Previously unblogged gift blanket

The morning of my wedding, I got to give my friends Erin and Brian their long-overdue (by about a year and a half) wedding present:

It’s my favorite kind of ripple blanket, crocheted here in more than a dozen shades of Cascade 220 and sized for a queen bed. A few neutral shades alternate with heathery rainbow hues so the same colors are never next to each other but it still feels cohesive and like it makes sense somehow. One of these days, I swear, I’ll make one of these blankets for myself.

Erin was one of my bridesmaids–she’s to my right in this photo that Brian took, which happens to be one of my favorite photos from that day.

One of my favorite parts of the day, which I hadn’t planned at all, was before the event. Rob and I and our families and wedding party had been taking some group photos and portraits outside the venue and when people started arriving, it just felt natural to stay where we were and greet our guests instead of running off and secluding myself inside in order to make some sort of big appearance. I loved being there as all of these people we loved arrived and that I got to kiss everyone hello and welcome them to our wedding and be like, “CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE HOW GREAT EVERYTHING IS RIGHT NOW?!” It was perfectly in keeping with the kind of event we’d been hoping to have: clearly significant and special, but unfussy and fun, retaining the traditions we wanted to honor, but not bothering with the ones that didn’t have meaning for us. If I had been sequestered in some back room, I would have missed out on all of that.

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