Renaissance wristlets (Lucrezia)

Nebbia has been tested and the pattern is back to the tech editor for the final revision. If all goes well,

it should be released next Monday, August 15, a.k.a. Ferragosto in Italy. Not that I expect anyone in Italy to be knitting under their beach umbrellas. In the meantime, I just finished a pair of wristlets inspired by Florentine Renaissance fashion. Working title: Lucrezia.

Lucrezia wristlets

Lucrezia wristlets

Writing set from our last trip to Italy

Writing set from our last trip to Italy

It’s so gratifying to be doing something quick for a change.

Ciao nonno

My grandfather died last night. He would have been a hundred years old in five weeks. My favorite memory of him goes back to when I was about two years old and he used to take me to nursery school on his bicycle

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and pick me up in the afternoon. On the way back, in spring and summer, we would stop at a park and pick up daisies and look for four-leaf-clovers. But the best part was when we sat on a bench and he pulled a horse hair from the lining of his jacket (he always wore a jacket and a hat). In those days men’s jackets had a stiff lining in the collar and shoulders and if you fiddled a bit with the fabric you could grab the end of those thick, shiny, black hairs. Then he would tear off a tiny piece of paper from whatever was at hand, twist it around one end of the horse hair, and make me a butterfly. Recreating that memory seemed the best way to honor his passing today. If you play around with different color paper, you can have fun with two or more butterflies chasing each other. There’s not much to it, really, but to me it’s magic. Grazie, nonno. ——— Ieri è morto il mio nonno. Fra cinque settimane avrebbe compiuto cent’anni. Il mio ricordo preferito del nonno è di quando avevo circa due anni e mi portava all’asilo nido in bicicletta. Al ritorno, durante la bella stagione, ci fermavamo ai giardini pubblici a cercare quadrifogli

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e raccogliere margheritine. Ma la parte migliore del pomeriggio era quando ci sedevamo su una panchina e il nonno tirava fuori un crine di cavallo dal risvolto della giacca (portava sempre la giacca e il cappello). A quei tempi le giacche da uomo avevamo un’imbottitura di crini di cavallo nel colletto e nelle spalle e con un po’ di sforzo si riusciva ad estrarre uno di quei crini neri e lucenti. Poi strappava un pezzettino di carta da quello che aveva sottomano, lo rigirava intorno al crine e mi faceva una farfallina. Ricreare quel ricordo mi è sembrato il modo migliore di onorare la sua memoria. Grazie nonno.

Orangettes + reflections

Today is an anniversary of sorts: 19 years since I moved from Italy and the beginning of what promises to be another full year in Los Angeles. There are so many great things about living in Southern California, but I can’t shake the sense of loss at having been away for so long from the environment that shaped me. Every year on this day I reflect on my situation and it’s always a bittersweet affair.

To go with the event I made orangettes, candied orange peels dipped in chocolate (bittersweet of course) from a recipe at The Italian Dish.


My first orangettes

Oggi sono 19 anni che vivo in California e da come buttano le cose arriverò senzaltro a venti. Vivere qui presenta molti lati positivi ma non riesco a scuotermi di dosso il senso di perdita che provo quasi giornalmente per il semplice fatto che manco dai luoghi in cui sono cresciuta. Ogni anno, il 31 marzo è un giorno di riflessione ed è sempre una cosa dolce-amara.

Per l’occasione ho fatto delle scorzette di arancia candita al cioccolato (amaro naturalmente) da una ricetta sul blog The Italian Dish.

It was more work than I had bargained for, but so worth it. We’ve already tried the orangettes and they lived up to expectations. In between things I squeezed in an apple–yogurt cake so this will be a super-carb day.

Ci ho messo più tempo del previsto ma ne è valsa la pena. Abbiamo già provato le orangettes e si sono mostrate all’altezza della situazione. Fra una cosa e l’altra ho anche fatto una torta veloce alle mele e yogurt così oggi sarà una giornata ai carboidrati.

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