Mr. Sweetness and I read all your comments and congratulations, and from the bottom of our hearts we would like to say thank you!!! With so many people supporting us, we feel we’re off to a very auspicious start!

– – – – – – –

Re-entry into the real world has been unexpectedly difficult. The wedding was so much fun, and the honeymoon was beyond amazing. I asked another newlywed (a coworker) today, “So, how long will this glee last?” He answered, “Supposedly your entire life. Hold on to it!” Words to live by.

My camera is still packed away, so it will be a few days before I can share my honeymoon knitting with you. Oh yes, there was plenty! In the meantime, I’ll rely on some previously-taken photos and the questions you posed in the comments to bring you up to date :).

I didn’t knit a thing for my wedding, but I did sew my own garters and ring-bearer pillow!


I will gladly knit a sweater for my husband if he asks for one (he hasn’t yet). I’ll knit him anything he wants, in fact. But for now, he’s clothed in plenty of my handknit goodies ;).


Last, I’d like to share a few wedding photos with you, all Β©2008 by our fabulous photographer Gulnara Samoilova.

There were happy smiles…

…and tears of joy (I cried at every possible opportunity).

Many hugs (I call this one, “phagocytosis attempt”),

and a dessert table complete with pyrotechnics.

It was wonderful.


162 thoughts on “Re-entry

  1. Jo Skabo

    I may not be the first to congratulate you, but I’m the first to let you know that I’d have loved to have been at this wedding! And, just in case you didn’t know, you’re not officially married until you attempt phagocytosis on your chosen mate! You look exquisitely happy! And we are all happy for you!

  2. connie

    Many congrats to you, Kathy. I found myself not remembering my wedding very well. It was all such a blur. I hope your memory will serve you better! πŸ˜‰

  3. Knittripps

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pictures with us. I’ve been married 6 1/2 years and after reading your post I have the sudden urge to bring out my wedding pictures and sip a glass of champagne. Cheers!

  4. margaux

    ahh i love it! those photos are wonderful and you look stunning πŸ™‚ welcome home and hope your re-entry is painless!! i wish you and your hubby all the best!

  5. Meredith

    Absolutely beautiful! I have lurked for some time now, but I must wish you congratulations and send my very best wishes to you and your husband! Your blog is an inspiration to so many of us and it is more than inspiring and heart warming to see you to so supremely happy! May the honeymoon last forever.

  6. Amy

    Hahaha! Phagocytosis attempt! I can agree with you on that one. I’ve tried more than once to phagocytose a friend who I didn’t want to see go…or who I’ve just seen in awhile!

  7. christie

    Congratulations again, Mr. Sweetness and MRS. Grumperina! You looked absolutely beautiful!

    I’m so happy for you two…may the glee last your entire lifetime together!

  8. Amy

    Congratulations again, Kathy! Beautiful dress, beautiful bride, handsome groom. Thanks for sharing those lovely photos. Best wishes for a long and happy lifetime together.

  9. winnie

    congratulations. I love the pictures that you’ve shared. Witnessing true love and joyous occasions as such remind us that happiness is attainable. i wish you both an eternity of love and togetherness.

  10. Laura

    May these memories always be fresh and sparkling (and firey!) as you add to them throughout your life together!

  11. Stella

    Oh, wow. You look positively THRILLED to be marrying this man — not to mention stunning in that dress. Congrats again!!

    Ooh, and I love the dessert table idea. So much more fun (visually and gustatorily) than a single cake.

  12. anne

    What beautiful wedding pictures! Great subjects and great photographer!

    Wishing you both lifelong happiness together.

    (and much knitting)

  13. Cara

    Dude! I’ve been waiting patiently for a picture of the Dr. Zhivago jacket! You guys look fantastic!

    MAZEL TOV! May you never lose that newlywed feeling!

  14. PammieTaj

    I married Mr Cutey Pants four years (one year?) ago on Leap day. I’m still crazy in love with him. Not that it’s always silk and merino blend – sometimes it’s unwashed linen! But at least it’s us, together at the end of the day.

    I wish you more silk and merino than linen!

    blessings, Pammie

  15. tina

    Welcome home! I know that you will be able to hang onto every bit of the joy and that it will multiply into untold bliss with every passing day!

  16. Patricia

    Congratulations… I love to see wedding pictures… tks for sharing with us! They are great – and you, a beautiful bride!

  17. Ryn

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you! Even though we’ve never met in person, I still feel a lot of joy knowing that you’re so happy. I guess you proved the “boyfriend curse” (you know the one…) wrong, eh?

    The wedding pictures are great. You look so beautiful in your dress!

  18. Kristen

    I’m a little late to the party, but CONGRATS!!!

    For what it’s worth, my first thought, upon reading your news, was that your “wedding ring” shawl finally has a wedding ring to go through!

    and – those are, perhaps, some of the best wedding photo’s I’ve seen in a long time. It looks like it was an amazing day! (so now do Kitty belong to the both of you?)

  19. amy

    Well, I’m 6.5 years of constant glee and still going strong.

    Beautiful pictures. Looks like it was a blissful day. Congratulations, again.

  20. Carole

    I love the photo where your new husband is wiping your tears. I hope he’s always there for you to do just that.

    Best wishes from Dale and I.

  21. Carolyn

    You look beautiful. Seriously. Gorgeous! this is Grumperina in a different light…WOW! Not so grumpy looking;)

    Congratualtions to you both.

  22. Laura Neal

    I am so happy for you both. I love the garters and pillow, you did an incredible job! I can’t find my ring bearer’s pillow to this day, I have no clue where it went. I still have my bouquet, it is packed up in a box. Your wedding day looked beautiful! I hope you both have many happy years and prosperous times together.

  23. Sarah R

    Lovely pictures…and you both look so happy. Here’s my wishes for many long years of happiness ahead of you.

    Congratulations and all best wishes!

  24. caitlyn

    Congratulations to you and your husband, Kathy! I wish you many happy and healthy years together. Thank you for sharing your photos — they are lovely!

  25. TinaB

    Very dramatic setting for the reception too! Calla lilies and roses… a stage… blasting desserts. It all looks wonderful. Welcome back! May you be as happily married as my husband and I have been for the last 14 years. Tina

  26. deborah

    You two are so cute! 31+ years for Mr. Big Teddy Bear and me, and I can honestly say that after going through all the things we have together, we love each other more than when we got married. I wish the same for you both. Congratulations!

  27. Gena

    Looks like you had a wonderful time! Weddings are always great, and what better way to enjoy it than as the bride?

    And phagocytosis – much better than autophagy!

  28. Dove

    Aww, what a great-looking couple! You looked stunning in your dress!

    Our reentry into the real world was awful. We had to move the week we got back from our honeymoon, in the middle of summer, to an apartment with no A/C, in Chicago traffic and with practically no help (and I broke a finger during the move, so I only had one hand). Add that to wedding-and-honeymoon-withdrawal, and you’ve got a bad case of hating reality πŸ™‚

  29. Kathy Sue

    I think this is my first comment! Congratulations, you both look so happy. The picture of Mr. Sweetness wiping your tears is so ….sweet. I love the idea of phagocytosis, it is so perfectly descriptive of how it feels when you love someone so much that you want to be one with them. Best wishes for a long and happy life together.

  30. Guro

    Mrs. Grumperina Sweetness, judging by the pictures you are the prettiest, happiest bride I’ve seen in a very long time. Congratulations!

  31. Janette

    You both looked fabulous and oh so happy.

    You’re supposed to cry at weddings, especially your own!

    Wishing you both all the happiness in the world, forever.

  32. cairi

    AWWW huge congrats!!! I recognise that place in the first picture as being the place they stood at the end of a film….oooh what was it, whats that place called?

    You both look so happy and relaxed and your dress is so pretty!

  33. Anna

    Congrats! Thanks for sharing the pictures of your happy day! You make a cute couple. I also believe that as the years go on, your love becomes deeper. They’ll be ups and downs, but hold onto the happy memories always. My husband and I are going on 8 years, and even with the struggles, I think it’s better now that it was back then.

  34. YarnAddict

    Congratulations. And congratulations on your article on sewing up in KnitScene. I was reading it in bed last night. Fantastic article. Will be saving it for the future.

    As for wedded bliss. We had our first huge argument on our honeymoon (about Spaghetti) but we’ve still been married 16 years. Here’s to a long happy marriage for you and your hubby.

  35. Susan

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

    Both the bride and the photos.

    He may be Mr. Sweetness, but he also looks like Mr. Right.

    I pray that your coworker was right with respect to you and your life with your husband. I’ve been married 11 years now and while the glee isn’t always there (sometimes it’s there, but behind a cloud), the love deepens. Matures. Grows in ways one can never predict.

  36. Nicole

    Welcome back! Life does return to normal eventually so definitely enjoy the gentle halo of love while it still hovers over your world. A second honeymoon is the best to re-linger over the feeling.

  37. Elli

    Congratulations! Am I just amazingly unobservant, or are you just really good at keeping secrets? And yup…the glee lasts as long as you want it too πŸ™‚

  38. bwilliams

    I have been lurking for a while, but the comment re: the glee lasting for a lifetime brought me out of the shadows. My honey and I have been married for 33+ years; I would marry him again tomorrow with no second thought. He is the best part of my life-no question. Not only is he my lover and confidant, he is the VERY best friend I have EVER had. May your life together be as blessed as ours is and has been!

  39. Jamie

    Congratulations! I’ve been married 6 months to my best friend, and I still wake up every morning and think, “Yay!! It’s you!” I hope we always feel this way!

    (p.s. It was difficult for me not to turn our honeymoon in Ireland into a poorly-disguised yarn crawl. Difficult!)

  40. domesticat

    Look at you with all that emoting! I’m sorry I missed seeing that, but I think I’m especially sorry to have missed the pyrotechnics!!! Congrats to you both, you guys look SO happy.

  41. June

    *raising my coffee*

    To lifelong glee!


    This May will be 13 years for me and Matt. If I had to do it all over again, I’d do it exactly the same way.

  42. Donna B

    Your wedding pictures made me cry, too. Wishing you a marriage full of joy and long sweet knitting silences. Never give up on phagocytosis! πŸ™‚

  43. Jen

    Coming out of lurkdom to say congratulations! It feels so trite to say my wedding day was the best day of my life, but it’s also completely true!

  44. Julie

    The “glee” feeling. yeah that I think should last forever. I have been married for just over 4 years now and we have our “moments” but the glee feeling is still there all of the other times. I hope that it sticks around for you two as well.

  45. Knititblack

    De-lurking to say… you look so very happy, and what wonderful photos! I was just recently married myself, so looking at you reminds me of how I felt on my wedding day. Congratulations, and maybe the glee indeed last forever!

  46. Bianca

    Welcome back and I wish you, that this wonderful feeling will really last till the end of your live.

    Thank you so much sharing these wonderful (your photographer is fantastic!) and so personal pictures with us. You where a beautiful bride and it’s hearthwarming seeing you so happy.

    I wish you, that your Mr. Sweetness is not like my precious here at home. I would love it to knit something for him and I have the perfect pattern for a cardigan for him… unfortunatly he is very warm-blooded… and knitting items are too thick for him.

    Kind regards,


  47. cassandra

    Coming back to reality is tough! Plan a short trip together so you have a little something to look forward to. A weekend at a cozy B&B works wonders.

  48. Sock Knitter

    Grinning from ear to ear! I am so freekin’ happy for you, Kathy! This is AWESOME — and a surprise πŸ™‚ I’ve never seen you mention even a boyfriend before!

  49. Stacie

    Thanks for sharing wedding photos. I loved the phagocytosis hug – what a beautiful picture filled with so much emotion. Congratulations again!

  50. PaulaRed

    Dessert! Fireworks! Love! Garters! Yeah for happiness! You seem like a person who will keep it in your heart forever….thanks for sharing the joy!

  51. PaulaRed

    Dessert! Fireworks! Love! Garters! Yeah for happiness! You seem like a person who will keep it in your heart forever….thanks for sharing the joy!

  52. Karlie

    Oh you look so beautiful! I’m getting married this summer, and I’m sewing one garter, and knitting another – the sewed one will be tossed, the knitted one delicate with blue ribbon and to be removed by hubby later πŸ˜‰ I’m also making a little swallowtail shawl, but I’ve yet to find pure white lace yarn – all I can find is natural white.

  53. Romi

    You brought tears to my eyes with that pic of Mr. Sweetness wiping away your tears. I’m so happy for both of you; may your lives be filled with love and joy!

  54. rach

    oh, you look so beautiful and so happy!

    being all of three weeks into this married venture, it’s pretty sweet. Me and the mister like to clink our rings together and say “wonder twins, activate!” It keeps the whole married thing from going to our heads.

  55. Sue

    What a beautiful couple and beautiful day…bask in it for as long as possible.

    CONGRATS! Looking forward to more pics.

  56. Trine

    Oh it’s *beautiful*.. Congratulations!! πŸ™‚ I hope you have a long and happy life together.

    P.S. LOVE the dessert table on fire. I gotta get me one of those when I get married!!

  57. Patricia

    Thanks for sharing the pictures — I love that you had pyrotechnics at your wedding — kickass!

  58. Gaynor

    Congratulations, and thank you for sharing the photos of your wedding. It looks like you had a great time. Lots of wishes for happiness together.

  59. Cassie

    The wedding photos were so full of beautiful emotion. The black and while one where you are hugging your man is absolutely adorable. You are so in love! It made me tear up to see such pure, sweet love. Congratulations!

  60. Laurel

    The pictures are absolutely beautiful, you are a lovely couple and I am so happy for you both! I love seeing people happy and in love. I also wanted to say that the garters and ring pillow are really pretty.

  61. jenny

    Congratulations! Your photographer did a great job of capturing both personality and the moment. My best to you both.

  62. jennifer.

    I saw your hitched post the other day, but thought I’d let you enjoy wedded bliss. Fascinating, isn’t it? With a little work, that feeling can continue your whole life (says she who married her high school sweetie and has 4 children so far).


  63. Christina

    Pure bliss – you can feel the happiness just looking at your photos. May your lives always be filled with joy. Thank you for sharing with us.

  64. Irene

    The love that spills out of your pictures is so touching it makes me almost cry. I’m so happy for you.

  65. Juliana

    I’ve been reading your blog off and on for a few years now. I appreciate not only the wonderful tips and patterns you share, but just the fun things about life that you post. Congratulations!!! I’m glad to share and add to your joy.

  66. anne marie in philly

    you look beautiful…both of you look happy together…may you still feel the same way 5/10/20 years from now.

    thanks for sharing your special day with us!

  67. Laura Sue

    Even with 140 comments I still want to chime in. It CAN last your whole life. Keep remembering. Look at the pictures over and over and tell each other the “story of us” as many times as you care to. There is great pressure in our society to wallow in an unhappy marriage. “Talking happy” about your marriage can silence a room faster than a pregnant nun at a church bazaar. Please allow me to give you support in glorying in a good one. I’ve been doing it for 12 years and plan to do so for many, many more.

  68. gilraen

    So beautiful!! Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures πŸ™‚ I remember the phagocytosis feeling well, even after 15 years of marriage. πŸ™‚

  69. Marie

    Congrats again! Any guy that will model socks for your blog is a KEEPER! A real “good egg”. Hang on to that one! Great pics, btw.

  70. Wendy

    What a joy to find another person to love. I can see it in your face and I can feel the happiness in the pictures. Congratulations to the both of you! Soon we will be sending you booties. (Yeah, I know, it’s tacky to say that sort of thing, but I couldn’t help saying it.)

  71. Thomasean

    You guys are so very beautiful. Congradulations.

    My prayer for you is happiness beyond belief for eternity.

  72. trish

    It is possible to hold onto it. Do. It is the best thing I’ve ever learned to do in my entire life.

    Congratulations and it looks like the wedding was beautiful.

  73. Tara

    Knitting on your honeymoon? Really? Congratulations! Beautiful pictures. Lots of happiness to you both!

  74. Doris

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures. I must say that you keep the wedding hush-hush until the event happened and I am so happy for you both!

    All the best!

  75. Sue F.

    Congratulations! The pictures really capture a beautiful day. The only thing better will be *Doctor* Mrs. Grumperina… and may your glee last the rest of a long, happy, healthy, and successful life.

  76. Mary

    Wow. What fabulous photos! But I guess she started with some great material. What does Grandma think of all this? May the glee reign supreme!

  77. Seanna Lea

    Congrats again!

    I remember far less about my wedding day than I thought I would. Everything becomes such a blur. Hopefully life will be smooth and loverly.

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