Luscious Gracious! Look What We Made Today!

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Monday, August 29, 2005

In Between Days

Today (Monday) has been a little too much like the last several....days, years, whatever....

I don't know what to do with myself (so come on, am I quoting Robert Smith or Jack White, who were both quoting other people in the first place?).

I am bored. It's too hot to do anything at all, and things just seem ANXIOUS.

Usually, it helps to knit. But I just finished two big sweaters, and really don't have another project to go to (I am one of those very annoying knitters who finishes what she starts). I made the socks to match the ones I made for Illanna, out of that yarn I dyed some weeks ago. I think they are kind of ugly, but I have a closeness to them anyway. I am making another pair for Stephen, but they are far from inspiring (I don't blame the yarn. It is a very nice Lang "JAWOOL" jacquard, in color 82, which is basically brown on brown). Socks CAN be fun, I know that, but I prefer this mindless knitting in between other projects. I always make them the same way, and try them on as I go (this can serve as a bit of entertainment, as I made S take off his shoes several times while knitting at the City Bakery on Saturday. No Health Code Officials descended to break up our band of merry knitters, but you never know). I have a circular shawl in soy silk that I am busy designing, but it is not inspiring me either. I don't want to design. I don't want to knit someone else's patterns. I have plenty of new yarn, new books, new ideas....but BLAH!
I can't sit down, or relax, or even enjoy my nightly Green Tea Crack-a-Chino. We just said goodbye to two very special visitors, and are waiting for three more to arrive later this week. We are waiting for news about the hurricane and my free-spirit brother in New Orleans (Steve has taken to making jokes about Katrina and the Waves to relieve some of the pressure). We may or may not have FINALLY sold the Indy house after 13 months of nothing. The girls are back in school for the year, and are getting settled quite nicely. I am between a good and bad spell with my health, and I am frankly tired of waiting to see which way the see-saw tips.

Here at LGS we don't really care for being quite this "Bloggish" for the most part, but I feel a little dive into personal details and such is a needed indulgence from time to time, and when I hate myself for it in the morning, I will chalk it up to seeing Venus and Mars in the same week. I also know that in a day or two, things will be back to whatever normal is to me and those around me, but for right now, it is all just getting to be too much. Or maybe it's not enough. It is so hard to tell.

So, I ask you, dear knitters, help me out.....Tell me what to knit. Give me inspiration in what you are knitting. What do you do on in-between days, those days when you don't really want to get out of bed, but have to because you did sign up for parenthood or school or some other type of job once upon a time? LusciousGraciousStudios professes a strict "create something every day" rule, which is what keeps us going for the most part, but I can (and often do) accomplish that in my sleep. I have decided to take every single piece of advice from all of you and combine it into something smashing, or smash-worthy. It's a challenge, for both of us. You get to decide what you think would entertain and/or annoy me, and I get to take out all of my ennui on your recommendations. If we are all lucky, I may even throw a hammer at the finished object, a la Man Ray.....I am getting a wee bit encouraged already.

While I wait for responses, let me tell you a little more about myself (I figure if I am going to be "that type" of blogger, I may as well go all out, and even if no one ever reads it, the girls can look back on it and see what a nutter their mother was at this stage in my life, which may go a long way toward explaining whatever condition I am in at that time. I have a feeling they will be looking long and hard for clues).

I read "Old New York", a collection of four novellas by Edith Wharton (all very precise in their perfection), "Ripley's Game" by Patricia Highsmith (I couldn't stop picturing John Malkovich as "Tome"), and "Sins of the 7th Sister" by Huston Curtiss (chilling and heartwarming AT THE SAME TIME) this weekend. All three are worthy of a cheerful recommendation, but apparently not even the best of literature could break me out of this funk.

I could cast about for blame, and say it's the weather, or maybe it's our favorite yarn shop taking a three week holiday (grumble, grumble, but it IS much deserved, and who in their right mind needs yarn when it is almost 120 degrees outside, anyway?). Perhaps it's just the disease and the bad dreams and visions that come with it, or it could be that the children are back at school. Maybe it's the threat of turning another year older and not even being somewhere with beautiful leaf-turning to make it bearable. I suspect it all has something to do with the departure of a true friend of my heart...but the truth is it is all of those things and it is none of those things. Let's just chalk it up to a fibre deficiency and add a little more wool to my diet. I promise in a weeks' time to have something spectacular to share, some truly blog-worthy miracle of knitting. Or at least a photo or two of some more socks. Yeah for socks!

I know what I need. That big bag of chocolate, and Elizabeth's "Almanac". And I don't even have to get out of bed to get either one. I feel better already.

kikiluscious, who has discovered that there are actually TWO bags of chocolate, and therefore may not leave the bed until October.


At 5:23 AM, August 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I have been reading your blog now, for about a month. I find it interesting to have such a productive family, everyone knitting! This September, is my one year knitting B-day. I have made scarves for my relatives and friends. So I want to progress to other things. But I digress...In January, I found out that I have leukemia, and go to a wonderful support group called Gilda's Club in the Detroit area. It is for all types of cancer, for women, men, and children. It pains my heart to see the people who are in the midst of thier illness. So, I have downloaded free chemo caps patterns, and plan to make two to four a month and donate them. Maybe you can find a worthy cause in your area?

At 8:25 AM, August 30, 2005, Blogger Mamie said...

I don't know where my comments go... into the ether, I suppose. I will try again:

I am very sorry to hear that ennui has set in for you. I think it is especially difficult to break out of if like for me, and I suspect you, boredom is not a common occurence. I too have found EZ an inspiration in life, even more than knitting sometimes. She is a good place to turn for a little jump start!

As for what you should knit next: what about some lacey tights out of that chinese cashmere I spied in your "do not touch" yarn cubby (did I see correctly?). It isn't a very charitable suggestion from me, but I have been wanting to make something like that and would love to see you blaze the trail!

I hope you feel better soon and I will be thinking of you, my sweet!

At 9:57 AM, August 30, 2005, Anonymous Rebecca said...

You'll pull out of the yarn slump soon. I think it happens to us all. I haven't been knitting much lately, but that's more because I don't have the time. I'm almost completely moved into my new place for the school year. My yarn... almost completely unpacked.

To tell you the truth, I'll probably have more time to knit now, then I did during the summer. I was verrrry busy this summer. And I always knit while reading my text books! lol

And I completely agree about the best yarn you can buy. There's ways to get cheap good yarn. I mean look at knitpicks...I think it's very nice stuff for the money. And there's always good thrift hunting that helps. Spinning and dying your own always helps, I could make a sweater for around 10-15 in will just take a lot more man-hours to spin it up. And I'd rather buy one nice hank of hand dyed yarn then a huge bag full of acrylic.

The socks are looking good. Very retro!

I'd say make something quick, like bright colored mittens! And then go start on another sweater.

At 10:27 AM, August 30, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think... a project that doesn't need to fit.
I think... a felted backpack, colourful, big enough, with hangy bits and bobbles.
Felting is fun, bags are groovy,
Or... a biggish bag, something really donovan.
I love that sweater you designed.
I believe I will make one.

I think Buddha says, to embrace that wee ennui, experience it, be with it, think of the many others who feel the same, breathe in the ennui of all, breathe out healing. breathe in the ennui, breathe out the healing. Be healed.

Blessings, raven

At 10:46 AM, August 30, 2005, Blogger illanna said...

Foxbot: Make Helmet Liners for the troops, you foxbotty foxbot! You love that pattern!

Hey you can even make a booga bag, a kitty bed, or something else. Here is a link for you to look at: - it's a sneak peek at my knitting photos that I uploaded today for the week.

Knit with that pile of Noro you have in your living room! Make a foxbot for the woman from City Bakery!

Love, Foxbot

PS, I am not a Foxbot Crack pot

At 12:11 PM, August 30, 2005, Blogger Creative Genius? said...

Hmmmmmm .... Ok dare I say it.... you can make something for me... if that doesn't cheer you up then maybe the thought that it will cheer ME up will cheer you up!

Ok, ok, maybe I got you laughting with that - maybe you are saying "glad she freakin moved" whatever the case....

You wanted to know what's on our needles... I am still working on (or at least feeling guilty for not working on) Koyoto... I am crochetting a baby blanket that I no longer need (for the time being), I just finished an Orange and Blue Ballet Tee, AND... currently I am knitting like a possessed mad woman on socks for the sock exchange - and my freakin pal has 13" ankles... a cruel joke for someone on a deadline..

So did that help.... I didn't think so.... so lets see... what can you knit....

Go crazy, go about use some Noro to make a jump rope... no that will anger the fiber gods... ok ok, wait i have it - use some classic elite lush for a pot holder... no.... that will anger Alison....

Hmmmmmmmm Orange and Blue would love a LG doggie sweater .... I think Steve needs a man-thong.... or the gals need a cool doll holder for their wall (you know the hammeck looking things that you hang in the corner and put your dolls/teddy bears on...)what - they don't play with dolls because they play with yarn... then make them a yarn holder...

Ok - so I am dry, I got nothing for ya! I'd like to see you make the riding jacket in loop-d-loop... or the leaf pullover...

or how about just a basic.... oh who am I kidding - you don't do basic...

so good luck on your knitting quest... If I think of something that can help - I'll pass it on... if not -- I'll just bable once more!

Feel good my friend!!

At 6:06 PM, August 30, 2005, Blogger Mel said...

You probably already know my suggestion.... Franken-bear! How can you not get excited about that? I know you told me to lay of the cutesy knitting, so maybe I pass the torch to you. Enjoy the Chocolate. I'm impressed that 2 bags of chocolate can last until October. What's your secret?

At 7:37 PM, August 30, 2005, Anonymous glccafar said...

You've been doing such beautiful color work, how about something with lots and lots of cables? No color changes, just lots of texture. I like the Twists and Turns newsletter, when looking for inspiration.

At 7:39 PM, August 30, 2005, Anonymous Sister Muffy said...

Sounds to me that you have a lot of people who enjoy your company and love you. Be happy, smile and breathe. Your loving sister, Muffy :)

At 9:14 PM, August 30, 2005, Blogger Luscious Gracious said...

All AWESOME suggestions. Except the ones from Foxbot. She's so Boxfot it's not even funny. I think that the best way to combine the ideas is to knit for charity. Just found out my brother lost his house in NOLA. He's safe in Baton Rouge, but I know that he (and many others) now has nothing. I will embrace the ennui, and hold it like a dear friend. I will be grateful that my family, my home and my yarn are safe, and I will pour all of my love and grief into something soft and knitted for someone else, then I will make those orange tights out of the Chinese yarn (Mamie you totally freak me out.....I swear you are me reincarnated before I did you guess that was what that yarn was waiting for? Seriously?).
Thanks everyone, and have a nice, fantastic, grouchy day!!!

At 2:11 AM, August 31, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello from your "favorite yarn shop taking a three week holiday." i don't mean to be anonymous, but am new to this and have no blogging identity. will it be fair to say that i have now blogged?

i am sorry that the shop being closed has added to your low. and really, only 2 more weeks to go. i think you will find it to have been a very worthy holiday - at the end of the first week, i have a smidge of color on my face and at least half of a sweater knit for myself. No promises that it will ever be finished - come now, that would be far too much to ask for - all that matters is that the project was not a store sample and is 100% for me!

so very sorry to hear about your brother's losses, but glad to hear he is safe. worrying about him must have been horrible. i know no one in that area, but have been completely overwhelmed by this since they first began making predictions. it is all too unbelievable. knitting for others sounds perfect for you right now. and how lucky the recepient(s) will be - to have a kikiluscious original! i will continue knitting selfishly as fast as my fingers can - as this is the best bet for a cheerful reopening. and then you can keep coming round with your gang and we can maybe ward off such things in the future - as much as a little yarn shop can. :)

ps - hello to pinkylily, chococat and their dad. and happy birthday too.

At 9:16 AM, August 31, 2005, Blogger Stephanie said...

how about smashing designing and not designing together? A little tweakage of existing patterns? about picking up yet another fiber hobby? Dare I suggest Spinning? it's terribly addictive - at least thats where I've turned since getting off track with my knitting....mmmm roving :)

At 12:09 PM, August 31, 2005, Blogger 'Zann said...

Greetings from Indiana, KiKi - I'm catching up here a few days late and you've already gotten a good talking-to with suggestions. And I, too, am sorry to hear about your brother's losses, but glad he made it through. I'm enmeshed in the closing days of the bookshop I co-founded, so my knitting is #2 right now. I just got EZ's The Opinionated Knitter and am reading little bits here and there, savoring it. I am working on a Multidirectional Scarf in some thick and thin cotton, and unventing another scarf, sort of freeform crochet chain stitching, which will eventually be felted. I started doing this because I discovered I can hold colicky infant Sophia and crochet but not knit- Oops, she's here. Peace, 'Zann

At 7:59 PM, August 31, 2005, Blogger Jenny said...

Hi. New Reader. fellow Phoenix knitter. I'm trying to incorporate negative space into my knitting. you might try that? also, I'm watching a lot of lord of the rings. it eases my pain. and I read go dog go to my daughter.


At 7:59 PM, August 31, 2005, Blogger Jenny said...

Hi. New Reader. fellow Phoenix knitter. I'm trying to incorporate negative space into my knitting. you might try that? also, I'm watching a lot of lord of the rings. it eases my pain. and I read go dog go to my daughter.


At 2:37 AM, September 01, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello. it is jessica from your yarn shop again (sorry didn't give my name before, so i was annonymous after all! very new at this.) since you are thinking towards knitting for others, i thought i might pass this along to you and any readers of your blog who are knitting away wishing they could help the victims of katrina. the red cross has told us to just send money, but people want to do more and it has been a hot topic on an email listserve of shop owners and industry folk. people want to knit for this cause, but sending shawls and blankets isn't the right thing is this case. someone posted this website for a group that is doing an ebay type auction of handmade donated things to raise money. i am unfamiliar with the group, and have yet to check it out in full detail - just passing along something i overheard that sounds like a creative way to help.

hope september brings you good days......

At 4:51 AM, September 01, 2005, Blogger Luscious Gracious said...

Thanks so much, everyone. Tonight I finally started crying, just out of sheer relief and frustration. Please read more tomorrow, and know that I appreciate you all more than I could ever say. I hope to get back to each and every one of you personally soon. But first, sleep. Knitters are the best,


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