Monday, September 23, 2013

Plan + Pattern + Pop Rocks + Post Office = Mission Accomplished

The Plan:  to join Vicki at Two Bags Full for her Pink Scarf Project.
"Pink Scarf Project."
 Simply stated - it has only one goal~ 
 To bring a smile to the face of a woman who is fighting her own battle with breast cancer.  

Vicki has been collecting pink scarves over the last year and I'd been brewing along on it for a long, long, long time.  (See, my 'creative process' can take months and months.)  I'd kept my eye out for the pattern and the yarn that would be 'the ones'.

The Pattern:  Rachel's Shawl by Melissa Wyll. 

Finally!  Perfect pattern, perfect timing.  Melissa just recently released this beautiful pattern.  Her story and the lady who inspired its creation made it 'the one' and are worth your reading.  Check it out at Girls in Sheep Clothing... and a Few Boys, Too.  (There is even a Knit Along for this shawl.) 

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, Melissa is contributing to Emerging from Cancer with every pattern purchase this September and October. 

The Yarn:  Pop Rocks by Madelinetosh.  .  A super soft, superwash merino wool.  Hand-dyed with the beautiful tonal variations I so enjoy.   Yes, I love this color; it makes me smile every time I see it... I'm in hopes it will do the same for its recipient.

Now, if I can just get myself to the post office this afternoon!!  Going there is like pulling teeth for me.  Don't know why... just is!

Yes, I managed to hit my knitting stride... I will confess there are two little spots early in the garter stitch border that are not right, but I hope they can symbolize overcoming in difficult times. 

Without a doubt, the kindness, the prayers and uplifting words of my friends and family eased the funk.  There is great power in caring connections... I hope the precious lady this scarf goes to will feel a comfort of the prayers offered for her... just as I feel comfort from the sweet prayers of friends.

"A helping word to one in trouble is often  like a switch in a railroad track... an inch between a wreck and smooth, rolling prosperity." 
~ Henry Ward Beecher

Thank you for your words and your kindness. 

To a better week for all!! 

blessings ~ tanna


TexWisGirl said...

gosh, tanna, that is just beautiful. truly a wonderful gift.

Melissa aka twoknitwit said...

win win win win win!! ~ I'm so glad your creative process waited for mine to catch up, Tanna :)))

this makes me happy beyond words & what a great cause to donate your time and love to

I've already told you but, man, I'm speechless!!!

thank you ~ Melissa

steph said...

this is absolutely gorgeous....what sunshine you are going to bring to someone's day. I just gave a pink shawl to an art auction (hoping someone bought it for a breast cancer survivor)....I must see if I have more pink yarn around. what a wonderful cause.

podso said...

I'm thankful you are feeling more like your old creative self. If this is any indication, you are back at it with a flare! I love the color and it looks so delicate. It reminds me a bit of the prayer shawl my mom received when she was so ill. I know this one will also bring someone great comfort--and brighten the day for sure! hugs!

kathy b said...

OH that is a fantastic knit up!!!

Thanks for your kind loving words as my Al headed home and our fun ended.

Sandy said..., this is beautiful, Tanna! Yummy color! I was just looking on Etsy at all of the gorgeous knitted items and with every one I saw I thought, Tanna could do that! Honest! I think I have found someone on Etsy who I will shop with to make an autumn/winter poncho for me. I am so excited! As for me, well, I shall continue to try to learn. :o(
Blessings on your week!

Chatty Crone said...

That is sooooooooooooooooo gorgeous and I love that color. I know it looks great on YOU! sandie

Laura at Beehive Rugs said...

Wow!! You completed that so fast and it is stunning. Whoever gets that will be so blessed. It is beautiful!! Glad you are back in the groove and you didn't have to knit potholders!! Lol!!

Jennifer Holmes said...

Whoosh! You knocked that one down fast! Love it. The color is perfect. Blessings abound.

Rachel Russ said...

The recipient of this beauty will be touched by grace, given to feelings of HOPE and love...but most of all, she will be a true WARRIOR PRINCESS of epic proportions because of your great kindness Tanna.

I love the color---really makes the leaves portion *POP* and your photos are breathtaking.

God bless you for sharing.



Christine said...

Labor of LOVE!
When she puts it on,I'm sure she will feel all the love you put into it.

Colorful and huggable. Should put a smile on everyone's face.

Marie said...

Another beautiful creation by Tanna. You always pick the prettiest patterns and yarn. I always look forward to see what comes next.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! I love it!! What a great choice for your contribution to The Pink Scarf Project. I know you will totally bless the recipient!

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, What a beatiful shawl and for a very beautiful cause.
I love what your two stitches represent.
I am sure that this shawl will be worn with much affection.
Blessings dear, Catherine xo

Our photos said...

Beautiful shawl!
Greetings, RW & SK

Margaret Adamson said...

Stunningly beautiful.

karen said...

beautiful and that colorway is dreamy :) you are a mighty fast knitter!!!

Deb said...

You do such beautiful work...glad your funk is gone

Pride In Photos said...

In my church, they call these "Prayer Shawls"...Tanna, seriously this is just precious! And the color is so captivating...she is just going to love it...NOW GET TO THE POST OFFICE♥

Penny said...

Tanna, you are an inspiration to those who have shared your journey, and the rest of us who don't know what tomorrow will bring. The shawl proves you are not a quitter. I'm in awe of your courage. Thank you so much for sharing your story. Hugs... Penny

Marissa said...

Oh my goodness that is gorgeous...

Mereknits said...

What an amazing gift you have given someone in need. You are a blessing my friend.

Donna said...

Isn't it a blessing to be able to share your gift with others? God loves a cheerful must be one of his favorites! :-)
It's beautiful.
Love, d.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

It's beautiful. I know who ever gets this will feel all the love and caring knitted into each stitch. :)

Blessings always sweet friend.

Tricia Buice said...

You did an amazing job on this project Tanna. I love what this represents. I lost my mom to Breast Cancer when I was only 32. She sure missed out on a lot. Love this pattern, color and the soft draping. Great photos too!

Cindy said...

That's a beautiful scarf, and what a sweet thing to do. It will undoubtedly be loved and appreciated when it reaches the precious lady that will wear it.
I love the fact that ladies of like mind can reach out to each other and be strengthened.
Hugs, Cindy

Sharon Lee Smith said...

That is truly beautiful!

Rose said...

Absolutely beautiful! Whomever is receiving this scarf will absolutely feel loved.

God bless you and keep you, Tanna !

Betsy Brock said...

I hate the post office, too! But I don't ever go any more. Buy your postage online on their site and schedule a pickup. So nice!

Debbie said...

I love the scarf and EVERYTHING that it represents. I just had the honor of praying a dear friend through her chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer. Now, I'm praying her through the recovery of her life (and her hair.) I love this.

kathy b said...

Dear Tanna

I rode my bike today. I tried to like it I thought of Talulah

Judy S. said...

Great post, Tanna! Great shawl and pattern, too. Thanks.

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

Yes there is great power in words of encouragement and friends..I am so glad you have a good group to lift you up.
Your piece is always.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a lovely scarlet pink color this shawl is! The pattern is exquisite. It is beginning to get very cool here ay night--perfect shawl weather!

The Domestic Sweetheart said...

LOVE your blog! I'm a new GFC follower :)

P.S. I'm hosting a giveaway that you might be interested in!

Anonymous said...

So beautiful...I bought the pattern and it is next on my list to knit.

Kerin said...

What a beautiful gift.. both visually, and compassionatly.
May the Lord bless you for your compassion, and caring spirit.

Love the pattern, and I adore the color. So happy, and up-lifting.

Have a great week.

{p.s. I'm blogging again, and enjoying it so}

Tammy said...

Incredibly gorgeous! Will be much loved and appreciated by its recipient. Hugs and blessings, Tammy

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