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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Evergreen

Love soft as an easy chair
Love fresh as the morning air
One love that is shared by two
I have found with you

Like a rose under the April snow
I was always certain love would grow
Love ageless and evergreen
Seldom seen by two

You and I will make each night a first
Every day a beginning
Spirits rise and their dance is unrehearsed
They warm and excite us 'cause we have is the brightest love

Two lights that shine as one
Morning glory and the midnight sun
Time we've learned to sail above
Time won't change the meaning of
One love ageless and ever evergreen

- Paul Williams

What I enjoy most about designing is the joy of discovering something new - new yarn, new stitch, new design...

Just like love, creativity is "evergreen."

Sometimes it takes a lot of sweat and frogging and adjustments.

And sometimes I just fall into a design and it all comes together seamlessly.

That's what has happened with Spruce: the 2009 free Christmas pattern exclusive to the Garden Variety Collection subscribers.


Unfortunately, the pictures don't really do it justice. If I use the flash you lose the beads. If I turn the flash off, the pics are slightly out of focus. sigh...

See what I mean? This one is with the flash. Better focus but you really can't see the beads.

The color of the seasilk is Cedar. Mine is just plain old Cedar, but Evelyn at Knitty Noddy asked the geniuses at Handmaiden to throw a little extra blue into her pending order to get the color closer to a blue spruce.


The beading is silver and this one concentrates the beading on the ends. That way the knitting goes a lot quicker.


The beads really pop against the dark background.

The design highlights the star charms I found all sorts of places on line (I got mine at Artbeads)


The scarf has this really great line of stars along the bottom edge, then twisted rib sections flanking heavy seed beading in the rectangular section just above.

The main pattern then begins with this terrific lace pattern that looks just like little spruce trees.

And there is a little silver star hanging from the end of each branch.

Cool beans!

I LOVE my job!!!

Remember, this pattern is FREE, exclusively to those who purchase the entire 2009 series: Pampas, Rose, Delphinium, & Chrysanthemum. This is a limited edition pattern - available through the end of the year. The button over there on the right sidebar puts the four patterns in your basket and Spruce in your email next week.

And may your joy this holiday season be evergreen!

P.S. Just to spread the joy around, I will be giving away a free pattern (of your choice - Spruce excluded) to one commenter a day through Christmas, randomly chosen by Mrs. Claus (just me - don't get too excited).

I'll announce the previous day's winner in each post this month, If you are the winner, email me your preference at susanpandorf@comcast.net and I'll email your pattern right out to you.

Doesn't that sound like a lot of fun?

Yesterday's winner is: high quality beads. Email me, girl...

Now aren't you glad you left a comment?



64 comments:

TheWantonSeedStitch said...

Your designs are gorgeous! Hope I win. :)

cayli said...

I love how this pattern is looking!

pencraftco said...

You really know how to get a gal to comment! I love the garden variety patterns and am really looking forward to this one.

InJuneau said...

That is a beautiful pattern. I adore the color too.

shortoldlady said...

That green is lovely! Very festive.

Janine said...

I just discovered your site. Your lace designs are lovely. Janine

Anonymous said...

Spruce is lovely. I love the star charms. The entire garden collection is beautiful.

TDC

Tempe said...

The spruce is looking lovely.

cybil said...

i've even got some green in my stash, off to look at beads now,

thaddeusrose said...

The amazing textures and colors of yarn has captured my imagination like few other things. Beautiful designs are the paths for one after another skein I know I must have.

Jane G said...

Can't wait to see more!

Rebecca in TN said...

Wow....so Christmassy....is that even a word? Love the stars against that green.

Monika said...

I've never knit with beads. This looks totally gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

This one is beyond stunning and I am running out of words. Just when I think you have reached the epitome you jump up another notch. Your creativity is amazing. Ok must stop gushing but aw gee its so pretty! Thank you for another great gift! Anne aka vibj

knitterbeader said...

Your designs are something else. I've tried the more simple ones and will work up to this complicated one. Love the Cedar color.

Annie said...

Oh man, my resolve is about gone... I might just have to give in and buy the collection so I get this one! Evil enabler! But it's so pretty!

kate said...

Your lovely beading makes me even sadder that the bead store near me wasn't open today. Knitting with beads is my next big hurdle!

Susan Pandorf said...

Evil enabler? Moi?

We've resorted to name calling, have we?

LOL!

Kristen said...

I'd love to win a pattern, but it would be so hard to choose! I'm loving the whole Zen Collection right now.

issy said...

Ooooh, Spruce looks yummy! I can't wait to get it. Thanks.

janmaus said...

Not another terrific design!! I not only need more time, I need an extra pair of hands

mwhite said...

Oh!!! I have a LONGGGGGG pattern wishlist from your site!!! I dearly love the Sugar Snap pattern....hint hint hint! Love to read your inspiring words, too! MAUH!!! Mary(yes, I've been a good girl this year)

Susan Pandorf said...

Sugar Snap is out! See sidebar>>>>

Nalamienea said...

Are you kidding, that sounds like a TON of fun! :) Thank you so much!

mwhite said...

Rats! BUT there are so many other beautiful ones....fingers crossed!

Llyrmoon said...

I love this pattern so far. Those beads are just my style.

alphamperry said...

What a terrific idea, especially because the prize is one of your patterns!

margaret in manhattan said...

very intrigued by the Chrysanthemum pattern!

Anonymous said...

Well, I just took a quick scroll looking at your patterns. Only problem is that I don't know which one to pick. So if I'm a winner, I'm in big trouble.
cantmakeadecision

Kaz said...

your paterns are wonderful , think i might have to add them to my christmas wish list

Donna Lee said...

Oh my, look at all the comments!

That song is one of my favorites and was the song my husband and I danced to when we got married. It made me smile to see it there.

Once again, your amazingly creative mind has come up with another beauty.

Nancy said...

I love your designs- I hope I have the courage to knit some of the ones with beads someday!

Rabbitknitz said...

Another in a long list of successful projects! Your fertile brain cooks up great designs. Some come easy, some take real work, but you always persevere. I love how you share the process with the rest of us out in cyberspace--a window into the designer's mind and the creative process rather than just a finished design with no context. I feel more connected to the designs you make because I can read about how they grew and unfolded. Thanks for sharing!

Theo said...

made me leave a comment.... C:

Anonymous said...

I love your designs. The spruce will be gorgeous. Hope I get to pick a design. Thank you for your hard work and I love your writing.

Marcie

browneyegurl35 said...

I must say your patterns are nice, but i am in love with the festivus wrap. hopefully i can start this in 2010. Keep posting and knitting, i enjoy it. thanks

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Nebraska Knitter said...

How fun! I love the patterns and enjoy the quotes. The lyrics often take me back to younger days. Jane

kat said...

I'm a huge fan, of course :) How generous to give presents this year!

arly said...

Hi, just printed out the chrysanthemem pattern I purchased from you. Next, what yarn and what color. Decisions, decisions. Arly

Linda said...

I love your patterns and hope I win one!

debi's place said...

Wow I would not even know where to begin on dreaming of a pattern. I think they are all so wonderful.

So Mrs. Claus how is Santa this time of year?

TeresaM said...

Your designs are always gorgeous... The colors, the beads, the lace.... You are totally one of my knitting heroes!

knittincat said...

Susan: clearly Spruce will be another winner for you. Will Spruce be available for those of us who purchased the Garden Vareity earlier this year?

debconnolly said...

I love all of your patterns! I don't know which to begin with.

emilycl said...

Your designs are just gorgeous! Working with beads can be so addicting :)

Gretchen said...

I agree with my fellow commenters that it's very generous of you to offer the free patterns and I'd love to win one! I especially like the way you incorporate beads into the patterns. Lace with beads is really so fun!

Mikki said...

It's looking beautiful! I can hardly wait to see it finished. PS - I like the flash-less shots. More detail visible.

Helene said...

Your designs are gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

When I told my husband about this he asked why you would name a piece of knitting Bruce! I think he needs his ears sorting....Bruce the Spruce!!!

Suz

migdalit said...

You know what: That poem you quoted was just what I needed to write on that card I bought for our anniversary tomorrow! Thank you so much!

Meggers said...

I love your patterns. Spruce is going to be so pretty

dirty1mom said...

Beautiful!!!! Can't wait to get this!
Linda in Cleveland

Suemorris said...

I loe the idea of adding the little trees!!!
Will Spuce be available to buy in the New Year??
Sue

Alex Debra said...

I absolutely love your spruce pattern. You are an amazing knitter!

Sharon Rose said...

I love your use of beads and charms! So cute! Thanks for a chance to win...

meezermeowmy said...

Spruce is an amazing pattern. Well done!

Deborah said...

What a wonderful offer. Thank you.

moiraeknittoo said...

These are always so lovely. I haven't yet done a beaded design, but I live in hope that I'll be able to do yours one day. :)

fireboysgirl said...

Can't wait for Spruce to come, it will be hard to decide which one to knit first. Thanks for the great offer.

Kathy Sue said...

You just amaze me! Your designs are so cool.

Brenda said...

Beautiful pattern. I adore the beading!

RachelAnderson on Rav said...

I can't wait to see the next cowl! They are all so lovely.

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