Some Crochet, Some Pics, Some Travels..

martedì 20 gennaio 2015

Bologna the 'fat', an introduction

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Bologna is a city with a strong culinary culture,  well-known  as 'Bologna la grassa' ('Fat Bologna'). You can enjoy innumerable dishes starting from pasta (tortellini and lasagne), going on with meat (prosciutto, salame and mortadella) and cheese. The local region is also well known for Parmesan cheese, Modena balsamic vinegar and of course some great wines. Are you hungry? Well because we are going to the market:::
One of the most traditional food shopping places is called "Mercato delle erbe", downtown in Ugo Bassi Street. Since the beginning of the century, this covered vegetable market was held in city centre and the present building was inaugurated in 1949, after the war devastation. There are about 60 stalls; the core of the market is mostly dedicated to fruit and vegetables but in the outer walls you can find more of the local products: cheeses, pastas, bread, fish and  meat.

The amazing news is that last year it was recovered and renovated creating a modern and animated place where, near the indoor market, you can taste local food at any time in the day. It offer such a rich variety of dishes: you can choose from trying handcraft beers, local wines, fresh fruit shakes, pizza and panini. There is also a restourant with the most famous dishes of our region. 
I like this market so much because there is a modern atmosphere into a vintage context because all the shop sign are original!

So this week end I discover this fabulous market with my friends::: what a perfect place to rest and refresh after shopping!

Have a great Tuesday! 

lunedì 12 gennaio 2015

Striped handwarmer pattern

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Hello crafty people! Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last post on my makes, your encouragement does mean a lot to me!  As I tell you before December days were busy days so I have no time to sit down and write the fingerless gloves pattern. But now that the holidays are behind us and we came back to the daily routine It's time to whip up some projects:::

ch = chain
sc = simple crochet
sl st = slip stitch

Ribbed Wrist Cuff:

COLOR A   STEP 1.    Chain 11. SC in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn

STEP 2. SC in Back Loop Only of each st across. Ch 1, turn.
STEP 3. Rows 3 – 13: Repeat Step 2
STEP 5. Row 14: Working in BLO and through remaining sts of starting ch, slst both ends together to form a tube. Ch 1 but DO NOT turn.

Left Hand:

ROW 1. INCREASE: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 7 sts*. Repeat from * to *around.
ROW 2. Attach color B. Ch 1, sc in each st across, sl st to first sc to join the round.
ROW 3. Repeat Row 2
ROW 4. Attach color A. Ch 1, sc in each st across.
ROW 5. Repeat Row 4
ROW 6. Attach color B. Ch 1, sc in each st across.
ROW 7. Repeat Row 6
ROW 8. Attach color A. Ch 1, sc in each st across.
ROW 9. Repeat Row 8
ROW 10. Attach color B. Ch1, INCREASE: *2 sc in next sc, sc in next 5 sts*. Repeat from * to *around.
ROW 11. Ch 1,SC in each st across.
ROW 12. Attach color A. Ch 1, SC in each st across.
ROW 13. Repeat Row 12


ROW 14. Attach color B. Ch 1, sc in next 4 sc, ch 7, leave next 7  sc unworked, and work sc in each of next sc around, sl st to join round.
ROW 15. Ch1, sc in each st around and sl st to join round.
ROW 16. Attach color A. Ch 1, SC in each st across.
ROW 17. Repeat Row 16

Right Hand:

Work as for left one until row 13.
Round 14: Attach color B. Ch 1, sc in each sc around until last 7 sts, ch7, leave next 7 sc unworked and join with sl st to top of beg.
Work remaining rounds of handwarmer as for the left one.

I'm so happy with how they came out! I think I'm improve a little bit in respect to my first and awkward attemp to design gloves::: The pattern is really easy to make even for beginners and mittens will keep your hands and wrists warm this winter!

I used a 4 mm hook and soft wool (Drops Karisma is the yarn used in the sample). The color choices are endless; don't be afraid to mix things up! 

Hoping you have a fabulous week!

Linky Party 2015

martedì 6 gennaio 2015

Looking back..

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Hello lovelies! I hope you all enjoy Christmas break and family time! In Italy, Christmas Holidays aren't over until today (the Epiphany day). Tomorrow morning probably will be a shock to get ready for normal routine, I don't wanna think about that!

Anyway I suppose one of the highlights of any crafters is the year end review, mostly made by pictures. It's a colorful way to look back at the last twelve months, organize your pictures and thinking about your last projects. So here we go::: just a quick round-up of my crafty creations blogged about in 2014.  Not a lot made really in this first year, but I start to crochet in 2013, and I have so much to learn!

 I would like to thank you for your friendship and support in my first time blogging and 

I wish you all a very happy New Year!! 

May 2015 bring you happiness and joy and everything you wish for!