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Friday, December 29, 2006

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 hometown which is about 40 minutes from Milan and stuffing ourselves like crazy on Christmas day and St. Stefano's Day. Among the delicacies I like best is Pand'oro dipped in marscapone.

The other day, we ventured briefly into Milan where I went to a huge yarn shop with shelves from floor to very high ceiling full of yarn - mostly stuff you can get in the US like Filatura di Crosa, Grignasco, and Mondial. The prices, however, are slightly cheaper - though with the beastly exchange rate from euro to dollar, not as cheap as it could be. I managed to limit myself to three balls of Filatura di Crosa's Baby Kid Extra in a powder blue and a magazine or two. If I had infinite luggage space, I would have snapped up some Filatura di Crosa Principessa too - a superwash, fingering weight merino wool that feels delicious and that the shop owners claim doesn't pill at all due to its tighter spin.

I also have some news on the designing front that I've been witholding due to my natural pessimism, but I think it's fairly safe now to reveal that I'll be in the spring issue of Knitter's as well as the February issue of Magknits. I'm really excited about starting this phase of my knitting life -- especially with the disappointments with my professional life this year. The Knitter's thing is done and sent off to their offices and the Magknits thing is almost done as well. The sample is all knit up, but the instructions remain to be sorted out.

Anyway, that's it from here. Pictures will come when I return home. Hope everyone is having a good holiday season!


Blogger Veronique said...

Wow wow wow! Two published designs?! How exciting for you!
Have fun in Italy. When I grew up (in France), if we spent Christmas in Nice, we'd always go across the border to Italy and spend a day. It was always lovely, and the atmosphere was so different from home!

7:48 AM  
Blogger Zarah said...

A trip to Italy sounds soooo great! I hope you're enjoying every minute. Congrats on all your design publications, too!

7:49 AM  
Blogger kylieps said...

Woohoo! That's awesome Connie! I'm so impressed that you got all that knitting and designing done. CAn't wait to see them in print!

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Sheila said...

Happy New Year! waving from Ithaca.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

How clever of you to have married a man from Italy! It sounds wonderful. Have an awesome time!

5:29 AM  
Anonymous Angela said...

Congrats--I'll look for your pattern in Magknits!

2:32 AM  

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