Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Happy Valentine's Day!

Some might have seen on my Instagram that I fractured my elbow right before Christmas. My arm needed to be immobilised for six weeks, and hence, there's been a long absence on social media and this blog. While I still need physiotherapy and exercises to regain complete movement, life has returned to mostly normal. It is a reminder of how wonderful normal is!

It has also been a while since I added a new knot to the app, and I thought the Pretiola would be perfect for Valentine's Day as it resembles a silky heart:


In Latin, Pretiola means "little reward". According to legend, in 601 AD an Italian monk invented the treat to reward children who learned their prayers. He twisted strips of sweet dough to resemble children's arms crossed in prayer. He then baked the dough and hence invented the pretzel. 

When you tie this knot, there is a moment when the scarf resembles this "little reward", so I thought Pretiola would be a perfect name for it!


If you use IOS, the Pretiola is already available on the Scarf Art app. It will take a couple of days for Android devices to get through. 

If you want to find out more about the app, please click here

Or go to the Apple App Store here or Google Play here to download.

The tutorial should play right below; if not, please let me know in the comments below:





As always, you will also find a blog post on the app that compliments the tutorial:

What the knot highlights:


The diagonal axis is the visible part of your scarf tied in this knot. The main focus is on the ends and tips, as the centre is folded behind your neck. The Pretiola's "pretzel" is formed with the upper ends of your scarf.

Variation:

You can vary the knot by wearing it closer or further away from the neck. The further you wear it from the neck, the shorter the ends become:


Worn closer to the neck, resulting in longer ends:


Tip:

For a V-neckline, wear the Pretiola lower down to frame the neckline. With a button-up shirt, wear it close to the neck, like a cravat.


Size guide:

The Pretiola works with the following scarves:

90 Silk Twill 
90 Mousseline 
70 Vintage Silk 
Pliss√© 
140 Silk Twill/Summer Silk GM 
140 Mousseline GM 
140 Cashmere/Silk GM (you can bring the ends behind your neck and tie them together in a double knot)


In the meantime, spring has sprung here in the South of France. 

Almond trees are blossoming, vine fields are full of white and yellow flowering weeds, Mimosas are in full bloom, and pollen-covered bees are darting around the rosemary bushes in the garden. The early signs of spring never fail to fill the heart with optimism and joy!


Homegrown romanesco from my first winter vegetable garden:




Winter salad, also from the garden. It took months to grow and is surprisingly tender (summer salads only need a couple of weeks).




I hope you enjoy the new knot and wish you a happy Valentine's Day and a bright and beautiful spring ahead!

xxx


32 comments:

  1. happy to see you back dear Tai; didn't know about the fracture... what a shame! I missed your magnificent compositions. Fortunately I could go back to previous years. Thanks for today’s post
    Get well and lots of love to share LB

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    1. It happened just before Christmas ... hence there was no Christmas blog for the first time in fifteen years! Thanks so much for the lovely words and good wishes, and have a happy Valentine's Day!

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  2. I love this new knot! Thank you

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  3. Happy to see your new post! and waiting for more new.

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    1. It is so nice to know that you enjoy the posts, thank you so much!

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  4. So glad to have you back - I always feel a little more serene after reading your blog - obviously some of your own serene style must rub off on me - a least for a while.

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    1. That is such a nice thing to say, thanks so much! Warmest wishes from France x

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  5. So glad you are back!

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    1. Thank you for the welcome back! I'm so glad to be back and functioning again :)

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  6. So nice to see you back….and with a new knot. A lovely addition to your app. You have been missed!….In eastern Canada it will be a while until we see the first signs of spring, your photos made me dream. Everything you do is done to perfection and so inspiring.

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    1. I thought I couldn't possibly come empty handed after missing in action yet again. So happy that you like the new knot, thanks so much! Spring seems to be particularly advanced this year, in the afternoon it is already almost too hot to walk the dogs. Sending you warm spring sunshine!

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  7. I love this new knot and I will be using it tonight to tie my scarf. Happy Valentine to you too!

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    1. Wonderful! Have fun with the knot and a lovely Valentine outing tonight!

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  8. Truly a winner scarf knot. Looks very doable. Always looking for something new. As I read your post and came upon the photo of the romanesco I thought you were just posting a great, beautiful shot, didn’t realize you had a winter garden. Possibly you pick what to grow depending on their beauty? Happy Valentine’s Day from snowy New York City.

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    1. So happy that you like the new knot, thanks so much! I wish I would have a winter garden (orangerie), but it is just our garden in the winter. I started my first vegetable garden last summer, and it was such a success that I thought I'd try a winter version too. As for choosing ... I love to eat all vegetables but you are right, I tend to choose the prettiest ones for my patch. Sending spring sunshine from France to NYC!

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  9. So glad to see that you are back-hope all is well with you. Love this post and this knot is wonderful. I'm going to try it out right now! Thanks

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind comment and good wishes. Hope you enjoyed playing with the new knot and have a lovely weekend!

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  10. MaiTai, Thank you so much for this lovely Valentine's Day tutorial. I am glad your elbow is mostly healed. Best of the upcoming spring season to you. Laura in Alaska

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    1. My dear Laura, thanks so much for the lovely note. I hope you enjoy the new knot and wishing you a wonderful spring season too! Warmest regards, Tai

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  11. Perfect! Thank you…we have really missed you.

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    1. That is so nice to know, thank you so much! ūü•į

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  12. Lovely that you are back in action! So sorry about the fracture. It is not easy to be one-handed when going about daily activities. Thank you for the new knot tutorial and reminder about the app. Would love to read about and see photos of what your garden is producing this year and how you plan to use the produce (and flowers?). --CC

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    1. Thank you dear CC for the lovely comment. I will definitely post pictures of my summer vegetable garden! You can see a couple of pics from last year here https://www.maitaispicturebook.com/2023/06/flowers-london-and-vegetables.html
      https://www.maitaispicturebook.com/2023/08/summer.html
      This year's will probably be quite similar, as I love courgettes, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and aubergines!

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  13. Is the scarf available for purchase? Thank you.

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    1. Both are favorites from my personal collections and therefore not for sale. In case you'd like to try the secondary market ... the one in the first picture is called "Carré Kantha" and the one in the tutorial is "Carré en Carrés". Best of luck!

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  14. You have incredibly artistic eyes. Love the new knot design. Thank you.

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    1. I am so happy that you like the new knot. Thank you also for the lovely compliment, this is such a nice thing to hear!

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    1. Thanks so much, TC. I'm so pleased you enjoyed them!

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  16. Lovely to see you back in action, dear Tai, and even with a new knot! As a German, I loved your little Pretzel story - and the knot seems to be quite easy to copy thanks to your helpful tutorial. Glad to read it also works with larger formats - my 90s are very neglected these days...Your spring harvest looks delicious- can't wait to see what you'll cook up with all those homegrown veggies! Hopefully we'll see more of spring here soon, too - but we always know that the snow and strong frost may return till April. Your photos made me swoon!
    Too late for Valentine's, but it's never too late to spread some love! ❤️
    All the best for your final recovery, Katja

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    1. So glad to be back too, dearest Katja! I was quite surprised by the Pretzel story too; I always thought it was a German invention. With the larger scarf formats I'd tie the ends behind the neck, similar to the Camelia, Heart and Friendship knot (unless it's a Mousseline or summer silk). We had our first romanesco last night. I steamed it as I really wanted to explore its pure flavour. Interestingly, the color remained intense even after steaming, whereas most shop bought romanesco fades into a more yellowish green when cooked. The taste was delicious, of course! Hope your Valentine's Day was beautiful; sending you love and spring vibes! ❤️

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