Wednesday, March 07, 2007


Try as I may, it's hard to stay focused. So much is going on these days, and I keep getting distracted. The land of knitting keeps drifting away. It's been a few weeks so sorry to those of you who are waiting to hear back from me on emails - I finally got to it today, thanks for your patience.

For the questions that came through Blogger comments, most of them are related to the striped scarf. Since I can't reply to you directly (good ol' Blogger!), I'll try to cover the answers here with some proper details.

To be perfectly honest, I didn't keep the labels for the Silk Garden, so I can't tell you exactly which colours I used. My best guess is colourways 201 (I'm pretty sure about that one) and 230...but it's just so hard to tell with Noro. 36 stitches wide on 4.5mm needles (7 US), 1x1 rib, alternating balls every 2nd row, 4 balls in total. I'd say 4 balls is about right for a scarf in Silk Garden. My goal when I chose the colours was to pick two skeins with lots of greys and browns, and two that were more colourful.

For the rest of you wondering where I've been? Oh, so distracted. Besides fighting off the urge to craft craft craft (putting off wanting to learn to weave, sewing, quilting, learning to silkscreen...oh, if only there were more time in a day!), I've got two major projects in the running in the moment.

Fabulous design like this makes wedding planning almost ok

Getting hitched!...and learning the fiddle. Rob and I decided back in May that we were ready to jump in and tie the knot. We hadn't given the actual wedding much thought until the new year when our families and friends started in on us. Since then, we've been in full-force planning mode, preparing for the big day: August 25.

I wasn't really all that into it at first, I'm fairly anti-wedding and all the consumerism that comes with them, so I found the whole idea pretty daunting at first. But, then I started to get into it. It started slowly with Martha, with a short detour into the land of bride-y magazines (yecch...great for millionaires), and then miraculously, after ages of feeling like I couldn't relate to anything out there, I found weddings in blog land.

What a relief! Such great things out there. I'm all for a great big party with fabulous decorations, but sweet lord, spare me the chocolate fountains, hummer limos, satin bows and chair covers and give me something with some AESTHETIC! Glad to have finally found it. I was seriously worried that there wasn't anything beyond indiebride out there.

For those of you on the same road, or even just planning a giant dinner party, may I point you to some of these great finds:

As for the fiddle? A distraction as well...hard to tackle something like this without jumping all in. I decided it was time to put my grandfather's fiddle to use, and keep its heritage alive. Much to the dismay of my neighbours, I'm afraid.

And knitting? Let's just say there's lots to catch up on.


Jessica said...

I've been hearing a lot about wedding planning from friends lately. I thought it was pretty out of control when I got married 12 years ago. Now it's gone completely nuts. I'm glad you were able to find resources that fit for you.

Janna said...

Hey there Anna... I love your blog. Glad to see that you've picked a date. I know that your wedding will be the coolest. I'm also glad to read that you won't cave to all the wedding cliches. It's crazy how much money you could spend on stuff that doesn't really matter. Too bad you couldn't get married at Pickity Place. ;-)

goodkarma said...

Congratulations! Yay!

Anonymous said...

Woot! Thanks for the links! I am recently engaged as well & getting married the day before you! Congrats! I am also the anti-bride. People look at me like I have two heads when I don't join them in the excited squeal. : ) - Mary

Anonymous said...

Woot! Thanks for the links! I am recently engaged as well & getting married the day before you! Congrats! I am also the anti-bride. People look at me like I have two heads when I don't join them in the excited squeal. : ) - Mary

So Much Fun said...

Congratulations! I love your blog!

Kristi said...

Congratulations, while I haven't been married I have helped three sisters in the past three years plan their wedding and it's so overwhelming. Sounds like your off to a good start though.

lexer said...

Congratulations and thanks for the links! I'm getting married in two months and wish I had spent a little more time on those sites, but I'm pretty happy with the way things are going to turn out.

Like you, I started with Martha and then spiraled into craziness. Beware!

I love that card!

Emily said...

If you haven't seen it yet, you should check this out (this links to an archive, the oldest posts are at the bottom). Design*Sponge is this design blog that has guest bloggers on it's guest blog every two weeks, and a few weeks ago there was a guest blogger who created a guide on "the handmade wedding."

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Tanya said...

Congrats on the wedding plans of course, and Troy will be so happy to hear you are putting your grandfather's fiddle to use. You and Rob will have your very own band! I was also really happy when I stumbled on your blog again to day and saw you had been posting recently. I love reading about what you are up to... nice way to keep in touch.

Claudia said...

Ooh, hello!

I just found your blog (through The Scarf, of course [well, through brooklyntweed, really], and already I like your style! We are semi-engaged: I think we are holding off on the actual engagement for the same reasons of family pressure to actually take the jump, and the relentless insanity of the whole process.

Anyway, best of luck with all the planning and thanks for the links to other sane brides!


laurie said...

May many more happy years grace your new chapter together.
Thanks for the info on sites to look at...I've been married 29 years this coming September, but my friend has decided after 8 years of dating and living together to get married. She's not the bridal book type of person.
About the fiddle...I am so beyond jealous. I have wanted to play the fiddle for years. Be sure to let us readers and lurkers in blogland know how it's coming...have you learned to knit and fiddle at the same time (ha ha). said...

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

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