Oy! Tired. That one word (and picture) says it all. My Mom got married this weekend and is now (presumably) enjoying a wonderful honeymoon in Cancun — go Mom! She definitely upgraded with this guy (my father is not exactly a shining example of husband, father, or manhood…to put it politely) — of course it took her 15 years, but hey, good things come to those who wait, right?
Still, she was on a tight budget, so everyone tried to help out as much as possible. My sister totally rocked the sewing machine. She sewed 6 bridesmaid dresses (8 if you count the false starts/rejects), the “skirt” of Mom’s dress and fitted the bodice (from my wedding dress!) to it. She also ordered & received the roses from the online place they ordered from (which worked out great & at some insanely cheap $.40-.90/rose price), and headed up the bouquet making, centerpieces & boutonnieres. Oh, did I mention she made all the jewelry for the bridesmaids & the bride? Oy. Amazing.
Me? I complained that my little cling-on wouldn’t let me help more.
Yea, the kid who is obsessed with being put inthings lately. Silly baby. Seriously though, I provided a lot of phone support & was there to help trouble shoot on the dresses (turns out my sister & I bounce things off one another really well — who would have guessed after a childhood of non-stop fighting), sent what cash we could, some decorations, and not least of all allowed my dress to be disected, lol. We all were up half the night prepping the sanctuary & fellowship hall for the wedding & reception. It was totally worth it; everything was so beautiful. She had dark/deep blue as a main color with some medium periwinkle accents in the bridesmaids dresses etc. The sanctuary had candles everywhere & was otherwise almost dark, and the bouquets were simple, beautiful deep red roses. Of course I left my camera down in the changing room, so until some family coughs up some pics, you’ll have to take my word for it! 😉
Spencer doesn’t allow me much sewing time, but I am able to sneak my knitting in here & there, so I got to make my mom a linen lace-edged hankie. I totally ripped off Anne Modesitt’s lace pattern from “Hannah’s Tablecloth”(ravelry link) in the Handknit Holidays book (LOVE this book!). It was my first picot edge & I have a feeling I’ll be doing more. 🙂
I also bought her a toaster, because what wedding is complete without a toaster, right? lol She seemed to get a kick out of it.
There was another big (in my life at least) event this weekend…
What’s that? A bunch of string in a pile? Or the leavings from a COMPLETED STARSKY?!!! That’s right baby. It’s done! Other than leaving the belt at home; arg! I gave it to my sister (RikkiDawn, not to be confused with Toinette, who did all the sewing), and when she put it on, it. just. fit. It was perfect. It didn’t scream look at me in a good or a bad way. It’s just kinda, part of her. The fit is perfect in length, shoulder width, shawl collar depth, cable pattern style… I’ve had a picture in my head ever since I saw the pattern on Knitty, and it came out perfectly. I’m getting a little teary eyed now… lol
We’ll have a photoshoot soon, but here are a couple quick shots:
I’ve got a few other knitting updates as well… I’m 50 inches into the Dr. Who scarf — I think I’m around 1/3 of the way there — 40ish more rows & I’ll be finished with my allotment of scarf knitting for June!
I have yarn for a new project, although I’m not planning to start it just now. This Silky Wool will be Michele Rose Orne’s Composed Mitts (have I mentioned that I cannot wait until her book comes out next month?!). I’m not sure the brown & other green will make the final cut, though. The green is a little off in color, and the brown might be a bit too thick — they’re both harvested from Goodwill sweaters.
But where, oh where did I get that silky wool? Why, from our excellent playgroup magic ball of yarn swap today! Here’s a look at the excellent swap Alison put together for me!
She made that excellent bag herself, totally sneakily ordered the knitpicks size 2 circs for me & got me Through the Loops’ awesome Belevedere sock pattern. Thanks again, Alison!
Lastly, Sock Wars. Ah, Sock Wars… After finishing my gauge swatch on the tofutsies today, I emailed the organizer & asked to be withdrawn from the game.
The gauge is supposed to be 8 sts/inch, and I was barely getting it on 2’s. I knit several rows on 1 1/2’s, but it was no use — I needed to stay at 2’s or go up to 2 1/2 or 3’s to be perfectly at gauge. I just don’t like the fabric at that gauge — not for socks, anyhow. Besides, I’m kinda looking forward to some deadline free knitting. Maybe next time; I’ll enjoy watching the drama play out this time from the sidelines.
Gee, “yawn” again! I need to update more often, these big posts take forever; especially since I’m getting used to the excessively irritatingVista setup (not that watching Top Chef helps speed things up at all)… I think I’ll go crash now — although maybe I should move Aiden somewhere more comfortable first?