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finished object: wedding bolero

My dear friends K and J got married two weeks ago – it was a wonderful, happy day.

I was flattered to be asked to make a shrug for K’s wedding outfit. Here are the details:

Pattern: Bolero Jacket, by Debbie Bliss

Yarn: Rowan RYC Silk Wool DK, colour Milk

Modifications: I knit the body in one piece, and made the sleeves top-down to get the length right. I cast off with a picot edging. Otherwise I just followed the pattern as set.

Ravelled: Here

Notes: I must admit that I’m not the hugest fan of Debbie Bliss’s designs. I used this patterns as it was the closest to the sketch that my friend had made, and I didn’t want to spend any time working out a design of my own as the schedule was quite tight on this project. If I was going to make a similar shrug again, I would make the fronts slightly smaller, leaving room for much more ribbing, which I think would make it look more glamorous.

K  also asked me to read a poem at the wedding. I chose one one that I came across quite recently; it’s fairly long, but I thought I would share it with you here.

The Invitation

by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dreams
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon…
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shrivelled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your
fingers and toes
without cautioning us to
be careful
be realistic
to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand on the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after a night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the center of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone
with yourself
and if you truly like the company you keep
in the empty moments.

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Eyelet Chemise: an update

My Eyelet Chemise is coming along really well. I’ve completed the eyelet lace rib pattern and am up to the empire waist, having made the ribbing 2″ longer than in the pattern. I’ve stopped knitting now because I need to get my head around all the measuring and calculating needed to to the short row shaping that I want to try out on this cardigan. I’m using HoneyBee33’s brilliant ‘titorial‘ to help me figure this all out.

The Debbie Bliss Prima that I’m using is a pleasure to work. It’s soft and drapey, splits a little, but not too much, and has a pretty sheen.

I got buttons and ribbon for this project today, and I think they’ll make lovely finishing touches.

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Eyelet Chemise

Wow. 236 stitches per row. 24 rows done so far. That’s 5,664 stitches. Which took me about 4 hours to do, which is roughly 24 stitches a minute. And comprises 3 inches of this pattern. I’m loving it so far; I really hope I like it when it’s finished!

Heads up on the robins: I’ve been leaving them alone all week, but I’m going to go and check up on them tomorrow. I’ll post photos if I can get them…

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Change of plan…

I decided, after screwing up the fit on my Grannie Smith cardigan, that I need to change my plan about what to knit next. One of the reasons I was annoyed with myself is that I had resolved this year only to make fabulously-fitting garments for myself. So far, my main way of improving the fit of a top has been to add extra increases at the sides – this does add width to the fabric, but not exactly where it’s most needed. I need to get to grips with short row darts.

The Leafy Cardigan that I was going to make next is probably not the best project on which to try out this technique. I know it’s possible to add short rows to a lace pattern, but starting on something a bit simpler seems more sensible.

So, pre-empting Amanda’s advice yesterday to fix the knitting pain with more yarn(!) I took myself off to John Lewis on Oxford Street at lunchtime today. I got some cute (and lightweight) buttons for ole’ Gran Smith, and I also got me some of this:

Debbie Bliss Prima. It’s 80% bamboo and 20% merino, is a very soft cream colour and has a subtle sheen to it. I’m going to make the Eyelet Chemise from Interweave knits that I was thinking about recently. I think it will look lovely in this yarn, and will be an ideal project with which to experiment with short-row darts.

And Grannie Smith? Well, I do have a plan for her. I’m going to add the sleeves on tomorrow and remove the heavy glass buttons. After that she is going to have a rest for a couple of weeks while I do something nicer. Then I’m going to unpick the hem and the cast-off edge on the button band, and re-do them by sort of grafting the live stitches onto the back. This should make the whole button band much more elastic and stop the cardigan riding up in the middle. Once that is done, I’ll take a view on the shaping – she might look much better after all that..

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