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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

They said it couldn't be done.

Actually, they said it shouldn't be done. By they, I'm referring to everyone I know. And by it, I'm talking about knitting shawls for my wedding attendants.

I know, I know. It's a lot of work, I'm going to resent it, I'll be stuck weaving in ends the night before my nuptials. But I'm still months away, and I really, really think I'd regret not giving my friends a handmade gift. It's been fun thinking about them as I knit and imagining them wearing the shawls as we take a few pictures beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Maybe with a pretty brooch?

*(I should add that I have four attendants -- if this were a Southern wedding with 8 gals, I'd give earrings instead!)


Blogger gleek said...

wow! that's quite an undertaking! but i know you, you'll get it done :)

9:46 PM  
Blogger SJ said...

You are certainly ambitious, and I wish you luck! Just don't fall into the trap of thinking you have plenty of time -- knit like the wind, because the wedding will be here before you know it!

9:53 PM  
Blogger Karin said...

I think it's a great idea. Just schedule your time accordingly and you can do it!

10:13 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Wow! I'm impressed!

10:21 PM  
Blogger Maya said...

great idea; you can totally do it! It take some discipline, but I think you will be happy with the result.

10:32 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

That's a huge undertaking. Do you have just one or two bridesmaids? hehe. It will be beautiful and all of your bridesmaids will surely appreciate it.

10:32 PM  
Blogger jess said...

that is incredibly sweet. but if you need a pinch knitter toward the end, let me know :)

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's a lovely idea :) Sounds like you've started far enough in advance, so I guess as long as you have a sort of schedule as to when you have to have how many done by, you'll be fine! What a sweet thing to do!

2:10 AM  
Blogger jenna said...

What a lovely idea! You'll get it done. I hope it's a fairly simple pattern?

8:57 AM  
Blogger maitai said...

how fun! i think they'll all really appreciate it. i'm in a wedding this weekend where the bride and MOH are also knitters, so we ended up knitting our own shawls! the shawl knit by the bride is a gift for the third BM who is not a knitter.

9:42 AM  
Blogger lekkercraft said...

Such a big job, but sure to be appreciated and inspiring. I bet it will be lovely to look back at those photos and say "I KNITTED all of those!"

10:28 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

I think picking the right pattern is key. And you did just that! Are they all going to be the same color?

12:52 PM  
Blogger Michaela Dollar said...

Beautiful! I had a Southern Wedding, and I gave earrings. If I were a knitter when I got married, I would have definitely done a personal gift like yours. I love it!

4:03 PM  
Blogger Kessa said...

That's so sweet of you! I'm sure your bridesmaids will love it.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

I think it is incredibly sweet, just what your attendants would expect from you. I can't wait to see the picture on the Brooklyn Bridge.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous yahaira said...

they're going to love it! are you knitting them the same pattern or did you choose four different patterns for each girl?

8:58 AM  
Blogger The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Oh wow, such an ambitious and fabulous present, they will treasure them!

4:12 PM  
Blogger Faith! said...

I think that's so special and wonderful! It's the total opposite of that whole bridezilla thing, and while slightly nuts, is certainly something you wouldn't regret.

9:48 PM  
Blogger estellep said...

It can be done -- I knit shawls for my four bridesmaids at my wedding. DEFINITELY worth the effort, such a lovely gift. And congratulations to you!

11:30 AM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

I have faith in you, even though I think you might be a little bit 'touched' :) Your attendant will be thrilled.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I had been a good knitter back then, I would have done the same thing. Maybe it's crazy but when it's all over, you won't regret it. Handmade gifts are best!

4:44 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

that is just the best!!!!
they will look fabulous, and the memories will be cherished!

8:08 PM  
Blogger Kym said...

wow, that's hard core- the girls will love them, i'm sure. that's a really cool shade of blue. what are your wedding colors? do you have any pics of someone wearing a finished one?

how much longer do you have?

sorry for so many questions- i'm so nosy :)

5:02 PM  
Anonymous christa said...

WOW. i'm touched, but i'm sorry if i ruined the surprise for myself by snooping around the site! and, um, you're not getting earrings, but your gift won't be handmade unless . . . well, i buy you a manicure or something. yeah. sorry!

1:35 AM  
Blogger gibsongirl said...

You can do it! That's a fantastic idea, and it's one of those extra-special personal touches that you and your attendants will remember fondly. I briefly considered knitting shawls for my bridesmaids, but with a wedding in Vegas, I punted and went for handmade necklaces instead. :)

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! I found your page randomly looking at cloud bolero FOs and I've looked and looked on your page for an email address or some way to contact you.... Could you please please tell me what colour alpace silk you used and did you use the aran weight as a single strand or double? Thank you so very much.. my email add is


PS I have no blog :(

11:50 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

brave, brave girl! as long as you don't procrastinate, I'm sure you'll do just fine. It's really that last month that really gets ya stress-wise.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Meg said...

I've never heard of a bride being so thoughtful. Lucky bridesmaids.

9:33 PM  

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