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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Bon Appetit & Baby Feet

Bonjour, and let me apologize to my French, Cajun, and culinary friends because I cannot remember how to add accents to words that need them while I'm here on the laptop. SHHHHHH......don't tell the little lusciousgraciouschildren, as they are correcting my French pronunciation and punctuation on a regular basis already.
Anyway, it's better than the Saturday Night Live "Jeopardy" sketch. Ask Illanna, or Alex. At least I remembered that second "p".
This week promises to be an emotional and interesting one for many, many people. Brother Kent will be returning to New Orleans to help prepare his restaurant for business and help with general clean-up until he can return "home". His boss, and owner of Cuvee (again, no accent available), will be putting him up in the meantime. Lucky for Kent; a job and a place to stay. He has also heard from his landlord, and is hopeful that he may have a place to move into someday, and until then he has assured me that his "couch surfing" days aren't too far out of his memory. That is surely one of the positive aspects of being as social and caring as Kent is.....lots and lots of friends.
While we can't speak for every citizen of that great city, we know that Kent is glad to be going back. He knows that there are hard days ahead, but also knows that the work is worth the effort. I think he is excited to see the people he loves. Places, too. We wish him the best!
Have you seen the September issue of Bon Appetit magazine? It lists the top 5 US food cities. Yep.....New Orleans! And guess who gets to represent? Cuvee....complete with a picture of Chef Bob and his staff, including Kent (he's the guy with the red beard, not the guy with the dirty apron, on page 153. AND, Kent wanted you all to know that even though the young lady to the left of Bob is wearing an apron, it is just there to balance the photograph. No one with open-toed shoes is allowed in that kitchen. She's a hostess! I was more concerned with the dirty apron on picture day, but Kent seems to think that the Board of Health is checking magazine photos for imaginary violations....).
While our baby days are LOOOOOOOOONG behind us, we are suddenly awash in anxiously awaiting the parenthood of several friends. You know, people our age, just now deciding to start the family. Won't they be tired? I'll just be tired for them....
No, really, it all just makes us jealous, and a little bittersweet. Ummmmm, baby feet.
And what do baby feet need? Baby socks.
Good thing they are quick. And addictive. And, they use up the little tiny balls of leftover sock yarn. I have boxes of that.....



Both pair are quite boyish. Anyone having a girl? I can't resist hats, either. But they all end up too frilly for even modern parents to put on a boy.
This one is made up, using some little edging from Nicky Epstein's book and some of that ever-present Cascade "Fixation". I crocheted the flower in my own backward way.

This tiny hat-like item is Stephen's swatch for a bigger baby gift. Hey, it's felted!

Here's the real thing, in progress. Still a surprise.....

Speaking of "In Progress", this is my own work of the weekend. Those pretty birthday yarns are speaking to me, and designing themselves as I go.
Pinky lace.

And Koigu curling. More to come.

Here's what Lily Grace is doing for her friends at school. Apparently it is VERY difficult at the beginning of the year to remember group numbers. Or, maybe it's the new uniform, you know, my evil plan of outfitting everyone in fancy wristbands finally coming to fruition. This one is for a friend in Group C.
Here's one for Group D. It's in the washer as I speak (both are Brown Sheep Bulky).
And what is Lulu up to while not knitting? Her newest love, the clarinet! I don't even have to make her shut the door anymore while she practices (WORST MOM EVER). Honestly, I was prepared for years of awful squeaks and gasps, but that shows how little I know about musical instruments. Or maybe she really is a prodigy. Better save her a place in the orchestra, Uncle David. Lucy, we are proud of you, and of your love of art, music, reading, and learning in general. Your enthusiasm for school and life are catching, as is your sweet smile.
Look at the sisters. They are so happy to be at the City Bakery. We always meet up with such great knitters and other artists. Lily loves to tell them the latest in scientific exploration and knock-knock jokes. She spent most of Saturday planning and scheming for future projects in her special version of the Big Red Book of Knitting (her's is the Little version). Oh, and let's not forget the wristbands. I am so proud! Lucy continued work on her second sock of the pink and green pair. It's always a crowd-pleaser, a young one busy with dpn's.
Know what that is in the glass? The BEST lime-aid in the world. Homemade. Just like the gorgeous centerpiece. It was a gift from our favorite waitress. When we arrived Saturday morning, we thought that the place had been rented out, and that our tables were reserved. They were, FOR US! K. had decorated our usual places with the flowers and be-ribboned flatware. Add the to-die-for almond croissants, and the place is heaven. Thanks to her and B., our Saturdays are extra-special.

So much more has been going on, but it will keep for a future post. In the meantime, enjoy the clues below, and try to divine the fibery-goodness coming your way. And, if anyone can properly identify the object to the left of the Coke can, there's a prize in it for you....

Have a fabulous Monday,

Sincerely,

Kiki, who WILL have a better week this time around.

21 Comments:

At 9:27 PM, September 18, 2005, Anonymous Rebecca said...

Ohh ohh ohhh. It's a babe top whorl drop spindle, just like the type Hello Yarn uses in her spindle kits.

Your yarn is looking gorgeous!

And I can't wait to see your pink "lacey thing" it looks pretty, in a scrunched up sort of way.

 
At 11:06 PM, September 18, 2005, Blogger Luscious Gracious said...

That is a spindle just like the type in Hello Yarn's spindle kit, but the object in question is between the spindle and the coke can. You win for quickest answer though, unfortunately no prize for that.
Steve

 
At 12:31 AM, September 19, 2005, Anonymous denise said...

it was great meeting you all at the city bakery! i had such a nice time. thanks for allowing us to "invade" your space. :) see you next saturday!=> denise

 
At 7:39 AM, September 19, 2005, Anonymous Rebecca said...

Hmmmmmmmm. It looks like dust bunnies pulled from under the bed. No clue. lol

 
At 9:47 AM, September 19, 2005, Blogger Creative Genius? said...

It's your thumb blanket... gosh it's got a name... Monkey?!?!

 
At 9:48 AM, September 19, 2005, Blogger Creative Genius? said...

Hey LG folks... what are you doing this Wednesday night... say... in a few days??? Wanna knit at Coffee Rush with me?!?!

 
At 12:18 PM, September 19, 2005, Blogger Pam said...

I believe the thing next to the coke can is a pile of some type of bodily by-product coming from the little pink Miss Piggy that Lucy made. Or the washer leftovers from one of Steve's felting projects.

Sorry I missed you guys Saturday - school, yuck.

 
At 1:29 PM, September 19, 2005, Anonymous Laura said...

Girl here! Having a girl in November, so you can just toss your girly stuff this direction. heh

Next to the Coke can... resembles tree lichen. A pile of lichen. Yep. Am I close? :)

 
At 1:31 PM, September 19, 2005, Anonymous Laura said...

Dang, my comment didn't work. Try try again....

The "thing" is a bit of tree lichen. Or at least that's what it looked like to ME. :)

 
At 3:19 PM, September 19, 2005, Blogger illanna said...

That thing next to the coke can came from your cat's throat! Is this turning into a cat blog?? Dang cat blogs. I love the little socks, and I still have some sock yarn I need to give you. They are both girly, in a boyish kind of way of course. Knitting on Wednesday sounds good to me!

 
At 7:01 PM, September 19, 2005, Blogger Jenny said...

Is it possible you're spinning dryer lint? I'm really going to try and make it next saturday, but I have family coming in and I don't know if they'll go for it. Even on my birthday. It's a lot of boy family, so I don't know what to do with them. Of course, since the bakery closes early, it wouldn't be for that long and I could just leave them at home (sans bebe) to fend for themselves and watch football, whilst I have my fun. The yarn on the spindle looks like Manos. Delicious! Do you happen to know where I can buy koigu in the valley? Or should I save myself the gas money and just get something comparable from knitpicks? Hope you're having a great week!

 
At 8:21 PM, September 19, 2005, Anonymous Sissy Muffy said...

Hello monkey! Is that what Megan's is going to look like in 15 years?

 
At 9:03 PM, September 19, 2005, Blogger Luscious Gracious said...

Jenny,
You can buy koigu at Jessica Knits, the best yarn shop in the valley, and my other favorite place to be. But don't buy up all the color Kiki is using, she might need one more ball.
Steve

 
At 10:04 PM, September 19, 2005, Blogger Stephanie said...

whoo hoo! spinning - and some gorgeous handspun you are turning out indeed :)

I'm guessing that wad next to the cokecan is some crazy experiment in lace wt yarn...

 
At 7:35 AM, September 20, 2005, Blogger Letoya said...

HEY Lucy! That's a fine instrument you got there. Are you going to play Jazz and learn "When the Saints go Marching in?"

 
At 11:50 PM, September 20, 2005, Blogger kt said...

Well, the FAR left thing appears to be a drop spindle, and the THING inbetween the spindle and the can of Coke looks suspiciously like the be-headed, be-draggled very be-dead pigeon our disgraceful mutt be-stowed upon us last week....

 
At 11:52 PM, September 20, 2005, Blogger kt said...

Well, the FAR left thing appears to be a drop spindle, and the THING inbetween the spindle and the can of Coke looks suspiciously like the be-headed, be-draggled very be-dead pigeon our disgraceful mutt be-stowed upon us last week....

 
At 9:32 PM, September 24, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like the umbrella stand for the table to me..

 
At 9:33 PM, September 24, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW my name is amy and I can be reached at amyswaterworks@telus.net for the prize ;)

 
At 9:42 PM, September 24, 2005, Blogger Mamie said...

I guess either dryer lint or unraveled towel. Is that low-balling it? Should I say rather Phoenix wings or unicorn tail?
In any case it is nice to have this update from the Luscious Gracious clan, which I read a couple of days ago and only now am commenting. Yes, that's laziness personified right there.

 
At 6:27 PM, September 25, 2005, Blogger 'Zann said...

Well, I have stared at this picture on and off for a week now and am as mystified today as a week ago. Kiki said "the clues below", so I've been trying to read the picture like a rebus...Babe or spindle +(unknown object) + Coke or can + book + yarn or skein....I dunno.

I see some sort of ring by the Unknown Object...at first I thought, aha, wedding ring shawl or scarf maybe. But then I see it looks like the ring is attached and..it seems familiar in a very vague way...oh, my poor brain.

 

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