Mrs. Grumperina & Mr. Sweetness
January 5, 2008, New York City

It was… kick-ass! My husband (!!!) and I are off on our honeymoon. We’ll catch up in a few weeks :).

Photo: ©2007 Gulnara Samoilova


572 thoughts on “Hitched!

  1. rhiannon

    Congrats and enjoy! I’m also a graduate student and when I got married a few months ago I brought socks to knit on my honeymoon. What will you be knitting on your trip?

  2. ola

    True to your words – always up to something, and THIS is SOMEthing 🙂

    All the Best to Both of You 🙂

  3. Jenn

    Congrats! Now it’s time to decide on the sweater pattern you’ll be knitting him, of course 😉 EZ’s Seamless Hybrid, perhaps?

    Wishing you many decades of wedded bliss!

  4. Rebecca

    Emerging from Lurkdom to wish you all the best in your new life together – congratulations!

  5. Danielle from SW Missouri

    What wonderful news!!! I wish for you a happy life full of Love and Knitting (of course items for your hubby) And anyhthing else that will make the 2 of you Supremely Happy! May your First year be as Happy and as Prosperous as it can be!!!

  6. Karen in MN

    Well, Congratulations. Best wishes for your future together. Whenever I hear of people getting married now, I think of this thing I heard somewhere that said “what have you done for your marriage today?” and I thought it was such a good thing to remember. So there you have it.

    Again, congratulations!

  7. Sheila

    Congratulations! So happy for you! Now – tell me – what knitting did you take with you on your honeymoon??

  8. Tijm

    In Dutch: Van harte gefeliciteerd!! So nice to see the happy couple. Have a nice honeymoon and seeyou soon back on your blog!!

  9. Elinor

    Congratulations to the two of you! I’m so glad to hear it went well. I know you spent a lot of time and effort planning and I’m thrilled to hear that it was all worth it! Best of luck in this new chapter of your life! I hope Mr. Sweetness likes Lorna’s socks…

  10. Red


    Being married to the right person is wonderful. May you have many years of love, laughter, and happiness together.

  11. Cara

    Mazel Tov! Mazel Tov! Mazel Tov!!!

    I’m so sorry I never got back to you about the picture, but I can’t wait to see photos of the day!


  12. Jodie

    Wow! Congratulations! How did this stay such a secret!? I had no idea there was a man in your life.

    Have a great honeymoon! Can’t wait to hear more details.

  13. freecia

    Congratulations! I remember seeing the ring in a photo and said to myself “oooh! YAY!”.

    Best wishes for a happy future together.

  14. Tam

    Well, you certainly win the award for exercise of restraint in talking about your personal life! I’ve been reading your blog for years and this is a surprise! You make a lovely couple. Best of wishes!

  15. Bella

    Yay Hurray! Congratulations. What an awesome B&W pic of you two. And I’m totally with ya on the “my husband (!!)” – took me months to not have that (or the ??) reaction to saying that!

  16. Laura

    I’m so happy for you! I’ve been married for 29 years to a wonderful man and can’t imagine life without him. I wish you all the happiness we have. Mr. Sweetness looks very kind. Together, you make a lovely couple. Enjoy!

  17. cathy

    wow! who knew? congrats! did you knit your wedding dress? details please of any wddding knit-ware! enjoy your journey! cw

  18. Mary K. in Rockport

    I had a feeling something was going on in the background – wasn’t there a photo of some masculine feet a while back? Just think of all the new scope for knitting! My wedding anniversary is also Jan 5th, and it’s a lucky day. Warmest wishes to both of you and your new life together.

  19. Anita

    Many many congratulations! A great date to be married! My best friend and her husband just celebrated 10 years, and my SIL and her husband just celebrated 16 years – both on the 5th Jan. I wish you many years of love and friendship together. 🙂

  20. Stephanie

    Wow… Your weblog talks about knitting so strictly that this came as a HUGE surprise. Congratulations, Mrs. Grumperina!

  21. alisha

    Congratulations! January weddings are the best (as a January 15th-er myself). Wishing you all the best.

  22. Irene

    Wow! Did I miss something? Congratulations! I wish you a long and wonderful life together….Sneaky, sneaky!

  23. Meg McG

    I didn’t even know there was a Mr. Sweetness!! Superkalafragalisticexpialidocious!

    Wow. I am so happy for you!

  24. Shaina

    Holy crap! Seconding the “you sly thing!” Though now I understand whose hairy legs those were…congratulations, and yay, now you get to knit him a sweater?!

  25. Michelle

    I can’t wait to see the pictures of the wedding, and the honeymoon! I wish I could have made it to the wedding, but maybe I can tag along to the honeymoon?


  26. Caitlin

    Congratulations! Weddings were in the air yesterday I suppose. I just watched my cousin get married, and now you! Here’s to you two!

  27. Leslie

    wow… Felicitations and best wishes – motzel tov!

    Having been married to Husband #1 since 1971 I will tell you it can be work, but it also can be worth it 🙂 Compromise and having the ability to bite your tongue at times will pay off well, Kathy.

    Best wishes.

  28. Laurie

    Wow – you sure know how to keep a secret! I like that in a blogger, I must say. In any case, I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness. Mazel tov, and all the best to you both.

  29. Jocelyn

    Best wishes to you, Kathy and congrats to your hubby! What a wonderful way to start the year.

  30. margaret

    oy gevalt – what can I say, other than MAZEL TOV! ?

    hopefully you will both enjoy the sweetness of marriage – and since you’re married to Mr Sweetness, as well you should!

  31. Linda

    Whoa! I figured you weren’t posting as much because you were busy with a project, but this is a total surprise. Congrats!

  32. catherine

    well knock me over and call me shirley! congratulations! and what a great name. mr. sweetness and the grumperina. i love it. here’s to a long life of joy and pleasant arguments. 🙂

  33. lynne s of oz

    I’m joining the chorus of congratulations! May you live long and prosper together 🙂

    And I am still amazed when I say “my husband” and it is over three years later.

  34. Amy

    Mazel tov! Have a wonderful honeymoon! You are a sly puss–never a word, and I totally missed the picture hint. May your life together be full of happiness, sweetness and grumpiness as appropriate.

  35. Amy S.

    Mazel tov! I got married in New York City in January, too (11 years ago on the 11th). Where’d you have the event?

  36. JanieB

    Wishing you every happiness that could possibly be bestowed upon you.

    I have been a faithfull reader/non-commenter of your blog for a very long time & there could not be a more appropriate time for a 1st message to you.

  37. Dawn in NL

    Congratulations to you both. I too am in awe at your ability to keep your private life out of your blog!

    A Scottish blessing: “May the best you’ve ever seen be the worst you’ll ever see…. and may you always be as happy as I wish you now to be.”


  38. Totoro

    That’s awesome! Wish you all the best or in other words:

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  39. TinaB

    Best wishes, Kathy! We’ll miss you while you are honeymooning, but look forward to all the socks you’ll bring back to show us. Happy life together!!!

  40. martha

    What exciting news! Thanks for sharing. My best to you both and to the families who have brought you to this point.

  41. Susan

    You make such a good-looking couple together. That photo is wonderful!

    I don’t *ever* recall seeing projects for him on your blog…? You sneak!

    Have a most blessed honeymoon and rest of life together. May it be all that you both have ever dreamed of, and more.

  42. tina

    I thought of you on your wedding day and sent good juju your way! I’m sure that the wedding was worth all of your angst and can’t wait to hear the details!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. Sophia

    Congratulations!!! Have a wonderful honeymoon and take lots of beautiful pictures to show us. All good wishes for a lifetime of happiness!

  44. Leisel

    Oh, wow! What a surprise… I don’t remember you mentioning it on your blog, if so, I apologize for being oblivious.

    Congratulations… I’m so happy for you!

  45. Marisa

    Wow you guys are super-cute! I had no idea you were even getting married. Congratulations, all the best to you and your husband! Have a great honeymoon.

  46. Elizabeth

    Congratulations, best wishes, and much happiness to you both! I can’t believe you posted on the 2nd, only 3 days before your wedding!

  47. Tasha Ogryzlo

    Wow! You are a sneaky, and very beautiful looking bride. I have to agree with the commenter who said you look alike. You also look VERY happy, which is important.

    I hope you and Mr. Sweetness have a wonderful honeymoon and much fun in the years to come.


  48. Carla

    I have to add my congratulations! My wonderful husband and I recently celebrated 35 years of happy marriage — I hope you someday may be able to do the same.

  49. Cassandra

    WHOA Way to keep things on the DL. CONGRATULATIONS! May you have many more wonderful honeymoons year after year! (in my family we have wedding anniversaries + multiple ‘second honeymoons’- it’s really a fabulous concept) Congratulations again!

  50. linken

    That is the best way to ring in the new year….or new era! Congratulations – I wish you many happy years of marriage and knitting!

  51. Jan

    Congratulations to you Kathy and to Mr. Sweetness. Hope your new life together is full of love and mutual respect. What a wonderful 2008 for you both!

  52. Deborah C.

    Wow, what a surprise! Congratulations to Mr. Grumperina, and felicitations to you! Yes, I read Miss Manners for fun… may you have many happy years together.

  53. Kathleen B.

    Wow! Best of luck, and congratulations to Mr. Sweetness! Didn’t get any knitting done on my honeymoon, but I *did* get some souvenir yarn

    ~another newlywed Kathy

  54. MaryMR

    Excellent! a major league Happy New Year for you!

    I’m another lurker lured out of obscurity.

    I love your website and you are an amazing knitter who inspires me.

    Again, congrats!

  55. Susan Lutsky

    Congratulations! What a wonderful way to start the new year! Much happiness to the two of you!

  56. inky

    Ohhhhhh, wonderful!

    Does that make you Grumpy Sweetness or make him Sweet Grumpiness?

    And I thought I had seen a sock picture a few months ago where the model was somewhat, um, *hirsute* and I thought “wait, is that a GUY modeling those socks?” but I kept my thought to myself.

  57. Sock Knitter

    DO WHAT??????? Where in the WORLD have I been that I missed this talk of marriage??

    My GOODNESS!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!! My very best to you both, you’re ADORABLE together 🙂

    Grumps, you sneaky little MINX, you!!

  58. amy

    Mercy! What a secret-keeper you are. Many, many congratulations to a happy and healthy future together. The photo is terrific. Have a great honeymoon trip.

  59. waitandsee

    Everyone knows that “happily ever after” is only in fairy tales. So I wish you happily ever after as much as possible, and the love and support of your family and friends to get you through the rest. Best wishes to both of you for many happy years together.

  60. Andrea

    Just adding my congrats to the very long list! Hope your honeymoon is full of long, lazy days of knitting and enjoying newlywed bliss!

  61. Auntie Kimberly Knits

    So many happy wishes coming your way. Imagine, if you had invited us, all the loot you could have hauled in. Clearly 400 plus people are sending you and your husband wonderful wishes of a long and wonderful life together. Bottle this wonderful event! Wishing you all of the best as you two knit your worlds together.

  62. Debi

    Congrats Kathy and hubster! I wish you both much hapiness and many wonderful years together!

    So how did the nails fare? 🙂

  63. PaulaRed

    wow..big surprise for this reader!! congratulations. I’ll be married 25 yrs this year–hold on for a great ride! Here’s to love and happiness!

  64. PaulaRed

    wow..big surprise for this reader!! congratulations. I’ll be married 25 yrs this year–hold on for a great ride! Here’s to love and happiness!

  65. Siow Chin

    Congratulations!! And I feel excited for both of you two. Best of the best to a new beginning! Once again, may you both have white hair together.

  66. Daryl

    another delurker to say Congratulations! I had no idea. What a good job you do at compartmentalizing. Not a peep about this for those not in the know. I hope you had a wonderful trip.

  67. Abril

    I love your blog, but have never commented…couldn’t miss the opportunity to say Congratulations! I wish you both the best.

  68. Agnes

    New chapter in Life! Congratulations! It would be good if he is a sweet sweet guy with just enough hint of grumpiness in him to understand your being Grumperina … 🙂

  69. Meem

    Hooray! Congratulations!

    A lovely quote for the two of you:

    “I mean, that unto yours my heart is knit

    So that but one heart we can make of it”

    -Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Deam

  70. Marie

    Well who knew?! I love that you keep your blog ever so chock full of great info and pics and wonderfully devoid of too much (personal) info (the boyfriends, the cats, the kids, blah, blah, blah). However, this bombshell is SO GREAT!!!!!!!! thanks for sharing and I wish you a wonderful lifetime of FUN!! (I am 19 years married and still going strong). One more thing: I guess he doesn’t mind the knitting….

  71. SusanSW

    Well I’ll be!!!–guess you can keep on surprising us!! Congratulations to you both–have a great honeymoon!

    Here’s to a long lifetime of love and happiness.

  72. Natalie

    Wow!!! Congratulations. Yes, weddings do kick ass, and especially the ones that are your own… I should say, the One that is your own.

  73. Christine

    I am just CRACKING UP this morning! I was doing my daily wedding photographers blog surfing, and I was checking out http://www.gulnarablog.com/ – I thought to myself, “WOW! That bride looks SO much like Grumperina! I should send her this link!” … then I came to the post with your engagement photos, saw Gulnara’s comment about you being from Boston, and now I am still laughing!

    I love it when my photography world and my knitting world collide like that! And I’m amused that I almost emailed you the link because the bride in the photos (you) looked like you!

    Best wishes! Hope you have a FABULOUS honeymoon!

  74. karen

    Oh! Thank you for sharing this with us! Wow! I wish you a lifetime of happiness and joy together. What a lovely surprise on your blog.

  75. Lynn

    great day for a wedding i have been married 27 years what a day if you are half as happy as we are you will have a wonderful life

  76. Dusa

    515+ comments? Good thing you didn’t send out invitations! Seriously, congratulations! And instead of socks for Grandma, maybe they should be a little remembrance of your honeymoon? Just a thought!

  77. suec

    congratulations and aren’t you the clever one. I think the British word for this is “gobsmacked”. Will there, I wonder, be souvenir yarn….

  78. Juti

    That takes some getting used to (in a good way)… saying “my husband.”

    Getting married was the best thing I ever did for myself. I hope the same is true for you and Mr. Sweetness.

  79. Magalie

    Woot-woot! Oh my gah…as a reader I had no idea you were engaged! You really kept it on the down low. So happy for you though, CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  80. Magalie

    Looks like that post knocked all of our socks off (in a very happy way) because we’ve all delurked to comment! Wow!

  81. chloe

    Many, Many congratulations to my favorite blogger.

    I wish you both a lifetime of love and friendship along with married bliss together.

    I will keep you both in my prayers.


  82. HDW

    I have been admiring your Odessa Hat for quite some time now. I myself am not a hat person, but I have a VERY young frined who is getting ready to start chemo, she is 33 and has 2 kids ages 7 and 5. I was thinking of knitting her a couple Odessa’s as chemo caps. Only thing is, is I don’t have enough yarn experiances to figure out what would be soft enough for a bald or balding head, and do you know if the beads would irratate. I want something fresh and young, and pretty, but also soemthing she will grab all the time because it is comfy cozy!! Any suggestions would be helpful.

  83. Maribeth

    Mr.Grumperina has excellent taste: after all, he’s chosen a mate respected (dare I say revered?) by so many of us who admire your flair, wit and talent. A lovely photo and marvelous news. Much happiness in the many years ahead. May your union never unravel!

  84. Louise

    Congratulation! (sic) as my French-Canadian grandmother used to say. Miss her. Anyway, great pictures at Gunlar’s site. May it be forever one.

  85. Milla

    Wow! I’ve been away for a few weeks and come back to this!

    Congratulations to you both! Hope you have a wonderful honeymoon and best wishes for the future!

  86. Prunila

    I was SO surprised when I opened your blog page. This is a great new and I wish you tons of happiness!!! We cannot wait that you are back… enjoy your honeymoon

  87. Carolyn

    I went and found some of the photos from your beautiful wedding – oh my, they brought tears to my eyes – so beautiful you and your new sweetness.

    Congratulations – my God bless and keep you both.

  88. Gordana

    Congratulations! Besides all the usual stuff like love and hapiness I wish you to be each other’s best friend, not to forget that you can always talk to each other and that whatever problem may arise, you two can work it out.

    (Oh, YES, I wannabe 559! 🙂

  89. basak

    Please go back and read your post from 5 january 2007 titled “Nouns”: It is prophetic! I only wish for you that “it will be just so.”

  90. Alison

    Congratulations!! Have a wonderful relaxing honeymoon, and best wishes for the rest of your lives together!!

  91. Ella

    Good Luck!!We have been married 30 years in midsommer.It is “give and take”talk and take time”..and love!Thank you for all inspiration

    in working with yarn.Your friend Ella.

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