Fun in Ithaca (er, Trumansburg)

Posted on | September 19, 2009 | 3 Comments

Maurizio took one of his precious vacation days on Friday and we made the drive up to Ithaca early in the morning. So early, in fact, that we made it into town by Friday noon-ish and went straight to my favorite yarn shop in the world, Knitting Etc Ithaca. Hickory was working, but she had time to take a little break and grab some lunch with us at Hope’s Way, the cafe located conveniently across the way from her shop.

It seems like every time I come to Knitting Etc, there are more samples up. Hickory likes having lots of examples of patterns, yarns, etc knitted up to help spur the imagination of knitters. I know I always get excited about new yarns and projects whenever I come visit. I made Maurizio try on the Hero Pullover made out of Berroco Pure Merino that Hickory’s husband, Steven, knit. It was perfectly finished. Steven is an amazingly accomplished knitter, especially given that knitting is a relatively new hobby for him. But I guess he got bitten bad by the bug. He’s turned out some very cute baby pullovers too.

Although Steven is a tad shorter than Maurizio, the pullover fit him beautifully and it’s a gorgeous pattern — sparse enough that a man would feel comfortable wearing it, yet detailed enough to keep the knitter interested. Since it was designed by the esteemed Ann Budd (whose Cambridge Jacket I’ve had on my needles for 2 years), I’m not surprised. I think there may be a Hero Pullover in Maurizio’s future.

This morning (Saturday), Maurizio and I made the trek out to nearby Trumansburg to have brunch with my friend Laura, the creative director of Schaefer Yarns, and her daughter, Bella. In fact, true to form, Laura was working on something delicious in Susan and wearing a lovely shawl she had designed out of Heather. The weather is turning crisp and cool here. Fall, my favorite season, is on its way.

After brunch, Bella wanted to go across the street to look at the children’s wooden playhouses. Laura and I posed in one:
connie and laura in trumansburg

And Maurizio is peeking out of the Firehouse here:

Laura and I may have wandered into a clothing shop nearby and we may have bought matching shawl collared knit dresses. In our defense, the dress is perfect for the chillier weather and really complements both of our styles well. I can’t wait to wear it!


3 Responses to “Fun in Ithaca (er, Trumansburg)”

  1. gleek
    September 19th, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

    love the new blog!! it’s nice that you have a place to yourself on the internet now that’s about you and your designs. can’t wait to see more!

  2. Laura
    September 19th, 2009 @ 2:39 pm

    Such a fab morning with you! I felt like we could have “talked” 4ever, Bella (and Maurizio) were patient with us : )! Can’t wait for our next date in our new dresses, we’ll just accessorize differently and no one will be the wiser!

  3. Kat
    September 21st, 2009 @ 11:11 pm

    It sounds like a really nice day!
    The Hero Pullover is very handsome.

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