Monday, February 6, 2012

The Sumptuous Saroyan Shawl (prepare to drool)!

I am a very, very lucky girl…


… to explain why I need to tell you a little story!

Have you met Gerry over at GerryART?  She’s a gorgeous gal who lives in Missouri and spends as much time as possible knitting to her heart’s content!  This lovely lady seriously makes me want to learn how to knit!  I mean, I have been taught on occasion over the past few years but it doesn’t take me long to forget all that I’ve learned.  But Gerry has renewed my interest… she is my idol, my mentor, my Queen of Yarn!  And thinking about it, I’d be very happy to bow down to her feet because her socks are to die for!!!!  I’m not kidding – check these out!!!

Well, Gerry had a little giveaway on her blog just before Christmas and I was the very lucky lady to win this absolutely stunning Saroyan shawl, so beautifully hand made with love.


Isn’t that pattern divine?  I wish you could touch it and feel how very soft it is, it’s made with a variegated yarn that is 90% Merino and 10% Nylon.  So snuggly, and it feels really nice on.

Gerry also made me a bespoke ‘Gerry Art’ fabric pouch to keep it in, together with the sweetest post-it notes and a paper-piecing pattern that I’m keen to give a go!



Thank you SO MUCH Gerry for offering such a wonderful giveaway!  I really appreciate all the love and time you have put in to making this gorgeous item, and I cherish it! 

When we create ourselves, we fully understand how much love, time and energy goes in to making a gift for someone.  I have a very large baby shawl that my Nan crocheted for me when I was a teenager.  She wanted to make one for all her grandchildren (of which there were many) before she passed on.  I used the shawl for my babies, but never really appreciated how much love and energy went in to it until I started being a creator myself.  Of course, don’t get me wrong, it was always very special and has become an heirloom, but it’s a different kind of appreciation when you can fully understand what it means to create.  To me.  I’m guessing that a lot of creative souls feel the same?

Well, I’ve had to dust the cobwebs off my sewing machine in the studio!  *giggle*  The kids went back to school last Friday and I’ve been missing them like crazy!  We had a lot of fun and a lot of down-time, the perfect balance.  I’m just about to start working on a couple of magazine projects, and also have a little tutorial lined up for you!  Although the ole’ needle on the machine hasn’t been getting a lot of action, my sketch pad sure has been!  I always find that when I’ve not had time to be actively creative, my mind pushes on in to overdrive!

I hope you’re feeling creative too!  Because it’s a great way to be feelin’!

Big hugs!  Vikki x



Farm Gate Creations Incorporating Hummingbird Quilting said...

Lucky you that is gorgeous.

Larissa said...

That is a gorgeous shawl!!! Congratulations on the win!!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

What a lovely giveaway to win Vikki. Gerry's shawl is indeed beautiful and it has gone to an equally gorgeous lady. I'm sure that pleases her too.
Enjoy getting your creative groove on.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Simone de Klerk said...

Lovely presents for you!
And I agree, that you start appreciating handmade things more, once you know how much love, energy and time goes into the work!

Thoeria said...

I think "Sumptuous" is definitely a good word to describe that gorgeous shawl!

Abby and Stephanie said...

Oh my goodness what a lovely scarf -- lucky you.

Allie said...

Wow hon, congratulations on that gorgeous win!!! I know you will wear it well! Can't wait to see what you've been up to in your sketchbook!

Betty said...

I did drool over your lovely shawl made by Gerry. I too have one of her lovely shawls. Gerry gifted me with one right before Christmas. I personally know Gerry, she is the "queen of needles" for sure. She has even gotten me interested in knitting.

Vicki ♥ said...

A lovely shawl and lucky you Vik :) I loved handmade things too and like you appreciate them :) Enjoy dusting off your machine sweetie :) Hugs Vicki x

Anonymous said...

Congratulations with winning that great shawl. You should try to knit, it's so great to do. I just started to kni socks and it's addictive

GerryART said...

Well, Vikki, this is a nice howdy-doo.
I am so ashamed for not acknowledging your beautifully complimentary post.
I'm so very sorry that I've not.
How happy I am that my shawl has been received with such a warm-hearted reception.
Your compliments are over-whelming and I'll attempt to receive them graciously.
Your blog is very uplifting and motivating. Makes me want to create more.
You are in my Heart ♥


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