Monday, October 09, 2006

The Perfect Weekend in Nashville

I have not made as much progress on my fair isle sweater as hoped. I should have the body & sleeves complete by class this Thursday, but will not get there. Since my last post I started a wrap to wear at my nephew's wedding which was this past Saturday in Nashville TN. Since the wedding date was an immovable (I doubt the groom and bride would move their blessed day if I was late in finishing the wrap), I choose to go full steam ahead on the wrap. The pattern was an easy fir cone repeat and really fun to knit. It is probably too easy to be categorized as lace knitting, but my first attempt down the lace road.

The wedding was perfect. I believe the definition of a perfect wedding is one that fits the bride & groom...well perfectly and this one truly was that. My nephew and his bride treasure each other and it was such a pleasure to be part of their special weekend. The groom's cake is pictured here, so you know my nephew is one that will love in the best and worst of circumstances.

We spent a lot of time exploring Nashville - particularly Vanderbilt University and the historic district. The knitting highlight for me was being able to join the Double Yarn knitting group that meets every 2nd Monday of the month from noon-2 at the Nashville library. This was knitting nirvana. The most notorious knitter of the group is none other than Ann Shayne co-author of Mason Dixon Knitting blog and the book by the same name. She is as sweet & warm as I could have ever imagined. After many weeks of research and polling knitters, she has just unveiled the perfect sweater pattern (sample on her lap in this picture) which I plan to get started on right after I finish the fair isle.

As a bonus I got to meet Francie Owens who makes the precious mitered stitch markers and pins blogged about by Ann & Kay.

And I met Pam of Angel Hair Yarn who's website has the no rules bag pattern I have knit many times. The whole group of knitters made me feel very welcome.

While I was knitting with the group my husband & son were watching the Predators practice and visiting the Wildhorse Saloon. All said, I think this could have been the perfect weekend - a wedding for two special people, time with family, exploring the music city and spending time with knitters.


At 4:20 AM, Blogger Patty said...

Lucky Duck! Can't wait to hear all about it!

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Ann said...

DeeDee!!!!! It was so great to meet you! What a fantastic surprise to find you sitting in the courtyard of the library. I'm so glad you came, and gladder that you had a good time in Nashville. I owe you a visit now.

At 7:36 PM, Blogger Sarah at Advancing the Plot said...

Looks like you had a great trip.

The groom's cake is so great!

At 7:12 AM, Blogger Kelly said...

Glad to find a NH knitter out in blog-land. I'll be moving there (to Hanover, from Virginia) in January. Love the cake! Lucky you to get to knit with the Nashville crew. Kelly


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