When I was initially starting to think about the wedding, I imagined I would make my own dress. However, at that point I was also thinking the wedding would be in March 2012. But by early March 2011 – three months after we got engaged – we had set the date for 20th August, this year. That gave us little over five months to plan our wedding – and this meant that making a wedding dress seemed like just too big a task. So, instead I chose a lovely ivory silk satin and silk chiffon one shouldered number from Anoushka G at House of Fraser in Westfield’s, London. It was simple – no train and certainly no bodice. Just what a wedding in the City Hall and the garden calls for, I think. And one which, according to many guests, turned me in to “a Greek Goddess”. I kid you not. (And apologies for the dodgy picture – I will have a nicer one soon hopefully).
But there was one issue. With the dress being so light and the reception being held in a marquee in Yorkshire in August – those British readers out there will agree this is no guarantee for good weather – I thought it best I have a shawl in case it gets chilly.
So, my sister and I took a trip to Loop, a lovely knitting shop in Angel, where I bought Victorian Lace Today. I chose my pattern – Myrtle Leaf Shawl, perfect for the intermediate knitter – and my yarn – a beautiful green 2 ply lace weight baby alpaca, silk and cashmere mix from Juno Fibre Arts.
So, come April I made a start. And crikey, was it difficult! After starting, and having completed 10 rows, I dropped a stitch, lost my place and couldn’t bring it back. So, I lost my patience, threw it on the floor and stormed out of the room. Luckily that happened only on a few occasions (the others being twice with the border). But after weeks and weeks of perseverance, and having lost weekend after weekend to knitting a fiddly pattern with fine and fiddly 2 ply yarn, I completed the shawl, two days before the wedding. And I LOVE it.
Unfortunately I didn’t get any decent photos of me in my shawl at the wedding. But the first photo below, courtesy of Marie-Claire, shows I did wear it! The rest were taken today by my lovely husband Jeffrey in the communal garden.