Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Wedding Shawl Swatch

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So a few weeks ago, I went to Serial Knitters to see their selection of Madelinetosh Prairie.  I had originally planned to buy 2 skeins of Prairie in the colorway Antler - a soft, warm white - for the shawl that my Eastside knitting group is graciously knitting for my wedding.  I'd already chosen the Evenstar pattern, and all I needed to do was get the yarn.

Which was a little harder than I had anticipated.  I checked every online shop and local yarn shop I could, but no one had two skeins of Antler.  So when I went to Serial Knitters, I was hoping to find a different white.

Instead, I walked out with two skeins of Prairie in the colorway Grenadine, a slightly variegated pink that has shades of warm and cool pink, pink-brown, and pale blue.  And even though it's different than what I had originally envisioned, it's very fitting that the shawl is going to be pink.  My friends who are knitting my shawl also really liked my color choice.

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My friend knitted me up a swatch so I could take it with me to look at fabrics if I'm still going to go the make-my-own-dress route.  Last week I actually went and tried on wedding dresses with my mom, which was a strange but interesting experience.  I didn't want to shut down any of my options before even starting, so I decided that I am going to try on off-the-rack wedding dresses - even white ones! - and am willing to buy a dress if it's the right one.

If nothing else, going wedding dress shopping really solidified what I want in a wedding dress.  First off, most of the dresses I tried were really, really heavy.  Most of them had long trains and full, floor-length skirts.  Since the wedding is going to be in a cabin with a garden outside, I was really hoping to find a tea-length dress so that I can dance and hang out without changing my dress.  Although I found one shorter-length dress, most of the dresses I tried were giant ballgowns that, while stunning, didn't feel like me.  I did find one beautiful pink dress with a deep v in both the front and back, and little pink flowers embroidered along the neckline and waistband, but it had a super full, heavy skirt too.

Overall, it was an experience that encouraged my desire to make my dress.  I have a few very particular ideas of what I might want to design, so I'll probably start sketching them soon.

And whatever I choose, it had better go with my pink shawl!

4 comments:

Andi said...

I really like the pink. I think it will look beautiful with any dress because it's semisolid and won't have to match perfectly.

Jitters said...

Oh, to hear you talking about dresses is so exciting! I can't wait to see what you come up with. I can envision the pink short dress you were talking about... and it sounds very lovely. I can't wait to get my turn on your shawl too! SQUEE!

Dhruti Rawal said...

I think that with look nice on any dress as that pink color itself it very beautiful I liked it very much.

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helloknitty.net said...

I LOVE that color - I have two skeins in my stash that will some day become a Shetland Shorty, and I think it would look gorgeous as a wedding shawl. Why wear a shawl that will blend into your dress?