Spending 6 days home in Jamaica for my Toronto cousin’s wedding was every-minute-amazing. A&W had a sea-side wedding in Discovery Bay. We sandwiched this ‘country trip’ by staying with my parents in Kingston.
In my carry-on was the just, just finished lace shawl – Oslo Walk by Susanna IC (publisher pics here). Lace novice that I am, this was a huge 3-week challenge. What possessed me? Well, having to re-wear a dress for the wedding is what. Also, thanks to the best sort of encouragement from T, my spinning angel lace expert, I happened to have matching indigo lace-weight yarn stashed, together with Japanese seed beads & even a small crochet hook. To reconstruct the scene (plans fail, what can I say…):
Here I am posing with the intended dress for the maker of my intended necklace:
And this is the finished shawl blocking the eve of our flight home:
And close-up for the detail:
The beads are Tojo #6, and the yarn is 1 skein of Fantastic Knitting’s Zephyr Lace-weight in Indigo.
At the top left of this pic you can see where one of my eyelet lines veers off. To show that I am a hapless lace knitter who was under a deadline. This shawl, now called Blue Lagoon, is easily the most delicate thing that I own.
The first rows of the pattern were difficult – I was learning how to knit in beads for what felt like the greatest expanse of knitting. Mistakes were made. All over the place but I stuck with it for the idea of bringing it to this wedding was strong with me.
This best laid plan had a hitch. Literally. Our hotel was 40 mins away from this 4:00 p.m. wedding, and I had been swimming in the sea just hours before. So, there was getting ready to be done. As DH was doing up the side zipper for me, it burst. Burst, I tell you. At the ribs. Instant panic & cursing followed by tears. Would the thing budge?! No!
Eventually I got the thing to run again but the zip’s teeth were mangled [DH wants to say he didn’t cause it… yea]. Since yours truly was also a Reader in said wedding, this was a calamity. Luckily another cousin, C, had a dress to loan me. The shawl still worked with the turquoise but not the necklace. Except C wears a size large & I wear – well, I wear a small… With help from C, and bossing from the bride’s Mom, I pulled myself together. The bride had everyone waiting a long while due to some serious hair issue. Not what I planned but here is Blue Lagoon as I wore it:
In a more relaxed mood the following day at Shaw Park Beach Hotel:
We took many other trip pictures – soon come with those!