Here I am, with my husband John and granddaughter Elizabeth.  This is the first time that I've seen her with the veil on.  Click to view a larger image. Elizabeth getting some help from her favorite fan, her mother Joann.  Click to view a larger image. Elizabeth and Brad were married under this 300+ year old tree.  It was really a beautiful ceremony and location.  Click to view a larger image. Better shot of the extended veil, being held by Julia, the bride's sister.  Click to view a larger image.
Our beautiful Biz with her reflection in the mirror.  Click to view a larger image. A strip of edging was starched and gathered on a comb to secure it in her hair.  Click to view a larger image. The veil draped beautifully on the floor behind Elizabeth.  Click to view a larger image. The veil measured 84 inches across.  I blocked it with heavy weed eater string.  Click to view a larger image.
I stole the center pattern from another doily, then used some of my favorite Shetland patterns; increasing as I went ... and praying a lot!  Click to view a larger image. On the edge (last 6-8 inches), I knit stockinette stitch Feather and Fan.  Click to view a larger image. This close-up shows some of the details of the veil.  Click to view a larger image. This close-up shows some of the details of the veil.  Click to view a larger image.

Here is what I wrote to my granddaughter, Elizabeth, regarding the veil:

"Elizabeth, your Granny Neumann, my sweet Mom, inspired me to do this veil. She was knitting lace 60 years ago when no one had heard of it and passed her art on to me. This lace is called 'Kuntstricken'; in German it translates to 'Art Knitting'. I've remained passionate about my lace knitting for almost 70 years and this veil is a culmination of all those years of knitting.

It was knitted from the center out, beginning with 8 stitches. I didn't have a formal pattern, just used my most favorite Shetland Lace patterns and designed as I went. My concern was that I hadn't added enough stitches to the rows and it wouldn't stretch out properly, but it did! I used #70 tatting thread and a #1 needle. The final six inches were 2400 stitches per round. I started a year ago and of course, it wasn't all I worked on, but it was always by my chair beckoning to me to finish! I had withdrawal angst when it wasn't there waiting for me anymore!

Wear it with all the love I could knit into it and although it will reside with you, it would thrill me if another beautiful Penning girl would like to wear it too. You can be the Keeper of the Heirloom. Your Uncle Danny made the box and Aunt Geralyn lined it, so there's love all around.

May you always be in love as much as you are right now. It can only grow if each of you think of the other first."

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