Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pretty Beads All In A Row

If you ask me:
Danette, Danette, How does your knitting grow?
I will tell you:
With yards and yards of sock yarn and
Pretty beads all in a row!

My mother is thrilled. I FINALLY finished this beaded scarf I promised her some time ago!

It's knit from a 100% wool, hand~painted sock yarn and glistens with approximately 2400 irridescent glass beads. Although the beading adds a little weight to the scarf, it's still comfortable to wear. And the beads give the scarf a lovely drape. They make those vintage looking scallops on the ends hang beautifully.

While this is really an easy pattern {it's actually knit in a garter stitch}, it's slow going on size 4 needles with all the pushing the beads down to get enough yarn to work with, then pulling the beads up to place them where they're needed. But the end result is fabulous!

While I've been a little under the weather, I've concentrated on finishing up some set aside projects. This afternoon, much to Chelsea's delight, I will FINALLY be finishing her pair of Waving Lace socks I started when she was pregnant. Let me remind you ~ Gabby will be 2 years old on April 5th!!! It's about time I finished these socks! I made the first one, then knit about 3 inches of the second sock and shoved them in a bag which has hung in my supply closet {ignored but not forgotten!} for all this time! I'll show a picture of them some time this week. ***Chelsea and I both must thank Claudia from "Mr. Puffy's Knitting Blog" for encouraging me to go ahead and finish these socks!***

I have several things to show everyone. While I was nursing a sick Gabby, and being sick myself, God continued to lift my spirits through all of you. First I recieved the beautiful watercolor painting from Kathy of "Welcome to MiMi's Garden" and then a package full of all kinds of goodies came from Becky of "Holiday in the Sun". I promise a peek at everything before this week is over.

Plus I have recieved several e~mails and lovely comments from many of you and even gained some new followers and friends. God is SO GOOD!!! He knows just what we need when we need it. You all mean so much to me and I'm always so happy {and surprised} when someone is interested in the simple things of my life. I enjoy all of your blogs and encouraging words that touch my daily life. You all continually inspire me and add a whole new facet of joy to my world.

Speaking of my world~ this is what it looked like when we woke up this morning. I remember wondering sometime in the wee hours why I was hearing "garbage trucks" outside. Well, in my dreamy state I didn't realize it was SNOW PLOWS!!! AGAIN!!!!!

May you all be blessed today and in the upcoming week, no matter what's going on outside or around you. It's what's inside you ~ in your heart~ that really matters anyway! I pray a blessing on each one of you, that your hearts may truly know the JOY OF THE LORD!

"But the steadfast love of the Lord is
from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,
and His righteousness to children's children,
to those who keep His covenant
and remember to do His commandments.
The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His kingdom rules over all.

Bless the Lord, O you His angels,
you mighty ones who do His word,
obeying the voice of His word!
Bless the Lord, all His host,
His ministers, who do His will!
Bless the Lord, all His works,
in all places of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul." Psalm 103:17-22
P.S. I am actually posting this on Sunday, March 29. I started it as a draft a few days ago and didn't realize the date would be incorrect when I posted it and not being overly computer savvy~ I don't know how to make it right now!!! Oh, well! Happy Sunday everyone!:0}


Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Oh, the scarf is really beautiful. I have worked with those little tiny beads and they are murder to get thread through. Very nice.

The French Bear said...

You make the most incredible things! I would love to be able to knit like you do, I just love your creations!
Margaret B

BECKY said...

Hi ya Gal!! I am so glad you got your surprise!! It was so much fun to put together!! I could have kept adding to it!! I had to smack my own hands a couple of times because I kept seeing things I wanted to include!! LOL!!

Enjoy, sweet friend!! And have a blessed week!!
Hugs and joy,

BECKY said...

I completely forgot!! THIS SCARF IS AMAZING, DANETTE!!

You should submit it in a contest or something!!! Absolutely beautiful!! What a labor of love!!
And gorgeous colors!!

Real eye candy!!

Bridget said...

The scarf is beautiful, and I hope your mother will wear it in good health for many years to come.

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Hi Danette,
It is so nice to meet you and visit your lovely blog. The scarf for your mom is beautiful, I love scarves, I wear them daily in the Fall and Winter, and it looks like in the Spring too...especially in your neck of the woods! The added beads are so special. What a wonderful gift.

Thanks so much for your kind comments on my post. The Baby Shower was very nice and Mandie loved the gifts! A couple of the girls attending wanted to get my number to have me make some gifts for them! Sweet! It was encouraging.

What a young Grandma you are! How fun. Hope you are both feeling better.
I will be back to visit again.

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Loida of the 2L3B's said...

Nice works my dear friend.. Your etsy site is one of my favourites as seen in my lefhand bar.. I always admire your works especially this beaded scarf.. Thansk for sharing this. You are actually inspiring me and my daughter.

Sandra said...

The scarf is beautiful, Danette. I'm sure your mom will treasure it.

I visit your blog, and many similar ones, because it's so wonderful to find others with the same interests, beliefs, hobbies, etc. It draws us together even though we may live all over the world. I thought I was the only woman my age who enjoyed knitting and homemaking so imagine my surprise to find a whole bunch of other ladies who share my interests! Blogs and online friends have added so much to my life.

Lavender Dreamer said...

What a beautiful post! Your scarf is truly a work of art and I hope everyone continues to feel better!

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

Danette, That is the most beautiful scarf ever!!! I am in love with it, and those beads just make it that more gorgeous. Wow!!

And wow,'s a sunny 70 here. What a morning surprise I bet. Have a beautiful evening
♥ Teresa

Liz said...

Hi Danette!
That scarf is G>E>O>rgous!!!!Your knits are beautiful. I can't believe how much you get done.

Thanks for the blessings and I hope you are feeling better soon!


Tracy said...

GORGEOUS scarf, Danette...that beadwork is very attractive! I sympathize greatly with your wondering about spring...for we are too...It snowed here on Friday! *SIGH*...Happy Days while we wait, eh?! ((HUGS))

Becky said...

I can only speak for myself when I say your blog is a real pick-me-up and so uplifting! However, I'm sure everyone here feels the same way as me!

The scarf is beautiful!

Kar said...

Wonderful to see a cheery post from you today!!

The scarf is just beautiful! No wonder your Mom loves it. And let's not talk about socks that need to be finished. I have a pair on the needles that I need to get finished! Let's not even begin to talk about the balls of sock yarn that keeping looking at me whenever I walk in my craft room! ooops! :)

Have a great day! Spring will show it's self soon. I hope!!


Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Sweet Danette!

I love the beautiful scarf you made your Mother and I am sure she was thrilled to receive it! Your Granddaught Gabby is darling!!!! The picture of her taking a nap in the sweetest picture ever! She looks like a little Shirley Temple doll! Beautiful! Have a wonderful day!


MrPuffy said...

Your scarf is absolutely gorgeous ~ your mother is going to be so thrilled and proud to wear this piece of artistic expression! I'm hoping to take a class at a LYS this Summer to make a beaded scarf (cross fingers).

Posh. I can't think why/how we encouraged you ~ except you must know that we are always wishing you well and sending positive thoughts your way :)

C & P