Sunday, February 23, 2014

F.O.: The chunky light blue scarf

And here is another F.O....I knit this chunky scarf in a beautiful wool, acrylic and alpaca wool that has a quality I love in this kind of yarn: it is chunky and warm but very soft and light, so it isn't "stiff" when you wear it around your neck.
I used a pretty textured lace pattern that I made up as I went with irregular squares in contrasting stiches and I love the light blue of the yarn combined with this simple stitch.
As always, details on my etsy page!

Ed ecco un altro pezzo finito...questa è una sciarpa di lana grossa per la quale ho usato un filato bellissimo, un misto lana, acrilico e alpaca che ha una caratteristica che apprezzo molto nella lana grossa: è spessa e calda ma al contempo morbida e leggera, quindi ne risulta che la sciarpa non è "rigida" quando la si avvolge intorno al collo.
 Ho usato un punto a quadretti traforati che ho inventato man mano che lavoravo e che trovo stia molto bene col colore azzurro chiaro della lana.
Come sempre, dettagli sulla mia pagina etsy!

F.O.: The heather gray mohair blend lace shawl

And here is a new item in my store...
The idea behind this shawl was to make something convertible that you can fasten with a pretty button in a number of different ways depending on what you need...a shawl, a scarf, something casual, something formal etc.
I used this amazing mohair acrylic blend I've used before already in a lovely heather gray color...I think this combination of airy lace pattern, soft fluffy wool and light color works perfectly together, the last time I used this wool I had made a scarf and hat set in a similar lacy pattern and in the same exact color... it just works.

 Finalmente son risucita a fotografare e postare un nuovo pezzo...
Per questo scialle l'idea era quella di creare qualcosa che si potesse utilizzare in mille modi diversi a seconda di ciò che serve, (sciarpa, scialle, elegante, casual), il tutto con un bottone decorativo col quale lo si può allacciare in punti diversi.
Ho usato una lana bellissima che avevo già usato altre volte, un misto mohair e acrilico morbidissimo e impalpabile. La combinazione del punto traforato arioso, la lana soffice e puffosa e il colore chiaro chiaro secondo me è perfetta, infatti l'ultima volta che avevo usato questa lana avevo fatto un cappellino e una sciarpa con un punto simile e nello stesso identico colore.

UPDATE: this item is no longer available, sorry!
AGGIORNAMENTO: questo pezzo non è più disponibile!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A dreamy rainy evening

Last Sunday was almost a complete failure. My boyfriend and I had plans to do lots of things but managed to do almost nothing  and what we did manage to do was a bit disappointing. I was feeling a little sad, since I work shifts and he has a regular schedule it is rare for us to have a day where neither of us is working and I had a depressing feeling that we had waisted this rare opportunity... some things we couldn't do because what we wanted to visit was closed, others because we got there to late, others because they were too far away...we were in the pretty medieval town of Saluzzo and were about to get into the car and leave but I decided I didn't want to give up. It was starting to get dark but I decided I was going to see what the town had to offer at that time of day. It didn't really make much sense, it was just starting to rain but I just felt so sad (probably more than I rationally should have) and just wanted the satisfaction of having seen at least one thing that day. So I got out of the car, went to the tourist center and asked. First we ended up in a historical building, the bishop's palace, where a few old people were listening to a conference on ancient ways of measuring time. Not exactly the most exciting of things but it was really more of a question of principle by then, I just wanted to do and see something.
The building was interesting but really nothing incredible but a sweet old man walked up to us and showed us around explaining those very few artifacts that were displayed in the rooms. That sweet gesture started to change my mood around. It was one of those small things that can warm you up inside when you're feeling a little unhappy. I then asked him about a church that was apparently beautiful but that we had walked right by when returning to the car. The church was on top of a hill we had just walked down and while we ignored it thinking it was closed like everything else, once I got in the car I read that it was open till later in the evening and really worth seeing. He confirmed it was worth it and told us how to get there, telling us we better hurry because it was going to close soon.
So we hurried up the hill (my boyfriend wasn't really too happy about this if we're being honest), under the rain, with no umbrella or hood in my case and, of course, by the time we got there the church was closed. The thing is, we were under the rain, it was cold and I was soaking wet, and I was suddenly in a good mood again. I don't know if I am crazy, but the medieval old town on the top of the hill, under the rain, with the street lights reflecting on the old stone pavement, with hardly none around and the only sign of life coming from a small bar which was playing a melanchonic was just so dreamy that that tiny moment made up for the whole day. I probably am a little crazy, I just wrote a whole paragraph about almost nothing, but it's poetic little moments like these where out of the blue you feel like you're in a movie and everything feels perfect that I tend to remember and cherish.

Monday, February 3, 2014

This is beautiful

Montauk cardigan, by Véronik Avery. Via Brooklyn Tweed. I love everything about this sweater, from the color chosen for the sample, to the A-line shape which has the perfect drape and is very flattering, to the intricate pattern on the border to the gorgeous detail of how the cardigan closes around the neck. Just beautiful and very inspiring. (For the knitters out there, you can download the pattern for 7$ from the site I linked above).

Sul sito Brooklyn Tweed ho trovato questo cardigan stupendo: Montauk di Véronik Avery. Mi piace tutto di questa maglia, dal colore scelto per l'esempio, alla forma scampanata ma non troppo larga, al punto complesso e bellissimo lungo il bordo al modo interessante in cui si chiude intorno al collo. Stupendo. (Per chi potrebbe essere interessato, si può scaricare il modello (in inglese) dal sito che ho linkato sopra per 7$).

All images via Brooklyn Tweed.