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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Italy and a contest

The husband and I just came back from a week long trip to visit his family in Italy. Whenever we make the trek out there, we usually spend the bulk of our time with his family and in his hometown. When vacation time is so limited, it's hard to justify taking time for ourselves. Still, we managed to steal away for two days and visit Cinque Terre - a series of 5 cliff hugging villages on the Ligurian coast connected by a 5 mile hiking trail. We've meant to go for a while, but the weather, or family obligations, have always conspired to keep us away in the past. But this time the weather was perfect and the family obliging. We stuffed ourselves with seafood and with lemon gelato. Apparently, the carefully terraced cliffs are teeming with olive and lemon trees. Human ingenuity has managed to transform a tricky landscape into a place of bounty. The town I liked best was Vernazza, the second village on the trail:

In other news, my brother's first Threadless design has debuted in their store:

And to celebrate his first (and hopefully not last) Threadless design, I'm holding a contest. Just leave a comment and I'll pick one at random to receive a shirt in the size of his/her choice. I know, I'm boring. I can't think of something more clever than that and at the same time, I don't want anyone to feel they have to jump through hoops, so I'm making this easy peasy. Of course, you can leave a comment even if you don't want to enter the contest. Just indicate your disinterest in the comment and I'll try to mitigate my brother's heartbreak ;)

ETA: I just realized I didn't impose a deadline for the contest. I'll keep the contest open until I next post. Since my posts seem to be pretty infrequent these days, the contest should be open for a couple of weeks.


Anonymous bernie said...

I really think this is a nice design. If I won this shirt I would give it to my daughter who loves elephants.

7:16 PM  
Blogger RayGunGirl said...

Very cool shirt. And I can't wait to go to Cinque Terra, glad to hear you liked it!

8:33 PM  
Blogger Krissy said...

Your brother's design is really cool. You must of had so much fun in Italy. I've heard it's a beautiful country to visit.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Octopus Knits said...

Wow! What a great design.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Your brother is very talented! Must run in the family.

12:27 AM  
Blogger mel said...

Welcome Back Connie - sounds like you had a lovely trip :)

And your brother is very talented! What a beautiful design!! The creativity runs in the family!

5:44 AM  
Blogger Clumsy Knitter said...

Hi! I just discovered your blog, so I'm a newbie. I went to Cinque Terra 8 years ago and couldn't get enough of it! I want to go back someday. :)

7:26 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

ooooh, how beautiful! i love italy. so jealous that you got to go when the weather is nice there :)

your brother's threadless design is great. count me in!

7:32 AM  
Blogger Jen (pieKnits) said...

Wow, Italy looks amazing! And that is so cool your brother's artwork got chosen for the line!

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Oh, how glorious to be on the Ligurian coast in April! I'm madly jealous. I think it's time to go complain to my husband again about his family not being from Italy. ;)

Congratulations to your brother - how tremendous for him to have a shirt with Threadless! I'm sure it will be very popular. What a talented family you are!

1:22 PM  
Anonymous Country Mouse said...

What a beautiful shirt your brother has designed!

9:00 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

Who wouldn't want such an awesome shirt? You are rightfully proud of your bro.

1:14 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Not fair ~ I only get to go to Utah to visit Ben's family. SO jealous!

Tell us more about Italy. That village looks beautiful. And your brother's shirt design is stunning.

8:23 AM  
Anonymous caroline aka FiberTribe said...

Beautiful village. And threadless is a very cool company. Love their shirts and your brother's design is just great.

12:17 PM  
Blogger danielo said...

Woo hoo! Put me down for "wanting" please!

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Mary said...

Yea! I just visited to get the revisions on the Henley Perfected, and now I've got a chance to win a cool shirt. :D It's cute...we're watching the Travel Channel and it fits right in.

I don't have an ID on anything but Ravelry...I'm doppelganger there.

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Lee Ann said...

Lucky girl you! Italy is one of my favorite places. I was just in Rome in October and the stay was too short. Congrats to your brother! His work is lovely! Thanks for the link to his site as well as threadless!

Lee Ann (Tweedy on Ravelry)

8:26 PM  
Anonymous christine said...

Ah, Cinque Terre. I spent a two-week holiday there, a few years ago. What a lovely landscape. And the pesto Genovese, and the sweet white wine ...

4:29 AM  
OpenID NeedleDancer said...

What a great Tshirt!
If I won, I'd keep it for myself, because I'm greedy --- but I'm sure I'd be fending off my daughter (who also loves elephants).

and thanks for the Cinque Terra pic. NOW I know where I want to go in Italy -- and it's even a place DH hasn't been, so he'll cooperate with my desire to get there.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Stef said...

Ooh! Your brother's design is awesome! Count me in.

...sigh. I feel like everyone I know went to Italy recently. One of these years I'll be able to go. ^__^

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Laura said...

Your bother's shirt design is amazing. I love how all the different animals are lying together in peace and harmony and how it has an elephant. I love elaphants!

6:23 AM  
Blogger Janis said...

I know I can't possibly beat out all the knitters here, so just order me one and tell Tom to pay you for it. It's awesome!

9:22 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

what an amazing trip, Connie! i am jealous that you have family to visit in Italy!

congrats to your brother!!

I will be in the city wednesday night -friday night... so i don't think i can make the spiders meetup this year (i did last year!) i would love to meet you too. any chance you are around friday during the day?

12:51 PM  
Blogger sixoneseven said...

your in-laws live in italy? that's awesome! sounds like you had a good time--i hope you post more photos from the trip, so the rest of us can vicariously experience your fabulous vacation, too :)

12:02 PM  
Blogger Posie Knit said...

Nice design! What is "Threadless"? Johanna

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Laura@schaefer said...

I wanna go to Italy.. I've heard tell of Cinque Terra, it's on our list! and the shirt design is fab too, give a shout next time you come Ithaca way!


11:13 AM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

I found your blog today after seeing your design in the preview of the new Interweave Knits. I just have to say that you are very talented and I will try to get a copy of the magazine (can't subscribe in Sweden). Your brother is also a true artist and if I won the shirt I would wear it with pride (I'm Bexy on Ravelry in case I'm the lucky one:)).

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Dawn said...

I'd love to enter the contest. Great design!
I came to your blog because of the Apres Surf Hoodie in the Summer IK - can't wait to knit it!

5:01 PM  
Anonymous saruchan said...

What an artist. It looks like the animals are enjoying the cooling yet energizing winds.

11:19 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

hey connie! my comment is a quote from my friend lynn's blog. she is in africa right now, is a wonderful photographer, and your brother's design reminded me of one of her posts while on safari:
"Her sister rested not too far away, and they acted like there were no humans oogling them at all. I wonder if they’ve all been born and raised with Range Rovers and just look through us or if it’s a plot..."
see http://travelinbride.wordpress.com/tag/safari-week/
for the photos.

7:05 AM  
Blogger brsmaryland said...

Visiting you via Lollygirl's blog. What a beautiful pix from Italy. And your brother's design is great too. I thought it was 'canvas' art till you said T-shirt. Wow!

2:02 PM  
Blogger CraftyKate said...

Wow! What an awesome design. My boyfriend would love it. I'll have to buy one for his birthday.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Patt said...

Wow who wouldn't want a tshirt with one of your brother's designs.
they are very intriging and thought provoking!
Thanks for shareing with us.
Hugs Patt

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

I went to Cinque Terra 4 yrs ago, and it is probably my favorite place on the planet!! I want to go back there one day and eat more gelato.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

You're so lucky... to not only be able to go to Italy but be married to an italian. Does he cook?

6:02 AM  
Blogger EDNA HART said...

I didn't know cactus grew in Italy--live and learn. Such a beautiful photo too--Wish I was there. Your brothers design is so sweet---

7:52 PM  
Blogger craftykt said...

love the shirt...found your blog after falling in love with your Apres Surf Hoodie! Can't wait...yarn is on the way!

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Kristen said...

Italy looks amazing, and your brother's shirt is very beautiful.

9:26 PM  

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