Archive for September, 2004

Advice To Future Brides from a Former Bridesmaid…

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004
  • Tell your bridesmaids to arrive a half hour before you actually WANT them there. At least one of them will be late. This is most likely be your Maid-of-Honor. She can’t help it. Really. She tried.
  • Make sure you schedule your rehearsal so that the Maid-of-Honor can attend. Otherwise, she will sit in the wrong pew during the ceremony, and the Mother-of-the-Groom will have to whisper to her across the aisle to get her to MOVE.
  • When 4″ heels are involved, try to secure a location for pictures that does NOT involve up-hill walks on cobblestone walkways. Your bridesmaids will be *very* appreciative.
  • Tiny pink plastic giraffes that sit on the brim of your glass are *essential* barware accessories!! They TOTALLY make the drink!
  • Find out what your DJ has allergies to. Then make sure to keep him AWAY from anything containing said allergy-causers. Trust me on this.
  • If there is someone in your Bridal Party with even the *slightest* bit of local celebrity, make sure you do NOT hire a DJ that knows this. He has access to a microphone and various other pieces of audio and will not be afraid to use them.
  • Confirm the date of your wedding with your Baker. The date and the DAY. Even though they assure you that everything is set, confirm AGAIN. That is, unless you want a half-decorated, droopy cake delivered to the reception at 10pm. Your call.
  • Lastly, if you want to be the BEST BRIDE EVER in the eyes of your knitty Maid-of-Honor, buy her a gift certificate to this as part of her Bridal Party gift. She will think you ROCK! (more than she already does, that is)

Here comes the Bridesmaid

Monday, September 27th, 2004

Before I tell you about the WEDDING, which had (mostly) nothing to do with knitting, let me catch you up on my knitting progress (cause, I have been knitting, really I have)

I finally came to the conclusion that the socklette *must* be finished, so I bought different boring white yarn and pressed on. It’s *not quite* the same gauge, and it’s 100% cotton, so it’s missing the shiny flecks of flair the rayon gave it, but THE SOCKLETTE WILL BE FINISHED! I’m up to the heel, so I will probably finish it tonight or tomorrow.

I’ve also been plugging away at my Kittyville hat! However, keeping in the vein of boring and plain, it’s just lookin’ right now like a black hat and pictures of boring, plain, black hats aren’t very interesting (being in the very *nature* of boring and plain things not to be interesting), therefore there are no pics of said boring and plain and uninteresting black hat. I have just reached the part where I begin the decreases, and after that there’s just kitty ears and earflaps, so the end is in sight!

If you’ve noticed, that isn’t much knitting. That’s because I’ve been WAAAAY TOOO BUSY with wedding stuff to knit! AND, as I’ve been babbling endlessly on this thing about the wedding, I’m sure you probably want to see PICTURES!

(side note: The bride wanted us at her house at 11am, and even though the ceremony didn’t start until 3:30, for SOME reason, I didn’t think there would be any down time! SO I DIDN’T BRING ANY KNITTING!!! So how proud and excited was *I*, when one of the other bridesmaids pulled out some needles and yarn and asked if I would please, teach [her] how to purl!!!!!! proof can be found below!)

erin knits
She knew how to knit, but I’ve helped inspire her to go beyond garter scarfs!!! :) :) I think a Harlot Poncho may be in her near furture!!

Oh, but THEN! BUT THEN!! My shining moment of knitty glory! Check it out:

ebony knits

Ebony has NEVER expressed ANY interest in knitting. She humors me when I talk about it, she even once patiently sat in a yarn store waiting while I shopped, but she has never, NEVER showed even a GLEAM of interest in touching the needles. She even occasionally mocks me (despite the fact she builds JIGSAW PUZZLES with her mom! uh oh girl, I OUTED YOU!) But after I showed Erin how to purl, and after Seema (no, not THAT one, a different Seema) saw us and caught the bug and asked me to show her to cast on, EBONY ACTUALLY ASKED ME TO TEACH HER! :) Dude, THREE in one DAY!!!! Soon, soon we will take over….mwhaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha…ha..ha {{cough}}


Where was I? Oh! The wedding!!

silly girls
Here is the four of us in our prettypretty dresses*!!

All four of our dress were different. Sadly, I don’t have a really good picture of my dress or my makeup.

ebony and seema
My dress was cut just like Ebony’s (on the right), except I had a lighter pink sash around my waist instead the lighter pink layer at the bottom. And I didn’t have a flower. Don’t these two girls look *so* pretty?

The *best* pic I have of my dress (HA!) is THIS goofy one:

thank you
Eby and I got silly with the signs the bride and groom made for their thank you cards!

We had an AMAZING time! Everything about the wedding was perfect! It has to be one of the BEST weddings I’ve ever been to! The music was great, The food was FABULOUS, the location was BEAUTIFUL — they got married at this super cute little church in Alexandria, VA** and the reception was at the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA (BEAUTIFUL!!!) After the reception we all stayed over at the hotel with the Bride and the Groom (who naturally ended up DITCHING US for ‘alone time’ — code word for BOOOTAAAY!).

I can’t tell you about most of what happened at the hotel, because, well… uh… some of it may be interpreted as well… um… illegal, BUT I can show you THIS:

The Fort!
We made a FORT!!!!!! hee!!

Ebony, Seema, Mike Q and I took the spooge covers off the bed and turned them into a fort! Then we all got inside and told ghost stories until Mike fell asleep. We thought about writing on him with lipstick, but he’d always wake up enough to hear us conspiring against him!!!! PLUS, the lipstick was OUTSIDE the fort, so….

Anyway, I’m soooo happy for Cindy and Jason!!! They are a great couple and two amazing friends!!!

the happy couple
Congratulations guys!!!

* As cute as these dresses are, DO NOT CONSIDER BUYING THEM! The designer and her boutiques do NOT practice good business!!! (Here is the website:
Saeyoung Vu.) We ordered these dresses (which cost a FORTUNE) in FEBRUARY and were promised delivery in 10-12 weeks. *17* weeks later, the didn’t have a delivery date. THEN, they told us that the dresses would be delivered around 2 weeks before the wedding (already a month late, the were saying it would be ANOTHER two months). Not two days later, they told us the dresses were available for pickup!! WTF?!?! The only compensation they offered was free alterations, but according to the Knot, their seamstress is REALLY bad and she messed up another bride’s dresses! Plus, they didn’t even leave enough fabric to TAKE OUT the dresses!!! Erin’s was too small, and she had to learn new ways to BREATHE in order to wear hers! They had made us pay in FULL when we ordered, so we had no recourse!!! Not to MENTION that the QUALITY of the dresses is FAR under par with the PRICE they charged for them! DO NOT GO THERE! BAD BAD BAD! It’s funny because they were sooooo nice and accomodating and helpful BEFORE they got our checks…

** HOW MUCH did it kill me to be BLOCKS away from Knit Happens all weekend and not be able to GO?!!?!?!

Soon, you’ll be an OLD HAG!

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

Makeovers. NOOOOOOT my most favorite thing in the world. You’d think they WOULD be because ooooooooooh, the possibilities! The COLORS! The SPARKLES! the LIP GLOSS! You walk in looking like a truck hit you and you walk out (supposedly) magically transformed into a being of superior beauty (or, uh, at least…looking better than usual!)!!

But. Oh. No.

*I* go in looking like a truck hit me and walk out crying, trying to hide and unbelieveably anxious to get home and SCRUB THAT CLOWN SHIT OFF MY FACE!

Thus, with these concerns in mind, in addition to wedding-concerns relating to the recent thinning of my wallet, I turned down the bride’s offer to have my makeup done the day of The Wedding. I can do it myself! AND BETTER! HA!! Um, except I can’t. Seriously. I don’t OWN makeup. I don’t really know what to DO with it!

I made a decision. It had to be done. I dreaded the outcome, but I had no choice. I had to go get…..are you ready…?


The thought of it sent shivers down my spine, but there was no other option! I needed SOMEONE with SKILLS to help me! I woke up early this morning, I called the Sephora in the nearby mall, made an appoinment and off I went!

There was a moment (or two or three) during the process that I was convinced it was all going so horribly horribly horribly wrong, but you know what? A funny thing happened…IT ACTUALLY ENDED UP LOOKING DAMNED GOOD!

If you’re ever in Maryland and in need of a makeover, look up Seema at the Sephora in Montgomery Mall. She does weddings freelance and she ROCKS! I like Seema. Seema saved me :)

H O W E V E R.

There is one phrase I wish NOT to be uttered in my presence ever, EVER again:

“Do you use eye cream? You’re pushing 30. You need to use it. It’s the first thing I noticed.”

Hey Seema? Fuck off.

If *I* Buy the GAP Jeans, Can I Dance With Lenny?

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

vibegrrrl: hey, when is Lenny [Kravitz] coming :) ?
co-worker: DONT KNOW
vibegrrrl: :-P
vibegrrrl: what’s he coming to do?
co-worker: YOU :-D
co-worker: lmao

oooooh, how I wish that were true ;) hee.