Work Avoidance

I have several things I *should* be working on. But when I get stuck, I’m great at work avoidance. So, here’s a hat (Odessa by Grumperina) that I had been promising my friend for ages. It’s worked up in Rowan Wool Cotton that I had in my stash – oddballs that I [...]

Dangling Candy in Front of a Baby

A carving station at a local restaurant, featuring Parma’s most famed products – parmigiano reggiano and prosciutto di parma.

Back and the Passport Story

Well, we’re back from our holiday trip to Italy and it’s time the passport story is told. Let me preface this by saying that the Chang family is known for being extremely absentminded. Members of the Chang family have been known to go tranquilly to the airport only to find out at the [...]

La Dolce Vita

I’m currently in Italy with my husband, visiting his family. A few days ago we went to his town’s version of BestBuy and got his family a wireless router to convert his mother’s slow dial-up connection to DSL, allowing me a quick post.
We’ve been here for about a week, just hanging out in his [...]

Knitting’s version of the waiting bus syndrome

Are you familiar with the waiting bus syndrome – where you wait and wait and wait for a bus that never comes because you’re afraid that the minute you leave, the bus will come? And the more you wait, the more you’re reluctant to leave, having sunk in a certain amount of time already [...]

Christmas in the city

Ahhhh…Nothing beats Christmas in the city (NYC). On Thursday, my husband and I played hooky and went down to the city to gawk at the Christmas decorations, lights, and holiday markets. We wanted to take advantage of the unseasonably warm temperatures (70 degrees!) and walk around before the cold temps and freezing winds [...]

Many FOs and 1 WIP

As promised, I have pictures of many FOs. Some I’ve posted before in one form or another, but here they are finally complete – ends woven in, blocked and buttons sewn on.
The first is the pea pod cardigan I made for my friend – who gave birth on Thanksgiving to a healthy boy! [...]

Quick update from Ithaca

I’m in Ithaca for the week and blissfully knitting at the yarn shop. I hope I’m not annoying too much the people who have to work there! Everyone who works, frequents, and visits the shop is really friendly. I would have loved to have such a great knitting community to knit with [...]

Pea pod #2 Complete

I just finished pea pod #2 for the yarn shop. I love the little hat and I loved working with the yarn – think Manos, but softer and at a lighter gauge.

Chi vuole fare la maglia?

My mother-in-law, who lives near Milan and is well acquainted with my knitting obsession, sent me this article about the state of knitting in Italy. Apparently, the craze is just hitting the capital of style and what was formerly seen as mainly the province of grandmothers is starting to infiltrate the young & hip. [...]

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