I forgot a few things! Too much DIY with this wedding, and all done within the past few months: it just all blurs together.
This was my hairpiece. I made it out of the lace from my mom’s wedding dress.
And I made these ones for my bridesmaids.
Here they are in action:
Last, but not least, here is the ring bearer box and pillow. I did the sewing, my (now) husband made the box.
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Well, I talked about doing it, and I’m pleased to say that I actually did.
With the help of some friends, including Ilana, Joanna, and Lynn, I have knitted my wedding bouquets, corsages, and boutonnières.
Not only can I still not believe I got them done on time, I am beyond happy with how they turned out. They are even worth the 240 inches of i-cord I had to knit.
As you probably know, I also knit my wedding shrug. Here are a few pictures of it.
I’m now married to the love of my life and knitting was involved. No wonder I’m smiling.
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Just a quick post to share a free craft pattern I’ve developed.
At work we needed to have programs for the tweens and teens this summer that were of a creative, crafty, makey variety. So, I thought about duct tape, simply because it’s easy to make cool stuff with and it comes in some pretty neat colours and patterns now.
Then I thought “what can we make with it?” It had to be simple but useful. I decided on clutches and/or wallets (made the same way but a smaller size). I spent some time Googling, some time looking at books like this one.
But I wasn’t really finding what I wanted. This and this were the closest, but no real instructions were given.
So, I wrote Make your own clutch.
Here are some pictures of the fun the kids had, and how super creative they were!
(cropped to remove faces for privacy. These are kids after all)
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The annual TTC Knitalong was this past Saturday. I was on Team Intarsia (a.k.a. the best team).
Team Intarsia started at Creative Yarns in Scarborough, which had a great sale and the Zauberball I’ve been coveting, so I did a lot of my shopping there (the Malabrigo and the Louisa Harding below were both from there too).
After that it was a long bus and subway ride to The Purple Purl. My friend Ilana broke a DPN en route!
But she bought new ones when we got to the Purl, where is where I got the Sweet Georgia DK. I normally don’t do crazy colours, but the skein was just so vibrant I couldn’t say no. It was calling to me. You know how it is. Ilana’s DPN troubles were soothed when she won the Purple Purl’s draw for their limited edition Indigodragonfly colourway and a pattern.
It was also at the Purl that I started binding off my wedding shrug
Then it was on to Romni Wools. I bought a spindle there that is hopefully better quality than the current homemade one I have. It’s Ashford, so it should be. Romni was also giving away free needles and this little adorable guy, who now resides in my craft room.
We discovered that Romni also apparently sells the stuff you’d need to make muppets.
Then it was on to Americo Original, where everyone got a free skein of lace weight 100% llama for FREE. I was nearly done binding off at this point.
I walked down the street like this too. Really weirded out some of the uninitiated, lol.
At the Rivoli I finally finished the shrug.
AND I got the following certificate, after my team leaders nominated me <3! The lovely Glenna C. was one of them. She has some great photos of the day (and of the most awesome team, if I do say so) on her blog here.
A damn good day.
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Cools news if you live (or work or attend school) in Toronto!
You can download digital copies of the following knitting and crochet magazines for free with your library card (which is also free to get if you don’t have one, by the way):
Knit & Spin
(other types of mags too, but I figure most of ya want fibre-related ones)
The service is called Zinio eMagazines and is now available on the Toronto Public Library website (direct link here).
Zinio offers unlimited (no time limit, no limit on # of magazines) access to current issues of popular magazines. I’ve started using it on my iPad already. It’s pretty sweet.
You have to create two accounts using the same email address and password – one at tpl.ca/zinio to access and checkout magazines and a zinio.com Reader account (tpl.ca/zinio will guide you to go there after you register and check out your first magazine) to read checked out magazines via streaming online and download offline via the free mobile app (iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry).
*Important note:* to check out a new magazine, you must go back to the Toronto Public Library Zinio eMagazine page. If you try to select a magazine through the Zinio website or the app, you will be prompted to pay for it.
A Getting Started with Zinio eMagazines page also appears on the library website providing updated title and subject lists, a one page Zinio User Guide and a Frequently Asked Questions section.
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First, the fauna:
Happy Easter Monday! From Desmond
Now for the flora:
As mentioned in previous posts, I (with the help of some awesome fellow knitters) am knitting the flowers for my wedding in addition to my shrug. This is why I’ve essentially been away from the blogosphere for the past month or so. That and the other elements of wedding planning and getting ready to move in May. Now I finally have some actual FO flowers worth sharing, so I thought I would.
First is this tulip from Lesley Stanfield’s beautiful book 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet. (she has also made it available in a few other places, one for free!). I think it might be my favourite so far.
So favourited, I had to take several pictures.
Here are the others I’ve been working on:
An anemone, also from Lesley’s book.
This calla lily is another favourite. The pattern is by Cathy Ren.
A peony, also from Leslie’s book.
And lastly, a rose. It’s this pattern I mentioned in this post.
I think the calla lily and tulips will win out as the bouquet flowers. Now to figure out what I want to do for corsages and boutonnières…
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