FO Friday: My wedding bolero

I had the best of intentions with this project, but must admit time got a bit tight towards the end. As a result it’s more of a shrug than a bolero, but it did the job and may have literally saved me from freezing to death at the wedding reception so it was well worth it.

The knitting itself was just basic 2×2 ribbing and stockinette, but this was my first time knitting something without a pattern and trying to understand the construction of a garment, so despite the simplicity of the shape I’m very proud of it anyway. There was a lot of “ok so if I knit more this way it’ll be longer down my back” and “if I seam further up there it’ll reduce the puckering there” type muttering, I learned a lot from this little rectangle. Simple things, but we all start somewhere.

<a href="http://thegiddyknitter.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/IMG_2043 visit their website.jpg” rel=”lightbox-0″>Before seaming

Please excuse boyfriend’s shoddy blurry camerawork, and behold us looking all sensible and grown up.

Pre-wedding posers

In other news tomorrow marks my first time knitting in front of other people, which should be interesting (read: terrifying). I’m off to a vaguely local knitting group in a library, along with another girl from Ravelry who is new to the group too, so at least there are two of us. I’ll probably be the token newbie knitter though.

I’ve cast on a new project for the occasion, since one of my scarves is way too bulky to carry around and the other is too complicated to knit in company. Also because I wanted to, but that sounds less like a good reason. I’m using some of the yarn I won last week to make a pair of Strappy Stella Gloves, though as of yet I’m not sure how great they’ll look in the variegated yarn when they look so great in a solid colour. Time will tell, watch this space, and other such things.

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5 Responses

  1. Nic says:

    The shrug looks fab, especially with the dress 🙂 I hope the knitting group goes well. They are never as scary as you think they will be.

  2. Chrisknits says:

    Love your photo as a couple. Shrugs are so cute on. You will enjoy a knit group. Plus, be sucked into wanting to knit all kinds of things! Don’t be afraid to ask questions, most knitters are happy to help.

  3. Lorna says:

    Looking good! …and I’m especially impressed with something you’ve designed yourself 🙂

    And casting on for another project just because you want to is a perfect reason 😉

  4. Michelle says:

    Thanks everyone 🙂

    I’m massively shy so going to this group today will be a big thing for me. Feeling brave though!

    *deep breaths*

  5. Beth says:

    Good job and have fun at the library!

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