Luscious Gracious! Look What We Made Today!

A blog devoted to the art of the Luscious Gracious clan.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Art, Rock, & Rock Art

Lily went to her first Rock Concert Friday night. She took her Dad to see The White Stripes. You know how Kiki loves wristbands, so she knit Lily some special White Stripes-Wear for the event.
The White Stripes have red & white peppermint swirls as a recurring theme in their look.

Kiki made the headband and the wristband from Cascade Fixation.

Kiki even made an extra wristband for fellow White Stripes fans & knitting friend, Mel, who went with us to the concert.

Lily loved her first concert! Jack & Meg put on a great show, and still had us home by 10:30. Which was a good thing, since we woke up at 6 the next morning to head north.

One of our dearest friends and fellow photographer, David Liggett (a.k.a. cute-David) is visiting. So the girls put on their hats & sunscreen and we headed for Sedona.

We started our day at the Palatki Heritage Site. Here we were inspired by lots of pictographs or rock paintings left behind by the Sinagua.

This one looked like the moon over the AZ mountains to us.

The pictographs were mostly red & white. These had turned black from smoke.

Many animals were pictured. We saw pictographs of what looked like goats, bears, snakes, turtles,


jellyfish???(not really a pictograph, just Mother Nature's version), and of course...

the foxbot.

At Palatki we also were able to see the ruins of a Sinaguan village.

After Palatki we drove Red Rock Loop road where I took this picture of Cathedral Rock.

We then went down to Crescent Moon Ranch for a different view.

I know everyone who visits this place has this same picture (with or without clouds). Heck, I'm sure if you look hard enough you can find one just like it that I took before. But who cares, it is still one of the most beautiful places I've seen.

While there, Kiki sat in the shade and finished her Fair Isle Sweater!

This beauty is made of many different scraps of wool. Left-overs from other projects and even donated left-overs from friends.

I love the way the inside looks too. Here you get a peek on the neckline. Now Kiki just needs to find a home for this gorgeous sweater(a little warm for AZ).

While Kiki knit in the shade, the kids played in the water, and David & I took many photos. Check David's out after he returns at, but here are some of mine now (the instant gratification of digital & 1 hr processing).

Prickly Pear.
Not sure what kind of flower, but pretty none-the-less.

Striped rock formations at Palatki.

More stripes.
Rocks at Crescent Moon Ranch.

More rocks.

Today we went to Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park. Not nearly as photogenic as Sedona, but located right here in Phoenix. The museum was very informative about the Hohokam and their life here in AZ.

They were very successful in trading their cotton and jewelry with other tribes. The museum credited their expansive canal system, cotton monopoly, and artistry for their success. I think it might have been that they built their village right next to the airport! The museum is worth the trip for locals. I'd recommend visiting on a cooler day if possible.

A few more knitting goodies for those of you overwhelmed by the amount of photography content in this post.

I finished this pyramid bag (triangle version) over the weekend, pattern coming soon. Just need to felt it.

Kiki dug up the yarn for her next project. It was so pretty it deserved a picture in the pre-knit stage. Stay tuned to see what she makes of this.



At 5:14 AM, August 22, 2005, Anonymous Adrian said...

Kiki, that sweater!!! My goodness, that is fantastic. I get these urges to copy everything you do.

You guys go some exciting places and take such lovely photos, also.

At 7:13 AM, August 22, 2005, Blogger Heather said...

Wow, Kiki, gorgeous sweater!!! Beautiful pictures of Sedona, too. I got married right there at Red Rock Crossing in December. I love Sedona!

At 9:16 AM, August 22, 2005, Blogger Mel said...

The sweater looks great! And thank you for the Wristband. I love it! I put it to use again yesterday while pulling weeds. Beautiful photographs. Sedona is such a great place.

At 9:55 AM, August 22, 2005, Blogger illanna said...

FOXBOT! I can't believe you found the mythical half fox half robot in Sedona! Who knew? The sweater is awesome, and so are the wrist bands. Steve- your bag looks great. I miss you guys. I have been looking up all weekend to see Mars and all I could see was the dadgum moon!

At 10:04 AM, August 22, 2005, Blogger Pam said...

Those Hohokam knew it was all in the location - smart cookies.

Beautiful sweater, assorted other knitwear and pictures.

Definitely a jellyfish.

At 11:09 AM, August 22, 2005, Anonymous Eva said...

The unknown flower is Datura - Datura meteloides most likely. It's a very common "wildflower" around these parts. They smell WONDERFUL at night, but they are toxic, so don't handle any part of the plant if you can help it. More info here: Datura

I grow them in my yard, but I keep them away from the sidewalk and inquiring hands.

At 11:30 AM, August 22, 2005, Blogger 'Zann said...

Greetings from Indiana - your blog is at the top of my favorites list. I love to see and read about your delightful creative family! Found you because of the Knitty pattern. I have a son living in Tucson, so I loved seeing the Arizona photographs!

At 4:24 PM, August 22, 2005, Blogger Stasia said...

Thanks for the beautiful photographs!

At 8:16 PM, August 22, 2005, Anonymous Rebecca said...

I love the Fair Isle sweater...that's an awesome way to use up left over yarn! And I love the rainbow socks in the previous post...what kind of yarn was that?

At 8:15 PM, August 23, 2005, Anonymous Aunt Mel aka Sister Muffy said...

Okay, okay - I really am coming to visit. The pictures are awesome. I can't believe the pictographs. The sweater is beautiful. Want you to know that Megan is learning more tricks with her crocheting, then they will learn knitting. Hi to Miss Lucy and to Miss Gracie - YOU ROCK!!! Hope you loved the concert - that makes me smile.

At 4:52 PM, August 24, 2005, Blogger Creative Genius? said...

OK--- LOVE the sweater Kiki - Oh how i need to get on the Fair Isle band wagon - but you do it so amazingly .. not sure if I can keep up!

And the picture of the rock stripes (Striped rock formations at Palatki) -- is it just me - or does it look like a woman's private part??? Steve... you dirty dog you!! :-)

At 10:25 AM, August 30, 2005, Anonymous jess said...

what a drool-inducing. gorgeous sweater, Kiki! What were the yarn weights of the scraps you used? Similar weights or varied? Are the details on the project posted somewhere? I'd love to attempt something similar with my million odd balls of yarn...

At 1:53 PM, August 30, 2005, Anonymous Laura said...

Kiki's Fair Isle = so inspiring! Pattern? Yarn weight? Please? :)

At 2:55 PM, August 31, 2005, Anonymous regina said...

Kiki's Fair Isle is just remarkable. Would you be kind enough to share the source of the pattern? thanks very kindly!

At 8:01 PM, August 31, 2005, Blogger Luscious Gracious said...

Several comments regarding how Kiki made her sweater. There is another post on the blog that describes it,and includes her handwritten chart. Look here

At 8:13 AM, October 06, 2005, Blogger Ashbloem said...

That is a beautiful sweater, Kiki! I love it!

At 9:58 PM, October 07, 2005, Blogger carey said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the Fairisle sweater! Soooo beautiful! Great job and thanks for posting all the pretty photos.

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