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Monday, August 27, 2007

Thanks, and cold shoulders

I can't thank all of you enough for your well wishes! We read each and every one with much glee. The next few days were kind of crazy and kooky -- I had to fly to Virginia for work, and I was convinced that my ring was going to wash down the drain in the hotel. We also visited my folks in Pennsylvania, and, in typical Carrie fashion, I humiliated myself. My folks had arranged for us to take a quaint cruise around Conneaut Lake on a boat with an average passenger age of 87. It was rainy all weekend, so I carefully navigated my way down a slippery stairwell leading to the watercraft. Of course, on the last step, I fell directly on my ass. Mind you, the senior citizens got down there just fine. For the rest of the trip, I was "that girl who fell on her ass."

Now we're tiptoeing into the stressful world of New York wedding planning, which seems only slightly less painful (and more expensive) than serious dental work. It's an adventure!!!

Anyway, I'm chipping away at the Ribs and Lace Tank from the spring Interweave. At this rate, I will finish just in time for fall's chill, when lacy tanks tops are about as useful as sunscreen.

I'm using the Patons Grace that I picked up at a Spiders yarn swap. The lace pattern is quick and easy to memorize -- not as much fun as the Razor Cami, but close.

Since I'm in the home stretch with this baby, I'm thinking shawls. I positively freeze to death at work most days, and I think my co-workers are getting sick of seeing me in my Ella every day. (Let's face it -- it's a touch loud.) So I'm looking for a substantial shawl, nothing too light or dainty. Any favorites??


Blogger Liz K. said...

I'm making the Shetland Triangle from Wrap Style right now, and it is idiot's lace. The repeat is simple, and the effect is gorgeous. I am using a cashmere-silk fingering weight yarn (Baruffa Bollicina) but Elann Baby Silk would be great too.

Of course, you could always make it in Aran weight, a la Jared at brooklyntweed, and it would be both substantial and quick to knit!

6:22 PM  
Blogger SJ said...

I love my Seraphim, knit in fingering weight (I used Knit Picks Gloss, which is fabulously soft and warm).

7:23 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

great idea for the patons grace! i have a bunch of it and i can't always figure out what to make with it :)

8:49 PM  
Blogger Kym said...

If I learned one thing from wedding planning, it was to immediately sign up on they have this checklist that is a lifesaver. especially when you think you've done everything and then it sends you an email saying hey you still have these 50 things left to do before next week.

Also, I don't know if you'd be interested in this, but one of my friends got her dress from this place in the city that rents designer dresses, but you can also buy them from there at a huge discount. Let me know if you want the name and I will ask her.

9:36 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

They are probably just jealous that you are toasty and they are chilly.

Wedding planning. How exciting! Stressful, yes, but remember—its all about you...oh, and him too.

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

that tank is really gorgeous. yous is gonna look really nice in that lovely shade of blue.

i'm no good with shawls so i have no suggestions. sorry. :/

11:11 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

I'm also doing the Shetland Triangle, super easy and lovely. Why not have a look on Ravelry at the Valley Yarns Falling Leaves shawl?

11:21 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

kym suggestion of is excellent, we found it most helpful with that wedding planning stuff. But good luck with it seriously - I really thought my head would explode at times.

That tank is going to be gorgeous on you, great colour. I hope that we have a few more warm days left so you can get to wear it (and me, my orangina - if I ever finish it). You should definitely look at ravelry for shawls, it can give you ideas of what yarns people are using etc. I like the swallowtail, I did my in fingering, but it is a tad too small, so you might want to add some more repeats.

12:19 AM  
Blogger KeanaLee said...

Looks lovely, I love the yarn. I can imagine that the New York wedding world is pricey, maybe you guys should just elope! But make sure it's somewhere there is good yarn!

8:01 AM  
Blogger Maya said...

I just sent you an invite to join the "With this String I thee wed" group on Ravelry. I'm not one for forums usually, but it's a great group--and there are other people on there planning new york weddings! maybe you can get some good tips. :-)

10:20 AM  
Blogger lomester said...

Oh I wish I knew you were coming to VA, I could have pointed out some great yarn shops!

10:45 AM  
Blogger  said...

Unfortunately, I have yet to knit any shawls. But I think Ella is awesome! :D

Your Ribs and Lace Tank looks gorgeous. It's still in my queue. Of course, it stays warmer down here for like an extra month or two. So I may or may not be able to squeeze mine in before Autumn settles in.

1:49 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

Ha! I am not too far from conneaut.....funny!

the tank looks beatiful!

2:33 PM  
Blogger Megann said...

I'm late to the congratulations game... but congratulations! How exciting! My wedding is in less than 50 days, and we did all our planning in NYC. If you need any pointers or have any questions, I feel like I researched every possible avenue there is, and I'm happy to help.

2:48 PM  
Anonymous Katy said...

Can't go wrong with a nice simple Birch! Or Icarus; that looks like it would go quickly. (I know: these are not novel ideas.)

Such a pretty blue, how did I miss that in the scrum? Hmm, your birthday must be before August!

12:13 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

Congratulations on the engagment! That's awesome and he's a handsome guy. I wish you well and all the luck in the world finding many inexpensive but beautiful things for your wedding day.

Your new cami is pretty and it would be really nice under a suit jacket if it isn't done before the fall winds blow.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I have no shawl suggestions, as I'm trying to figure out one myself. I've seen some really nice Moonlight Sonata shawls from Elann.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I love your Ella, though!

The one shawl I use over and over is just a triangular garter stitch. You know, cast on one or three or something like that and then on every row, knit one, m1, then knit to the end. Repeat that row until it's the right length and depth. I used a simple cotton and I tie that thing around me even in bed. My Ella is great, but that simple garter stitch one is used more than anything else.

11:07 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

What a lovely tank!

As far as shawls go have you seen the woodland shawl?

I'm using one skein of brooklyn handspun for mine.

So far I love it!

11:51 AM  
Blogger pamela wynne said...

I agree that the Shetland Triangle would be great. Also, I just finished the summer lace shawlette from Knitting Daily/IK, and I think it would be perfect in a worsted weight. It's got shoulder shaping, so it stays on really well.

4:39 PM  

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