La Dolce Vita
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!