Apart from the upcoming Knitting And Crochet Blog Week extravaganza, this blog is likely to be a little quieter than usual over the coming weeks, as in ten weeks’ time I will be a married woman: a Mrs Awesome, and there are a lot of …
The last few rows of the Wedding Shawl have been knit and every stitch bound off. I have added a few hundred beads and changed the pattern slightly to use alternative increases and decreases and to lose the purl stitches in the motifs, but these are all small changes for the ease of knitting and a few slight aesthetic preferences.
By the time I reached the last row the stitches to be bound off seemed almost endless, but as I neared the end I gave the knitting to Mr Awesome to bind off the very last couple of stitches, so that he added to the shawl and got to add to its completion.
The piece has now been in for a gentle soak and is currently blocking to open up the lace pattern, which should hopefully help the beads to be more apparent, as they are currently hidden away, nestled in the froth of the lace yarn.
The shawl will probably need re-blocking closer to the wedding, but I couldn’t bear not being able to see it in its properly completed form, to imagine that day I actually get to wear it.
I have been away from home for a little while as Mr Awesome and I took in the sights and sounds of Edinburgh, both as a much needed break from the day to day routine and also as a double celebration, of the two year …
When crafty friends and followers of this blog found out that I was getting married, one of the first things that many of them asked me, via Twitter, blog posts, emails and texts was if I was going to knit my own wedding dress/shawl/socks, if I was going to make my own cake, our wedding favours, sew my own wedding tablecloths…
Clearly the opportunities for handmade touches to a wedding are numerous in the extreme – a once in lifetime chance to scatter a few handmade touches throughout a special day which I don’t intend to let pass me by. However, there is also that part of me that knows that this will be the most special day of my life, and though I very much want to share the details of the handmade wedding items that Mr Awesome and I create, I really want to keep some surprises for the guests, a number of which I know read this blog.
We have already started to create table decorations and wedding favours, and I have started work on the gifts for the wedding party members, so all of those bright and happy crafting projects are already underway, but under wraps. I seriously can’t wait to share details of all of the wedding crafts that go towards making our day extra special (and I will share them!) but it shall probably be after the wedding until I post the pictures, details and (possibly) tutorials for all of the crafts that we dip into on this journey. At the moment I am mostly sewing (embroidering, hand stitching and readying my trusty sewing machine) but there will be many other craft areas we drop into on the way.
I must also give a hat-tip to a fellow crafter, and fellow soon-to-be-wed friend who has started a blog of his own at An Amateur Sews. After a few major successes with re-upholstering he is on his way to practising making ties for the wedding party members, and though a broken sewing machine has tried to thwart his efforts this is being rectified so that his sewing venture can continue. Drop by his blog and show him some support (PS – just to be clear, that blog does not belong to Mr Awesome – he isn’t allowed near pointy things like needles).