Owl obsession

Ideas for feather motifs

Ideas for feather motifs

Well, this is bizarre. I had uploaded these images to the server on May 16 and forgot all about them. Not sure what happened, but during the night some trolls decided to mess with my server and publish a post that still didn’t exist. If it hadn’t been for Rosie’s comment, I never would have found out.

When I looked at the code that was generated without my intervention, there were a bunch of links to phishing websites. That’ll teach me to forget about the blog for months at a time. I’ll write a real post soon. Promise. Cross my heart.

Do you like our owl?

Owlette scarf

My Owlette scarf is finished and I hope we get a few more cool evenings so I can wear it a couple of times. Wish my camera hadn’t died in Italy last year because it’s really not that convenient to take pictures with an iPad.

I spent a lot of time trying out different stitches to find a good starting point for owl feathers and my owlet motif is a heavily edited version of a stitch I found on a Russian website. Now that was fun… deciphering not-so-clear Russian instructions, and of course they use different knitting symbols from either American or Japanese sources.

Owlette scarf

Playing with color was the most fun part. Holst Garn Supersoft has over a hundred colors and my favorite is probably “truffle”, a grayish brown that goes well with both grays and earth tones. Just great for owls. :)

Owlette scarf

Front and back, in case you are curious.

Owlette scarf

I knit two halves and then grafted them in the middle; used a 2.5 mm circular needle and six colors of light fingering wool yarn (Holst Garn Supersoft).

By the way, thank you for your comments and welcome backs (can I pluralize that?). I can’t believe you still had me in your feed after all this time.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Two years later

Well, it’s been a while. After repetitive stress injuries forced me to give up knitting one more time, I got busy with non-knitting stuff and before I knew it I had stopped blogging. The past two years have included a very low-key wedding, a six-months stay in Italy, a family saga straddling four countries and two continents, a bureaucratic odyssey, another couple of curveballs, and now, finally, I am knitting again. The truth is, I can never stay away for too long. I may stop reading the blogs, looking at Ravelry, buying yarn, but sooner or later my hands feel better and I find myself opening my boxes of yarn, looking at color cards, and logging into Ravelry to check the new patterns and projects added during my absence. I am not sure that I want to get back to blogging on a regular basis, but I wanted to say Hi and Thank you to those of you who got in touch when I was in hiding. It’s good to be knitting again. What’s on my needles? A little scarf that I hope to finish in a couple

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of weeks. Until then, happy knitting to all of you out there holding needles.

Mosaic in the Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Italy

Possibly my favorite mosaic in Ravenna, the starry sky in the Mausoleo di Galla Placidia

St. Patrick’s Day (all’italiana)

This St. Patrick’s Day we had a big celebration. The plan was simple enough: invite a few friends and neighbors for Irish Coffee. Along the way I managed to spend half a day shopping and two days cooking. Not a single Irish dish, but almost everything was green or had some green in it, other than the apple Sharlotka and the orange-almond cake.

Among the various savory and sweet dishes, the green hummus was a big hit. Best in show, though, went to the homemade salame.

salame incartato

The half that didn't get consumed on St. Patrick's Day

a peak at the salame

When I brought it to the table, someone asked if I really made my own salame.

Looks like the real thing, doesn’t it? And it even has some green it it, courtesy of the pistacchi.

salame al cioccolato

Only after cutting a few slices it became clear that it was a vegetarian salame. :)

By the way, I’ve been thinking about those Italian lessons, but haven’t had any time to get started. Mostly it’s that I want to figure out a plan of attack and I am not sure how to proceed. In the meantime I leave you with a few Italian words:
• salame al cioccolato = chocolate salami
• pistacchi = pistachios
• all’italiana = Italian style

In Italian we say salame, not salami, when we talk about one item. Salami in Italy means more than one salame. Several Italian words that have made it into English have been modified and often Americans use the singular where Italians use the plural and viceversa.
We say lasagne (plural) and Americans say lasagna (singular). Just so you know.

Happy Spring!

Piadina

Piadina romagnola

Piadina romagnola

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Piadina romagnola

Let's not count the calories, shall we?

I think my dough is ready to be rolled. Making my very first piadina today. We’ll see how that goes. ___ My piadina was not perfect, but definitely edible. In fact, we consumed most of it. Buon appetito!


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