Friday, June 18, 2010

You may be right... I may be crazy

But it just might be a lunatic you're looking for...

I agreed to make this for Ella's (my sister-in-law, and apparent recipient of all Liesls) wedding:

It's called Bella's Bridal Dress from Nicky Epstein's Knitting in Tuscany. I saw this a year ago, and while I thoroughly dislike most of Ms. Epstein's designs (they really just aren't to my EXCEEDINGLY minimalist taste), I saw this dress and said, "Oh, that's Ella's dress" and bought it.

Ok, I mis-characterized a little bit in the first sentence. I didn't just agree to make this, I OFFERED to do so.

Yeah. Approximately ten million miles of crocheted thingys. I haven't crocheted for, oh, at least two years now, if not more. This should be interesting.

I'm also making one of Stephanie Japel's amazing shrugs for Ella to go over the dress. We're going with something really simple to offset the dress.

Any suggestions on the yarn I should use for this one? It called for a Tilli Thomas yarn called "Elsie" which is now discontinued. Elsie was an aran weight milk protein and wool blend. I'm thinking a wool and silk blend would be too heavy for this dress (I'm afraid of pulling) and I'm a little concerned about cotton for similar reasons. Oh, and I need almost 3,000 yards of yarn, so it's gotta be something relatively cheap. Webs, here I come.

Traveling Woman is going quite nicely. I finished all of the repeats of Chart A last night, and have moved on to Chart B. I'm pretty excited. I screwed up a little when I was knitting angry back on Tuesday, but I ripped back and all is well now. No pictures yet.

Also, my life as a freelancer is going pretty well. I have two pieces scheduled for publishing. I'll give you all links when they go up. I'm madly researching other opportunities right now, and cutting expenses everywhere I can. So right now my time is divided between writing and researching (8am to 6pm) and worrying about money (6pm to... well, 8am).


  1. Ahhh! You are crazy! Also, maybe best sister in the world? Only topped by sisters who give kidneys and other vital/important organs? Good luck. Webs would be the first place I would look also.

  2. Wow girl, you ARE crazy! :-) But this dress is adorable, and she is so lucky you took on the job. Sorry I can't be at any help with yarn, your yarns are so different from here. Oh yes, we need a link for your publishing - I am so looking forward to see. I can understand that you are worried about the money, but hey, it usually works out in some way.

  3. you may be wrong for all I know, butcha may be right...(love Billy!)

    The dress is utterly gorgeous. You need to stop what you're doing right now and crochet that thing like a mofo. (Do people still say mofo? How about lunatic? Probably more family friendly than that terrible Boston slang)

    SO excited for your freelance stuff, and absolutely cannot wait to read it!

  4. Holy good god in heaven.... Wow. I have no words- just wow.

  5. ~CRAZY~~~~~!!!!!!!!!!!!
    but I know my V......when she has a goal in sight, she works her ass off to complete it.

    Ella......YAY for you!! What a beautiful gown you'll have!

  6. Wow. That is quite the endeavor! Good luck! Can't wait to see pics of the result. =)

  7. That is lovely. You are a better person than me...I would be afraid that I couldn't pull it off. Good luck, get crocheting and keep us posted!

  8. So glad I found your blog. It's already worth it to have my jaw drop open as I saw what you are going to make. WOW. I can't wait to watch your progress. That dress is incredible. Good luck to you!

  9. So you're the one keeping me up from 6 PM to 8 AM? Well, here's something better to worry are you going to ask Ella what color to make the gown?