Monday, June 13, 2016

Shawl, dress, garden

Let's see: a lacy shawl, a fading peony, a volume of poetry--yup, take the picture. Well, I love those peonies, that fuchsia color just makes everything look better, even if some of the petals are turning brown. Their season is so short, and there's always a gusty rainstorm just as they open their heavy blossoming heads, and I've barely had time to notice them before they're all lying in the dirt. Peony scent is so divine--does anybody out there know of a perfume that features peony? I can't think of one. Maybe it can't be captured.

This shawl is finished. This is the Simple Lines Shawl by Maanel (free pattern here) and it would have been a delight to work on if I had begun with the right needles and if the third ball of yarn hadn't fallen apart. Since my shawl wardrobe already includes at least three pieces in pretty much this same grayish blue color [too predictible? Everything matches? What's the point, really?] I had already made the design decision to use a different color for the lacy border, and I love the way this looks sort of Civil War Era, but also kind of modern. My dear friend Carolyn some years ago made a capelet of her own clever design in these two colors to great effect, and I have been thinking about it ever since. Let me tell you, it was a relief to get to that lacy border, too--coming to a cut yarn end every ten minutes was getting old. It looked like that skein of yarn had been bitten by a vampire; two uniform holes, cleanly sliced, going all the way to the center. Anyhoo.

Because it refuses to be summer here, and if I start in on that I will never stop, the wind was hollering and flapping the shawl for the photos and blowing my dress around too--thrifted chambray, in my own pattern, I really love those dresses. They fit like a dream, and feel like a nightie. Soon my closet will be filled with them and nothing else.

There's always one photo where I'm talking. Ha! Bossing the photographer around, no doubt, art directing the whole thing, trying to figure out which weedy patch of yard looks better. That back there is my mostly abandoned garden. I realized recently that even though I want to love gardening, and I think I am the kind of girl who should love gardening, and that I am living the kind of life that really should involve a bunch of gardening, that I do not enjoy it. I love a beautiful garden, but I actively hate gardening. So I'm buying this year's tomatoes from the farmer down the road, and will spend my weekends doing something else. Relief! The rabbits will be so disappointed.

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  1. I love your chambray dress and the shawl is a feat! I wonder if a moth made all of the damage? Well, you pushed through and I admire that. You've got some bitchin' ink too.

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    1. Hmm, I guess I have to consider the moth possibility...do they make clean holes, all the way in? It doesn't look chewed or frayed at all, but cut, as if by scissors. Yargh. Well, it's over now, anyway. :)

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  2. just a quick note - I think Flowers By Kenzo is a perfume supposedly based on peonys? But then I'm not sure I've ever smelt Peonys so no idea whether it would be true to fragrance! :o)
    Lovely posting as always. Thank you!

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    1. Ah, I love Flowers By Kenzo, and I believe I have a little vial of that tucked away somewhere--off now to have a sniff, and see if it smells of peony! :)

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  3. The dress is a must have and it looks great with the shawl. It is pretty big isn't it. I just finished a hitchiker scarf from Ravelry and it was nowhere near as big as that but I had had enough by the end. Happy days Jo x

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    1. This shawl turned out slightly bigger than I expected, but that's always okay with me. I'd had enough by the end, too, as you can see. :)

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  4. Crabtree & Evelyn do a rosewater with notes of peony, hope that helps. Love the shawl, perfect for those cooler days.

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    1. Ooh, filing that one away for my next trip to C&E, and who knows how long that will be, since I avoid the mall whenever possible, but I will be having a sniff of their rosewater/peony the first chance I get! :)

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  5. Love your shawl and your dress! And of course, the peony ☺

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  6. loads of scents featuring peony

    http://www.fragrantica.com/notes/Peony-155.html


    Versace Bright Crystal is a personal fav

    I love your dress!

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    1. Clicking now, falling into rabbit hole....xoxo

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  7. I have a dress pattern that is my "go to" pattern also. Mine is a bit longer but also fits like a nightie. I love them. Your shawl is lovely. Love the colors.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. I love having a "uniform", don't you? "I need a gray flannel/black wool/pink calico something" Bingo, you know just where to get it. xoxo

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  8. Loved your reflection on gardening! I always have this image of gardening idyll but am often faced with the reality of plants that I've either drowned or dehydrated.

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    1. Me too. It's always so disappointing, all the backbreaking work and then the rabbits get the whole thing anyway...

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  9. The shawl is beautiful. I stick to the redish spectrum in my own knitwear but would love to branch out but never do. I covet your head dress. Looks fantastic on you. My health turned to the worst late last year and I have not dyed my hair since, due to the chemicals. I have discovered that I am really gray. I've been hiding under hats and beanies during this transition.

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    1. A hat or beanie or bandana saved me while I was growing out my very short hair, and I still fall back on it when the weather makes my hair look like a witch's wig...xoxo

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  10. Perfect outfit du jour - the dress, leggings and flip flops. That shawl is a beaut, love the border. I always feel enthusiastic about planting a garden in March, then sick and tired of it all by the end of June. Only the tomatoes keep me going after that.

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    1. Hear ya--Ima let the professionals do all the tomato work for me this year. Peace! Whoooo!

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  11. L'Occitane does a peony scent as well - it's currently on my dressing table.
    Beautiful shawl.
    As to gardening - if you don't enjoy it, don't do it!

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    1. Thank you, Lorrie! I had a sniff of that one at L'Occitane in San Francisco last week--really lovely. :)

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  12. Thanks for the pattern link 😘 lovely

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  13. Thanks for the pattern link 😘 lovely

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  14. Your sentiments about being the kind of woman who should enjoy gardening etc., sum me up perfectly. I now have the perfect excuse if you like, in that I have several chronic illnesses which means I am limited to a ten minute potter in the garden, deadheading, pulling up the odd weed or two. I so love our garden though and am eternally grateful for a husband who doesn't mind doing all the hard work. (Or if he does, he has the sense to keep his thoughts to himself! And my peonies too, just about to open and we have had two inches of rain overnight which has weighed them down. Love the shawl, but then, love most of your craftwork.

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    1. Why oh why does it always chuck down with rain just as the peonies unfurl? Aargh! Well, they're a fleeting pleasure, aren't they. :)

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  15. I LOVE your tunic pattern!! I would wear that all the time!

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    1. I have been--I'm still not sure how to wear it with leggings and still keep the fabric from sticking to my backside, but haven't given up yet! xoxo

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  16. Funny - I've just come to the same conclusion about gardening. I do not enjoy it -- there are any number of things I'd rather be doing - knitting or crocheting to name two. I do like the look of a garden and love flowers so what to do, what to do......

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    1. I know, right? I just let things that want to grow do their thing, and anything that wilts under my benign neglect can go ahead and wilt.

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  17. Funny, I really do like to putter int he garden but all the veggies I grow die and exhaustively long and complicated death before they grow anything. I do grow lots of fungus, wees, cut worms and mites!
    Love your shawl and that dress looks perfect on you.
    Meredith

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    1. LOL! Things I plant die a quickly and painlessly, or they simply fail to be there the next time I look. Nature. What a mystery. :D

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  18. I'm sure Pleasures by Estee Lauder has peony scent. xxx

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    1. Ooh, good call! I have a teeny bottle of that somewhere--off now to have a sniff...

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  19. It was a freeing moment for me when I realized that the farmer down the road was doing a lovely job of growing fruits and vegetables. I am happy to support him by buying my food there.

    One of the many reasons I enjoy your blog is your location. I grew up in Rochester, NY and it does bring back memories when you remark about the weather. We lived in West Irondequoit, just a few miles from the lake. We learned to never go out of the house in that direction without a sweater. Sometimes, though, a summer day in upstate NY is the best there is. Please have an Abbott's custard for me.

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    1. Hi there, former neighbor! I will def have an Abbott's for you--chocolate or vanilla? :)

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  20. The chambray, the grey and blue of the shawl, the leggings and the ink is a really great look. Thanks for the link to the shawl pattern. You should be on commission here!

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    1. Aw, thanks! I live to be comfy. :)

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  21. Love your blogs - you seem to like most things that I like but I do if I try to do 2 hours of gardening a day (I class it as my job lol) and then I am happy to sit down and do some craft work.

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    1. Thanks very much! I really want to love gardening, but I just can't. I think I must be too lazy! :D

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  22. Beautiful shawl :) Grey scale definitely matches almost everything but I really like this dark blue border :)

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    1. Me too--I want it to match my clothes, but with a little pizzazz, if you know what I mean. :)

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