Category Archives: knitting

Knit Strawberry Hat




I haven’t abandoned my blog, I’ve just been on holiday lately.

But here I am again and this is what I knitted with some of the spring yarn I bought recently: the strawberry hat. It looks juicy and fresh with the little holes decorating it. The green leaves on the top make this hat even cuter.

The pattern is availabe in three sizes: 0 – 6 months, 6 – 12 months, 12 – 24 months.

Let the summer begin!


Spring yarn shopping


Yesterday it was a beautiful sunny day and so I went downtown for a walk.

Walking in Florence is like walking in an open-air musem: it is just wonderful.

The truth is that I did not plan to buy yarn: but those places where they sell yarn were nearby and I could not resist to see the new spring yarns!  😉

Here is what I bought: some bright skeins of pure Egyptian cotton and a couple of skeins in natural color.


As soon as I arrived at home I knitted a swatch in stockinette stitch just to test the lightness of this cotton and I was satisfied.


In conclusion, sometimes happiness can be reached so easily: just take sunshine and add some new yarn skeins! And the planning of new exciting knitting projects, of course. But attention: spring shopping can cause yarn addiction!

What puts you in a good mood?


Fiocco Spring Ballerinas


Hello from sunny Italy!

These are the Fiocco Spring Ballerinas I created lately. I chose the fuchsia color as the symbol of the flowers blooming. I embellished them with an elegant tulle bow to make them prettier and perfect to match any outfit.

The pattern is written in three sizes:

0 – 3 months
3 – 6 months
6 – 9 months

They are easy to knit, even while watching TV!

I hope you like them.



Mary’s first knitted bikini

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This is the first knitted bikini I created for Mary. As maybe some of you remember, in one of my previous posts I was thinking about what to knit with some blue yarns in my stash.

So…here it comes! I love the softness and the shades of blue of this yarn. I embellished both the top and the bottom with turquoise ruffles. The top has shoulder straps crossed at the back for a more comfort.

This swimsuit will be perfect not only for the beach but also for the swimming pool.

I wrote the pattern in three sizes: 6 months, 12 months and 2 years.

It is available from today both on Etsy and Ravelry.

Happy knitting!



Hand knit sweater for my nephew



As I promised in my previous post, these are a couple of pictures of my last winter project: a hand knit sweater for my three years old nephew.

I chose a nice and soft cobalt blue yarn and worked it with circular needles. It was quick to knit, I made it in a couple of days. Well, I should say that I finished in a couple of days because I started this project in the middle of the winter and then put it in stand-by. When we decided to go to Rome, I had to hurry up to finish this sweater for my little nephew.

I worked the sleeves flat and then sewed them. The sewing was quite fast, not only the sleeves but also the underarms. I shaped it with raglans, for more comfort. I made the neckline big enough but elastic in order to avoid buttons.

Since my nephew is a huge fan of Cars, I applied Lightning McQueen’s patch on the front.

And this is the final result:


Being a little boy, he didn’t seem to appreciate this present quite as much as I had hoped. I had more luck with a small car!

Luckily his mother appreciated it more than him.

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!