New Knit Pattern for Flip Flops


Hello from sunny Tuscany!

I would like to present you my new creation: the knit pattern for the orange flip flops!

I made different prototypes and I finally came up with this. I like it because the sole is perfectly flat and oval. When crocheting it is simple to give this oval shape but when knitting it seems more difficult. I am satisfied with the result.

The toe part is triangular and I made it in orange, the color of summer par excellence.

I hope you like it!

Happy knitting! 🙂


Empty Nest Syndrome


Empty Nest Syndrome.

Or maybe not.

I am not talking about our lovely little girl who will turn 2 years soon, even if she is very independent. Sometimes even too much.

I am glad to announce that our two feathered guests finally learned to fly and left their nest. It happened so quickly that I did not even realize they abandoned us. I have to admit that I started worrying about them because my husband gave them food and it seemed they were lazy in taking flying lessons.

Anyway, one day I went on the balcony and did not find them anymore. They did not come not even for the night. I soon realized they went to live on their own.

Good luck little baby pigeons!

New Knit Pattern – Hearted Baby Legwarmers

Hearted Legwarmers

Hearted Legwarmers

From today there is a new knit pattern: the hearted baby legwarmers.

I was thinking about something easy to do but at the same time pretty. So the lace hearts came into my mind and this is the result.

One size fits from 0 to 3 years. It will cover the babies legs entirely and will go up to the knie for the toddlers.

Happy knitting! 🙂


Italian Gestures Rap

Good morning! Buon giorno!

Today I discovered the “Italian Gestures Rap” on YouTube and I thought to share it with you. It was made by the US Consulate in Milan.

It is about a young American diplomat coming to Italy. He is disoriented because he does not understand what the Italians say. So he takes Italian lessons and he learns how to manage 16 different Italian gestures.

I never tought that “speaking with the hands” could be so difficult to understand for a foreigner. As an Italian, I have to say that I do not use the hands so frequently. When I ask for a coffee in a bar, I simply order a “caffè”. The gesture can be made when the place is crowded and it is difficult to be heard.

Enjoy the video!

Do you have similar gestures in your country too?



Knit Baby Summer Sundress Pattern



Temperature is rising these days and so I thought to knit something fresh for my daughter. I also wanted something basic and especially quick to knit. That’s how the knit baby summer sundress pattern was born.

I used circular needles so the dress is seamless. Here is the result:


I think it is great as beach outfit but also in the city if matched to a pair of white leggins.

What else to say?

Tomorrow summer will officially start, so…HAPPY SUMMER to you all!

Pigeon Babies

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The pigeon babies are fastly growing.


As they were born they measured approximately the length of my index finger.


They were born with yellow down and now they are changing color.


Mama pigeon feeds and cuddle them.

It will take one month for them to learn to fly and leave the nest.

Birds Announcement


Hello world!

Mama and Papa pigeon are excited to announce the birth of their two little ones

Our two baby birds are finally born!

The first bird was born today at around 7.30 am while the other one after almost half an hour.

The feathered family is fine and the mum is sitting in the nest with her newborns. They have been given water and food and are fine.

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Striped Marine Sweater – Pattern

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I am so happy that I finally found the time to write the knitting pattern for this Striped Marine Sweater!

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I knitted this sweater top-down so it is seamless. I prefered to work the sleeves flat and then to sew them together.

I knitted it with this cotton while I was on holiday in a wonderful Mediterranean cruise. So it come natural for me to choose shades of blue colors. I really love to create during my travels: I feel inspired and this also helps me to better remember the places and the emotions. For some people it would be simpler just to write memories on a travel diary but as for me I find more exciting to fix them through colors and knitting projects.

Can you feel the sea breeze? I do!






Our new special guests


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I am so excited to announce you that we have two new special guests living with us for the next few months! They are quite discreet, independent and do not make too much noise…except in the morning when I hear them speaking their guttural and unintelligible language. As you may wonder, they are not humans but birds. We have two parents-to-be pigeons that chose our balcony as the perfect place where to build their nest. What I have always considered a small balcony for these birds is a habitable terrace. The female has already deposited two small white and smooth eggs. According to what I read, the hatch date seems to be close: within 2 weeks.

It is not the first time that a couple of pigeons choose our balcony to build the nest: the last time happened about three years ago. We saw two small and blondish baby birds coming out from the eggs and then started to take flight lessons.
This time it was a real surprise. We did not even notice they were building the nest.
I have to admit that at first I was not so happy to have pigeons living again on our balcony but my husband found a solution that convinced me. He used a board in order to delimit their space from ours. He cut it with a jigsaw to better adapt. Finally, he even decided to use a webcam in order to show our daughter what the pigeons are doing and how their babies will look like.

By the way, during the day (European time zone) you can see them here in streaming:

The pigeons are online every day from 8 am till 8 pm.

The pigeons declare that they are aware of the rights under Art. 13 of Italian Law 675/96 and give their permission for their personal data to be used solely in this project nominated “Big Pigeons Brother”.

Come often to check when the eggs hatch!