The Chuppah-Cabra is complete! After a mad four day knitting binge, it’s finished and delivered! Yes!
It came very close at the end, there were lots of late nights, early mornings, pots and pots of coffee, some tea, some tears and eating eggs-in-a-basket at 3:00 am.
See how it all turned out.
The outermost red border are two crossing cables representing Alana and Becca’s separate lives coming together. The border of branches and leaves is for their ever-growing family to come. The inner border of many crossing cables symbolizes all the people who have been brought together by their love. It’s the community that they have formed around them.
The chuppah came in a little bigger than 5′ square and required four people to stretch it to it’s full size of 6′.
There was a birch branch structure to hang the chuppah from, not the four poles that I was planning for, but with my emergency yarn kit (don’t laugh, it not only hung the chuppah, but also saved a bridesmaid’s dress later), we made it work.
The final yarn usage count was 23 balls of yarn AKA 3151 yards AKA 1.79 MILES of yarn.
The red yarn, which I worried was too bright, matched their flowers perfectly.
It was completed mere hours before the ceremony (and no, I was not knitting it as we drove, contrary to most bets).
And finally, a picture of one of the beautiful brides putting a final touch on her vows:
Would I knit another chuppah? I think I would, if I started knitting several months earlier and had time to design the chuppah to match the couple. Being an integral part of someone’s wedding ceremony is an incredible honor and I feel connected to their future.
It will be at least another week or two before I even feel like knitting a simple baby hat or scarf though.