Monday, September 15, 2008

FO: Halekulani Wedding Shawl

So you may recall that I started a wedding shawl just a little over three weeks ago. It felt like a crazy move at the time, but I hoped that the fact that it would be for our upcoming wedding would propel me to finish it in time, and what do you know? It worked! With The Big Day less than two weeks away (two weeks, people- two weeks!), I now have a shawl to wear to wedding-related festivities.

Halekulani Wedding Shawl
Pattern: Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn: Malabrigo Lace (100% baby merino wool) in 63 (Natural) - one entire skein and just a tiny bit of a second.
Needles: US4

Modification: I chose to knit a larger shawl, because it would have been miniscule otherwise. No, really. Like SO tiny (it is still on the smaller size, even with the mods). Thankfully, Minty posted the mods she used while knitting her Swallowtail, because I really wouldn't have been able to handle figuring all that out with my time issues. Her instructions were fabulous. (Thanks, Minty!)

For the record, I absolutely loved knitting this shawl. Maybe it's because the charts were so easy to memorize and knit. Maybe it's because it knit up so quickly. Maybe it's because the Malabrigo lace is...just as fabulous and yummy as you might think it would be to work with. Or maybe, just maybe, it's because this knit is to commemorate a very special day in my life and I felt truly inspired. I am so pleased with the outcome, and looking forward to having this always as a reminder of our wedding.

Segue to...I am also pleased as punch about a recent purchase- my new Macbook! I've been coveting one of these cute little things for some time now, but have been holding out because B and I have been trying to save money. That said, I discovered that when planning a wedding/honeymoon, sometimes you just do crazy things (I'll get to our brand new camera some other time)! In my defense, this is not a completely frivolous purchase! It will definitely come in handy on our trip, which is why I decided to take the plunge now. And can I just say- I freaking LOVE this thing! If you couldn't tell.

This is my first laptop, and my first Mac. I am far from a tech person- gadgets rarely excite me- but, I am super geeky over this thing. I'm not exactly sure how many times is normal to hug one's laptop, but at least once daily seems to be working for me. I am officially a convert! Love(1).

And speaking of love, Julia's adorable baby boy was born last week and I couldn't be more thrilled for her and Moxie. I'm bursting with joy and cannot.wait. to meet little Griffin in person!

20 comments:

Nasus said...

The shawl is gorgeous!

Disentangled said...

Simply wonderful! I am so glad you decided to make it. :-)

(and PS - congrats again on becoming a Mac addict! You won't be sorry ;)

Madge said...

Splendiferous. That's what your wedding shawl is.

Your first Mac? Enjoy! (You won't ever want to go back.)

Kara said...

Oh it is so gorgeous. The only thing prettier will be the bride wearing it.

I LOVE my MacBook. So glad you have joined the club.

Carrie K said...

The shawl is beautiful!!

It goes so well with the Mac too. :)

mary said...

Your shawl is gorgeous, but I know you'll outshine it on your special day. Enjoy it and your new toy!

winnie said...

I switched over to MAC last year too. It was a little weird at first, and now I keep cursing at my PC at work! Love the shawl, btw... it looks absolutely luscious.

Jessimuhka said...

Beautiful Shawl! I can't wait to see some action shots.

I got my Mac Powerbook for my 22nd birthday and it is still going strong (knocks on wood). I've never regretted making the switch, and I still sometimes hug it.

K8 said...

The shawl looks gorgeous - congrats on getting it done so quickly!

I got a mac a few years ago, and find myself now trying to use mac keyboard shortcuts on my work PC :)

LizKnits said...

Absolutely beautiful! Do you have a direct link to the mod's that minty made?

Melissa said...

Yay! Your shawl is stunning. Two weeks left?! Why not make another shawl? Hee hee, just kidding!

ponyknit said...

YAY Lovely shawl! So beautiful!
I'm a mac person... excited about your purchase. I have an old iBook at home and new iMac at work. Love it! Let me know if you have questions.

jillian said...

Gor-geous! And 3 weeks??? Wow. About the Mac - you'll never go back :)

mames said...

i knew you could do it! you are going to be amazing in it. i cannot wait for you to post the pictures.

mac is on our xmas list, we will see...but santa gives us joint gifts, here is hoping

Jennifer said...

What a gorgeous shawl! Wonderful!

tentenknits said...

the shawl is STUNNING!! SO STUNNING!! You finished it in GRAND time!! WOO!!

I'm so excited and oh so happy for you and your wedding!!! :-) YEA! Xo Sfam!!

Lick My Sticks said...

I am officially in awe of your knitting prowess. Officially.

Anonymous said...

Hey hey hey, gorgeous shawl! Yay, you finished it in time!

And welcome to the Mac club!

Have a wonderful, splendiferous time in Hawaii!


- MJ

tiennie said...

It is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! Yay for a Mac - love mine!

Shelley said...

I love love LOVE that shawl! One of the women in my noon knitting group is making her second one. I wouldn't dare. You're going to be a beeee-you-tee-ful bride!!!