Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What I've been knitting, part 2

Next up are three samples I made for Hannah Fettig's Little Knitbot collection. She took some of her most popular designs and scaled them down for wee folk.

Bitty Breezy

Fledgling Featherweight

Wispy Cardi

The yarn for these sweaters is a new one for me, The Fibre Company Meadow. It's a beautiful blend of merino, llama, silk, linen. The different fibres take in the dye at varying intensities, creating a yarn that has a lot of depth, which is a quality that The Fibre Company excels at. It's got a lovely hand: drapey, heathery, shimmery, with a touch of rustic. And oh, the colours!

(Thank you Hannah for letting me knit for you and use your photos!)

Friday, August 9, 2013

What I've been knitting, part 1

So you may be wondering what's been on my needles these last few months. I've been lucky enough to knit some samples for some of my favourite knitterly peeps.

First up, two pieces for Brooklyn Tweed's latest collection: BT Men.

Quay is a beautiful cabled scarf designed by Jared Flood.

The other sample I made was Fort, a great everyday pullover also designed by Jared.

You can read more about this classic sweater and what inspired the design here.

The rest of the Men's collection is just as gorgeous. My husband is eyeing Redford, and I would love to sink my teeth into a version of Timberline for me, making it a bit longer for a perfect forest-rambling sweater.

(As always, thank you to Brooklyn Tweed for giving me this wonderful opportunity, as well as letting me use their gorgeous photos.)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

When in Rome

Oh my, is it August already? The last few months have been a blur. I certainly didn't mean to be away from blogland this long. I've missed you!

This has been a lovely summer. We celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary by taking a romantic trip to Rome. We rented an apartment for 3 weeks and basically did as the Romans do!

Super-sized wonders

The streets of Trastevere, where we stayed

The room where John Keats spent the last months of his life, near the Spanish Steps

Jasmine grows everywhere, filling the air with a heavenly scent

Our quiet street, in Trastevere

Roman funerary inscriptions outside Santa Maria in Trastevere

The cafe where I had my morning cappuccino

Dwarfed by a massive bougainvillea

Evening in beautiful Trastevere

It's hard not to fall in love with Rome, especially when you really have the time to settle in and go beyond the obvious tourist attractions. Of course we did all the touristy things too, and they were amazing (the Pantheon and the Vatican museum being the highlights for me), but what was even better was rambling with no plans, letting serendipity be our guide.

The light!

More dramatic skies

The Pantheon

Angels everywhere

Eating like kings (or should I say Emperors)

I could definitely live here.

Making a wish

Legend has it that if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi fountain, you will come back to Rome. Let's hope it works!!! Arrivederci bella Roma!