First of all, thank you to everyone who voted in response to my last post. My Trina Cardigan pattern ended up winning in the knitting category of luvinthemommyhood's Top Tutorials week! I can't believe I was even nominated, let alone won - thank you, thank you, thank you!!
So on to some bridal knitting. My dear friend Erica (1/4 of my knitting group) got married this past Saturday in what was one of the most lovely and fun weddings I have ever been to. But rewind a few months...before Sophy and I even received our invitations, we started planning her bridal shower. How could we pass up an opportunity to bake, craft, gather friends together for a tea party, and buy lingerie for our friend??
As part of the festivities, we decided to each knit her a shawl in her wedding colors. I got the brown:
Pattern: Textured Shawl Recipe, by orlane
Yarn: Exactly 1 skein of Malabrigo Yarn Sock
Needles: US 6
Start to Finish: around June 15-21, 2009
Mods: Since I used a fingering weight yarn rather than a worsted, I had more yardage so was able to do more of the textured bands. Also, the whole thing ended up a lot smaller than the original the recipe is based on. (By the way, I love referring to knitting instructions that aren't full patterns as "recipes". It totally goes along with the strange fact that most of my yarn reminds me of food.) I'm not gonna lie, I kind of wanted to keep this shawlette. The Malabrigo sock is so pretty!
Sophy (wearing a gorgeous Featherweight Cardigan) chose Ishbel in a beautiful pale blue Malabrigo Lace and styled Erica for her photo...
Erica then whipped out a knitted handlebar mustache she had just finished (how awesome is that??) and we decided to pile all the knits on her at once...
Of course, as crafters, Sophy and I couldn't let it go at just knitted shawls, lots of baked goods, and hand assembled pom-poms (the huge poofy white things are from Michael's and I LOVE THEM). Sophy created gorgeous little ribbon roses to glue on the gift boxes and painted an E and a J in honor of the couple. I wish I had a better photo of the roses, but they are there below being inspected by Stewart.
And as knitters hosting a bridal shower that wouldn't only include knitters, thus keeping us from pulling out the needles the second we sat down, we had to plan for something to do with our hands. So we all filled a jar with origami stars for the guest of honor.
A fun day all around.
And congratulations to Erica and Jeremy!