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mercoledì 16 aprile 2014

Urban Knitting in Cesenatico

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More and more initiatives of Urban Knitting come to life in our country!
In March the Garibaldi bridge in Cesenatico is tinged with a thousand colors of fabrics, knitted or crocheted, born to fight the fog and greyness thanks to the project of "Un mare di lana".

To coat the bridge have been used about 40 kg of wool: for five months 70 women of all ages were able to rediscover the pleasure of knitting and made available their art and creativity. This guerrilla Knitting contest is also designed with the aim to celebrate the International Women's Day.

Certainly we are going to hear more about Urban Knitting in Cesenatico! Happy hooking!


Images by
"Un mare di lana"


domenica 13 aprile 2014

Spring cowl

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It’s so pretty to merge out of the house, breathe in the fresh and realize that Spring is here. Anyway I’m not ready to put my new scarf in the closet… 

I found this project on Elizabeth blog and I think it's interesting::: is a basic pattern and very versatile: increasing the number of initial chain you will obtain a superchunky effect, or you can use a worsted yarn for a lighter one! 

For this cowl I use Drops ‘Andes’ yarn, a nice combination of 65% wool and 35% alpaca. The yarn fibers are untreated, which means that are not exposed to any chemical treatment prior to the dyeing. I decided to go with this beautiful coral colour which I thought would be more gentle than red.
With this project I start a new blog feature: translation in Italian of my favourites patterns::

FILATO::: 200 grammi di lana super bulky
UNCINETTO :::8-9mm
NOTE::: io ho usato un uncinetto 8 e ho lavorato sempre in ’back loop’
Per cominciare::: Avviare 97 catenelle lavorando molto morbidamente, chiudere il cerchio con una maglia bassissima nella prima catenella(fate attenzione a non girare il lavoro)
Giro 1::: Lavorate in’ back loop’( Puntando l’uncinetto solo nella branchia più lontana della maglia di base). Eseguite due catenelle; dopo di che eseguite una mezza maglia alta in ogni catenella, fino alla fine . Finite con una maglia bassissima.
Giro 2::: Ripetere il Giro 1 fino a che la sciarpa raggiunge la larghezza desiderata
In alternativa:
Giro 2::: Eseguite due catenelle; dopo di che eseguite una mezza maglia alta in ogni catenella lavorando in ‘front loop’, fino alla fine. Finite con una maglia bassissima.

Enjoy this wonderful pattern for beginners::: Note: I use hook n°8 and work in the back loop only!
Happy hooking!

domenica 6 aprile 2014

Vintage pattern inspiration

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Crocheted accessories based on vintage patterns are always unique, with a retro-chic flair and timeless design. So I was inspired by the beautiful work of Magda to create a cotton scarf using the vintage fan ripple stitch by Janis Cortese. My attempt is to use the vintage pattern as an edge and change the core pattern of the scarf.. let's see how is coming along!

Searching in the blogosphere I found Wendy's amazing archive of wonderful free vintage crochet and knitting patterns scattered on the web. In this collection you'll find vintage-inspired free patterns listed from the 1800's to the 1970's stopping at every era in between supplied with beautiful pictures.

images by  Wendy

If you are planning to travel in Italy and you are vintage-addict you can't pass over one of the largest vintage shops of Europe located in a vintage palace in Lugo (Ravenna, near Bologna): A.N.G.E.L.O . Take a look at the e-shop!

happy hooking!