Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Where I'm at

Time has raced by during the past few weeks and I'm afraid my blog has fallen by the wayside. The combination of work, my sister's wedding, general life and the fact that my Ravelry invite arrived has taken up all my time. For the non knitting readers, Ravelry is a very cool social site for knitters, where you can chat to others and browse countless projects and yarns. Its a bit of a time sucker but lots of fun. My user name there is pjmck so if you are a member, please stop by and visit my projects.

The bigggest thing that happened since my last post is that my little sister got married. If you've read my blog for a while, you will know that the wedding had to be postponed as the groom's father became very suddenly and seriously ill. A few days before the new wedding date, we got some superb news as the liver cancer he was diagnosed with, has been successfully removed with no signs of cancer still remaining and his liver is functioning normally. Everyone was so very relieved and happy.

However the day of the wedding was not without drama. The groom's mother had to be rushed to hospital by ambulance on the morning of the wedding and after tests, was found to have had a stroke. Sadly it meant she could not attend the wedding and the groom's father missed the ceremony. He did join us for most of the reception. The registrar gave special permission to film the ceremony and after the ceremony and pictures, the bride and groom took a short trip to the local hospital to see her. My sister said it was a very surreal experience. Its not often you see a bride with a groom in a kilt in the middle of a hospital.

Here are the happy couple plus best man and bridesmaids just after the ceremony. I'm the middle bridesmaid with the dark hair.

And here is the happy couple cutting the cake.

My sister along with my parents on the right and my dad's cousin and his wife with me at the front.

Inspite of the drama, which also included the 4th bridesmaid pulling out of the wedding at the last minute, the day was lovely and lots of fun. My mum made the wedding dress and the bridesmaids dresses and she was thrilled to hear lots of compliments. I applied the beads to the dresses as my mum can not hand sew due to arthritis. Everyone seemed to have a great time and the groom's dad managed to enjoy himself inspite of his wife's illness. She is now thankfully back at home and well on the road to recovery.

At the weekend, I received a lovely halloween exchange from Suzanne.

Halloween exchange from Suzanne

I've been managing to do a little stitching. I stitched a fob design that I got at the Shepherd's bush retreat last year.

Retreat 2006 fob front

Retreat fob back

And I managed to stitch a little scissor case design.

Acorn scissor case

I've also been knitting away at more socks

Peekaboo socks

Regia india colour socks

Monkey socks

Argyle socks

Apologies if there are any spelling mistakes in this post. I finished night shift this morning and I haven't been to bed yet. I'm trying to stay up as last week I completed mucked up my sleep patterns and ended up sleeping during the day on my days off. Which is not so good when you have things to do when you are not working. Plus its a little antisocial when the rest of the world is awake.


Mindi said...

You've managed to squeeze in quite a few very nice projects with everything that's been going on in your life. I'm so sorry to hear about the problems associated with the wedding, but happy to hear the mother is recovering well.

Piglottie said...

Oh the wedding pictures look wonderful! The dresses are all stunning - your mum should be so proud. I love the colours.

And your stitching is always so wonderful (I must find so time to stitch occasionally rather than knit all the time!). And your socks are beautiful! Details please :) What is the yarn you've used on the first pair? Its gorgeous.

Seahorse said...

Gosh! You've done so much lovely work, despite (I'm sure!) being totally rushed off your feet with not only the wedding but life in general!

You look truly lovely in the wedding pics :)

Susan said...

I'm sorry that your sister's wedding day was filled with such drama!

Even though you haven't been posting much, it's great to see that you are still getting some stitching done. I still have my fob from the SB retreat to stitch - I really should stitch it before another Halloween passes!

Chiasmata said...

Wow, that's an eventful wedding! I'm glad to hear it all worked out in the end.

Lovely little finishes you have there. The fob is really cute.

ollie1976 said...

All your projects look great.
Sorry to hear about your sister's in-laws and their health issues.

Katrina said...

You all look wonderful, the wedding colors were gorgeous. Glad your sister's MIL is doing well and on the road to recovery.

Love all the stitched bits and pieces!

Von said...

You have had plenty to keep you busy lately, Paula! I'm glad that your sister's dmil is recovering. :) All your stitching/knitting is wonderful!

Alberta ('Berta) said...

Paula, my first visit to your blog and the wedding photos are gorgeous! Your Mum is so talented to have made all those gowns!

Looks like you also have the talent gene...your projects are worth bragging about!

Thanks for letting me visit with you a while!

MysteryKnitter said...

I am sad for all the drama of the wedding day of your sister. I hope her in - laws are in better health now.