Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Wedding Bells and the Honeymoon Shawl
Michael and I were married May 20 at my house with my kids as witnesses. We've been moving toward this step in our relationship for some time, but hadn't quite set a date. Then in May we booked a vacation cruise to Mexico, and readied to leave town on the 21st. Suddenly The Right Time had manifested itself, and our vacation turned into a honeymoon, with visits to my parents and to one of Michael's sons and his family as bookends.
The wedding itself was hastily arranged. I only had a dress because I'd bought one for the trip. We got the license that morning, and I called my kids at noon to tell them that the wedding would be at 2. Troopers that they are, they showed up right on time (both on their way to work) for the short ceremony performed by a local judge, a friend of Michael's, who also gamely agreed to perform the ceremony at my house on short notice. We would've gone to his office, but he insisted that a less bureaucratic location would be much better.
That night I put my tennis shoes back on and we went out to dinner at our favorite local Mexican restaurant. Though the arrangements were very casual, we were both very happy.
The cruise was wonderfully relaxing. We stopped at Cabo San Lucas and at Puerto Vallarta, where we enjoyed the hot weather, shopping and the beach. On the ship we spent time reading, getting sunburned, listening to music, and otherwise honeymooning. It was very romantic.
Looking back on the photos Michael has noticed how happy I look. Yes, definitely happy.
And there is a fiber-related angle here too. I started knitting a simple shawl to take on the trip, a variation on the Kid Silk Haze Shawl pattern. I used some anonymous thrifted mohair yarn on size 11 needles. If I'd known I was going to get married I might have planned a more elaborate project, but as it is, I finished the shawl, not before the wedding, but on the long drive to Sacramento before our flight to southern California and the cruise ship.
So this is my Honeymoon Shawl, and it worked perfectly as a lightweight but warm shawl for the nights at sea. It's very much a reflection of our whole wedding experience: it's plain, thrifty, yet cheerful and not without style.