Monthly Archives: February 2014

Happy Carnival!


Last weekend we were invited by some friends to celebrate the famous Carnival in Viareggio.

I had bought for my daughter a ladybug costume a few days before and I was wondering what to put on as hat in case it was windy at the sea. Guess what, I decided to knit a ladybug hat that could mach the costume. It was Saturday evening and we had to go to Viareggio on Sunday morning, so…

I needed to knit a hat at the very last second! So I tried to knit something simple, quick but beautiful at the same time. This is how the ladybug baby hat pattern came to life.




Mediterranean Sea in Winter


Winter is (not) coming

Last Saturday I had nostalgia of the sea, so we stepped into the car and drove to the coast.
Even if it should be still winter, this year it is an endless spring: 18 degrees Celsius / 64 Fahrenheit is not so bad in February. Or rather, it is very unusual, in fact I’ve heard that these winter temperatures will go down in history.
We found the sun shining through the clouds and it was warm enough to stay without jackets. I could smell the sea breeze full-throated. I could stare at the crystal clear waves. And after a long walk on the seafront while eating an ice-cream, all my senses were fully satisfied.

I believe the sea can recharge my batteries and inspire me.

Surrounded by all that blue I tried to recall all the blue yarns I have in my stash. Once back at home, I selected some of my favourites. Here below you can see them:


– on the left: Egyptian mercerized turquoise cotton;

– at the center: different shades of brilliant turquoise in this soft Egyptian mercerized cotton skein;

– on the right: yarn from Manos del Uruguay (70% wool, 30% silk, extremely soft. This is a fair trade yarn and it is hand dyed by a cooperative of women in rural villages from Uruguay. I love this yarn!).

I already have some exciting ideas for these three kinds of yarn and can’t wait to show to you my projects. What I know right now is that once again it will be the scent of the Mediterranean sea to inspire me.

Stay tuned!

Wedding Favors


A few days ago a friend of mine got married in Florence. This is the favor (“bomboniera” in Italian) the bride gave to us: a bottle of “Olio nuovo” (new oil) directly from the Tuscan countryside. It is so called because it is the first pressed oil of the season and it has a special fresh and fruity taste.

Inside the petals there are five “confetti”, as in the Italian tradition, which symbolize happiness, wealth, fertility, health and long life. The composition is so pretty that I haven’t eaten confetti yet.


Here in Italy it is common to give guests wedding favors. Some of them are useless and even expensive, some others seem to have more sense.

This has definitely been a very appreciated favor! Finally someting good and also organic.

Here is my personal list of useful wedding favors:

– a donation to a charity or non profit association

– a fairtrade or recycled material favor

– a homemade product (for example marmelade)

– a handmade creation (knitted or crocheted…just plan ahead because it will take a lot of time).

What are the typical wedding favors in your country?


Tomato Hat pattern now available



Yesterday I uploaded my latest pattern: the Tomato Hat.

I like it because it is easy, quick and also fun to knit. It can be used also for Carnival.

My daughter loved it and she started squeezing it as soon as I put it over her head. Luckily it does not stain like the real vegetable.

I hope you like it.

Have a nice weekend!




TV series to watch while knitting

Photo credit HBO

Photo credit HBO

A quick reflection on which programs are more


Being mum of a toddler and a knitter can be challenging, especially in this period that my child started to practice the art of climbing. Yesterday while I was not looking at her for five seconds, I found her on the sofa playing with steel scissors.

So the best time for me is to knit while she sleeps in the evening. At the same time I like relaxing by watching TV, but I found that not so many programs are “knit-friendly”.

Movies are too long and I need to concentrate to understand the plot development, unless I am knitting stockinette stitch in the round. Sport programs are terribly boring and X-factors and other similar shows after a while seem all the same.

So I started looking for interesting TV series to watch while knitting. It is even better if they are on a DVD so that I can pause them whenever I need. I was a fan of Lost, even if the very last episode left me perplexed. After it there were no other shows that captured my attention.

I have recently started watching “Game of thrones“, the second season. This serie is television adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels. I can’t say that I can knit complicate things while watching this TV serie, the genealogy in itself  is difficult to connect even if I concentrate. But at least, when there are blood scenes I don’t look at them, hiding behind my knitting project. It could have been a more agreeable series, with the combination of Middle Age and dragons. Anyway the violence is intolerable, especially during the first season.

The plot is twisted but if I had to describe it in brief, I would say that we are in a surreal time, similar to the middle age for the costumes and the dark atmosphere. In this world, where  summers last for years (I wish it could be so in real life!) and winters can be endless, there is an initial conflict between the Starks from the cold Winterfell (in the North) and the Lannisters from the sunny King’s Landing (in the South). Later it will develop in a war between the Houses of the Seven Kingdoms, all claiming the legitimacy of the throne.

More in the North there is the Wall, manned by the warriors of the Night’s Watch, an ancient barrier of ice and stones built to protect the country from the threat of the “Others”, some kind of zombies. Finally, there is a prince reclaiming the Westeros Iron Throne in  King’s Landing. The story is full of battles, betrayals, dragons and actions revolving all around the conquer of the Iron Throne, symbol of power.

What I can suggest is do not grow fond of anybody as it seems the author of this serie loves to kill his characters indiscriminately.

What do you watch while knitting?

What is your favourite serie?