Luscious Gracious! Look What We Made Today!

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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Knitted Accessories Galore!

Look, my new socks....They are made from Regia 6 ply Color Crazy, color 5403, and I used a little more than 2 skeins. After making a pair in a different color of this yarn for ms. lulu (photo in another post), I decided that I would make myself a pair, only Knee-Length. I love them, and have worn them for 3 days straight. How many days can you wear socks and get away with it?

Speaking of socks, I made this pair the other night while at Coffee Rush with Illanna and some of our other favorite knitters. Being a school night and all, S and the lulies had to stay home. Illanna and I stayed until closing, both egging each other on to finish projects.
More Mission Falls 1824, one skein per sock (I love knitting toe-up....when you are out of yarn, your socks are done!). Look at these silly cables. I turned them WITHOUT a cable needle, one of the many, many interesting, I will even say life-changing, things that I learned from my new Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen DVD glossary. Stephen bought it for me for our 12-year wedding anniversary (we've been happily married for at least 7 of those years!), and I broke it out after a crappy day last week. It was more than I needed for a pick-me-up, and I learned about a dozen things in the first five minutes. I really, really recommend it. Cheaper than therapy, and perfect for those of us without vcr players (Please, Meg, Please put the entire series out on dvd!).

These very soft, very warm socks are for a sweet friend in a cold climate who needs more than a little hug these days. I hope that each stitch carries with it all of the happiness and love I felt while knitting them.....and they are infused with Illanna's enthusiasm at the same time. Wow!
And here she is! I've been hearing quite a bit about a the growth of crochet these days, and I would have to agree. Case in point, this little jumper, made several years ago, used to fit Lucy when she was in kindergarten. Let's just say that it grew. It weighs a ton. Like chain mail. Very protective. What was I thinking? Apparently I was thinking that there would be another daughter in my future who would need a new sweater. Little did I know that it wouldn't be Lily: it is Illanna! When she gets tired of it, she can re-use the yarn. Probably enough in it to make 4 or 5 sweaters, no lie. But for now, she is looking boss. Just don't look at the side seams. Wow! How masculine! Illanna strikes again, with the best bag ever. This one is for Steve, and it is shaped like a fish. It's inspired by the Folk Bags book, and she felted it with Hopyard Spinnery's Pot Luck Alpaca. He loves it, but has to fight the rest of us when he wants to carry it.
See what I mean? Lucy thinks that it totally fits into her supermodel image.

At the first meeting of our International Knit Circle, Arizona Chapter (an extension of our group of knitters and other friendly rejects in Indy who came to our house every Friday night), we were so happy to host some of our favorite Valley Knitters. Now that we no longer live in Los Gatos (whatever that means; well, we know what the translation means, but did we ever live there?) and actually have a semi-clean house, we can go back to being social in our own place. Dear Stephanie of Half Baked came, and she wasn't empty handed.....what a thrill to receive some of her awesome handspun yarn, and in our favorite colors, too. Also, a gorgeous scarf, and magnets with lusciousgracious initials. She is selling this stuff on her website. With so much to offer, and obvious talent, you NEED to check it out. As in now. We'll wait. Go.

Done? Good. Look, Lucy is modeling her new hat, a gift from her mama during our official "12 Days of Christmas" celebration (the kids really missed out on any holiday preparations due to the flu and to the move, so we decided to drag out the festivities....we liked this idea so well that we are in the midst of "Month of Valentines" for our favorite Valentine, Stephen. He has so many girls who are head over heels for him, and if you are one of them, send him a Valentine of any sort. He deserves it). The hat is the second one that I made for her, and the only one that she actually likes. Oh, well. At least I didn't stay up all night for a week trying to make a secret sweater without her help with selecting yarn and a style. The girl has a definite opinion when it comes to fashion.

Scrap yarn (Lopi orange and Elsbeth Lavold silky wool in oatmeal) in different weights....just wanted to see what would happen in Fair Isle. I like it, but most wouldn't. My own and some traditional designs. It was fun, and a super quick knit. I love hats.
Here's the one that I made for Lily. It's made of some wool that we dyed together (Kool-Aid), and I added the pearls (knit right in) to make it extra-special. She loves it, and gets sooooo many compliments on it and her pretty blue eyes.
Here's the other hat, the first one that I made for Lucy. Maybe she doesn't like it because it is extra-dorky and super-nerdy or something.....or because it says "Baby Head" on it.....Kids. Who can tell?
Stephen made this original (no pattern people: don't even ask) scarf for his very glamorous sister Shannon. She always looks lovely, and these colors look perfect on her. This yarn is GGH Soft Kid. It is so light and airy, but also warm. She needs it. It isn't 85 degrees in other parts of the States....just here.

He didn't forget his mom, either. One night during the move (I passed out early and HE was the one staying up all night to knit for once) he made this entire bag out of Brown Sheep Bulky that we just HAPPENED to have in the house. We LOVE BSB in the lusciousgracious house. Again, just out of his head, no pattern, and he included a pocket and photos on silk of Grandma Cathy's little angels (aka the lulies).
And now, the continuation of Connor's Card Game:

We adore our little ones. They are so scrum-tru-lescent.

Preview of next post:

We don't know. Stay tuned.

And until then, knit on.


ps. Earlier in this post I wrote about the feelings of love and happiness that I feel when knitting. I am wondering how many other knitters find themselves smiling when knitting? Really, I can't believe how peaceful, and absolutely thrilled, such a simple act makes me feel. Every time that I "come to" while in the middle of a row or when it's time to leave, I realize that I am grinning ear to ear. I think this is a new development, and I am starting to wonder about my sanity.


At 11:34 PM, January 16, 2006, Blogger illanna said...

Just for the record, that purple thing under my amazingly cute jumper is a blouse, not a bra. I'm just sayin'. The felted bag for your mom came out beautiful, Steve. I love the colors. It's scrum-trulescent. I kept trying to look over Kiki's shoulder while she was making the post so that I could see the picture, but she kept scrolling really fast. I'm glad I stayed up to see it. The girls hats are looking boss! What does that saying even mean?

Anyway, great post,



At 11:40 PM, January 16, 2006, Anonymous denise said...

those regia socks are fabulous! i wouldn't take them off either.

there's so much great stuff in this post, but my favorite is the picture of lucy holding steve's new fish bag. what a great shot! she's really got the super model look down. :) i really like that orange and oatmeal hat you made her, too.

happy new year!

At 11:42 PM, January 16, 2006, Anonymous denise said...

oh- and i forgot to say how much i love connor's cards!

At 1:35 PM, January 17, 2006, Blogger Stephanie said...

wow - all that gorgeous creativity! The socks are fantastic :D The hats are supurb and the cards are inspired :) The scarf is stunning, and the bags are absolutely wonderful too!

Thanks for the plug :) your scarf, btw, is a one of a kind - and I love how the yarn looks wound into a ball!

At 7:27 PM, January 17, 2006, Anonymous Rebecca said...

I love the knee socks! Very cute.

At 1:05 AM, January 18, 2006, Blogger illanna said...

The picture didn't load! Oh Noooooo!


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