Sometimes you run into a pattern that just makes you think of a particular person, and you just have to make it for that person. This happened recently with a pattern from French Girl Knits Accessories, specifically the Safran Shrug. Now for the backstory. About a million years ago, I worked at a coffee shop in downtown Seattle. I was 21, and I met an amazing group of people who welcomed me in and made me part of the family. All this time later, we're all still very close, and last weekend my friend Destiny added to the family by marrying her fiance (now husband), Kevin. Her colors were wine and champagne, and the theme was "old hollywood", so originally she asked me to make her a hat (like this one). I was all set to do it, and then thought "Well...it's July. And the wedding is indoors...". After much discussion, we settled on making her a clutch, in the wine color, to carry the day of the wedding.
But you all know what's coming, right? I had already started the clutch when I was thumbing through the book in search of something else, I saw the picture, and immediately decided that had to be D's wedding present. The pattern calls for Rowan Kidsilk Haze, which is a favorite of mine (and most knitters I know). After considering colors, I ended up going with the champagne color (the technical color is "Pearl", number 590), and I'm so glad I did. It turned out absolutely beautiful and went with her dress and the theme perfectly.
The yarn, true to form, was a dream to knit with. Kidsilk Haze is incredibly soft, but doesn't slip from the needles like some silk or mohair yarns, and it looks like a cloud when it's all done.
The pattern is incredibly easy; it's knit in stockinette stitch with a provisional cast on, so it's basically a rectangle with live stitches on each end. Then you put in the tucks:
They seem intimidating at first, but it's really just a matter of measuring correctly and then gathering the fabric. Once all the tucks are in, the ends are grafted together with the Kitchener Stitch. Grafting was, as usual, a pain in the rear, but it made a seamless shell, which is nice when you're working on such a fine piece. Then one of the selvedge sides is mattress stitched together to create the sleeves. I was a little dubious about the mattress stitch because I thought it might be too noticeable, but you really can't tell at all (the seam is just under the middle tuck in the picture below).
It made the bride cry when I gave it to her (luckily before the wedding), so I'm calling it a success! More pictures of the shrug (and the gorgeous bride!) are hopefully to come :).