I’m calm… no, really

21 Aug

I keep telling people that I am not freaking out, but I’m not sure that they really believe me.  After all, my wedding is on Friday after all!  Everything is going pretty smoothly, although my relationship with the caterer seems to be quickly souring.

First, the on topic knitty stuff, then onto wedding!

I bought some Garnstudio Eskimo on the cheap, because I want to make this cardigan.   This yarn smells straight up like sheep, which to be honest kind of freaks me out (am I the only knitter who doesn’t like this?  People are always saying how much they love natural smelling yarn, but I am not such a fan.)  The cat, however, is totally fascinated by the stuff.  I’m not sure… maybe I will wash it? (And to answer the questions about this, I use my swift to get the yarn into hanks (is this the right word?), tie it in a few places so it won’t tangle, and then soak it in woolwash and hang to dry.)

WIP update!  I have finished all the pieces of my Nantucket jacket.  I need to block the pieces above, and then I can get to seaming.  This may or may not happen before the wedding, depending on what else I have to do.  It certainly can’t happen until I get my table cleared off!  The entrelac scarf continues, and I still just adore making it.  The photo above is slightly above one ball of SWS.  I bought 4, which looks like it will make a nice long scarf.

Wedding checklist: I have come up with a simple centerpiece (we got all the tiles, vases etc from friends who got married last year.)

Yes, those are coffee beans in here.  I left that one lit for hours, so that I could make sure it wouldn’t burn or smell.  It doesn’t.

Our escort cards and seating chart are done:

One of my best friends who is a fellow Catholic music person is both playing the music and made the worship aids.  He worked very hard on them, and they are so nice!  I think it will make the mass much easier on my (mostly) non Catholic family.  He’s also handling rehearsals with the musicians (we are having violin, flute and a cantor, and one of my best students is singing Ave Maria.)

I have made a little card that lists directions to the reception (unfortunately it requires highway travel) and lists the members of the bridal party.   Of course, the most important part is the little bride and groom robots I placed there!

I know, computer picture is not good, but I need to still print these off.  That quote is from star trek!  Let’s see if anyone notices who Leonard McCoy is.

Other than that… it’s all pretty good!  We can drop off most of our things at the reception venue tomorrow, and they will set them up.  I still need to get a few gifts for people who have helped us with the wedding, and Marc needs to finish up his favors.  I thought today was Wednesday all morning, so I was really happy to realize it was only Tuesday!  I think we should be ready in plenty of time (knock on wood!)

The most important part?  Leon is so happy when we get presents in the mail!

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23 Responses to “I’m calm… no, really”

  1. nubiancraftster August 21, 2007 at 1:56 pm #

    ok you are my ultimate hero!!! Star Trek quotes at the wedding. I love it. Unfortunately can’t quite see the screen, what does the quote say?

    Next up, naming the kids Star Trek names. If that happens I will have to bow down to you in servitude.

    Until then I will just admire how you can knit and plan a wedding too. I am exhausted just reading about the action.

  2. Bobbi August 21, 2007 at 2:35 pm #

    I don’t really like the “natural” smell of wool either. I grew up on a farm and don’t care for the smell of sheep. Love me some wool though :)

    everything looks great for the wedding! Best wishes!

  3. Heather August 21, 2007 at 2:55 pm #

    Best of luck on your upcoming wedding!! I got married a little over a month ago, and I understand what you’re going through. It sounds like you’ve got it all under control. I can’t believe how much knitting you’ve gotten done right up until the wedding! Nantucket looks great–can’t wait to see it seamed it.

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now–you’re a very talented knitter! Beautiful stuff!

    Hope you’re going somewhere nice on your honeymoon…

  4. Terra August 21, 2007 at 3:11 pm #

    Happy blogiversary! You are an FO machine, I can’t believe how much you’ve managed to complete.

    Good luck on your wedding day!

    Wow. I love that sweater, I may have to copy off you (cause I mean, really, what are the chances of us showing up at the same event wearing it? :)

  5. chrispy August 21, 2007 at 3:53 pm #

    To get the sheepy smell out, you need to wash the yarn with super hot water with dawn or shampoo. Hot enough that you don’t want to put your bare hands in it. The heat disolves the lanolin oils. You then rinse it with water that is similar in heat to the water that has been sitting. It might take a few rinses but once the rinse water is clear you should be good to go.

    Don’t pour the water directly onto the wool (this causes agitation and possible felting) and don’t move it around too much. Be gentle with movement.

    Congrats on your upcoming wedding. It will be great. You will be a beautiful bride.

  6. Niki August 21, 2007 at 3:57 pm #

    Best wishes to you on your wedding day! I am sure everything will turn out perfectly. Just remember to eat something! Most people never even taste the food served at their own wedding (talking from experience here ;-)

  7. maguidhir August 21, 2007 at 3:57 pm #

    Hey! Love the coffee beans and the little robots! :) Best wishes for your wedding, and have fun!!

  8. Floderten August 21, 2007 at 4:08 pm #

    I hope you have a beautiful wedding. :) I’m a bit envious, I must admit!

    Eskimo yarn is funny. :P I’ve used quite a lot of it for hats and mittens (and one sweater that went horribly wrong) – I’ll be excited to see how that sweater comes along! I wasn’t too fond of the Fall/Winter issues of Drops this year, but perhaps I’ll change my mind when I see some knitted up. :)

  9. Christie August 21, 2007 at 4:53 pm #

    Try to stay as stress free and relaxed as possible.

    The Lady Eleanor is so pretty in those colors!

  10. Stitch Sista August 21, 2007 at 5:06 pm #

    Ooh best of luck for Friday..! I’m sure it will all go wonderfully!

    And here’s wishing you a long and happy marriage :).

  11. scotty August 21, 2007 at 10:07 pm #

    Maybe you’re so calm from all the knitting!

    Best wishes on your special day, and may you enjoy a lifetime of happiness.

  12. silencepainter August 21, 2007 at 10:21 pm #

    Hee! Robots, star treck and kitty with a box. Yay

    Enjoy your wedding day!

  13. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) August 22, 2007 at 9:59 am #

    I can’t read the quote, but I’m sure it is wonderfully appropriate. If you name your first child “Sarek” I will start to worry.

    And may I add that August 24 (1996) is my wedding anniversary, and we’ve been very, very happily married for 11 years, so I think it’s a lucky date. Enjoy your wedding and laugh at the little disasters that are bound to happen–they’re the stories you’ll love to remember.

  14. hook & needle August 22, 2007 at 11:31 am #

    Congrats on the impending wedding! August is the perfect month for marriage – our six year anniversary was on the 18th.

    I can’t believe that you managed to craft, finalize details, and blog about it all in the days beforehand though. You are insane! ;)

  15. Romi August 22, 2007 at 11:36 am #

    All the best of luck with it all! And lots of congratulations. :)

    Cute kitty pic!

  16. Sue August 22, 2007 at 7:43 pm #

    Ooh congratulations on your upcoming nuptials. I wish you lots of happiness and that all goes well on the big day! Your nantucket jacket looks great. I really liked that pattern when I saw it. The entralac scarf looks so pretty too. I have to agree with you about the sheep smelling yarn too, I dont really like that smell either and avoid buying it if it is too smelly. I will have to do what you do and wash it first I think.

  17. regine August 23, 2007 at 5:21 am #

    Best wishes for your special day and for a long and happy future together. I am always in awe of your knitting rate and how you have managed to plan a wedding at the same time I will never know!

  18. Ella August 23, 2007 at 9:58 am #

    I’m de-lurking to send best wishes and congratulations!

  19. Kyle August 23, 2007 at 12:01 pm #

    congrats on your wedding – enjoy the day -and take the most important piece of advice you can have – let the wedding happen the way it will – most likely, something WILL go differently than you expect – just let it happen – as long as you (and he) say “I DO” – the rest of it is a big bonus!
    :)

  20. Shannon August 23, 2007 at 3:40 pm #

    Happy Wedding Day to You!!!! Enjoy every minute of it. The whole day will fly by!!! Congrats!

  21. beapea7 August 24, 2007 at 11:25 am #

    Delurking to wish you a happy wedding day! Congratulations! I’ll be there myself in less than a month – eek!

    You are an amazing knitter – I love your projects.

  22. Batty August 25, 2007 at 12:35 pm #

    Lovely centerpiece, and I love the place cards! Very tasteful and very meaningful.

    The cat in the box is great. Perfect shot. One of mine was in the laundry hamper this morning, they just love boxes of all sorts.

  23. Vivevtvivas December 7, 2007 at 1:13 pm #

    WOW!! You are really creative!! I am wondering how it all turned out!

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