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Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Full-Sized VS Mini

Lately we at Luscious Gracious have needed some smaller, in-between, projects. Thing like socks, bags, and these tiny sweaters. I used scraps of Cascade Fixation to knit socks and sweaters just like I knit the big ones. No pattern, but much, much smaller. They can be completed in just a few minutes, especially if you are blessed with a "benign tremor" that makes you knit like a madwoman (amazing how horrific "flailing about" can be transmitted into something productive with the simple addition of a set of dpn's).

If you don't have the directions for socks and sweaters memorized (and frankly, who can spare the brain space?), you can find a nice little pattern for these wee knits in the famous-for-yarn-porn publication of "Last Minute Knitted Gifts". I believe it's similar.
Lucy finished a few little Illanna gifts last week, and then wound up a week of knitting with her pair of socklettes, also Cascade Fixation.

They are as soft as they look, and something quite special. Hooray for ms. lulu for finishing her very first pair of socks ever!!! There are so many adult knitters who have come up to her in a daze, amazed to see such a little thing working the dpn's like a pro. They usually whisper reverently, "I have been knitting for years, and I am too afraid to attempt socks!! You are so cool!" or something along those lines. Socks marked a turning point for me, too. I know lots of knitters who became die-hard fanatics when they magically turned that first heel. Lucy is working hard at stick-to-it-iveness, and her mom is working hard at no-nagging-at-the-startitis-in-others. Between the two of us, we are getting it worked out, and Lucy is able to finish many projects, all the while starting as many as she likes. She even made an entire gift in less than 24 hours, but we'll wait until after the party to post photos of that one. And we won't talk about the four sweaters that momkiki has in the works right now. I finished number 5, and here it is.......TAA DAH!

This lovely piece is called "Priscilla", and it was a surprise gift for Illanna's birthday. I decided, designed, and knit the whole thing in about 3 days. Even without my "gifts" of sleeplessness and super-fast needle jerking, anyone should be able to whip one up in less than a week. It's made with laceweight yarn, but don't let that scare you. Knit entirely in the round with big needles and lots of yarn overs, it is a breeze. You can learn more about it HERE. Dear darling Letoya gave me the hand-dyed yarn awhile back, but I don't know much about it, other than there is a bunch left and it has some cashmere in it. The greens and blues of the sea are perfect on Illanna, and I loved working with something that was so lovely, and that had a history. With each stitch, I was reminded of the love in our little knitting group, and the sharing of things bigger than yarn. I don't know how common this is, but in our household, the things we love the best are those that the "yarn decided" what to be. Has that ever happened to you? Do you listen to yarn? Ever NOT listened, despite screams of protest? Me too. Ponchos come to mind.....

Here's a detail of the Random Lace and pretty ribbed collar. I have had problems in the past with variegated laceweights used in pattern knitting, but was thrilled to see that neither the beauty of the yarn nor that of the pattern was compromised here. Not to blow my own horn. I know that the sweater is most beautiful because Illanna chooses to wear it.
I was so happy to be able to surprise Illanna (see last post if you need to know how important she is to me), and to spend so much time with her on her special day.
In other knitting news, is it foolish to hope to finish 4 important full-sized sweaters in less than 3 weeks? Should I stick with the mini-variety?
Let's let Stephen blog for awhile this month, shall we? Especially if I'm going to be doing all that knitting.

kiki, who is really liking the bulky end of worsted these days....


At 7:49 AM, October 05, 2005, Anonymous Rebecca said...

I love the sweater! It came out gorgeous!

At 8:22 AM, October 05, 2005, Anonymous Laura said...

Illana is beautiful, the sweater is beautiful, the yarn is beautiful, and you describe it all in a beautiful way.

And yes, yarn speaks to me. And so does fabric. Sometimes it all really takes it own sweet time letting you know what its destiny is. Choosing its path (for it) can be a foolish thing to do sometimes. heh


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