Luscious Gracious! Look What We Made Today!

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

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Knitting Content on a Knitting Blog

Ahhh, at long last, a reason to post that is in keeping with our mission statement (i.e. "Look What I Made Today!").

This shawl went to a dear friend who is entering a new phase of life. Therefore, the "doorway" painted blue (which I found out is her favorite's kind of a periwinkle shade) for her protection and safe return.

The shawl is made of 7 skeins of grey Classic Elite "Lush", 50% angora/50% wool, and one skein of that blue. The yarn is yummy (Steve likes to felt with it, because if you start with a luxuriously soft yarn, your finished items are that much more gorgeous) I made up the pattern, but the stitch repeat in the body of the shawl is "Idella" from Myrna Stahman's Stahman's Shawls and Scarves (Rocking Chair Press, 2000). Please run and buy this book, if you can find it, as it contains so many cool patterns. More than that, you could knit lace for a lifetime with variations you make up from these patterns, and each lace repeat is presented in charted and word format, and easily adapted to any project that you have in mind. I often add a bit of lace to the bottom of a sweater, or a hat, or whatever.

I used a provisional cast-on, and then picked up all live stitches, as well as edge stitches, with the blue angora and a "biggish" crochet hook (Kate in England, that technical term is for you!). To that, I added the knit-on border that I have tried to explain before here. This time, I made some of those knit-on stitches toss and turn in a simple cable-y way. The blocked shawl is 37" by 72", which is plenty big for car rides, hotel stays, and curling up in that cold Northern winter that I am missing big time. It's already too hot here for sweaters, and I didn't get them all worn! Too short for sweater season, Phoenix/Scottsdale! Bad desert!

And at the corner is a bit of fancy mitering, made up as I went along. Please ignore the poor blocking, as Illanna and her blocking wires were too far away one late night, and I couldn't wait. The shawl was already a week late, and I was up anyway. So I used a million pins, but could have used a million more....
Anyway, Happy Birthday, and Be Well to Dear Steph....poet, princess, and long-distance friend of my heart.
Love, and happy knitting,


At 6:30 AM, February 11, 2006, Anonymous Laura said...

Ahh Kiki I love this shawl and your description of it being a doorway for your friend is so great. The border is beautiful - I need to look for this book! Thanks for showing something so lovely.

At 6:45 AM, February 11, 2006, Blogger Sarah said...

Great shawl!

I love all the photos from Lucy & Lily!

At 8:33 AM, February 11, 2006, Anonymous eva said...

I absolutely LOVE the shawl. And to think I basked in its presence a few times. :)

At 10:36 PM, February 11, 2006, Anonymous Sissy Muffy said...

Katie, I loved the shawl - the colors are beautiful. - Hey, did I tell you that I can cook??? HA!HA! Whatever makes me sleep at night, right?

At 1:39 AM, February 12, 2006, Blogger Luscious Gracious said...

Sisters everywhere take note: Do not hate me because I'm beautiful, or at least my knitting is....and I am wishing for some of that cooking right now. Triscuit nachos are getting old here at lgstudios.
I could use some deviled eggs.

At 12:26 PM, February 12, 2006, Blogger 'Zann said...

Kiki, that shawl is just lovely, your cable-y edging absolutely elegant.

There are a bunch of skeins of Lush (3 in the periwinkle color!) that are in the 25% off bin at my LYS. I keep picking them up and putting them down. After seeing how lovely it can be (as well as the felting recommendation )I am now going to run over there on Tuesday and buy 'em!!!
stashingly yours,

At 1:48 PM, February 13, 2006, Blogger Stephanie said...

oooh! Stunning :) It turned out wonderfully! Triscuit nachos? I missed out on those ;) was too busy bouncing around from all that Sugar! Speaking of which, I think I need another pan of brownies :P


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