I brought the shawl I made for my wedding (last September) to visit the Yarn Harlot last night in Madison. She made a shawl for her wedding from the same book, and I'd felt silly commenting on it in her comments at the time... What does it say about my sense of weird that bringing the shawl to see her seemed nearly normal.
Anyway, I still lived in MA when I made it, so no one her had seen it before, or seen pictures of out wedding. We eloped to Iceland, without telling anyone but the 2 friends who witnessed our signatures on some documents (there were many documents). So here some are pictures--the rest are in Kevin's Flickr account.
This is the best close-up of the pattern, I swear. And, oh look! My ring!
Knitting Before the Ceremony
There are lots of sheep in Iceland. During the summer, they roam freely, eating whatever. In the fall, they get rounded up, sorted out, and driven back to their owners' farms. Along the highways, in some cases--here are some we passed on the way to the hotel where we got married.
Sheep Road Block
Conveniently, the Lopi outlet store (formerly the factory, although I think the factory has now moved to another town) was also on the way to the hotel where we got married. It's possible that I went twice. Here's the official Lopi vehicle.
The shawl is the Azalea design from the First Book of Modern Lace Knitting, and I used about 3 ounces of Zephyr wool-silk. I knit it in about 3 weeks (we decided to get married, planned the wedding, and got married in 3 weeks... BUT we'd been together for nearly 6 years, so it wasn't as sudden as that sounds!). We drive to Ohio and back during that time, so I got in a lot of good knitting then, but I couldn't knit in front of very many people because the wedding was a secret and it's so clearly a wedding shawl that it would have given everything away.