Wedding Shawl Turned Shrug

I've been so swamped at work and with the wedding (which is 16 days away now!) that I have not had time to post pictures of the things I've been working on, or talk about the plans as they've been unfolding. A lot has gotten done and there's still more to complete. A lot more. The easiest way to show them off is to just give you a link to my flickr set that has the wedding-in-progress photos. Sometime before the wedding I'll take photos of everything that's been handmade by me (with Mark and Sara's help in many instances) to show everything together and how it all ties in with one another. The cupcake tier is finally completed for instance (it needed the paint to be touched up when I previously photographed it). We still have chocolates to make and cupcakes to bake, and gift bags and baskets to put together. The favors are completed, as well, so I'll take nice pics of those. So much to do!

I wanted to show you the shrug that I finished last night though, as I am in love with it. I wish Beth (our mannequin) had arms so that the shrug arms didn't just hang there all willy-nilly, but alas it will have to do for now.

I wanted originally to make a very small wrap. Like this, only more dainty, and not quite as long. Weather permitting, the ceremony will be outdoors at 5:30 pm in mid October in southern NH. I'm guessing it will be about 50 degrees at most. Quite chilly. Though I do think my dress is pretty and I want to show it off, I haven't lost my mind enough to want to sacrifice my body's warmth for vanity! The whole bride thing is strange to me. Why be uncomfortable so you can look nice? Not this girl. So, I made myself a small wrap. But the size wasn't right. It was too wide to button like a capelet and still look nice (it looked like a small poncho no matter how I wore it), but not wide enough to drape around me like shawl or wrap. I just wasn't happy with it. So, I decided to turn it into a small, dainty shrug. Once I seamed up the sleeves I went ahead and made the back longer so it's more reminiscent of a jacket. Shracket, if you will.

It's not blocked yet and the red did not photograph true to life. But aside from a semi-shoddy picture, I couldn't be more happy with it.

The yarn is Kauni. Not sure of the colorway as it's in German (I believe). Insane yardage in one skein, I think close to 700? I ended up using about 2/3 of the skein max. The remainder is going to become a small clutch that I also started last night. The buttons I had intended to use for the wrap will be used to close the clutch. They're ivory and match my dress.

I didn't use a pattern (surprise). I didn't want it to be too decorative so as to detract from the dress, but I also didn't want it to be one solid block of crochet. So, I alternated rows of hdc and tr. The yarn is a #2 weight I think and I ended up using a 4.5 mm hook which is larger than called for. 1. I have had so much to make for the wedding that I wanted it to not take forever, and 2. I didn't want it to be too dense and firm.

Had I more time, I would have lined it before sewing it. It's itchy as hell. I'm going to wash it in my mother's front loader on delicate and I'm also going to try some wool Soak. I figure I'll just have to deal though. I don't have an issue with wool per say and I don't avoid it, but wool around the clavicle is just a bit on the irritating side. Hopefully it will soften up a bit with washing. Otherwise, I guess I will end up sacrificing comfort for vanity.

Looking at the photos now it really does need to be blocked. I'm really happy with how it looks on me though. It fits nicely. I just hope that it looks good paired with a wedding dress. Otherwise....oh well. Ce la vie, because I'm wearing it!
I'm trying the shrug with the dress this Saturday. The dress is at my parents house since my closet space is sadly lacking, and I need to go over there to try on the dress with the spaghetti straps my mother added to it. I'll have her take a photo of the whole get-up. I bought a full slip so it gives it a little bit more volume and body. Not that I wanted or needed it per say, but it did poof it out enough that the length came up about an inch, and that prevented me from having to have it hemmed.
All in all, things are coming along nicely. I'll have more pics as we get closer to the big day. There's still so much more to photograph and show you.


Deneen said...
Thursday, 25 September, 2008

Only 16 days away! You must be exhausted already-you've made so many wonderful items. I love the shrug and yarn choice-can't believe you winged it again-you amaze me.

Darcie said...
Thursday, 25 September, 2008

You're going to look amazing in it, Amy! I cannot wait to see the charming little clutch-in-progress.

I do hope you're prepared for all of the little whispers of "...she made that?" and "...where did she find the time?" that you will be hearing through the day. ;-) Good for you for capturing, on film, all of the work that is going into this grand, upcoming event.

Andy's Crafts said...
Wednesday, 01 October, 2008

The shrug is very nice, you have done a great job !!!!

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