Tara’s shawl
Wednesday May 06th 2009, 6:41 pm
Filed under: "Wrapped in Comfort",Knit,My Garden

imgp7577One of these days I’ll learn that the picture looks better if I take my hand out of my pocket or over the shawl and then in the pocket, but vanity aside, here’s the finished baby alpaca shawl I was working on. It’s the Tara’s Redwood Burl pattern, though more in the color (it’s greener than this in real life) of a tiny redwood sapling’s baby needles.roses are red

Burls are like pearls to an oyster: something interesting and beautiful created by the living thing’s reaction to an irritant.  I’ve been fascinated by redwood trunk patterns ever since we moved to California, and that pattern was my second attempt at trying to capture the essence of some of them.

Just some background on how that redwood-colored shawl in “Wrapped” got its name.

Oh, and that’s the baby plum tree my kids gave me for Mother’s Day last year, growing like a weed.

(Ed. to add for those who asked: the doctor at the ER said the bloodwork was clean, which I interpret to mean that as for This Little Piggy, Richard Had None.  He’s feeling a fair bit better today; thank you for looking out for us, everybody.)

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Wow! What a beautiful color!
I have a clock hanging on the wall in my dining room embedded in a redwood burl. Most unusual.

I think I forgot the humor yesterday, so I will make up for it today:


After being married for 44 years, I took a careful look at my wife one day and said, “Honey, 44 years ago we had a cheap apartment, a cheap car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10-inch black and white TV, but I got to sleep every night with a hot 25-year-old gal. Now I have a $500,000 home, a $45,000 car, nice big bed and plasma screen TV, but I’m sleeping with a 65-year-old woman. It seems to me that you’re not holding up to your side of things.”
My wife is a very reasonable woman. She told me to go out and find a hot 25-year-old gal and she would make sure that I would once again be living in a cheap apartment, driving a cheap car, sleeping on a sofa bed and watching a 10-inch black and white TV.

Aren’t older women great? They really know how to solve your mid-life crises.

* * *
“How was your golf game, dear?” asked Jack’s wife.

“Well I was hitting pretty well, but my eyesight’s gotten so bad I couldn’t see where the ball went.”

“Well you’re 75 years old now, Jack, why don’t you take my brother Scott along?” suggested his wife.

“But he’s 85 and doesn’t even play golf anymore,” protested Jack.

“But he’s got perfect eyesight. He could watch your ball,” his wife pointed out.

The next day Jack teed off with Scott looking on. Jack swung, and the ball disappeared down the middle of the fairway. “Do you see it?” asked Jack.

“Yup,” Scott answered.

“Well, where is it?” yelled Jack, peering off into the distance.

“I forgot.”

Comment by Don Meyer 05.06.09 @ 6:53 pm

We have been unwell so forgive me for the very little posting and comments I have done lately.
You look so pretty and the shawl is like a blue sky.Hugs Darcy

Comment by Darcy 05.06.09 @ 7:47 pm

Lovely shawl and the beautiful color looks so pretty on you. Glad you are both okay now! Red roses to you for Mother’s Day!

Comment by Madeline 05.06.09 @ 8:02 pm

Lovely LOVELY shawl!!!! Makes me want to knit!!!!
You’re friend Don Meyer is a funny funny guy!!!!
Hope Richard is all right.

See you tomorrow??

Comment by Jade 05.06.09 @ 9:10 pm

Gorgeous and what a lovely happy smile. I’m so happy to hear that Richard is feeling better! :0)

Comment by TripletMom 05.06.09 @ 9:14 pm

I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record but I wish I could click to embiggen those snaps. Beautiful shawl! Hope those roses smell as lovely as they look.

Comment by LynnM 05.07.09 @ 12:55 am

You look healthier than we have seen in a long while! The shawl is beautiful too!
Healing thoughts to Richard…

Comment by Betsy 05.07.09 @ 3:12 am

Aw, you look great in this pic! Hope you’re both feeling better.

Comment by Amanda 05.07.09 @ 3:19 am

The shawl is gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. The colorway is perfect. Great job! Glad Richard is feeling better.

Alison, you look like you are feeling so much better!!!

Comment by Joansie 05.07.09 @ 5:13 am

Glad to hear Richard is feeling better. You guys need a break! The shawl is GORGEOUS!!! And I thought that was a rose bush. What beautiful flowers!

Comment by Jody M 05.07.09 @ 6:26 am

How beautiful! You, the plum tree, the shawl, the roses, and that Richard is feeling better :-}

Comment by Diana Troldahl 05.07.09 @ 7:10 am

The shawl is just beautiful! The yarn looks aqua on my monitor, very pretty.

Your plum tree is coming along well. You’ll be in a jam in no time at all. 😉

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 05.07.09 @ 7:25 am

Beautiful, beautiful photos. Another great shawl!

Comment by Channon 05.07.09 @ 8:08 am

LOL…on me! I kept looking at the roses, wondering why you called them a plum tree! Thans for the laugh this morning.

Comment by Ruth 05.07.09 @ 9:04 am

Lovely shawl and a great model!

Comment by Renee 05.07.09 @ 9:54 am

I love this shawl, and the color looks very good on you.

Comment by Henya 05.07.09 @ 3:46 pm

You show off your handiwork just fine–don’t kick yourself for your pose. And your handiwork is simply beautiful!
Hope Richard is feeling even better.

Comment by Karen 05.07.09 @ 5:25 pm

The last commenter: I quickly scanned it with half an eye. I thought it read: “You show off your handiwork just fine – just don’t pick your nose!” lol.

I am so glad Richard the First is feeling better. You look great too, though I need a few more pounds back on your frame. 🙂 Don’t they make Scharffenberger icecream yet?

Oh yes and the shawl is beautiful too. 🙂 Very gorgeous.

Comment by karin 05.07.09 @ 7:59 pm

So who’s racking up more frequent flyer miles in the ER? Your family or mine?

Comment by Robin 05.07.09 @ 8:12 pm

Waht a lovely shawl! As for the pose, next time, go dramatic. I guarantee you’ll feel silly. But tha’t not a bad thing. Okay. Next time, I want DRAMA!

Comment by Carol 05.08.09 @ 1:58 pm

fantastic color shawl- very attractive on you!
you look well and rested in spite of your recent
problems ! knitting is the healing balm !

Comment by susan 05.08.09 @ 4:50 pm

A post full of great news!! And some funnies by Don. So even if nothing else happens, this day hasn’t been a waste of lipstick! 🙂

Comment by Shirley 05.09.09 @ 3:16 pm

Such a beautiful flowering tree, it was so sweet of them :). I have to say that shawl is so gorgeous!! Great color on you :).

Comment by LDSVenus 05.11.09 @ 7:19 pm


You look absolutely beautiful, and healthy!! And the shawl is gorgeous, too.

Comment by Janet 05.13.09 @ 5:21 pm

Lovely lovely shawl.
on a lovely lady.

Comment by Helen 05.19.09 @ 9:38 am

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