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A Living Crafts Wedding Story and Giveaway

We love to hear from our readers; your comments, ideas, questions, and especially stories about your finished Living Crafts projects.

I received an email from Marcia Kimpton recently, sharing her family’s wonderful story of making the Wedding Shawl from our Spring 2011 issue.

Jean and Dave: Wedding day photo by Lynn Poulin @ Lyndahkicks Photography

“When I saw the article in Living Crafts, I was inspired to create this for my son and (to-be) daughter-in-law’s wedding.  I contacted her family and her sister, who had never knit before, took on the task of doing one half.  A dear friend who is an expert knitter started the “bride’s” side  and sent it on the needles to the bride’s sister on the west coast.  She  had some help from a friend, but she knit this side almost entirely, tutoring herself with yarn store and internet help.

Hillary, the sister of the bride, knitting on the west coast

Maine relatives and friends of the groom worked on the other half.  I started the knitting and had many helpers here, several who had not knit before, including a brother, a dad and a stepdad.  I taught them to purl, and they each did some purl rows .

stepfather of the groom, Tim, purling on the east coast

There were nine of us who worked on the “groom’s” side.  For me, the pattern took intense concentration (for the first 10 inches at least) and I kept coming up with the wrong number of stitches, but corrected it in the next row, and it is a very forgiving pattern.

Before I left Maine for the wedding, I had “our” half and the center piece  ready to put together.   I sewed the pieces together on the train out to Seattle.

Catherine and Andy: Wedding day photo by Tim Matsui @ TuaLua Photography

This project brought us together so wonderfully as a combined family- for all of us, not just the bride and groom.  I got to know the bride’s sister a bit from our early correspondence about the shawl, and ended up staying at her peaceful apartment while we were there for the wedding.  During this time  I worked on the wedding shawl with my son’s stepmother and her daughters, and it was a wonderful bonding process for us.  I was so very happy that they wanted to participate with me!

Catherine and Andy- Wedding day photo by Tim Matsui @TuaLua Photography

I have also made a journal for all of us to record our thoughts and wishes in.

Thank you so much for this inspiration!”

Marcia Kimpton

The wedding shawl is already a heartwarming project for me, and to hear Marcia’s story just makes it all the more special.

This pattern makes a great all season wrap for everyday wear, as well as special occasions! Light and warm over a summer dress; as an extra layer over a fall sweater; with enough drape and softness to be worn wrapped as a scarf into the winter. Try making the pattern with fewer repeats to make a gorgeous Fall scarf.  Think ahead to holiday gift giving! Last Fall we made scarves using this pattern for each of the women in our family as secret handmade gifts. Everyone was knitting on scarves, but no-one knew they were also going to receive one! Such fun…and so connecting to share stitches with each other, across the country.


To celebrate these shared craft projects, Living Crafts and Kattikloo Fibre Studio are sharing in a giveaway! A fabulous package including three 100gram (3.5 ounce) skeins of Kattikloo Baby Alpaca yarn as used for the Living Crafts wedding shawl, a copy of Living Crafts Spring 2011 issue that features the wedding shawl story, plus a one year subscription to Living Crafts magazine (Total value $100.00) . Yarn color will be the winner’s choice. Please leave us a comment by midnight pacific time on Monday, August 15th.  Winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 16th.


We have a winner!

Submitted on 2011/08/15 at 4:16 pm
This shawl is beautiful!! Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

Kattikloo is offering 20% discount to Living Crafts readers, until September 1st. Visit the Kattikloo shop and use the Living Crafts reader appreciation code: LCSUMMER2011

Posted by Fiona Duthie on Aug 11, 2011 10:44 AM | 445 Comments

445 Responses to “A Living Crafts Wedding Story and Giveaway”

  1. Please count me in! I would love to make a shawl like this!

  2. sharon says:

    The story is truly inspiring. What a special gift of love.

  3. Diana says:

    This is a wonderfully touching story that fills the heart with warmth. The shawl will be a reminder for the rest of her life of the deep love the bride’s family has bestowed on her.

    Thank you for allowing me to participate in this sharing.

  4. Mikelle says:

    I think that this is such a special and thoughtful gift. With my knitting skills, I would need to start now, if I wanted to get it done for my sons wedding (he is 10yr). I am just starting to learn and this project would definitely be a good incentive.

  5. Jennifer says:

    What an amazing story! And what a generous giveaway! I’d be delighted to win!

  6. Sally G. says:

    I would love the opportunity to make this shawl. What a lovely story. What fun it would be to get my entire family involved.

  7. angel(a) says:

    A terrific idea! Lovely yarn.

  8. Jessica says:

    What a wonderful project…this is such a great way to celebrate such a monumentous occasion. Mikelle, socks are a great way to practice those lace stitches-any plain sock pattern can incorporate lace panels up the center! This is how I learn lace! I now knit lace shawls, complicated Shetland Shawls, and others, with ease. And my friends and family have beautiful lace socks…

  9. Monica M says:

    thanks for such a nice idea. I am knitting (solo) a beaded shawl for my son’s fiance, the idea of having others join is a nice one.

  10. Heather Shelton says:

    What a special wedding gift!

  11. Laura Moorhead says:

    This shawl is gorgeous! I can’t wait for a friend to be married so I can participate in such a heart warming ritual.

  12. Pete Futa says:

    That is a wonderful idea!! I think it would also be fun to do for a baby blanket. :D BTW, I love the stepfather’s shirt ;p

  13. Terry Wilson says:

    I would love to make this shawl for one of my nieces. I would also love the one year subscription to Living Crafts. Thanks

  14. Tiffy says:

    Glorious Love sharing to all. Thank you dear ones.

  15. Melissa says:

    What a lovely stole! It looks like an easy, relaxing knit, and the yarn colors are gorgeous.

  16. jennifer says:

    Just this summer I have taught two friends to knit. Working together on a project / present would be a wonderful way to continue our knitting adventures. Such a beautiful story – thanks for sharing.

  17. pamsterrn says:

    I just love the fact that so many contributed to this heirloom gift. What a wonderful way to “knit” two geographically separated families together! The shawl is breathtakingly beautiful.

  18. Dawn says:

    Wonderful, thank you for the opportunity too x

  19. christine says:

    a beautiful shawl for many occasions. Love the idea of bringing many people together for a special gift as this.

  20. June Albright says:

    What a beautiful keepsake and made more meaningful and connecting by sharing the knitting -Thank you

  21. Sara O says:

    Oh how cool! Such a pretty pattern, it would make a great knit for the coming cooler weather! Thank you for the opportunity to win! :)

  22. Wanda H says:

    I would love to knit this beautiful shawl!! Thank you for the opportunity

  23. kelsy petrykowski says:

    Wow! I started knitting in the last year inspired by the children at the waldorf school where I work and by a dear friend. I have plans to knit my weddinh dress, but would be honored by out families to work together on a shawl. Thank you for thr inspiration. i hope to have a subscription to your magazine!

  24. Priscilla says:

    This shawl is beautiful!! Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

  25. Oh, this give away could not have come at a better time…I’ve been looking for yarn to create a wedding shawl for myself…this is such a wonderful story as well…thanks for sharing …

  26. Susan says:

    What a wonderful story. I’d love to be able to make this shawl!

  27. Joanne says:

    The shawl is beautiful! What a lovely give-away. My fingers are crossed.

  28. Angela says:

    Such an inspiring story, such a gorgeous give-away!

  29. Ericasue says:

    So beautiful!!! What a lovely generous giveaway! Thank you!

  30. Erin says:

    Gorgeous! I adore the symbolism!

  31. Kimberly says:

    wow what a great story!!! and the give away is fab!

  32. Stacey says:

    This shawl is beautiful. Lovely story too. Thanks for the opportunity. I have my fingers crossed!

  33. barbie says:

    Beautiful story to go with a lovely shawl.

  34. Stephanie says:

    What a great follow-up story to the pattern. Connecting through textiles again, and again, and again! This pattern works magic.

  35. Susan says:

    Beautiful shawl, the yarn looks fabulous. I am so glad to see handwork and handmade gifts making a comeback. This was a tradition in my family, my mother knitted, sewed and quilted, my father was a basket maker, my sister carved leather, and I weave tapestries, sew and knit.

  36. Jessica says:

    This is a wonderful project and a fabulous story!

  37. christy says:

    what an amazing tribute to love and family! beautiful!

  38. Deetzie says:

    What a wonderful gift. My daughter was married in may and I too knit a lace shawl for her. What a wonderful time (lots of time!) to review past memories and dream of the new ones to come….

  39. Kelly Mendez says:

    What a beautiful idea! I would love to do this for a friend who is getting married.

  40. Ginger says:

    What a beautiful shawl….and a wonderful story.

  41. Michelle says:

    What a great story and such a beautiful shawl! Thank you for the give-away!!!

  42. andrea says:

    How lovely! Thanks for this opportunity!

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