Saturday, 12 April 2014

getting back on track

It's been a while since my last post... but I'm hoping to get back to more regular blogging. Last few weeks have been a bit overwhelming for us due to never-ending illness and other health issues. G.'s been sick on and off; at the moment she's stying at home with scarlet fever and I'm anxiously waiting for little F. to catch it from her (let's hope it won't happen). 


Meanwhile... the spring has blossomed and bloomed around us. Ligurian hills are so beautiful this time of year- covered with different shades of green, that very fresh, the very first green of the season. 

We've been on a house-hunting adventure since late February; we managed to sell our flat in Genoa and that gave us green light to change our dream into reality. It also means that we have to pack our belongings once again- it seems that for the past few years we've been living a sort of Nomadic life but we're really close to the the point where we will be able to unpack for longer (or so I hope).

So far house searching proofs to be a very exciting and at the same time very exhausting experience but I have a feeling we are just about to find a good place for our little family. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Hello March!


I’m so glad that February is finally over. Every year it proves to be the ugliest, the coldest, the most dreadful month that brings nothing else but melancholy and sickness. This past February was especially unkind: cold and rainy and dark. We all got flu at the same time; having two sick kids at home is never fun but being sick yourself makes it ten times worse. I don’t think I’d ever been that sick before. The misery lasted for over two weeks; finally we got our strength back.

But March... Oh, March… it feels so much better already. It’s still cold, the trees are still bare and we are still in our winter jackets but I can already feel spring in the air. The season of awakening, my favourite. And this year, it’s going to be special. I just know it. 


Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Wintering.







January is almost gone and I don’t even know how that happened. The New Year started with a big bang, G. turning five, and then our days, previously filled with activities (settling in, catching up with family and friends, celebrating Christmas etc) suddenly became quieter, flat and flavourless. I switched myself into hibernation mode and I seem not to be able to wake up. It’s been raining a lot lately and it feels as the rhythm of rain is the rhythm of these January days: a bit melancholic and overwhelmingly monotonous...

Friday, 6 December 2013

Italy

I can't believe it's been almost a month since we moved to Italy. So far it feels a bit like being on holiday: we're visiting places, catching up with family and friends, eating lots of ice-cream, enjoying the sea, soaking up the sun. We still feel amazed by all the colors around us. I can't stop staring at perfectly blue sky, it's  so beautiful. I must admit, I feared a bit coming back to Genoa but every day that passes makes me feel we've done the right thing; the moment was right for us. And I guess I came with a different attitude and expectations which made this transition much easier.
And seeing kids' happy faces helps too.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

:: halloween 2013 ::



Happy Halloween Everyone!

Friday, 25 October 2013

:: avalon ::



What happens when you take one very talented knitwear designer and one very talented yarn dyeing artist? Avalon happens. A collaboration between Nadia Crétin-Léchenne and Dani Sunshine; a wonderful pattern matched with heavenly gorgeous yarn. I had a big pleasure to be one of their test knitters and I can honestly say I loved every stitch of this work.


The pattern:
"Avalon"
Avalon is a modern, geometric design. The pattern is well written, with clear, easy to follow instructions. The lace pattern is easily memorable; the instructions are both written and charted to suits every knitter's needs (I personally usually knit from charts but it's nice to have written explanation row by row too). The pattern offers two versions: scarf and stole.

Knitting this stole was an enjoyable work; I was very happy how my Avalon was turning out in progress but it wasn't until I soaked it and spread it out on our kitchen counter to dry that I saw its full beauty. My jaws just dropped when I saw its final size; the yarn blocked beautifully and showed the lace pattern in its full glory.


The yarn:
Lioness Arts Silky Sock
This yarn is a pure bliss to knit with. So gorgeously soft (50% merino), so unbelievably lustre (50% silk). It knits evenly, blocks beautifully, creates fabric with a fantastic drape. It's perfect for stoles, shawls, scarves.


Project notes:
Pattern: Avalon by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne
Yarn: Lioness Arts Silky Sock by Dani Sunshine
Needles: US3/ 3.25mm

More photos on my Raverly project page, here.

Have a great weekend Everyone!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

:: october ::

These past few weeks have been pretty challenging for me. As we are getting closer to our moving date, I'm trying hard to go on with daily life and don't go insane. Most of our stuff is already in Italy but there are still bits and pieces to pack and at the moment we all are trying to live in this mess that surrounds us. Having two sick kids at home is not helping either but there surely is a funny side of it too: Baby F. (who's not really a baby anymore- 11 months old today; I mean eleven! Boy, time flies fast, doesn't it?) is helping me to pack boxes by getting inside them every chance he has :-) He's an adventurous boy; started crawling at the wee age of 5 months, now he's almost walking but what he loves the most is climbing wherever possible (or not- he tries nonetheless).

I've been stressing and worrying a lot about our move ("what if old issues return?") but I know that in the end everything will be fine. I feel like I've grown up and matured a lot since we left Italy almost 4 years ago and I'm really ready (and happy) to go back and start from square one.

And just to add some balance and peace to my hectic days, I'm knitting a lovely October project with the yarn that feels like heaven.