Saturday, July 8, 2017

Yarn, Mezzaluna Wrap and more yarn.........





My Mezzaluna Crescent Wrap is finished.  I can't even tell you how fun this wrap is.  I am in love with the yarn, the pattern and those wee little flowers that took me a week to make.   Once I found the original pattern to work off of this wrap was a breeze.  It is fun, so much fun.  I can't seem to get the right picture to express how light, airy and summery it is.  I took a million photos last night and more this morning but I can't seem to capture how happy this makes me.  

First this yarn is divine!  Great Adirondack Yarn Co, Inc., organic cotton in the color toucan.  This was a spur of the moment purchase as I usually don't buy anything this colorful.  It is DK weight which I love as I am not into all that fine yarn you all love so much.  It is so, so, so soft!  I used almost 2 skeins so I am thinking about 500 yards for this wrap.  I only did the first 18 rows and then made the flower border which was so much fun to make.  I think there are about a thousand flowers on the wrap, or at least that is what it felt like as I made flower after flower watching the Gilmore Girls in the evenings this week. I am on season 6 and dreading that the end is near.  I used a size J hook to make the wrap even more drapey.  It is big, but light, soft and airy.  Hope you give this pattern a try because you will be in love with it too!


I freed my yarn from all those horrid plastic bags I had used a few months ago to make sure I did not have any moths.  I swear it is so hot and humid here I felt like my yarn could not breath.  I can't breath!  So every time I looked in my yarn cabinet I felt the yarn and I were stifling.  We both need to breath!  So yesterday I freed the yarn, placed more cedar chip bags on the shelves and sprinkled lavender oil all around to ward off pests.



Well there might have been another reason to get things organized.  My dear friend Jeannette, Medical Foster Mom to Little Buddy when he was a wee boy, gave me this gorgeous yarn this past week.  You see I had a birthday last week and she gave me this beautiful yarn as a present.  There was no need, I mean no need at all but she shopped her brother's stash just for me.  You remember Uncle Sean and his wonderful stash yarn don't you?  I have been the lucky recipient of it in the past.  Uncle Sean has some amazing taste when it comes to yarn.  I will gladly take anything he does not need.  This gift and a few more skeins that I have recently purchased needed a new place to live for a while so working on the yarn cabinet became a priority.  Yarn organizing should come before paperwork, right?


Last Saturday I went down to the local children's hospital to stay with one of my patients to give Jeannette a bit of rest.  This little boy has had a heart transplant and is now undergoing chemotherapy due to the cancer he developed from the anti-rejection drugs needed for his heart.  He was in a very bad way just two weeks ago but has now officially been discharged and is back home.  I went down so Jeannette, who is also battling health issues could have a few hours at home.   I just happened to be near Stash-A Place For Yarn in St Pete, so I popped in for a visit.  The owner is so kind, the older house where Stash is now located is a wonderful spot to find yarn.  The inventory was limited, but they have room to grow.  You can visit if you are ever in the area.  But if you are ever close you really need to visit Criativity my very favorite store and the one I visit almost exclusively.   The colorful yarn above purchased at Stash was a little treat to myself for my new Sunday Shawl.  I told you I was obsessed and I need to get it right.  Teresa finished hers and I am in love with it.  Totally gorgeous!

 
I just had to have one more look at Mezzaluna.  Okay friends I am off to pressure wash my pool pavers.  There has been so much rain here lately I feel I am growing a mold farm in the cracks between them.

  I know we are all busy this time of year and I appreciate your visits and comments so much.  I hope to catch up with all of you this next week, because tomorrow is all about paperwork for me before my busy work week starts.  I know exciting life I have right?  At least I can look over at my yarn and breath a sign of relief as I work away on my computer.  Have a great day.

37 comments:

Jennifer Hays said...

Happy belated birthday, Meredith! You are such a good friend and caregiver. I hope you're having a good weekend so far.

Mac n' Janet said...

WOW! It's spectacular. It does look light and airy.
That is so sad about the little boy with the heart transplant, how can a small child deal with so much.
Speaking of moths, I dipped 24 of the little buggers out of our pool this morning, they must have had a moth ball.

kristieinbc said...

The wrap is gorgeous! Very bright and cheerful, and I think we could all definitely do with as much bright and cheerful as we can get at the moment. Happy belated birthday!

Araignee said...

Oh, my heart!!! That yarn is just so beautiful I am practically speechless. And that shawl...I have always admired that particular edging. Gorgeous!!!!
And I also think it is so sad we have to keep our yarny good things all hidden away to protect them. I have certain ones that are just pets that I put out for display just so I can see it.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Meredith, you just keep amazing me with your lovely yarn work. This is so so pretty. Busy lady you are so enjoy some time at home! Hugs!!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Lovely shawl and great yarn additions!

handmade by amalia said...

This is seriously pretty, Meredith, and I like the way you've organized the cupboard, you can really see what you have now. Happy Birthday!
Amalia
xo

D. Kissinger said...

Very nice finish!!!

Glad you go in a little yarn enhancement this week. That is ALWAYS fun.

I have to tell you.....I'm missing my availability to yarn. From Orlando I could hit lots and lots of shop, including Criativity. LOL But, here . . . not so much. The one shop in town doesn't get stock in very often (at least not the yarns I like to work with). The next closest shop is in St. Simon's and again ......lovely shop, but not changing stock very often. THEN the next one is all the way up in Savannah (or down in Cocoa).

I guess for me it is going to be HELLO Internet.

Bridget said...

First of all, belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I can't think of anyone who deserves lovely gifts as much as you do.

The yarns in all of these pics are so lovely. And so many possibilities are right there ...

Finally, that wrap is GORGEOUS!!! I think it's one of my favorite things you've ever shown us. Wear it in good health. xo

Cheryl mylittlepieceofengland said...

Happy birthday, I hope it was a lovely day for you. Beautiful shawl in stunning colour xx

Teresa Kasner said...

Oh Meredith.. I love how the Mezzaluna shawl came out! It's so fun and bright and summery!! Good job on that! I'm excited to see how your Sunday Shawl turns out.. very fun colors! That's so nice of you to help out sitting with your little patient. What a rough time for that little guy. :-( Thanks for the shout-out! I wore my Sunday Shawl out to dinner last night and the owner of Tad's complimented me on it and asked if I'd made it.. she told me it was old-fashioned. Hmm. I guess that's good. LOL! Don't work too hard this weekend.. take time for yourself. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Teresa Kasner said...

Oh.. and *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to a dear and wonderful friend!!

Gracie Saylor said...

WOW! I feel happy viewing your gorgeous new wrap and I am glad you are enjoying it! I am glad that part of your birthday celebration was receiving new yarn, as well. Your newly liberated yarn looks so pretty,too. Your work, both stitching and in caring for those around you inspires me to want to serve as well. The Ruby Shawl I am working on just has 2 more rows to go. Hoping you are able to fly through the paperwork and breathe easier this week with less humidity and no moths! XX

mamasmercantile said...

Belated Birthday wishes. I am in love all over again the shawl is stunning, so bright and gorgeous those little flowers are a real delight.

CJ said...

Gorgeous shawl, beautifully made. I love that your yarn has been freed and is breathing freely now. And with the faint scent of cedar and lavender, wonderful. I hope you have a good day tomorrow despite the paperwork. Loads to do here, but somehow I am struggling to find the time at the moment. There will be even less in two weeks when the children are off school! I hope you had a good birthday last week. CJ xx

Karen said...

The shawl is beautiful, Meredith. I love those gorgeous colors. Your excitement about all that beautiful yarn reminds me of the days I did a lot of sewing and had a HUGE fabric stash. It was so much fun to organize and make plans and dream about new projects. Fabric stores were my favorite haunts.

Claudia said...

Okay it's official. I must learn to crochet and watch Gillmore Girls :) Your wrap is the perfect Floridian summer shawl!

Bless you for your work with children.

Blondie's Journal said...

Love the shawl, Meredith. You always seem to pick the greatest color combos.

Jane x

Sigrid Swinnen said...

Gorgeous wrap, love the colours too!!
You must have been very patient for those flowers, but they were worth the work, they are the finishing touch.
Good luck with your work week ahead and all the paperwork and stuff.
Take care, Sigrid

Babajeza said...

:-)

Becky L. said...

Your shawl is lovely and I hope you stay mold free! We've not had rain for awhile. Been watering plants about every other day. Megan cut some of the lavender this evening and we both have jars of it. I've not been on my blog for awhile as it's been a busy week but I did a post. Sometimes I wander why I still do it but people are still reading it so I'll keep blogging. Glad you were able to help your friend out at the hospital. Happy Belated birthday to you and God bless you with many more years! Happy weekend, what's left of it!

Jo said...

What a great birthday present and that yarn is beautiful. I like the shawl, it is really pretty. Might have to pop that on my wish list! Jo x

Amy at love made my home said...

Lovely new yarns and the wrap is beautiful!! xx

Trudy Mintun said...

Hi,
I have followed your blog for quite some time now, but I don't think I have ever commented.
I love this shawl! I do believe it will be my next project...if I ever get through the one I am working on now.
In Minnesota we have awful humidity also. Not as bad as Florida, but still. I don 't have room in the house for my stash. I keep it in Rubbermaid tubs in the garage. To avoid the humidity from building up I went to Amazon and ordered cilca packages. They are working great so far. The best thing about them is that even when they have absorbed all the moisture that they can, they can be revived and used again and again. Just thought maybe you didn't know about this option.

Annette T. said...

Happy belated birthday Meredith. The shawl you made is gorgeous and such fun. Love that yarn Jeanette gave you. Those colors made me drool. Sorry I haven't been around lately. Getting back into the swing of things. Happy knitting and crocheting.

The Well Fed Wheel said...

Oh my....what a wonderful birthday present! That yarn is amazing and I have total yarn envy right now. It sure didn't take you long to complete Messaluna and it really turned out nice. Oh and I have to thank you for the castor oil tip a while back. My feet are ever so gratefull! It worked wonders on them and my knees and elbows. I'm talking overnight wonders too!! :-)

kathy b said...

Happy Happy late to you! IM so glad there were yarn gifts. I love the Tosh and see it as a lovely shawlette? Your finished Shawl is so cheerful and I love the shape. Looks like it will stay put.
As for the moth and plastic bags I agree. You just can't touch and admire the yarn in plastic bags. I'm counting on my cats to destroy and eat any moth that dares to come into this house!!

Lilbitbrit said...

The shawl is gorgeous and yarn colour is uplifting. Will look for that pattern. Thank you for your comments. I don't know how you manage to fit it all in. Have a lovely summer, enjoy your boys.

Caffeine Girl said...

Happy belated birthday!

Love that shawl. Those bright colors are exactly what I would buy! Those little flowers are just so sweet. I can see why you are happy with it.

Paperwork on a Sunday -- that is no fun at all. As me how I know!

Good yarn stores are just so much fun.

It was so nice of you to do a shift at the hospital. I'm sure the foster mom is very grateful!

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

The shawl looks amazing! And happy belated birthday!
Have a lovely week,
Andrea

Delighted Hands said...

The shawl turned out perfectly-colorful, festive and ready for jeans or a summer dress! Glad you could spend some bedside time with the little boy-it is so hard to see kids struggle! Savor the look of the shawl and get to wear it soon!

Neighborhood Watch said...

The yarn looks like candy! I love it! Happy birthday!!

Jo said...

What a gorgeous wrap, so bright, colourful and summery, I can see why you're so happy with it. Bless the little boy who was in hospital, it just doesn't seem fair, does it? Some are blessed with good health whilst others have to deal with more than their fair share of problems. Wishing you a belated happy birthday.

Vera said...

Happy Belated Birthday! And, gorgeous, gorgeous finish on that shawl. It is simply beautiful! Lovely new yarn too - lucky you!!

gigi knits said...

Think I had been to same LYS you mentioned in another post. Have been since it changed hands. But I do Love " Four Purls Yarn Shop " in Winter Haven everyone there is very friendly & go out of their way to help you , its a little trip but well worth the time .
Your shael is very pretty !!!

Nance said...

Oh, Happy Birthday, Meredith. I hope you spent it with those you love best in your heart and ended the day with happy thoughts.

That shawl looks like a fiesta! Just when you think your life is not exciting enough, wrap your shawl around your shoulders and look in the mirror. There you go!

Christina said...

Happy Birthday Meredith. You are lucky to have such a wonderful stash (well deserved of course). I sure hope Jeannette's little boy continues to improve daily, keeping my fingers crossed. Your shawl looks so much fun. I do love everything colourful very much xx