Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Most Wonderful Hand Knit Throw Blanket Ever: Cricket Creations






My roommate Angelo (Angelo DiBiase, who did Ellen Barkin in Sea of Love, drove up one Sunday afternoon to "create" the style for Michael Douglas in Basic Instinct - haircut and a few polaroids - and billed the studio a cool $3,000.00. Jonathan Antin credited Angelo for starting the 300.00 everyday haircut.) had flown his mother and step-dad out to stay with us for a few weeks.

Angelo's mother stirred absurdly large pots of pasta and we waited impatiently for her marina sauce while her husband, Carmen Basilio, helped her. Angelo shook his head and drawled his slow "yes, darling - come on over" to clients and friends that were dying to talk boxing. And Thursday nights we declared Knitting Night: his mother teaching and feeding us while we watched LA Law. Helena (Jack Nicholson's Helena: she'd just closed her crazy-hot club in a sketchy part of Los Angeles) sauteed slivers of garlic to toss in an angel hair pasta with a touch of olive oil and shredded basil.  Gabriel Byrne and George Malkemus stopped by to eat and knit while Ryan and Farrah sat with Carmen.

I've forgotten how to knit but those days left me with a great appreciation for yarn and the artistry that some can bring to the craft.  I don't remember how I came across Crickets Creations; Celeste understands yarn and its possibilities. The lacy blanket and the extravagant fringe arrived last week, all white with a touch of shimmer in the fringe. She sent photos showing the process of selecting the yarns that she uses; selecting textures that are all light and airy. Her work is custom and can help choose the colors with you. I sent her pictures of my white Starck daybed which is washed in light throughout the day. She understood the mood - sort of a Scandinavian light woods and white - and sent the photo of the yarn she proposed, which I totally loved. Soft and cozy ... and beautiful.

Just about time to send in orders for the holiday. And the things she does for babies are amazing too.

Celeste (Crickets)
Crickets Creations: Fringie™ Photo Portrait Props & Fashion Scarves 
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19 comments:

  1. When they invent the time machine, one of my first stops will be to visit you and Angelo on Genesee again. In the meantime, thank you for making it all spring back to life, and what beautiful pictures!

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  2. Sounds like wonderful memories!! :D Thank you, dear Madeleine, it's been absolutely wonderful getting to know you a bit while we worked together on this project.
    Much appreciation,
    Celeste (Crickets)

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  3. wonderful memories! That throw is a real work of art.

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  4. Love the story *and* the throw, both are fabulous.
    tp

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  5. Oh what a gorgeous throw! I used to be able to knit quite well (as a child that is), but haven't picked up knitting needles in a long long time. My mother-in-law still does though, and she makes incredible things.

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  6. So beautiful! I really love these. Especially the wonderful sofy, cozy aspect!


    Best wishes,

    ~Zabrinah

    P.S. Thank you for your comment on my Facebook post. You wrote a lot of good relevant things!

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  7. so beautiful! its so lovely <3

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  8. so romantic and lovely! pity, i don't think I got the patience for this, haha! xoxo


    http://some-kind-of-style.blogspot.com/

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  9. Nostalgie - white is always so pretty and crisp - and a hand-knit blanket, too. Imagine all the hours to create that. How cozy everything looks.
    So inviting - one wants to curl up on the sofa with a good book. Happy Sundayxx

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  10. Gorg! I want to knit!
    cupcake
    www.fashion-tarts.blogspot.com

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  11. Thanks for stopping by! I'm going to put u on my blogroll so we can keep up! Ur blog is uber cool!
    cupcake

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  12. What a gorgeous throw blanket! I enjoyed the story that accompanied it even more so. Sounds like a cozy, good time was had. I want to learn to knit...

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  13. Beautiful throw! As is your story, thank you.

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