Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wedding Stuff Part 1 - Knitting

It's Christmas in March!
Look at what arrived in the mail just the other day....a new set of interchangeable circular knitting needles and some new yarn! I'm as excited as a child on Christmas morning!

I've had the book Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel for a few months now. I picked it up at my local used/new bookstore for a few dollars less. I was very excited to find it there!!!

I've been knitting on and off since I was a teenager (waaay back when), but other
than 2 sweaters (part of the 80s glitter/glam, pouffy type knitted sweater), it's been mainly scarves and other straight, rectangular and, let's face it, "easy" knitting projects. I'm a much better crafter with other things than I am at knitting!

My mom knits. my grandmother knits, my aunt knits (more on her in a later post as I am currently knitting a project with her yarn, spun by her, from her sheep. How neat is that?).
They are all great knitters. Socks, complicated patterns, baby sweaters, caps etc. I finally
started wanting to knit something other than a straight rectangle, and I've since had my grandmother teach me to knit socks (which I still have not actually done!), started (almost finished) on a baby sweater (yep, the baby is way too big for the sweater by now) and now I'm ready for the big time. I think. I hope.
See, I have chosen to knit myself a little bolero type sweater for our wedding this fall. It's going to be here at home, in the backyard. We're planning a laid back ceremony, and I'm not wearing a big, fancy dress. I've already found a nice and simple dress (yes, it's white) and I wanted to add some color to it by knitting this bolero. We picked the colors of apple green and dark brown, so that is what my sweater is going to be. Green for the body and brown for the ribbing/collar. It's labeled as one of the easy projects, so I should be able to finish in....oh, 7 months.

I have
until October to finish it. But I promised myself I couldn't start until I finished my other 2 knitting projects - the scarf from my aunt's wool and the baby sweater. Sigh.....such temptation.
So - how about you - do you also have unfinished knitting or crafting business laying around?


YD said...

I can't wait to see you in your dress and your bolero. I think you are going to look so beautiful!
I'm not a knitting(or sewing or crocheing) person. I don't have the patience for it. Cross stitch is just about the only thing I would do. I started a cross stitch project 2 or 3 years ago(I'm not proud) and I had just recently "found" it in my closet, so I'm trying to get back to it again.

Mrs. JP said...

Last year I declared "finish old projects year" and I finished a few but I have 3 quilts to finish yet. One is a scrap patchwork (it's the closest to being finished)that I'm almost through quilting, one is the first quilting project I ever started (7-8 yrs. ago) were I appliqued each square - I think I got burned out on that one, and the last one is truly special because my grandmother or great-grandmother cut out the butterflies for each of the squares. I can't believe I've put them off for so long. Well now I've gotten myself into such a guilt trip maybe it'll move me to get something done.
By the way you and your sweater will be beautiful. How long do you think it'll take to finish it? Keep us posted, ok?

inadvertent farmer said...

I used to knit and crochet...cross stitch and embroider.

Then I had kids...5...then a farm, then the animals.

Now all I do is scoop poop, cook, do laundery and try to keep up with the garden.

I will have to live my knitting fantasies through you....can't wait to see how it turns out!

BTW it has been in the 50's and lowers 60's around here, when its not raining! Kim