Knitting has always been an incredibly relaxing thing for me… crafting something beautiful, and knowing that it will be worn and loved, either by myself or someone I love, is a pretty exciting thing. So it only stands to reason that crafting would be a part of my upcoming (October 14th) wedding. And it’s sort of a long story how this lovely pattern ended up becoming a part of my future wedding day.

Traveling Woman is a pattern by Liz Abinante, and a dear friend in the knitting community made it in a gorgeous red wine shade several years ago. I fell in love with it, and bought the pattern, but never ended up knitting it at the time, because I didn’t have a reason, or a yarn that just called out to me that it was made for it.

My fiance proposed to me in June, and I immediately decided I wanted a colored dress, instead of one of the white/ivory/champagne traditional shades. I thought of green and silver… Then changed my mind and settled on blue. I went to David’s Bridal in Danvers, where a wonderful consultant named Nina helped me try on dresses. I was trying on bridal gowns, originally with the intent to find a style I liked, that I could later look for somewhere else in a blue color.

Until I put on my dress — an ivory gown — and I was moved to tears. I felt exactly the way that I’ve always heard people feel when they find “the dress,” and I knew it had to be mine.

Still, my vision of blue was with me. I needed something blue that was a special part of my bridal outfit. And it came to me that a shawl was the perfect thing. I looked through so many patterns, and nothing quite seemed right… Until I went back to this pattern, still in my virtual pattern shelf — and I knew.

The yarn I chose for this piece is a MadelineTosh Twist Light (fingering weight), in the Deep colorway… A gorgeous blue. And it’s knitting up beautifully. I can’t wait to finish it, and block it, and show you all the finished product!

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