweet, dainty and just dreamy. I don't think you have clumsy fingers, they are more like angel fingers that create heavenly pieces :-) Just read about your leg. Hope all is well now. Sending lots of hugs and love your way. Take care my sweet friend.

Much love,
❤Ana

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Oh, Tanna, this is beautiful. Delicate and beautiful!

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, I love this shawl. It is light and delicate and is elegant looking. I love the tiny pearls on the ends.
I think that we all need to inspire each other. I always believed that the Lord has us meet each other for a purpose and may be it is just for a smile or encouragement but their is a purpose. I hope you are feeling better. Be gentle with yourself and take one day at a time. Tomorrow will unfold all by itself. Blessings dear friend. Catherine xoxo

Jen Price said...

Beautiful! It looks so light and dainty!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

It looks incredibly delicate...something that would be VERY dressy...I would think...so pretty Tanna.

Thinking of you.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Wow, this is so beautiful...the first thing I did when I saw it was gasp! Honestly, it is just like the wings of an angel! So beautiful.

Blessings to you and yours always my dear friend. :)

Marie said...

Beautiful! You are so talented. It does look like a cloud. I am knitting for a prayer shawl ministry and saw your shawls. What pattern and yarn are you using? I love seeing your "little men".Our grandson, Noah, just turned one and is all the way on the other coast in CA. Because of health problems we can not travel and only get to see him one time a year except for weekly visits via I-Pad.
Love,
Marie

Debbie said...

Yes, breathtakingly beautiful! LOVE the pearl embellishments. Gorgeous! Seems like your projects become increasingly challenging. I definitely call you a master knitter. Beautiful talent and art, Tanna. I'm coming down there! :)

Kathy said...

Those are such precious pictures - such joy on his face! And I love that shawl!

steph said...

something tells me this one is going to be your favorite go-to-first always shawls.......lovely!!!! well worth the not so wonderful process for this fabulous product!!!!

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