Something Blue (aka Birch)

Birch at the Wedding
Pattern: Birch from Rowan Magazine 34
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze, Heavenly, 4 balls
Needles: US 8 Bryspun circulars
Started: January 10, 2006
Completed: February 25, 2006
New Skills: triangular shawl, lace cast-on, yarn harlot's string-blocking method
Recipient: Jolt!

Notes: Jolt and her now-spouse have cruised off into the sunset after their quirky and fun wedding! Everything was perfect - the weather was warm but not too warm, C. and I got tipsy on Shiner Bock, but not too tipsy, and lots of lovely people were in attendance. And of course Birch was in attendance as well, though it was too warm for the most part for the bride to make good use of her. Jolt was so kind as to model above, however, before cutting the cake.

About halfway in, I found myself acclimated to navigating KSH. In the end, despite the travails of working with the fuzzy, slinky stuff for the first time, I can see why folks are so enamored with it. It's truly gossamer:

Birch Full Lit

Hung in the window of our hotel room you can see the stitch pattern nicely... notice the pool:

birch windows

And here are a couple of bonus shots from the hotel bed:

Birch top

Birch Shoulder

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And because I know you love weddings (admit it!), here are a few of my favorite shots from the affair. I haven't photoshopped them or anything yet, but they're still okay:

Jess & Joe's Wedding 040 Tara enjoys the hammock Jess & Joe's Wedding 032 Jess & Joe's Wedding 074 Jess & Joe's Wedding 008
Jess & Joe's Wedding 029 Jess & Joe's Wedding 013 listen to this! Jess & Joe's Wedding 056 Jess & Joe's Wedding 027

There are a few more photos to come of our Sunday at the Rodeo - yee ha!

Posted by jess at March 13, 2006 9:31 AM | TrackBack

Very, very beautiful. Jolt is very lucky!

Posted by: Norma at March 13, 2006 11:10 AM

What a fabulous gift for your friend! You did a beautiful job! I may have to give Birch and KSH a try...even though I am a failure when it comes to lace.

Posted by: Lisa at March 13, 2006 11:12 AM

Birch looks glorious. What a wonderful gift.

Posted by: Gina at March 13, 2006 11:31 AM

Beautiful Birch, and the wedding looks like it was so much fun! I especially appreciate the close-up photo of the stitches with the pool in the background - gorgeous!

Posted by: grumperina at March 13, 2006 11:42 AM

Wow! Love it. It looks so light and airy...

Posted by: Veronique at March 13, 2006 12:13 PM

Stunning! Jolt looked fabulous. What a wonderful time!

Posted by: Suzanne at March 13, 2006 1:03 PM

that birch is just heavenly!

Posted by: heather at March 13, 2006 1:05 PM

what a beautiful heirloom your friend will surely cherish forever!

Posted by: amanda at March 13, 2006 1:28 PM

So pretty! What a great job and I'm glad you got it done in time!

Posted by: Angela at March 13, 2006 1:40 PM

Gorgeous. Such a lovely gift for a special day. I heard it was really nice in Houston (some friends of ours roped in the rodeo) and I'm glad it was a wonderful day.

Posted by: Stephanie at March 13, 2006 2:21 PM

A beautiful bride in a beautiful shawl!

Posted by: Rachel at March 13, 2006 2:31 PM

Wow, it's just stunning!

Posted by: The Skirt at March 13, 2006 2:45 PM

Incredible - I hope I can reach that level of lace knitting one day. What an inspiration!

Posted by: Delica at March 13, 2006 3:58 PM

Wow. That is amazing!

Posted by: Scout at March 13, 2006 4:52 PM

so lovely -- i'm sure she'll treasure it.

and you look fetching in the cowboy hat!

Posted by: carrie m at March 13, 2006 4:55 PM

*Gasp*. Birch is beautiful...great shot of the lace pattern. It makes me tingle looking at it...really. I think Birch is the best shawl out there, it tops the Charlotte I believe. Thanks for sharing photos of the wedding, it looks so sweet.

Posted by: Julia at March 13, 2006 5:12 PM

That is gorgeous! And I love the color! Birch has been on my list of things to knit for quite some time. I just might have to get to it

Posted by: Tara at March 13, 2006 6:19 PM

Oh, it is so, so pretty. Very nicely done!

Posted by: Lynne at March 13, 2006 6:38 PM

this color is just amazing! it's perfect for birch. It looks like the wedding was a lot of fun. I love a non-traditional/quirky wedding! congrats on possibly the best ever "something blue" gift!

Posted by: punKrAwkPuRL at March 13, 2006 7:36 PM

Lovely, the color is gorgeous, it has such a vintage-y feel to it. Thanks for sharing that tip on the blocking, I'll remember that when I get around to making a shawl.

Posted by: Steph at March 13, 2006 9:27 PM

Lovely bride, lovely shawl, what a great combination! Birch turned out so well.

Posted by: Karma at March 14, 2006 1:36 AM

I won't even go into semi snotty territory.

That lacey shawl is magical.

Posted by: KRiSTOPHER DUKES at March 14, 2006 2:40 AM

so beautiful!!

Posted by: julia at March 14, 2006 2:46 AM

Gorgeous! I've wanted to give KSH a try, but have had a fear of having to frog any mistakes (since I know it attaches to itself really well). Your friend is wicked lucky!

Posted by: Sara at March 14, 2006 7:23 AM

I'm working on Birch right now, but I only purchased 3 balls like the pattern specified. Do you know why you used more?

Posted by: Liz at March 14, 2006 10:08 AM

I've been lurking on your blog for a while now, but had to comment on birch--it's lovely! Also, being in Houston, I was wondering where your friend's wedding was held. It looks like it was fun!

Posted by: Meredith at March 14, 2006 10:23 AM

Birch is gorgeous! What a fantastic something blue.

Posted by: Ann at March 14, 2006 1:35 PM

Thanks for stopping by my blog. The Sweetheart hat fits really well--I probably could have carried the lining out a few more rows, but it still works. When you wear it as a hat(instead of a toque), you have 4 layers of wool right over your ears--nice and toasty.

The birch you made looks just beautiful--what a great gift for the bride:)

Posted by: Kim at March 16, 2006 11:45 AM

Hi there,
Just had to say a HUGE congratulations for finishing Birch!!! I have started, ripped, restarted ripped etc... Birch several times and have recently done the same with River. I've read through your post with all the advice on knitting with KSH but what was it that FINALLY made it click for you? I need heeellllppppp - see my blog....

Posted by: Kitty Baroque at March 16, 2006 7:33 PM

Birch is lovely! You made a beautiful bride even more beautiful...what a great friend!

Posted by: Debi at March 18, 2006 12:34 AM

Birch is stunning! What a special gift. It will be treasured for a lifetime, I'm sure!

Posted by: megan at March 19, 2006 6:50 PM

Your birch is beautiful! I love the new pics. Someday, I hope to have the stamina to tackle a project of that magnitude.

Posted by: Nomi at March 21, 2006 1:57 PM
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