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Well, I have this blog thingie.

I haven't updated here in forever, and I want to start posting knitting stuff somewhere (especially in light of the ravelympics!) and so I start with the project I just finished and am pretty psyched about:



It's a baby blanket for my ex-future-step-cousin-in-law, ha. I started it before the ex part got tacked on the front and saw no reason not to finish it and send it on, I am trying to get yarn out of my house and she's a super sweet girl. I got it there *just* in time for her baby shower, yay USPS.

It didn't block quite as flat as I would have liked, but I still think it's great.

And now - WTF are the ravelympics, you ask? Well, they're a silly, fun knitting event timed with the olympics. Cast on during the opening ceremonies and knit! There are 33 events that are categorized by project type and there are hundreds of teams. I just joined Team Stash Down 2010 because I will be knitting using only yarn that I already own for the next two weeks of mayhem. On the docket are mostly small projects, actually - just a lot of them. I'm trying to use up all the one skein this and one skein that laying around my bin - mostly gifts and hand-me-downs.

I'm going away for the weekend with some skiiers and will hopefully have much FO to report on Monday.
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Two Grooms!

While I work a lot with the GLBT crowd I had yet to do a 2-grooms wedding until Jimi & Keith came along...and I was so excited! The boys had a friend-officiated ceremony that made me cry (cue: Seasons of Love), their adorable dog Mickey brought the rings, and the reception was tapas and cocktails (which caused a bit of trouble later in the night).

They threw their bouquet (each attendant had carried one flower which they bound up to toss) shedding glitter everywhere as it went and much to the surprise of all, Keith was wearing a garter. They even put their own spin on the dollar dance, playing club music and getting saucy with any guest willing to pony up a few bucks. I was sad that my wallet was in the car. ;)


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100!!!!!

Cindy & Will (my lucky #100!) created a wonderful event for themselves - their ceremony at the Ritz overlooking the Boston Common, portraits in the park, a 13 course traditional Chinese Wedding Banquet at China Pearl (where I think I ate smoked eel...maybe?) and then an after party at Will's home away from home - the Cambridge Brewing Company.

They also crafted a beer for their guests Double Happiness, a Lychee flavored brew, that was bottled as favors and also on tap at their CBC after-party.

I'm not a beer girl, but I had some and it was pretty tasty, as were Will's signature barley wines.

A good time was had by all!


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99...

Emily & Scott were married at the Bay End Farm back in June among their family and friends. Their event was a community celebration - she was married by her sister Kaitlin (whose wedding I photographed in the Fall), Em did her own flowers, an Aunt made their cake, and everyone pitched in to make sure their day ran smoothly.

During the ceremony, it was brought up that Scott has unusually bad luck including on one occasion being struck by lightning and on another his car bursting into flames rather unexpectedly. But as Kate put it during the ceremony, "I really don’t think of him as unlucky. He did after all find my sister and is standing next to her today, ready to continue their journey together as a married couple. That alone makes him the luckiest man I know."



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Jen & Brian at the New Seabury

When I walked into Jen's bridal suite, I saw one of the most unique traditional wedding gowns I've ever seen-- and as it turns out, she'd collaborated with the designer to craft it just for her. It showed! It also paired beautifully with the vintage veil (her mother's) that she donned for her walk down the aisle.

Jen & Brian had a rainy day wedding on the upper cape - their ceremony, a beautiful contemporary mass at the Corpus Christi, was followed by an elegant reception at the New Seabury. Then their family (many of whom had made the trip in from the Phillippines), friends, and adorable flower girls, danced through the night.


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Krisola weds...

Kris & Nicola or "Krisola" as they are sometimes jokingly referred to had a touching ceremony in Brighton followed by a reception in Mendon full of games, tons of sweet speeches, and a surprise song by Nicola's grandfather. The couple wowed their friends and family by changing into a second set of wedding duds for the reception-- Kris going from a white tux to a black one and Nicola changing from a heavily beaded ballgown into a tailored trumpet style gown with a perfect row of buttons down the back. They make a stunning pair.


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Bjorktastic Wedding

Things I Love:
*Goofy Grooms
*Crafty Brides
*Sassy Redheads
*Fluttery dresses
*Laughter at Wedding Ceremonies
*Adventurous People (hey, let's go hike out on those rocks over there)
*Marble Cake
*Hip Mamas
*Wallet Chains
*Peonies & Ranunculus
*Chris & Jillian's Taste in Music (Cat Power for a first dance and the slideshow theme song for a last dance- that's our lady of total insanity, your love and mine- Bjork if you can't tell)
*This picture:


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(As you may or may not know: AVR's wedding band has lyrics from this song engraved in it)
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Rock Beats Scissors at Amy & Chris' Wedding

Amy and Chris had their whole day at the Wayside Inn and Martha Mary Chapel - rustic, fun, re-enactors, and a big red waterwheel to boot! They chose one of my all-time favorite officiants for their ceremony and she brought out their personalities so well (as is her talent). They had a quaker-style anyone moved to speak may speak section and then did rock paper scissors to see who would do their vows first. I'm not telling who won, but I'll tell you that the winner threw rock-- you'll have to keep an eye out for it.

The song that their slideshow is to is their first dance- I'll be the first to tell you that I'm not all that into country music, but I definitely got a little wet around the eyes listening to the lyrics.


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CSA Week Three!



I'm a large, so it's a little different than the small:
2 heads romaine, 2 heads red leaf, 2 heads chicory, 2 pounds sugar snap peas, 1 bunch carrot, 1 bunch turnips, 1 bunch mustard, 1 bunch chard, 1 pound broccoli, 1 bunch arugula, 1 bunch radish and 1 bunch pak choi.

Yay Vegetables that aren't salad greens. :)
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1,000 Paper Cranes...

Emily and Sam were married at one of my new favorite venues - the Essex Retreat and Conference Center. It's a beautiful and serene space full of sculpture and gorgeously maintained landscaping.

The ceremony was sweet and seemed more intimate because it was across a little pond from the guests, and the reception had such a laid-back, home-grown atmosphere. The swags of paper cranes that the bride and groom folded together before their wedding were a great decoration, but also carried such incredible energy with them- they each seemed to have their own little personalities imbued by Emily & Sam.


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Also, the music video for this song (Hoppipola by Sigur Ros) is one of my all-time favorite music videos, so I have to share that too:



(Watch the wedding slideshow first or you'll never get the vid out of your head!)