Tuesday, January 29, 2013

leaves deux

 'do anything, but let it produce joy'
walt whitman, leaves of grass


















this is 'leaves of grass', a pattern so heartmeltingly beautiful i had to make it twice. the first shawl was gifted, with a sigh and a kiss goodbye, it's in good hands now. this leaves is for me. i love it so, it's soft and comfortable and wooly warm. this was knit as part of a knit along i joined, a first for me.

made with brooklyn tweeds loft, a fingering weight, leaves of grass took four hanks of the main color, 'postcard' and one for the contrasting trim, 'fossil'. this is really a wool to fall in love with, jared describes it as gently spun, creating a light and lofty fabric. a joy to knit and to wear. yes, all true. i don't know if i was able to capture the color of 'postcard', because it seems to change, from gray to pink with subtle hues in between. even now as i sit here with it beside me, it's like seeing fog in a setting winter sun, ... if you've had the chance to see loft or it's worsted weight sister, shelter, you'll know what i mean.

there was help in styling these photos this morning, first a blue jay flew in, followed by the tree squirrel and finally a heron. and wild daffodils popped up in the path! seeing the end sign made me laugh, it read my mind, even though i was a little sad to cast off and be done, i think this will be the end of pi shawls for a while!

the book i'm reading, folk medicine, a new england almanac of natural health care from a noted vermont country doctor by d.c. jarvis, m.d., was a gift from my mother in law. first published in nineteen fifty eight, it's easy to see why this is a classic, the good doctors advice is simple to follow, use natural remedies and practice the three r's : resistance (to disease) repair (of injury) and recovery (from illness). my mil is so cute, she buys this book in quantity and hands it out when necessary. she had given me my copy three years ago when i became ill after a trip to africa in two thousand nine, just getting to it now. oops!

pattern ~ leaves of grass
designer ~ jared flood of brooklyn tweed
wool ~ loft
kal (knit a-long) ~here, to see all the beautiful shawls, thank you melissa!
ravelry notes ~ here
joining ginny and yarnalongers ~ here

79 comments:

  1. I haven't heard of loft, thank you for introducing us! The sight of those daffodils reminds me that it might not be winter forever (even when it feels like it!).
    Your shawl is indescribable. X

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  2. Yes Lori, your shawl is so beutiful and I envy you for being such a skilful knitter and to be able to create such amazing things, but what I like best about your post is that you look so happy. And wow, that little blue birdie, and the squirrel posing, and the heron (how do you make them sit still for their picture??). Oh, and the background in your pictures, so breathtaking. And I wish we had fresh daffodils, too, but we still have snow and icy sidewalks. Your post makes me feel good, thank you my friend!

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  3. your shawl turned out amazing. the MC does have hints of pink and gray, i love it. what a love bunch of photos as well, you have such a gift. :)

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  4. Oh Lori, you astound me..... you've not made just one of these works of art but two!! TWO!!!! I'm in awe!! This is such a beautiful shawl and the recipient of the first one must be delighted. I'm thinking I will pull out that half a sock I started 2 years ago and try for just a little bit of your awesome knitting skills!
    Sending love and light to you xxxx

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  5. It's extremely beautiful Lori - the design has a very heirloomy look to it. I can't believe you finished 2 in that amount of time! I wonder if there is a beginners Knitalong somewhere out there. Gorgeous scenery over your way too. Mel xxx

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  6. It is truly stunning - a work of art indeed. Wishing you joy as you wear it xx

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  7. Another masterpiece Lori and you make it even more beautiful!

    I love seeing the heron in your photo, I saw one yesterday too,
    but as for the squirrel they are on my naughty list at the
    moment, we are having a difference of opinions,
    they think they can eat the leaves on my Lady Bank Roses and I
    would rather they didn't ;)

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  8. Gorgeous! You and the shawl of course. I love the contrasting color on the edge and I also like how you are fastening it :) Beautiful work Lori!!!!!

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  9. you clever lady you. that shawl is devine.

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  10. Oh Lori, it IS heartmeltingly beautiful!! And so are you with your radiant face!

    Postcard is one of my very favourite colours in the BT line, and I hope to make something for myself in it very very soon. It's the perfect soft shade for this gorgeous pattern.

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  11. It is stunning Lori! And all the extras you found while taking the pictures, beautiful.

    Your book intrigues me :)

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  12. Your shawl is absolutely gorgeous, Lori! I am amazed at how beautifully and how quickly you are able to knit such complex designs and I love to see the wonderful way you photograph them too. The flora and fauna in your photos today was such a sweet styling extra! I would love it if we had blue jays over here...such a pretty colour!
    Wishing you a happy week!
    Helen x

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  13. It is absolutely beautiful, Lori!!! Lovely, lovely lovely you and everything!

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  14. Oh Lori your pictures and shawl turned out beautiful. You didn't disappoint. I love the picture of you standing next to the end sign. If the KAL was a race you crossed the finish line first! I truly hope with a good soak and blocking mine will look a fraction of how beautiful yours turned out. That is after I finish it.

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  15. lori it is amazing ! The yarn shows the design so beautifully, it looks amazing on you and the pic of the shawl on the fence....breath taking. i am still only on chart c... in a way i want to be finish but then i don't. i love this knit !

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  16. hi there, thanks for compliments on my shawl. But OMG yours is lovely! loved that you chose a thicker tweed instead of lace and the colors is just so lovely!!! added your version it to my ravelry faves as well =). love it!!!!

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  17. Perfect contrast between the main color and the edging--lovely! Also the location you chose for your photo shoot is just amazing. And--daffodils in January?!--lucky you! :)

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  18. Your shawl is gorgeous! Some day I'll figure out this thin yarn thing. I tried to cast on with the alpaca lace last night and it was.. a mess. I decided to blame all the distractions and the poor light. But maybe I'm just a worsted girl. We'll see. Though I still haven't made a decision about what to knit! Ugh!

    Your mother-in-law sounds great. (: I'll have to find that book somewhere.

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  19. Dear ms beautiful model,

    I'm mesmorized by the photo of your shawl and the photo below it of the heron in the grasses. Same colors and shades and textures--the patterns of life are again uncovered by an artist who sees (you you you)

    I see happy here too.

    Love
    ms kj

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  20. It is gorgeous, and as always your photographs are just beautiful!

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  21. Oh, Lori!!! this is absolutely stunning!!! and your photographs are perfect (did you really drape that over some BARBED wire???!!!)

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  22. Absolutely stunning!!! And your photos too!

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  23. Lori, this post is so full of light and beauty! Your knitting is always fabulous, and as usual you've chosen lovely yarn for the new shawl.

    The photographic styling is terrific, but your beauty is what shines through those pictures.

    xo

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  24. Gorgeous!!! I can't decide which is more beautiful...the shawl, your hair, or that blue bird???

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  25. It is wonderful, your shawl is incredible, one day I will try to knit one too!

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  26. ...swoon...you, the shawl and nature- so beautiful.

    You are such a talented knitter Lori- the detail and work into this shawl is just exquisite. I bet you will have so much enjoyment of your new lovely shawl.
    xo

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  27. The shawl is just exquisite! Leaves of Grass is my favorite poem by Walt Whitman...in fact, when I got married, my in-laws gave us a bound copy that I still read. I love seeing the first signs of spring and my hopes that it will come our way over the next month...until then, I stare at your narcissus!

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  28. An uplifting and on the brink of spring type post. The shawl is perfect for just keeping your shoulders warm; it is something the way it seems to shift color in every photo. Such beautiful work, Lori. Love the flowers and the green hills!
    xx
    julie

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  29. So beautiful! You wear these things so well, with your gorgeous long hair. My one and only Pi shawl languishes in a cupboard, because it makes me look like an old granny. One day, I will be an old granny, then out it will come, and be perfect. And probably by then, I'll have made ten more to go with it, starting with this one. :)

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  30. So Beautiful!- you, the shawl and the pictures.

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  31. Another work of art Lori, just beautiful!

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  32. I also could not believe that you put it over a barbed wire!!

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  33. Again! So beautiful. You inspired me to buy the pattern and under take this project. Love it!

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  34. absolutely stunning! i'm at a loss for words. just...wow!
    and thanks for stopping by my place earlier!

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  35. I am in love with that shawl and the flowers..are they jonquils or daffodils? Interestingly we have northern blue jays here but they are a bit different with a bit more black markings. Your pretty pictures were much needed as it is a snowy, dreary day here today.

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  36. a real work of art Lori! you are such a talented knitter & your love of knitting comes through with each project. what a gorgeous spot you chose for your leaves of grass photo shoot ♥
    happy wednesday xo

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  37. ♥ I think that cream color and the lighter color on the edge makes it look like a lace trim. It looks beautiful on you as a shawl and also as a rug! What a beautiful background landscape, too.

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  38. Both you and the leaves are so beautiful! I especially love the shots with the light coming through it. Will you wear it, or keep it on a chair to wrap up in? It is so lovely!

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  39. Well, it certainly did turn out exquisite! And I ALWAYS look forward to your beautiful photos even when I look at the same landscape here as you do they show it to me through your eyes. But, what I love most of all are the lovely comments about you and your talents! You truly are a most beautiful woman, inside and out and your talents bring joy to so many of us!

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  40. Oh my, your shawl is so beautiful, and so are you.
    I love the countryside around you, how beautiful it is too... and those lovely daffodils (my favorite flower I think, although I think it is probably impossible to have a favorite flower).
    The book sounds wonderful.xxx

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    1. Hello again....
      It made my heart happy to hear from you, and that you watched BEE Fever. It made me cry too, and I, like you, feel like Angie is a friend now she bared her soul to us.
      Much love to you.x

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  41. gorgeous! you and the shawl :)

    love the sound of that book. off to see if i can track down a copy!

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  42. First you have the joy of making the shawl, then the joy of photographing it.
    I think this is wonderful how you combine both your hobbies.

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  43. Your photos, your shawl, your energy - all so incredibly gorgeous and inspiring :) I hope you are having a wonderful 2013 so far.

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  44. Dear Lori,

    Another gorgeous shawl. I can't believe you've made two!!
    I see the same colors in the heron photo as well. Not by accident, I'm sure, as you're so astutely aware of every bit of nature around you.

    Always a pleasure to visit. Always ;)

    xo
    Lo♥

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  45. So very beautiful, Lori. Again it inspires me. Off to check out that book too. It fits with our life very well.

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  46. Oh, how inspiringly BEAUTIFUL is that??

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  47. absolutely gorgeous post. you and the shawl and the daffies and the heron and blue jay. you make me homesick for CA...and I don't even live there!

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  48. So beautiful, Lori! That yarn is so perfect - the color, the texture, everything. Love.

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  49. You did it again! I've been sighing over the beauty of your first leaves of grass and now I"m sighing over this second beautiful shawl. Simply stunning (and stunningly modelled). xoxoR

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  50. As always, your knitting is gorgeous.

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  51. What a beautiful shawl, Lori! It must have been heart-wrenching to give the first one away....though I'm glad it's new owner is loving it :) And also glad that you have one for your own now. Thanks also for sharing the lovely photos!!

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  52. that is simply gorgeous! Love your photography as well...such beauty!!

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  53. You've finished! And just as I begin. Serendipitously I came by four skeins of Loft in Nest, a brown, so I will need to source another colour for the edge but I can make a start :D

    Beautiful, beautiful shawl Lori, and glorious images here as always :D

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  54. Oh my, this is beautiful and so is your smiling face. xoxo

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  55. You are just incredible, another beautiful, beautiful shawl!

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  56. You are a beauty. I love the photo of you in the shawl.

    I bought the D.C. Jarvis Folk Medicine book when I was a teen. I think it helped change my life.

    Sending you love, love Miss Nimble Fingers,

    S

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  57. Beautiful knitting - but my heart stopped seeing it hung on a barbed wire fence!! Eeeks! :)

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  58. Lori, this scarf is so gorgeous! Love the laces, the shape, the neutral colors... everything!

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  59. Simply, positively gorgeous, my friend. And the shawl, too.

    I'm intrigued by the pi shawl now...saving that for later, though, as it looks like an intimidating knit. I agree that the colour is stunning.

    And funny that we both had healing books this week :)

    Much love,
    Jules
    xo

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  60. Wow such a beauty again! I can imagine you wanted to create one again and keep this one! Beautiful pictures, there is no scene like nature and all these animals popping up is just an extra gift.
    And congratulations that your picture in in that book. You must be so proud!
    ♥M

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  61. Be stil my heart! Your shawl is breathtakingly gorgeous. What a fantastic pattern! You never fail to fill me with awe and incredible admiration. And YAY! Congratulations on the book! Best in photography, absolutely! xo

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  62. BEAUTIFUL! The shawl is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! As are all the photos, too. That bird of blue is so very pretty. And the other sweet visitors who came along for the photo shoot. :) Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Tammy

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  63. The shawl looks so soft, detailed, and soothing. It's meditation inducing -- like wearing a mandala. LOVE it! And the photos, always the photos leave me with my jaw on the floor. So stunning. And such company at your shoot!

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  64. ummmmm. wow!!!!! the shawl is almost as pretty as you.
    and where were those pics taken? wanting to do a photo shoot with my kiddos soon....
    XO

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  65. my goodness ladybug , you've made another !!
    and i love the flowers, and the birds, beautiful restful photography
    have a great week !
    angela

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  66. This is STUNNING! Just gorgeous! it looks beautiful everywhere, but I love the photos of you wearing it

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  67. Simply stunning...everything !! I especially loved the photo of the little blue bird :-)

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  68. Oh my goodness - this is awe-inspiring knitting. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  69. It's me, number 75, stopping by to tell you your friend kj said you are way cool

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  70. wow lori! it's amazing! so so beautiful and i love the way you wear it. where do you get your pins?

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  71. Sp beautiful Lori. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  72. Wow Lori, the photo of the heron is amazing, and uncannily reflects your shawl's colouring perfectly.
    Lovely post!

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  73. Oh my goodnessl...so, so beautiful! Just...wow!

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xoxo lori