Sunday, 2 August 2015

All good intentions

On Friday I posted about my crafty intentions for August and all that I was going to do.  I wrote that post on Thursday afternoon.  That evening I got thrown a curve ball.

I was invited to a wedding in October as a plus one as the plus one for the person I am going with cannot make the wedding now.  It is the wedding of someone that I used to babysit for many decades ago, and whom I have not seen for over 25 years.  It is a lovely invite and I am glad to go to the wedding, but to go with my good dress - makes me sound like something from Little House on the Prairie doesn't it, saying good dress, I do have other dresses, but you know, I expect, what I mean - I need a shawl as it is a church wedding and the dress is sleeveless.  Plus it is October!

Several of you have started the Sea Glass Shawl from Issue 33 of Simply Crochet and so that seemed perfect to me as you all said how much you enjoyed it and how easy it is to do.  Plus it is a gorgeous shawl!!


I have never made a shawl before like this, and never made anything with laceweight yarn.  In fact, as you know, I rarely use a pattern either, preferring to write my own.

So I bought some beautiful Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace and have made a start.  I am loving it, the pattern is easy to follow, the yarn is yummy and soft.  I am not sure how warm it will keep me in October in my sleeveless dress, so I might take a cardigan as well to put on at the reception, although I am usually a fairly warm person.


This is my first motif!  The yarn looks rather creamier in reality, this is a bit washed out.  I would have loved to have used a colour similar to the one in the pattern photos, but it wouldn't go with the dress!  If I like it and have time for another in the future though I will certainly go for a more vibrant colour.  I have bought some little pearl beads to go around the edge of the shawl too.

That means that my oh so carefully laid crafting plans are now in disarray as I have a shawl to add to the mix!  Not complaining though as the invite to the wedding is lovely and so is this gorgeous yarn!

You will see more I am sure!

Amy

45 comments:

  1. I love that shawl - wish I had the skill to make it. Have a good summer and thanks for hosting Five on Friday which I have enjoyed. Missed it this week but will rejoing in September.

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  2. Ooh that looks lovely and yours looks just like the pattern so that's a good start! How exciting to have a wedding to look forward to. On dear I've said look four times before reaching the end of the second line. x

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  3. Amy, I love the shawl and your colour choice is just perfect.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  4. The shawl will be beautiful. A worthy distraction from your original plans.

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  5. It looks lovely and I'm so impressed by your crocheting skills - no way could I attempt anything like that!

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  6. How exciting, Amy! The pattern looks great (no I'm not going to use that word 4 times!). It will be lovely. I hope you are not putting yourself under too much pressure for a finish! Have fun, Barbara xx

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  7. I do like the sound of the little pearls to finish off the edge of such a pretty shawl.

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  8. Oooh, lovely and can't wait to see the finished result, though we're not rushing you. You'll fit in bits of other stuff from time to time. Take care.

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  9. "The best laid schemes" and all that! The shawl is going to be gorgeous. :o)

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  10. Lovely pattern, will be very interested to see it made up as part of your wedding outfit. Photo's in October please! X

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  11. It is a beautiful shawl Amy, well chosen for a wedding. I don't own a shawl (I worry it would fall of my shoulders) but I am really tempted by this one. What a lovely idea to add beads to yours. x

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  12. The shawl pattern is haunting me! And I have neither the time, money or a need to make a shawl.... yet.
    But I'm willing to bet I'll have one on the hooks come November, for no other reason than it looks so.darn.pretty!

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  13. Fab Amy and I must say it works up quicker than you think!!
    best daisy j x

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  14. It's always the way! Enjoy making the shawl, it looks great! I wish I was brave enough to use lace weight wool but it always looks so delicate xx

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  15. So pretty, haven't been to a wedding in years, everyone we know is married, their kids are married and we're waiting for their grandkids to tie the know.

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  16. What a great shawl I am sure you will do a great job of it your crochet work is always lovely, it will be perfect for the wedding :-)

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  17. It is going to be gorgeous!!!! Oh my goodness the color is perfect for the detail and the pattern. Yes bright is beautiful but it can take over instead of being more subtle which shows off the patter better. Have fun making this shawl.
    Meredith

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  18. Looks like the yarn has a bit of shimmer! So pretty.

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  19. Sounds like a fun curveball :-) That is a lovely shawl, and you've made a terrific start. Have fun!

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  20. Oh it's lovely, it will be gorgeous over a good dress. I love things that are edged with beads, it always seems like the perfect finishing touch. I shall look forward to seeing your progress, no doubt you will make a beautiful job of it. CJ xx

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  21. Looks wonderful, what a great surprise for you a wedding invite. Love the idea of beads around the edge.

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  22. You are a very warm person I would say and you are going to fab in that shawl. Jo x

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  23. Is that Cecile Balladino's pattern? I love her work (Electric Gypsyland on Ravelry). Good job, Amy.

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  24. It's going to be gorgeous in that yarn, I can't wait to see it when you're done :o)

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  25. It will be gorgeous in that cream color and you'll be able to wear it with many other things too! I think most things look best when they're crocheted in white or cream. It makes them look so much more elegant to me. Good luck with it!

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  26. Hi Amy! Oh, good luck as this is going to be beautiful! I made a shawl a very long time ago, probably the late 1970s! I'm really old! You're do a great job.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  27. How lovely! I look forward to seeing it complete. You will get to the other projects soon. I feel the same way and just want to get a few things finished! Oh well, one at a time. Have a lovely week,

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  28. It's going to be just gorgeous .imloving the idea of pearls included it will add an elegant designer touch I can't wait ti see it when it's done

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  29. It's so pretty! I hope it comes together quickly for you. Looking forward to seeing it finished!

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  30. What a pretty design for a shawl, Amy, and perfect for a wedding, with the pearl trims. x

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  31. Oh it will be gorgeous! Good for you and it's lovely to look forward to a wedding!

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  32. Im sure will be beautiful Amy !
    Yiur crochet work is always amazing!
    xxxx

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  33. It is a very nice curveball! Looks lovely so far. x

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  34. Your plans have changed but the new shawl will be lovely!!

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  35. I know I've said it before but I am in awe of your crocheting abilities and that shawl is going to look lovely when it's finished. So gorgeous to have something you've made yourself to wear as well. People will be asking you where you got it :o) xx

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  36. Lovely shawl and I like the pattern..
    Amanda xx

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  37. This is such a pretty shawl pattern - that wool looks deliciously soft and drapeable.

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  38. That is a lovely pattern and your crochet looks really even, it will be a fab cover up for the wedding. I always like to have my arms covered and a shawl is great for that, although I also love a cardi x

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  39. What a gorgeous pattern Amy!! That will be beautiful for the wedding and the other WIP's can wait patiently. ;) xo

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  40. Hi Amy, this is going to be a beautiful shawl and I love your crochet work!

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  41. The pearls sound gorgeous too. Good luck with it Amy! I love a good wedding - exciting x

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  42. That will look so pretty. I look forward to seeing it finished.

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  43. Well done for going ahead and starting the shawl. I'm sure it will be gorgeous. I'm on the last row of motifs and have had to order another ball of the yarn. It's 100g and I'll only need a tiny amount of it! When I have the last row done, I'm going to try it over my shoulders and just might make it bigger - 1 or 2 motifs wider and a row or 2 longer. We'll see.

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