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?