Thursday, May 14, 2015

DUCHESS WRAP - My "Nighttime, Take a Break, Sit-on the Couch, and Rest Your Back" Medicine...

I hate when I go silent on here for too long.  I've had a good excuse in that I've been painting and re-doing a room, but I owe my Mom a Mother's Day post, in the very least.  Freshly painted walls make a great backdrop for the project I finished up last night - my evening "therapy sessions" where I rest my back in preparation for more painting shenanigans.  This is the Duchess Wrap from the new "Dress-to-Impress Knitted Scarves" book.
I won't bore the non-knitters with the details - for those who want to know, comment here or email me direct.  I did do change-ups (actually they are simple, and only encompass the first three rows) on the pattern at the beginning to rectify buttonhole and needle size/gauge issues I had with the pattern - I'm more than happy to share what I did.  I used ten 3/4" antique buttons - five of them are Victorian age "twinkle buttons", with mirrors behind the pierced metal.  My "go-to source" for all of these is a sweet local friend who deals in antique/vintage buttons, as well as antiques, period. Want her contact information?  I'll gladly provide that, as well!
Cooler weather can't come soon enough now - especially for those of us in the desert that are heading into soaring Summer temps already.  There's a winter coat in a closet back home in CO that this is going to look fabulous on...
In the meantime, it's seems to feel "right" on my old (not really - it's vintage Chico's) long, paisley Janis Joplinesque coat, with the faux fur collar and cuffs.  The mannequin never looked so groovy!  Happy Thursday - looking forward to being done with the paintbrush for awhile!

11 comments:

My Garden Diaries said...

Good heavens! That is the most amazing wrap I have ever seen!!! The color combined with those antique buttons is stunning!!! You so nailed this one!!! Well done buddy....just so beautiful!! Have a great day and good luck finishing up your painting! Nicole xo

Createology said...

This knitted scarf is stunning and the antique buttons make it very special and beautiful. I have just done some wall painting as well. It is a lot of work!!! Summer Cool Creative Bliss Dear...

Jackie said...

Wow! That is awesome..goes great with that coat, which is amazing in itself! I doubt I will ever be able to knit like that....I am too use to the instant gratification I get with scrapbook pages!

Maywyn Studio said...

Prayers for your back. Take it easy when you can.
Beautiful work. I love the buttons and pattern. Your wrap scarf is gorgeous, and looks stunning with the jacket!

Quinn said...

I haven't yet put away my winter coat, because it would just be tempting the gods. But I can see why YOU might welcome cold weather, especially as a reason to button up such a cozy and stylish piece of neckwear! And am I imagining this, or will it coordinate with your amazing blanket bag?
Good luck on the painting! I am enjoying watching someone else wield the brush on my porch floor - 2nd and 3rd coat today, and back for more tomorrow. And the painter, who lives one town over, had frost this morning! I'll bet he'd already put away his winter coat. Rookie.

Melanie Schofield said...

Another Tanya masterpiece! Love the color and the vintage buttons add to it's beauty! You rock Tanya Greb! xoxo

Laurie said...

Oh, it's beautiful and someone is going to be so happy! Love the color and the vintage buttons. Good luck with your paint job. I've got one staring me in the face, too. OMG! It's such a chore.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Very pretty! We've gotten above 100 in the past couple of weeks, but I'm still surprised that for the most part, our weather has been bearable. And we've gotten rain in May. Strange. Have a good weekend. Tammy

Dorthe said...

It is SO WONDERFUL, dear Tanya, both beautiful and looks lovely warm. I love the way it drapes and keep both neck and breats warm. You are such a fantastic knitter , dear friend.
Hugs from me, to you !!

Colleen Mcgraw said...

So pretty Tanya but then what would I ever expect from you? Your work is always amazing

Vicki Boster said...

Tanya-- this is SO beautiful. The coral color is gorgeous/- love love the pattern. I bet you look awesome wearing this one!!!

Love
Vicki