Once upon a time far, far away, (well about 12 miles actually) in the fair city of Aberdeen, I had a part-time job as the Rowan Design Consultant in John Lewis. Many customers came and went and many of them were really lovely. Two of these customers became my friends and have remained so. The first is Aurelie, of whom you all know so well! The second is Sue.
Sue was a great customer, who regularly knitted from the latest Rowan magazine. A beautiful knitter who always had something new on her pins. Sue knitted for herself, her girls, hubby, friends, friends children and children’s friends! I can also recall a few exquisite Christmas pudding hats! (Sue is pretty talented with her own creations too!) It was during this time that Sue taught her daughter Kelly to knit.
One day Sue came to John Lewis to let me know she was leaving Aberdeen as her hubby had been posted elsewhere. We have kept in touch via occasional emails ever since. In early 2014 I received news that both Sue’s daughters were to be married in 2015, just weeks apart. Happy celebrations were in preparation.
A telephone conversation followed during which……a slightly nervous Sue told me that Kelly wanted a small and friendly wedding with a handmade dress that she hoped to knit with the expert help of her mum. And so it all began…….we chatted about yarns, tension and how to adapt Kelly’s chosen design, #21 Lace Dress by Shirley Paden.
Over the following months many people were involved, Isabelle Randall made the underskirt (By altering a silk nightie!) and Sue’s friend Catherine crocheted the delicate edgings that finished off the dress. And we all met up on occasion for fitting etc. However, The majority of the work was done by Kelly and Sue.… What a team!
With Kelly and her new hubby Alasdair’s permission I would like to share with you a very special day in which I feel honoured to have played, a (very small) part. x
Congratulations Kelly and Alastair! I hope you have many happy years together. Your memories of the day will last a lifetime x
P.S. You can read more about the making of Kelly’s dress here.