Tying the Knot

K: My younger brother Justin  got married! I love him so much. He has one of the best personal styles I have encountered, and he is just as interesting to talk to. No one that has met him has anything negative to say about him, ever...and that is very rare nowadays. I can't say enough great things about him. And to say the least, his wedding was magical. Especially because he married Karen Demaio. 

 (Thanks to Andrew Larason for snapping this beautiful shot of the bride and groom!)

 (Thanks to Andrew Larason for snapping this beautiful shot of the bride and groom!)

L:  Creativity exudes from everything Karen and Justin do.  They are both super talented artists, as well as such kind, genuine people.  Karen has been so supportive and encouraging of our ktog adventures! 

K: Karen is a friend, who has been a huge inspiration to me with knitting. She and Justin together communicate love for the arts, and they appreciate the art that others create. They are humble in that they want to promote others and share in the joy of creation. They are collaborators, like joyful kids, fun, and so artistic, it's pretty ridiculous. Ridiculously charming, that is.

About two months before the wedding, Karen asked Lacey and I if we could pull off knitting seven ties for Justin and the groomsmen. She wanted us to be a part of her overall look for the wedding! We were pretty intrigued, because we have never knit ties before. Karen had a particular peach-orange in mind, so we began the search for the perfect color.
 
I took Karen to one of my favorite yarn shops, Stitches with Style which is right in our area! We picked up a yarn called Kimono, a linen blend. We played with the idea of color-blocking, concentrating the peach at the bottom of the tie, with the rest of the tie cream-colored. Over the course of a month we knit, tore out, knit some more, tore out, and kept knitting. 
 It was such a process!

 L:  After doing some test samples, at 2 inches wide, we started to realize the tie was going to be a bit bulky under a shirt collar, especially with the knot.  Our first full length ties had a decrease down to 1 1/2 inches right before the knot would be made.  It was at this time that the original idea with the peach on the bottom was traded in for a design that was mainly peach, with some cream stripes toward the bottom of the tie.  We also decided to make the whole thing 1 1/2 inches wide, decreasing down to one inch for the last ten inches of the tie.

K: Each tie was 56 inches long, and we knit the ties in stockinette on size four needles! As you can imagine, knitting stockinette for that long can drive any knitter crazy! However, Lacey and I learned more about ourselves as a knitting team through the whole process. She is amazing at colorwork and tying in ends, two things I don't have the patience for at all.

L: And Kate is insanely fast, so she could speed along with all that peach!  I knit the first 15 inches, then passed the ties on to Kate to finish. 

K: We completed the ties much faster that way!  We also wanted to professionally finish the ties, so we had tags printed for the tie stay in the back of the tie! The ties turned out even better than we expected, and looked great! 

K: My brothers from left: Jon, Brett, Jeremy, and Ryan

K: My brothers from left: Jon, Brett, Jeremy, and Ryan

K: My brother, Jeremy!  He wears this tie well!

K: My brother, Jeremy!  He wears this tie well!

Just a little close-up of the tags we had printed for the ties!

Just a little close-up of the tags we had printed for the ties!

K: On their honeymoon, Justin and Karen did a little photo shoot of Justin wearing his tie with this olive green H & M suit... and we absolutely love these shots! Thanks, Karen and Justin!

This is a favorite shot of one of the ties! 

This is a favorite shot of one of the ties! 

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What a cool guy! Did I mention Justin is a professional yo-yo/ performance artist? 

What a cool guy! Did I mention Justin is a professional yo-yo/ performance artist? 

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K: Lacey and I are both thankful for the opportunity to be a part of such a special day for Karen and Justin, and we hope to collaborate more with them in the future!

L:  Congratulations, Karen and Justin!  Thanks for sporting our ties!