Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy All Hallow's Eve!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Knitting and Yarn!

Still knitting here. This is for the Giftmas box:

Another cotton dishtowel. Just plain stockinette with a garter edge.

And now for another taste of Italian yarn!

This yarn is microfibre. It is sooooooo soft! And nubbly, as you may guess from looking at it. I was thinking maybe a slouchy hat and an infinity scarf.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

New Yarn!

Before I went to Italy, I went to a yarn store that shall remain nameless. They did not have what I wanted. They tried to sell me something else. Were quite pushy about it, actually. I tried to escape gracefuly by saying, "Well, I'm going to Italy in a week, I'll see if I can find it there and if not, I'll be back..." The woman looked down her nose at me and said "It is getting VERY difficult to find GOOD yarn stores in Italy, you know." Uh huh.

I'll spread the funky yarns over a few posts so you don't get bored, folks.

First up, Louisiana from Lana Gatto:


This is VERY thick yarn:


Basically roving in a net tube. I got 2 skeins of it and am thinking an infinity type scarf for it. The yarnshop lady said that most people work it with their hands, they don't bother with a knitting needle. I can see why!

Monday, October 10, 2011

As my last post indicated, I was on vacation. So, I will be presenting, over the next few posts, a selection of pictures from my trip. I was in northern Italy where they grow rice. ie around Milan. The mosquitoes are fierce. As a result there are many efforts at killing them from wall plug-ins to electrified tennis rackets to sweep through the air and zap em. While poking around in stores near Turin I found a flyswatter.
italy 2011 flyswatter

please note the target:

italy 2011 flyswat2

My aunt actually managed to kill a mosquito with this. She did not, alas, score any points.....

Monday, October 03, 2011

Seaside Piccies

The radio silence has been due to me being on vacation. In Italy. Where the vistas included things such as this:
italy 2011 seaview2

Not much knitting occurred during this time, but it was oh so nice!