Getting Ready for the Wedding

It’s two weeks before “I do” day and we are busy preparing for the wedding. So far we are guessing there will be twelve guests. I say guessing because everyone still has not rsvped and my aunt is planning on trying to get my 80 year old grandmother on a plane without picture id. This is not going to turn out well. We got a few extra supplies, stopped by a few places to price platters, and picked the car up from the mechanic.

My favors consist of two different items. I took sea shells that we have around the house and wrapped them in two layers of 10 inch tulle, tied with a ribbon and tagged with a wilton printable tag, finished off with tying a bow with the ribbon. I think these came out simply perfect.

Simply Perfect for a Beach Wedding
Simply Perfect for a Beach Wedding

I also have these wax lips and vampire teeth for myself, the groom, and all the guests. We are afterall getting married on halloween. We ought to celebrate in that spirit. We’re planning a goofy picture or two.

Wax Lips & Vampire Teeth
Wax Lips & Vampire Teeth

Finally, we have plastic champagne glasses for all the guests, but I wanted two glasses for us. I went to World Market and picked up these two for $1.99 each and I plan on decorating them each with a tag and a small piece of ribbon near the rim. The picture is just the test product as I still have to clean both.

Wedding Champagne Glass
Wedding Champagne Glass
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Wedding Garter

Wedding Garter

I wanted a couple of special knit accents to my wedding ensemble, seeing as I am a bit of a knitting nut!  If I had more time, I am sure Iwould have knit my own wedding dress, but with less than three months for an engagement, I just was not prepared to rush a design and dress out- especially for a beach wedding.  Instead, I’ve made a beaded scarf and now I have finished the garter.  It is a bit different from the traditional garters that I have seen, but I think that it will be treasured. 

I used Aslan Trends Class Yarn, which is a sport weight yarn as the main part of the garter.  For the blue edge, I used a lace weight yarn that I had bought years ago and never found a use for.  Any lace, light sport weight yarn should do.  The ribbon is 1/8 inch wide.  I knit the ribbed section with white elastic held together with the aslan yarn.  Also,I recommend using a stitch marker to keep track of where the row begins.

The gauge is 14 stitches = 4 inches wide, 8 rows = 1 inch for the ribbing with size four circular needle 16 inches long.

Cast on 70 stitches. 

Row 1: Join without twisting stitches, K5,P2, Continue to end.

Row 2: K5, P2 holding yarn and elastic together.

Continue for 6 more rows, end using elastic in row 8.

Row 9: K1, Yarn Over, continue to end (140 stitches)

Row 10: K2, Yarn Over, continue to end (210 stitches)

Row 11: Knit

Row 12: K2together 3 times, K1 Yarn over 6 times, repeat to end.

Row 13: Knit

Row 14: Knit

Row 15: Bind off using blue or other colored lace/light sport weight yarn.

Lace ribbon into the wholes that were created in Row 9.  Tie the ribbon to hold the garter up on the leg.

wedding garter

garter

Finished the Beaded Wedding Scarf

The picture does not do it justice!
The picture does not do it justice!

I finally finished it. It did not take as long as I thought it would, but of course I was overly eager to get it done. The pattern is fairly simple. I used 4 skeins of Lana Grossa Secondo in white (200 grams). I also used 4 containers (about 100) clear beads from Jo-Ann Fabric. They are 2/0 Czech Glass E-Beads from Beader’s Paradise.
This is my first pattern, so please bare with me.

String approximately 50 beads on. Cast on 78 stitches with size 6 needles.  Gauge is approximately 6 stitches, 4 rows per inch but it is a stretchy yarn and pattern, so gauge is not necessary.
Row 1 – Purl 1, add one bead, Knit 4, Purl 1, add one bead, Repeat- continue to last stitch, add one Bead, Purl 1
Row 2 – Knit 1, Purl 4, Knit 1, Repeat till end.
Row 3 – Purl1, Knit 4, Purl 1, Repeat till end
Row 4- Repeat row 2
Continue this until you run out of beads, then continue without beads. When you get to the fourth skein, string the remaining beads (approximately 50). Repeat the four rows until you run out beads. Scarf should be about 20 inches wide when stretched out and 60 inches long.

Wedding Scarf

Beaded Wedding Scarf
I am working on this scarf to wear on my wedding day. It is made of Secondo yarn from Lana Grossa. I bought four skeins of it from Gabriella’s Yarn Shop in Naples, Fl. It is a simple ribbing worked from p1, add one bead, k4, p1, add one bead, repeat til last stitch, p1. I’m using four packages of beads from Joannes, and will bead the beginning and end but not the middle. This will be absolutely gorgeous with my off white halter top wedding dress.

I am looking forward to my small wedding on the beach to my loving fiance who puts up with my many ecentricities. We’re planning a very simple ceremony at sunset with a few friends and family members. If I had more time, I’d probably be knitting my wedding dress, but three months was not enough time at all. I decided I’d probably tear my own hair out. I want something of my own creation, so I will have the scarf and I will be knitting my own garter belt.

Beaded Wedding Scarf