Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cowl for Danila



I knitted a second gloria cowl. The first now is now happily in Sidney, this second is in London. I met Danila after at least seven years and we spent a lot time chatting about those old days in Naples...



I had a job interview. The position is interesting, the salary is not bad, but I need to think about it . We need to think about it.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Nevica!

Oggi a Torino nevica. Sono riuscita a cancellare una lezione che avevo al mattino, evitando traffico delirante e rischio tamponamenti, ma nel pomeriggio mi è toccato arrivare fino a Poirino. Guidando piano... piano... ゆっくり、ゆっくり。

Col cucciolo abbiamo giocato nel giardino del nido, nel parco vicino casa e ci siamo portati via un po' di neve, che ora giace nel congelatore. Ricordo qualcosa di simile anche con mia sorella. 
Cocciolata calda, come dice lui, divano, cartoni e una sciarpa da finire entro domani...


It snows. i cancelled a lesson I had during the morning, so I successfully avoided crazy traffic and crashes, but I had to drive to Poirino in the afternoon, slowly... slowly...
R. and I played with the snow in the school garden and in tha park, and he insisted for taking home some snow, and now it lies in the freezer. I remember my sister did it too.
Hot cocholate (as he says), sofa, cartoons and a scarf to finish 'til tomorrow morning...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mitts for an archaeologist


Paolo came back from Estonia with 800 grams of undyed fingering wool, and here's what I made for him. He's an archaelogist. Hands can be very cold when digging in winter...
The yarn is a little bit scratchy, but it turned out a little bit softer after washing, though it still smells of sheep.

Paolo mi ha portato 800 grammi di lana estone grezza, non tinta. Ho pensato di ringraziarlo con un paio di guantini senza dita per scavare in cantiere in queste giornate fredde...
La lana punge, ma migliora decisamente con il lavaggio, anche se puzza ancora un po' di pecora...


Pattern: Mitt Envy



Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mini-vertigo



I had 0.8 skein left over from G's vertigo, so I decided to knit a mini versione for my little one. I finished it with half a meter left...



He had a handknitted hat, but now he feels that's too scratchy. The old hat is 100% supersoft merinos, it isn't scratchy at all... I think he just doesn't like it anymore. Tired of morning debates about hats, I decided to knit him a new one, and he likes it very much.

He's full of pride and tells everybody: "My mum made it!".

SP 13

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I love wool (alpaca, merinos, cashmere blends, etc...). I never tried bamboo yarn, so I don't know. What I can say for sure, is that I don't like acryl or synthetics.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
Straight needles are stored in a vintage purse sewn by my mother maybe 30 years ago, circulars are in Knitpicks plastic pouch.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I learned to knit in garter stitch when I was in high school, and I re-learned everything (from cast-on to lace patterns) last autumn, by myself, with the help of the tips I found on the web.
I worked a lot, and now I consider myself... let's say intermediate.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes.

5. What's your favorite scent?
Sandalwood.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I'm not a sweets lover, but sometimes I eat some dark chocolate. 

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I'm trying to teach myself to sew. I never spinned, but I'd like to do. I also dyed some wool with turmeric and Kool-Aid. And I'm attending a veg dyeing workshop at the end of the month.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I like any type of music, from jazz to hard rock, I don't like teenage idols pop music. My mac can play mp3s, and I have an Ipod (that I can connect to my car stereo!).


9. What's your favorite color(s)? 
Any colors you just can't stand?
My favourite colors are reds and purples and greys, but I'm on a green mania right now. I don't like pale colors and beige nuances, because they make me look sick.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Hubby is cat-allergic and we don't have any pets now, but there's a 3 years little boy.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
I always wear scarves or shawls, never wear hats (I knit them for others), rarely wear mittens or gloves.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Cowls are my favourite because they're quick and give instant gratification. It's also a good way to use singles or left over skeins...

13. What are you knitting right now?
Lady February Sweater and a Secret Project.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Yessss.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I like bamboo/wood circular  needles. 

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
I bought a yarn winder recently, and I'm very satisfied. I don't have a swift: I hold the skein and my son pulls the winder... he enjoys it a lot.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
mmm... A pair of slippers: I made just one.

18. What is your favorite holiday?
25th of April, Italy's liberation day, and it's also my birthday.

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Yarn and shoes.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I have a subscription to Interweave Knits.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Mmm... don't know... spinning, maybe...

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Sock knitting is one the next challenge on the list. I have very tiny feets: eu 34 (uk 1.5 and us 4)

23. When is your birthday?
4/25

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?

Sure!!! azzuka!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

GOOD NEWS!

I recovered and had my usual Japanese lesson with my five guys.
While driving to my suburban destination, I listened to the radio and happily realized that Obama won.
Yes, this is a happy day.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

INFLUELECTIONS

I'm sick. And when I'm sick there's just one thing to do: sleeping.
I canceled all my lessons for today, just sleeping and knitting, waiting for good news.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Knitting...

Now that they safely arrived to their destination, I can post pictures of two of my last works.

For this striped stockinette cowl I used leftovers: 70% merinos and 30% cashmere (oooh, soooo soft!).


And for the Vertigo Hat I used 1.2 balls of Needful Yarns Zenith, which I miraculously found in a LYS in La Spezia. The yarn is very soft and I love the irregular stripe effect.


G. and I had a delicious Japanese lunch in Milan (I was there due to my expired passport), and he appreciated my gifts. I hope they'll keep him warm in the chilly winter. Wear them proud!




Monday, October 27, 2008

New shoes from Chamois



Two weeks ago I was in Chamois with a friend of mine: 2 women with 3 kids, not properly what you may call a relaxing weekend, but the place was just great, the weather fine and we all had fun. Chamois is a small village in Valle d'Aosta that you can reach only by the ropeway. It means no cars, no air pollution, but only green and cows.

There's just one shop in Chamois, selling everything: newspapers, cigarettes, food... and shoes!



I found this pair of vintage clogs for just 8 €. I think they had been there for decades, just waiting for tiny Japanese feet. I don't know if I'm really going to wear them, but I couldn't leave them there for such a ridiculous price.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Revontuli


I started several Japanese Language courses in Turin based companies (Japanese branches and companies dealing with japanese clients), for a total of 15 hours per week. Many companies are located in the suburbs, so I spend a lot of time driving in the traffic, which is something I'm not used to. My VW Lupo is a very heavy car and I spend a lot of money in gasoline... But I won 50 euro in gasoline bonuses in a Mazda competition, which will be enough for two weeks, I guess. After some trouble (as parents, we also visited a Steiner school) Ryo is now successfully attending his asilo the teachers are enthusiasthic. Next week he'll go for a castagnata one-day trip. 

But I'm not going to talk about traffic jams, my poor students or parental anxieties...


Oh my god! I finished my very first shawl!!! 


This is Revontuli. I stopped one pattern repeat before because of lack of yarn and also because women in my family are all petite sized (I'm the most petite, though!). I used Aade Long Lila Artistic that Anneli gently bought for all of us Italian Knitters. She did really a great job, accepting orders, buying yarn in Estonia and packing it to all Italian destinations...


I really like the yarn: it's a little bit scratchy, but my skin doesn't care much about it. I can proudly wear my Clapotis in Rainbow (I'm going to post some pictures in the next days).

I packed the shawl some days ago, with some Vivienne Westwood goodies for my beloved sister, and I'm very curious to know who'll wear it, as I did not specify: my mother or my grandmother?

Monday, September 29, 2008

Asili e Grembiuli



Primo giorno di materna (ormai due settimane fa), con un grembiule nuovo di zecca cucito da mammà! Ok, non è perfetto, ma è fatto con il cuore. Pattern adattato da un modello di camicia e bottoni parigini della Droguerie, gialli e verdi alternati e abbinati alle asole. Aaah... le asole! Ho dovuto fare una decine di prove su dei pezzetti di stoffa avanzati per riuscire a capire come funzionava la macchina da cucire. Il cucciolo aspetta con ansia le borsine abbinate, mentre il cambio sosta in un anonimo sacchetto di carta...


Friday, September 5, 2008

Knitter treasure swap

This is what Piksteri sent me from Finland. 

Knitter's treasure swap

200 gr. of Kamena by Teetee and 200 gr. of hemp yarn from Hemp fo Knitting, both in great shades of green. The first will probably become a shawl, while I was thinking about a market bag for the second (maybe Elisa Nest Tote).
Piksteri made a beautiful minishawl (or shoulderette) for me and she also thought to my son and sent two little jigsaw puzzles. The package was filled with any sort of goodies... 
She really spoiled me and I love the yarns she chose for me! I hope she'll enjoy my package as I did for hers.

SP 12 package

When I was back from holiday I found this pckage in my post:

SP12

Two at a time socks was on my wish list: I started knitting about one year ago, and I've been always fascinated by socks, but for many reasons (first of all, laziness) I never challenged. Now I have all I need, and I'll star my first pair of socks when I'll be back from Paris (HUB is going to Maison & Objet, some friends lends us an apartment so I'm going too).

Sunday, August 17, 2008

stash...

My friend dopa went for a trip in Estonia and Finland. I asked him to bring me back some wool, but who could ever imagine 860 grams of fingering wool, undyed and natural, soooo pure?!? I love that itchy touch and it smells incredibly of... sheeps.

Estonian wool

In these last weeks I also challenged myself in dyeing with kool-aid I received some month ago from sparrowgal, a fellow raveler.
I used some 70% wool and 30% acrylic that, as expected, didn't dye too well. I tried then with some estonian wool I received as a gift from another raveler, annejeanne, when I met her personally in Florence.

Here is the result!
dyeing

dyeing

SP Questions

week 6
What is your favorite supper for a hot summer evening?
 
Japanese soba or San Daniele ham+melon.

week 7
Have you ever entered your knitting (or anything else) in the fair? Would you ever consider it?
No, not yet. I don't know.

week 8
What Olympic event would best describe you knitting/knitting style?
Mmm... Maybe marathon... never give up!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

sometimes sewing



A couple of weeks ago I made my third sewing project: a small bag for jriede, for Knitter's Treasure Swap on Ravelry. Now I know it asafely arrived to destination, I can show it with proud!

I have to thank countrylou, a multitalented bag-maker I met in July in La Spezia. Her bags are really great and she talks about sewing as she was naturally born to do that.

So, I'm back in town, I'm suntanned and I have a very long things-to-do list, my main mission for august is to sew my son's kindergarten set (apron, bags and similar goodies...). We went together to buy green vichy fabric and he asks me "Mum, did you make my bags?" almost twice a day... "Not yen, but I'll do them soon..."

Friday, July 25, 2008

BACK AND FORTH


I've been one week in La Spezia for a big interpreting job. When I saw R. after one week, he seemed soooo small and his voice sounded soooo sweet. I'm always with him, butbeing only with adult people for a week reminded me that he's only a child.
I've almost finished that translation project that was harde
r than expected and now I'm going to spend a week at the beach with the whole family, all three together.


Now that I know that they arrived to destination, I can post pics of my FOs for Rebe in Sidney. Talented designer Stephanie
 Japel's boobholder seemed to fit a little bit larger, so I suggested Rebe to wash it gently to shrink it a little bit. I thin it shrunk too much indeed... and you can see it here.


I love this cowl. I love the colors, I love the cashmere/merino yarn, which is very soft and comfy. I like the dual color, so that you can turn it up/down, pink or black next to the face. You can find the pattern here.

Last but not least, here are the answers for SP12 Questions.
WEEK 7
What is(are) your favorite place(s) to knit?
Sitting on the couch, in front of some TV drama or DVD.

What supplies (besides yarn & needles) make the setting perfect for knitting?
TV drama or DVD, cool beverage, preferably tonic water.


WEEK 6
What is your favorite type of project to take along on holiday/vacation?
I started knitting by less than a year. I think simple projects like scarves.

Tell us about a time that you packed too much knitting or were stranded without knitting.
Last week I was in La Spezia for an intepreting job. I took with me the clapotis and the adult february sweater. I thought I had plenty of time after dinner to knit... What a big mistake: I was always back in my hotel room not before 10.30 pm, too tired to knit, just falling asleep after a quick shower and 10 minutes of TV... I think I knit no more than ten rows of the Lady February, and I did not even touch tha clapotis. And on the train I had to work with my laptop to another translation project...

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

SP QUESTION(S)

I went to Monte Argentario, in Tuscany. I spent a whole week without my Mac, without Internet and it was just great: sun, sea, swimming, playing with the kids, but you can never really relax with 2 toddlers and a newborn! Even though just one is mine...
I have to finish a translation and next week I'll be away the whole week, for an interpreting job in Liguria. All alone!

Week 5:
1) Where is your favorite place to go for vacation/holiday? 
Cinque Terre in Liguria or Japan.

2) Where is one place you’d like to go?
In South-East Asia: Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.

Week 4:
1) What yarn (that you don’t have/haven’t used) would make your stash “complete”? 
Some 100% cashmere yarn, Wollmeise or Posh Yarn.
2) What yarn do you never want to be without?
I recently discovered Malabrigo... and I just find it lovely!

Week 3:
What would you consider the perfect amount of stash?
Yarn is never enough... but I don't have much place...

Saturday, June 28, 2008

PRIMA DI PARTIRE...

Domani parto per una settimana in Toscana con il Pupo. Porto Ercole, o Porto Santo Stefano, non ricordo. Tanto mi vengono a prendere a Orbetello.

La traduzione più dura del previsto è quasi ultimata e negli ultimi giorni è stato impossibile fare qualsiasi preparativo, al punto che ho mandato il Marito a comprare il solare Weleda.
Unica concessione, un paio d'ore con le amiche della lana (con figlio al seguito), a cercare un laceweight per la mia swap partner.

Ma quale WIP portar con sé? Clapotis o February? Non sono ancora sicura, ma penso che opterò per il primo, che occupa meno spazio e fa meno "effetto afa" rispetto al Malabrigo...

Monday, June 23, 2008

HOTHOTHOT

Per quasi un mese mi sono lamentata del maltempo e ora è arrivata l'estate. Improvvisa. Troppo improvvisa.

PRO: le canottiere, il sole, la piscina all'aperto, la biancheria che asciuga in un attimo, i piatti freddi, l'anguria e il melone.

CONTRO: l'afa, mettersi alla guida della macchina parcheggiata al sole, il non poter andare in piscina perché devo lavorare, kili e kili di biancheria in più perché tutti sudiamo di più, depilarsi.

Ho iniziato a insegnare a due nuovi tizi in un'azienda. Sembrano abbastanza svegli e promettono bene.

La mia traduzione procede un po' più rapida, ma il tempo scarseggia e i miei WIPs languono. Adult February Sweater in Malabrigo, il celeberrimo Clapotis in Aade Long Artistic Rainbow, più uno scaldacollo a righine in misto cashmere per un avvocato...

SP12 Question of the week #1
What is your favorite summertime drink??
Tonic water with Lemon and iced green tea

SP12 Question of the week #1
As a kid, what did you look forward to most about summer vacation/break/holiday?
When I was a kid, summer meant staying out to play with my friends from the morning 'til sunset. But most of all, every three or four year, my mother and I used to go back to Japan to my grandma's.

I've been complaining about the bad weather for a month, but summer is here now. Too suddenly.

PROS: camisoles, the sun, open air pools, the washing that dries quickly, cold dishes, melon and watermelon.

CONS: sultry weather, driving a car that was parked under the sun, the fact that I cannot go swimming because I have to work, kilos of laundry because everyone is sweating, depilating.

I started a class with two new student in a company. They look smart and promising.

My translation in going on a little bit quicker, but my WIPs proceed very slowly... Adult February Sweater in Malabrigo, the renowned Clapotis in Aade Long Artistic Rainbow, and a striped cowl for a lawyer...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Riflessioni...

WWKIP 2008 in TORINO

Con imperdonabile ritardo, due paroline sul World Wide Knitting in Public Day qui a Torino. L'iniziativa ha avuto un esito più che positivo, abbiamo conosciuto nuove knitters, abbiamo suscitato la curiosità di una comitiva di turisti francesi molto chic e, come al solito, ci siamo divertite. Come potete vedere dalle foto, un intero tavolo era coperto dalle creazioni di Cristiana e un tavolino era dedicato a Cuore di Maglia.
WWKIP 2008 in TORINO
Oltre le solite giapponesi, tedesche e danesi, si sono aggiunte un'israeliana e una francese (allo S&B mattutino, invece, una brasiliana e una polacca).
Direi che il tempo dedicato ad organizzare questo evento è stato decisamente speso bene.
Tra i vari WIPs e i gomitoli che girano per casa, cerco comunque di concentrarmi sul lavoro (una traduzione molto più impegnativa del previsto...).


A few words on the World Wide Knitting in Public day here in Turin. The result was more than satisfactory: we met new knitters and there was a group of very chic french tourist that was quite interested in what we were doing (they even took pictures!). As always, we had fun, and this is the most important thing . As you can see, the table was fully covered by Cristiana's  projects and a little table was especially prepared to sponsor Cuore di Maglia. We usually have Japanese (me!), German and Danish girls, but this time we had a girl from Israel, and a French (at the S&B in the morning, there were a Brasilian and a Polish girl). The time I spent to organize this event, was worth the effort.

Now I have my WIPs and all my yarn balls all around, but I have to keep myself concentrated on my job (I have a translation that is much harder than what I expected).

Friday, June 13, 2008

giornata intensa...


sveglia, accompagna il cucciolo al nido, accompagna il marito dal meccanico, e poi vai ad Alpignano, da Laines du Nord a prendere la lana per il world wide knitting in public day di domani (vedi a lato)... anzi, colgo l'occasione per ringraziare cotanta generosità! le knitters torinesi domani avranno modo di vedere e soprattutto toccare con mano...
e poi vola in quel negozio a comprare quel gomitolo che manca a quel progetto per l'Amica in Australia, vai dal barbiere a controllare il nuovo taglio del Marito (che adesso sembra quasi un teenager), verdure fresche al mercato, pranzo vegan velocissimo, telefonate all'Avvocato G. per consulenza, torna al nido a prendere il cucciolo...
In extremis, mi sono ricordata di comprare La Stampa e trovare il lavoro e l'energia spese negli ultimi giorni ampiamente ripagato a pag. 46, grazie al lavoro impagabile di Manu!
( e grazie a Cristiana a cui ho "rubato" la fotina)

Troppe cose frullano, le traduzioni attendono pazienti.

waking up, taking the Kid to his preschool, picking down the Husband to the garage, then down to Laines du Nord in Alpignano, to pick up the yarn for WWKIP (thanks for your generous gift!!!) that the ladies in Turin will see and touch tomorrow... then I went to a LYS to buy that missing skein to complete a project for the Friend who lives in Australia, and wetn to the Barber shop to check Husband's new hair style, bought some fresh veggies at the market, had a very quick vegan lunch, called the lawyer G., went to pick up the Kid...

I managed to buy a copy of La Stampa (Turin newspaper) and found a column at page 46 that rewarded all the work of these last days, thanks to the invaluable effort of Manu! (and thanks to Cristiana, to whom I stole this picture).

Too many things, and my translations do patiently wait.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

ebbbbasta!!!

Ok, non si fa che parlare d'altro: in ogni bar, ad ogni angolo di strada, la gente si lamenta del tempo. E ha ragione: non ne posso più neanch'io!!!

sono meteoropatica, sono meteoropatica, sono meteoropatica, e anche quando il mattino sembra promettere bene... ZAM! Ecco il temporale in arrivo!

BBBBBBASTAAAA!!!!

Voglio mettere canottierine e sandaletti, voglio andare al parco con R., voglio mangiare il gelato in Piazza Emanuele Filiberto... e vorrei tanto che in quella misera settimana di Monte Argentario, che mi attende a fine mese, ci sia il sole.

It's three weeks it's raining daily... and even when it's sunny, we have sudden evening shower.

I'm eager to wear camisoles and sandals, I want to play in the park with R., I want to eat gelato sitting in Piazza Emanuele Filiberto, and I'm going to spend a week in Monte Argentario at the end of the month. I hope it'll be sunny there.

Monday, June 2, 2008

secret pal 12

It's raining again, so I'll spend some minutes with SECRET PAL 12 questionnaire (I missed the previous ones...)
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I love wool (alpaca, merinos, cashmere blends, etc...). I never used bamboo yarn, so I don't know. What I can say for sure is that I don't like acryl.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
Straight needls are stored in a vintage purse sewn by my mother maybe 30 years ago, circulars are in Knitpicks plastic pouch.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I learned to knit in garter stitch when I was in high school, and I re-learned everything (from casting on to lace patterns) last autumn, by myself, with the help of the tips I found on the web.
I worked a lot, and now I consider myself... let's say intermediate.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes.

5. What's your favorite scent?
Sandalwood.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I'm not a sweets lover, but sometimes I eat some dark chocolate. 

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I'm trying to teach myself to sew. I never spinned, but I'd like to do. I also dyed some wool with turmeric and Kool-Aid.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I like any type of music, from jazz to hard rock, I don't like teenage idols pop music. My mac can play mp3s of course (also my car stereo!).


9. What's your favorite color(s)?
Any colors you just can't stand?
My favourite colors are reds and purples, but I'm on a green mania right now. I don't like pale colors and beige nuances, because they make me look sick.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
My hubby is cat-allergic and we don't have any pets now, but there's a 3 years little boy.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
I always wear scarves or shawls, never wear hats (I knit them for others), rarely wear mittens or gloves.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Cowls are my favourite because they're quick and give instant gratification. It's also a good way to use singles or left over skeins...

13. What are you knitting right now?
Lady February Sweater and a Secret Project.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Yessss.

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I like bamboo/wood circular  needles. 

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
I bought a yarn winder recently, and I'm very satisfied.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
mmm... A pair of slippers: I made just one.

18. What is your favorite holiday?
25th of April, Italy's liberation day, and it's also my birthday.

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Yarn and shoes.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I have a subscription to Interweave Knits.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Mmm... don't know...

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Sock knitting is one the next challenge on the list. I have very tiny feets: eu 34 (uk 1.5 and us 4)

23. When is your birthday?
4/25

24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?

Sure!!! azzuka!!!

Monday, May 26, 2008

TAGGED!!!

I got tagged by yowlyy, who was originally tagged by buggins. I like this sort of things, so, here I am. R. is watching some tv and dinner can wait...

Rules:


    • Answer at least three of the questions. Yes, I know a few look time-consuming and there are several of them. That's why I only ask for three. See? I'm nice!
    • Post them and the rules on your blog, and please link back to me here. Pretty please *^_^* ?
    • Comment here telling me and the rest of our little party where you're at and link to yourself.
    • That's all!
    • Oh yeah, don't forget to tag others!


What's the last book you read that you thought was really super, inspiring, you'd recommend it to most anyone?

I recently read Amélie Nothomb last novel, ni d'ève ni d'adam (Italian translation is né di eva né di Adamo, ed. Voland). She's witty and ironic. i read it on the train back home from Florence. All in once. And I recommended yet to some friends.

What food totally grosses you out, you'd never be able to touch it? Ew. Gag. *hurl*

I tried a lot of disgusting things, including raw fish sperm, but one thing I think I'll never eat are snails. Probably...

Did you ever watch a scary movie that frightened you so much you were afraid of the dark afterward? I mean like you're lying in bed trying to sleep, but you have to pee, but you're scared to get up. It doesn't have to be recently; could be when you were a kid. So what movie was it?

I think I was six and my parents were watching The Exorcist. I didn't watch it, I saw just a couple of scenes and listen to some audio, but I was really scared. I saw it a couple of weeks ago for the first time. Oh my god! It's sooooo silly! It's not scary, it's just disgustingly funny. Why I was so scared, I don't know. Maybe because I was just a child...

Is there a song that makes you dance every time you hear it? Would you tap you feet and sing along to it in public?

She's a maaaaniac, maaaniac on the floor. And she's dancing like she never danced before...

Tattoos: yes or no? Do you have any? Tell us! Do you think they're gross? TELL US!

I like them, but you can face problems in public baths and spas in Japan...

When's the last time you laughed so hard your ribs ached and/or you nearly peed yourself? What made you do it?

Yesterday, my honey got a back-ache playing boxing with a friend with Nintendo WII. Today he couldn't move his neck, but only eye-balls. He was so funny and stupid!!!

Draw or doodle a picture of your pet(s) and post it if possible. Nothing fancy, don't be shy!

I had cats, bunnies, fishes, mouses, a hamster, a turtle, but no pets now. A kid is enough.

Go through a stack or box of your old music. Stuff that you may not have heard in years. Pick one and tell us about it. Is it as good (or as bad) as you remember?

Suede's complete discography. It reminds me of my university years, Naples, and my housemates. Oh... Brett Anderson...

Do you still sleep with a stuffed animal? We won't laugh! 

No, but I was sleeping with my little boy 'til last week. He's sleeping on his own now.

Time to tag some people now.... so, here my choice of victims:

FINITO!!!


Pattern: top down garter stitch yoke vest pattern by naganasu knit
Yarn: Ornaghi Filtweed





It was intended for my son, but I think I missed something in gauge... and it fits ME. The armpit is slightly narrow, but I don't care...

Thank you very much, Miss Naganasu!





諒に編みかけたが、なぜかでかくて、結果としては私にぴったり。袖口はやはり狭すぎるが、結構気に入っています。
来年のヘビロテアイテムになりそう。Naganasuさん、ありがとうございます!