Groom’s Survival Kit

While searching for wedding things on Pinterest, I found many groom’s survival kits.  Since I knit I really liked the idea of making socks for my groom, so he didn’t get cold feet.  I put my own spin on the rest of items.

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The typical groom’s kit list comes with a piece of paper that says something similar to the following:

Groom’s Day-Of Survival Kit

  • Socks to keep cold feet away
  • Lifesavers to keep you from drowning in emotion
  • Small bottle of alcohol to calm your nerves
  • Mints to ensure a fresh kiss
  • Ring pop in case you forget the essentials

Looking at the list, there were lots of things I didn’t like about it:

  • Socks–Loved the socks idea
  • Lifesavers–Neither one of us are emotional people.  I’ve been called a robot by several people, and he isn’t any better.  He got me a shirt for my birthday that says:  “Feelings are boring.  Kissing is awesome.”  Lifesavers were off the list.
  • Small bottle of alcohol–I wasn’t sure when I would give this to him, and we got fined if we got caught with outside alcohol at the ceremony site.  A small bottle of alcohol was off the list.
  • Mints–This implies that he NEEDS a mint.  I didn’t want to imply that he had bad breath.  That seemed in poor taste.
  • Ring pop–Apparently the essentials are that he buys my jewelry and/or candy?  I didn’t like this one either.

That left me with one item.  Socks.  I decided to replace the items with different items that matched our personalities better.  I wrote a note on a tag on each item.  If you click on the pictures above you can see them.  Otherwise, each note is listed below:

  • Socks–So you don’t get cold feet
  • Lip balm–For the perfect first kiss that tastes like me (I wear Burt’s Bees all the time.)
  • Flask–In case you need courage of the liquid variety (that won’t get us fined…he could fill it at the venue)
  • A bottle opener key chain that says:  “I’LL LOVE YOU UNTIL THE ZOMBIES GET YOU”–So you know exactly how long I’ll love you
  • 52 REASONS CRAIG IS AWESOME–So you remember where we began and why we are doing this

Each of the items (except the lip balm) was hand made, not necessarily by me:

  • Socks–I made the socks.  See my Don’t Get Cold Feet post.
  • Lip balm–I actually had an unopened lip balm laying around because I buy them in bulk.
  • Flask–The flask came from Scoutmob.com.  Scoutmob is a site that features products by independent makers.  It’s pretty cool.  Check it out.
  • Key Chain–The zombie key chain came from Etsy.  The maker, FleurDesigns, was great to work with.  I got the key chain crazy fast.
  • 52 Reasons Book–I made the book during our first Valentine’s together.  See my 52 Reasons Book post.

Don’t Get Cold Feet

Before our wedding, I secretly knitted a pair of socks for my husband.  I gave them to him the morning of the wedding so he wouldn’t get “cold feet.”  I knitted the socks using the Deborah Norville Collection Serenity Garden Yarn in Twilight.  I loved how the color work turned out, and the yarn feels amazing.  I used a free pattern available on Ravelry titled “Basic Ribbed Socks.”  The pattern was easy to follow.  I didn’t make any adjustments to the pattern.  He married me, so I guess he didn’t get cold feet!

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Difficulty:  Easy

Time Required: About 20 movies

Overall Experience:  Good.  The only thing I didn’t like is how the socks came together at the toe.  The joining technique caused a slightly pointed toe.

Nachtfalter Summer Knit-a-Long–Week 2 Progress

I finished Week 2 of the Nachtfalter Summer Knit-a-Long.  The goal this week was to finish the bottom ribbing.  It fits like a charm!

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Week2b

Week 2a

Nachtfalter Summer Knit-a-Long–Week 1 Progress

As I wrote previously, I am participating a summer knit-a-long.  Each Monday during the knit-a-long, Holla Knits will post the weekly goal.  This week’s goal was to cast on and knit half of the bottom ribbing.  The bottom ribbing is simple, but the twists make it interesting.  There is a forum on Ravelry where participants can discuss progress and challenges.  I’m having so much fun knitting with other people!  Below you can see my progress thus far as well as what the finished product should look like.

KAL Week 1

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(Ratings based on this week’s work only.)

Difficulty:  Easy

Time Required:  3 Movies

Overall Experience:  Good

(I tend to get a little bored on very repetitive patterns.  I’ll enjoy the lace much more once I get there.)