What do you do when you have to give a reading at your brother-in-law’s wedding, you have a 4 year old to entertain in the run up to the wedding, you are the greeter at the groom’s house when all the people and paraphernalia arrive and you need to keep the best man sober? Well one thing you don’t do is join your mother-in-law and sister-in-law for a morning at the hairdressers.

I am cursed blessed with naturally curly hair which frizzes at the first sign of moisture – did I mention the torrential rain on the day? Fortunately I remembered that some time ago my sister had made some beautiful slides (she has the same curse blessing as me) but I could only find one, and it was the wrong colour.

So after several failed attempts I managed to copy her design and make my own:

slide

slide

The picture’s not good quality but it was the closest I could get to show the detail – there is a gem in the middle with pearl effect beads at the tip of each petal. I was up at 6am for a wedding at 2pm and washing my hair and clipping it back to let it dry naturally worked and meant I was able to fulfil my duties throughout the day instead of spending the morning in a salon with hairspray and hot rollers.

Oh and the ‘practice’ flowers came in useful to put on the Wedding Tote that I posted about yesterday.

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In the preparations for my brother-in-law’s wedding it dawned on me that my little black handbag just wouldn’t do. With lots of ‘distractions’ to take along to keep our 4 year old busy I needed to come up with something else or lug his Thomas the Tank Engine roller case up the aisle.

So the Wedding Tote was born:

Wedding tote bag

Wedding tote bag

 

it’s not perfect – I kind of worked out how to do the corners as I went – but there was plenty of room to put all of my son’s colouring books and magazines in, his game machine and earphones and all of the ‘bits’ we acquired throughout the day. The straps were long enough to carry easily over my shoulder (along with the video camera and the still camera – I am a unglorified cart horse).

I crocheted the flowers to match the flowers on my dress so the bag didn’t stand out in the wedding crowd – well not as much as a Thomas the Tank Engine trolley case would.

Like many knitters I justify my stash by knitting for others or for charity. We’re selfless, kind hearted folk who do it for the love of the feel of the wool between our fingers, the sound of the clicking of our needles and the idea that we are making something with love for the recipient.

But what do we knit for ourselves?

Back in July I had a birthday and my mum presented me with a bag overflowing with wool. In it was some Rowan Kidsilk Haze – gorgeously soft and fluffy. It was crying out to be made into something luxurious.

Around the same time I’d found the perfect dress for my brother-in-law’s wedding – except the wedding was at the beginning of September and the dress was held up by small straps. I do posses a jacket but I was enchanted by the idea of a shawl.

Weddng shawl

Wedding shawl

shawl

shawl

The pattern was featured in Knitting Magazine (issue 51, June 2008) and is ‘Sumptuous’ by Alison Dupernex. It was quite simple once you got the hang of it and produced a beautiful honeycomb effect.  I stitched tiny beads into it (to reflect the light rather than stand out – you can just about make them out in the picture below). The only problem was that the mohair content brushed off onto my husband and son’s suits. 

close up

close up

As it turned out – despite the fantastic weather on the preceding days – the wedding day was one of torrential rain and the shawl was very welcome and warm – I can’t wait to have an excuse to wear it again!