My baby sister’s wedding was this past weekend. It was the party of the century….for me, anyway. I thought it was going to be pretty tough to top my little brother’s wedding (last year), but this one seemed to hit closer to home. Maybe because I helped more with this one.
The venue was spectacular. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, in Pocantico Hills. It’s right next to Rockefeller State Preserve, where I go hiking with my dogs often.
Of course, the venue was not chosen for how pretty it is….clearly it was gorgeous….but it was chosen for The Food. Chef Dan Barber has a Michelin Star for his restaurant in NYC of the same name, but I tell you…I think the restaurant on the farm is even better. Do you sense that there is a bit of foodie running in my family? Well my new BIL is no slouch when it comes to food either, and the salumi that his mother (yes, he’s Italian) makes every year with her friends is the prize of Thanksgiving dinner at my house. The biggest fight of the year is usually about who gets to take home the leftovers.
Blue Hill also has a secret weapon. Their sommelier, Thomas Carter. He is relatively young, but has proven to be amazing over and over during my past meals there — and the pairings were off the charts. Most spectacular was the California Chardonnay that he chose (OK, I helped by switching to an American wine) which was the hit of the evening, especially with the Italians. Unbeknownst to me (and therefore the sommelier), there were restauranteur/sommelier friends of the Italian side that were present at the wedding. And they were impressed. (Actually, I got pissed at my sister that I was responsible for the wine when there were going to be pros in the audience.)
But I guess I should bring this back to knitting.
Before the shawls, the bride walked into the changing room wearing Solstice (Cecily Glowik MacDonald design), a cardi I had made and had given to her. It’s made out of Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran, which is a very squishy yarn. I actually made Seneca (Jared Flood design) out of it, hated it and ripped it all the way out. And I have made this cardi, and a bunch of accessories with the yarn (It’s the gray yarn used in the mitt, cowl and hat set that I made, knitted with amoroso Malabrigo). It is actually the BEST repurposing job that I have to date of a frogged project!
Distracted yet again. But at least that was about knitting.
When I revealed to my sister that she had a second shawl, she was beside herself. In a good way. “Thank you for panicking” was what she said. Of course, I need not have panicked and made that second silk shawl. It was freezing! But it was made, and we decided that the pink shawl (Trieste by Rosemary Hill; knit out of Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Petal, with I don’t know how many #8 silver lined crystal beads on it.) should be for the ceremony and the cocktail party. It was huge, after all, and worked sort of like a veil. It was really beautiful, and really enhanced how simple her gorgeous dress was. (Mr. Valentino, I am not worthy!!!! I thought your best work was in red, but this dress was off the charts.)
It is custom in Japanese weddings to do a change in costume….and so we did a shawl change. The bride changed into the blue shawl (Cloud Illusions by Boo Knits; knit out of Handmaiden Silk Lace in Moonstone, with both #8 silver lined crystal hex beads and #6 silver lined crystal round seed beads on it.) for the dinner. I am so glad I packed the beads on this shawl. It looked amazing in the candlelight.
Also at the wedding — the shawl that I wore, Madrona by Rosemary Hill which I have featured here before (if you want to read about it, go check out the fight over Sanguine Gryphon Gaia Lace that Purled and I have had in the blog!). And, my Mom wore Rock Island by Jared Flood. Which was, of course, supposed to be our first KAL which I finished but you didn’t. But I won’t get into that here. (Except posting a photo.)
Oh, and I gave my Bitterroot (Romi Hill design, knit in Sanguine Gryphon Mithril) to my sister’s new MIL and my Buttonwillow (Romi Hill design, knit in Fibre Company Road to China Light) to my sister’s new SIL. Because I am a superstar (and because I have more shawls than I know what to do with).
I’ve one more deadline this month — a self imposed one — and then maybe I can cast some new things the following week. I am still dithering about what to make with my Saffron Dyeworks Odara, and I have a bunch of Hedgehog Fibres sock and lace yarns on the water right now!!!