Saturday, June 1, 2013

Summer Love.


Summer brings warm, sultry breezes... Linen and cotton... Sunshine and shade...

 
Evenings of heavy, wet night air... Filled with heady, intoxicating scents...
 

I love summer...  years of spending time outdoors running or gardening or golfing (following years of working on the farm growing up) allowed my body to adapt to handling the heat...


The flip side of that is that the air conditioned indoors freeze me to the bone.


Enter:  The Big Easy... this shawl is created from Susan Ashcroft's No-Fuss Shade-Loving Shawl pattern that I added a border from the Kaw Valley Wrap I did a couple of years ago.


The yarn:  Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn in the natural shades.  Love.  Love.  Love... I fell in love with this yarn as soon as I saw it at Rose Path.  I wanted a simple pattern to show off its beauty; but, then as I neared the end, I felt like it deserved something a little special to finish it.  Hence, the Kaw Valley border knitted onto live stitches for the bind-off/finish.

 
I love the ginormous-ness and the wonderful light weight of the sock weight yarn.  I can tell this is going to be my favorite shawl of summer.  Big smiles here. 
 
I went to the Master Gardener Garden Tour with my friends, Mike and Patrice, today.  I'll share some photos of that soon and I still want to share a few photos from the beautiful Hill Country wedding we attended a couple of weeks ago.  So much to share: So little time!  ;)
 
I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful weekend as well.
 
blessings to all ~ tanna

35 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

i love the soft, natural tones in this. you are just beautiful, tanna. :)

Bonnie said...

Your hands are never idle! Beautiful shawl and what a great outfit. I must say your garden is lovely and we like the same plants!!!

I don't know when you sleep. You amaze me!!

Betsy Brock said...

that is lovely...the pattern and the color! perfect for A/C and cool evenings!

Deb said...

The shawl looks lovely on you. I love the shade of it. I see you are growing out your hair. It looks so pretty. Deb

Christine said...

I'm calling this shawl, Angel Wings.
This first picture is the reason.
I can see why this will be a favorite.

Mereknits said...

I love it, so beautiful, subtle in color and it looks so soft. Well done my friend it is gorgeous,
Meredith

Wanda said...

Simply gorgeous. Love the earth tones. And cotton and linen sound so cool.

As I gaze with amazement at your work..I just keep plugging away at my dish cloths. When the linen drawer can't hold any more I guess it will be time to try something else that easy.

You are such an inspiration to me, dear Tanna..

Now today I'm smiling. You and your knitting make such a love couple!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Oh my goodness the shawl is so lovely.
It looks perfect on you!

Love the yarn colors, too.

I am looking forward to the garden and wedding pictures.

Blessings always dear friend.

Deb said...

that is an amazing shawl...you are a true beauty Tanna...inside and outside...

Donna said...

You always look like someone famous and beautiful when you are modeling your creations....which I hardly notice when you are wearing them!
I'm not much of an AC person either...but we are nowhere near summer here yet. 60s again next week!
Love, d.

Sandy said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I think I've found a favorite and then you come up with another finished piece and I fall in love with it. You look gorgeous. For a moment I thought that first picture was surely Stevie Nicks! ;0)

Susan Sevig said...

I am not surprised, but once again, I am in awe at your expertise in knitting. You inspire me, Tanna. I love what you do with your hands.

kathy b said...

Tanna

Beautifully written beautifully photographed beautifully knitted

Shug said...

I can't believe how fast you are making your beautiful pieces of art. this one is truly lovely and I can see it being worn with so many different outfits. Colors are just perfect!
Your hair looks great growing out..of course, you're just as cute as a bug anyways...
shug

Pammy Sue said...

So totally beautiful...and the shawl is very nice too! ;)

Love the color of the Noro. You don't normally think of these colors when you think Noro, or at least I don't, but they are so so pretty. The Noro I'm working with at the moment for my purse is giving me fits twisting and tangling. I know it will be worth it in the end.

You are exactly right about the weather right now. It's my favorite word in the English language, sultry.

Chatty Crone said...

You are so beautiful! I love the color on you - so delicate and light. The shawl looks lovely on you.

I love the shade of the shawl too.

Beautiful.

sandie

Vickie said...

Tanna, that is just absolutely beautiful. My goodness, you are really whipping those gorgeous shawls out! These are lovely pictures in your garden, too!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

A beautiful shawl for a beautiful lady! I love the color. Just when I think I've seen the prettiest shawl, you come up with another one! Oh my, how I wish I could knit!

Kate I said...

Love the pattern and love the colours...just perfect Tanna!

podso said...

That would be my favorite too. It is simply beautiful and you can sense it's comfort through the photos! You are looking good too, my friend!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Tannya I love the 2different fabrics and how they compliment one another and you look beautiful iin both. MArgaret

steph said...

What a gorgeous wrap!!!! The border just needed to be on this one......a perfect pairing!!!!

Laura said...

Love the new shawl. The edging is fab!!

Vicki Boster said...

Oh Tanna-- the shawl is magnificent and you look beautiful wearing it! That yarn is so perfect for this pattern-- and the edging that you added is absolutely stunning. You have created ANOTHER masterpiece:)
Vicki

Cindy said...

That's a very lovely shawl, you do such delicate work. You are a beautiful lady, dear Tanna.
Hugs, Cindy

Amanda said...

Now I see exactly why you weren't willing to give that one up! Comfort and joy. I'd snuggle up with that one every day. Fantastic piece - I LOVE IT! And you MORE! =) xoxo

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I am enjoying the warm weather here in Colorado as there is no humidity! It's wonderful!

I'm like you and air conditioning makes me feel cold- Wish I had a lovely shawl like this to wear, Tanna--it is magnificent!

Mary Bergfeld said...

You have finally sprouted wings :-). The shawl is drop dead gorgeous. I am amazed at the speed with which you finish your projects. You are an inspiration. Blessings...Mary

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

OH, I do love that shawl...and the color is so versatile...would go with everything. Tanna you look beautiful!

Tricia Buice said...

You are absolutely gorgeous! The whole outfit is perfect for you. The colors are so soft and the wrap is divine!

no spring chicken said...

Your shawl is gorgeous. I love everything about the outfit. Casual, cool and natural... Lovely, lovely Tanna...

Blessings, Debbie

Tammy said...

Girl, you are looking good! I am loving the longer hair on you. And the shawl is absolutely gorgeous. Your knitwork is always amazing! Whatever you are doing, keep doing it. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

Judy S. said...

Beautiful! I had no idea Noro has some natural colors. This is sure a pretty one, and your border makes it really special.

SouthernHeart said...

Absolutely exquisite shawl! Love the natural textures and colors...

California Girl said...

I've never really adapted to extreme heat or humidity. Eight years in Richmond, VA and two summer pregnancies (ugh) did not acclimate me in the least. Of course, I have the opposite climatology in NH where we freeze our butts off every Winter. Nope, San Diego is and was and maybe one day again the place for me. Miss that beautiful sunny constant.

Lovely lovely shawl.

I finally uploaded your bowl of cherries to my Empty Nest blog. They are beautiful.

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