Wednesday, December 19, 2007

More Cables

Because I had so much love for this pattern the first time around......

This version is for my other niece. I don't think I will have enough time to finish this one by Christmas. Today was my last day in Rome. Andy's parents have been in town to visit and we have literally covered every square inch of this city to make sure we haven't missed anything. Tomorrow we get on a plane and head for home. I am sad and happy at the same time. Needless to say, I haven't had much time to sit and knit.

I just had to stop by the yarn store today and pick up my last purchase of Italian yarn. Arrividerci Roma! I will miss you!

Thursday, December 6, 2007


I have finally finished the cable sweater. I feel like this sweater took me forever to knit. I mean, it has a lot of cables. I did take a few weeks off for travel and my dad came into town for a week where there was very little knitting going on. But I am completely proud of this sweater. It is the largest sweater I have knit so far and I really like the way it came out.

I really liked this pattern. It is Child's Nashawena by Penny Straker and I knit it in a child's size 10 for my niece Hailey. She has blonde hair and blue eyes so I think the color will be perfect for her. The yarn is Lion Brand Cotton in turquoise. (Bonus - I found it on sale for 97 cents a ball and it only took 5 balls for this sweater!) I used size 2 needles for the cuffs and collar and size 6 needles for the rest of the sweater. Love it!

Just one question: Can I put a "Made in Italy" label on this?

Monday, December 3, 2007

Home Soon

Our time in Rome is winding down. We have less than three weeks left here. I will be very sad to leave, but at the same time I am ready to go home. There really is no place like home. I have missed so many things about home while I was here - mostly food items. Believe me when I tell you that the selection is limited to Italian food here in Italy. That might sound OK to some of you, but I really miss having a diverse selection of food to eat. It is pretty much pasta, pasta, and more pasta. And knitters - yarn stores are few and far between. Knitting is not really as big here as it is in other countries. Knitting here is something the grandmothers do. In Rome, there are only two yarn stores that I know of. I have only been to one. Lana Della Vecchia:

It is a tiny little yarn store near the Campo De Fiori. Not like the stores back home. They do have a pretty good selection of Italian yarns, though, and among other things..... undergarments!

Yes - those are Playtex bras in the window. Very weird.