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.