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Uh, another pair of finished socks

Flickr doesn’t seem to be playing well with my computer this evening but if it were, I would be showing you my latest pair of finished socks and the first half of a new flamingoes mitten project.

Many things I have learned from my knitting this week.

1. I often leave projects 75 % finished

2. This is because I like to start new things and also because once I can visualise the finished work, it’s like I finished. No surprises left.

3. This means that I have a lot of WIPs in the back room that probably only need stitching up or like 3 hours of work to finish up.

4. Technically all this frenzy of finishing things is a release of pent up guilt for the cast-on-itis frenzy of whenever that was several years ago

5. And that I shouldn’t feel bad when I start a bunch of projects because there will be points in my life further down the line when I will be in finishing-things-up-mode and it will all come out in the long term wash

6. Except really, I’m in avoidance mode and it might be that when I want to avoid something really scary or requiring lots of internal energy, I knit. A lot.

7. And now I finally understand that whole baby bootie thing (circa 2005?)

8. All this time I thought I’d lost my knitting mojo and all I was was less unhappy than I was at that time.

9. Except I’ve kinda missed this intensity of knitting. I really kinda like it.

10. I wish I could sustain it in more chilled out periods of my life.

11. I still haven’t written my vows – well, we’ve got the commitment bit sorted now but I have to write my personal preamble.

12. And a tonne of other things are outstanding. I go from one extreme to the other – wedding planning is just a bunch of to dos on a list to Holy Crap I have no idea what I am doing and I am so far behind

13. But I’m trying fair isle for the first time in my life and also knitting my first mitten. And I am going to have a bunch of warm things to wear in Europe in Holy Crap just over two weeks.



Mirrored from Champagne and Socks.


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Dec. 10th, 2012 06:40 am (UTC)
Me and husband were adamant that we wanted to write our vows separately for each other, then share them before the ceremony (so there wasn't anyone ruining makeup on the day) as a whole completed lovely, nice thing.
We spent months flying banter at each other... threatening to put this or the other in the marriage vows. Some things serious, but mostly just blowing off steam about this big scary grown-up thing that we were both about to do.
...we ended up having to sit down together the night before the deadline given by the celebrant.
But we do refer back to a lot of the things that we joked about as being the rules of our marriage (Wife gets pancakes on Sunday Brunch, No Titans, Dr Who isn't an 'us' thing, etc). And the hour or so we sat down and tried to explain how we felt, what we thought was important to say, how best to put the squishy feelings into words... one of the best hours of my life.
We both managed to sneak in a funny bit, because making our friends and family laugh is a good precedent to set too.
And we made the very seasoned* Celebrant cry.

Here they are:

Getting here to this point has been the hardest thing that I've ever
done. It's been a long journey, it has been stressful, it has tested
my patience. But I never once doubted that this was the right thing to
do. Because I need to be here with you. Because not being with you is
I promise to be uncompromising in who i am, and I promise to love you
uncompromisingly for who you are.
I give this ring as my gift to you. Wear it and think of me and know
that I love you.

I never stop being amazed how we became so comfortable with each other
so quickly. Whether it was soon after we met or having spent months
apart, when you're here it feels like things have always been this
I promise to do my best to listen to what you say, even if I won't
always agree. I love you and promise to stand by you, as you stand by
I give you this ring so it can remind you of me, and that I love you.

*They are cracking down on people marrying for Visas... I don't think that the Durham Registry gets too many outsiders, as we were referred to as 'the wedding with the foreigner bride' on more than one occasion. They were packing it that they didn't know how to register our intent to marry, so we did that in London for them, and we also got given their most seasoned celebrant, who didn't get us at all until after the ceremony and came and said that it was one of the most unusual weddings she'd done, but she could see that we had worked hard to make the wedding about us, and not about what would be expected of us.
Dec. 11th, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
They're really lovely
Dec. 10th, 2012 08:44 am (UTC)
Writing our vows is one of the hardest things I've ever done... but I'm so glad we did.
Dec. 11th, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
I'm still thinking about what I want to say but it definitely feels more personal
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